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Board Meetings Can Be Fun?

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m on the NGCOA board.  The NGCOA is the National Golf Course Owners Association.  I represent a Single Course Operator in the Midwest.  The ...


Candy & Old Gorillas

Part of the fun of living in our community is that feels like a small town.  Except.  It isn’t.  Most small towns don’t have amusement parks and Bass Pro shops. ...


Iowa State University’s Cyclone Club

I’m fully aware that this post might be the most divisive post I have ever written.  I’ll just preface the whole thing by saying that I went to the University ...

What's Going on at Toad Valley?


Smokin’ & Eatin’

About four years ago, we purchased a smoker from a catering company. ...

Balloon Backdrop

With the onset of Pinterest, we have seen our couples increasing their creativity ...

Everything is More Fun with a Sister

In case you missed it, I’ve been lacking in my regular posting ...

Tadpole Tournament

A few weeks ago, we ended our month long session with our ...

Launching Rockets

When it comes to kids, we know zero bounds in our entertainment ...

Casey’s Charities

Except for the weather (today’s an exception – today’s weather is perfect), ...

Yep! There is even more. . .



We have many events at the golf course.  I think my favorite type of event is when we get to seriously surprise someone for their birthday. Our set up is perfect for surprising unsuspecting victims.  Even those who are most suspicious.  The usual method involves someone in the family asking another family member to play golf. […]

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Dangers of Working

On Saturdays, it isn’t uncommon for us to work more than fifteen hours.  We have nicknamed these days Super Saturdays because that makes them seem more fun. (Yeah.  Right.) It isn’t as bad as it sounds.  I don’t sit at a desk for fifteen hours.  The job is constantly changing and evolving as the day […]

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Straight Line Winds

A few weeks ago, we had a big storm hit our neck of the woods.  My husband and I woke up in the middle of the night to the sirens going off.  We could hear the wind hollering and tried to figure out what was going on around us.  As we looked out the window, […]

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My Dad. The Original Tom Brady.

It’s Father’s Day, so it only seems natural that I’d talk a little bit about my dad.  Last year, I shared bits and pieces about my mom for Mother’s Day.  I didn’t want to get super mushy on my golfers with two posts about my parents in one year, so I didn’t gush over my […]

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