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Monday, January 16, 2006
I am almost too tired to type. It was a three day weekend and almost every hour of it was spent working on the house.

Luckily, my good friend John came over this weekend to help me with quite a bit. We started by going to Home Depot to get a pole saw. We also borrowed my neighbors chain saw and we got to work. We cut down all of the shrubs and trees growning right next to the side of the house that were busting up the foundation and messing up the roof. Now we have nothing touching the house.

Not only did we cut them all down, but we chopped them up and bundled them. On Sunday we chopped so more and also worked a bit on the driveway. The big task Sunday afternoon was burying a soaker house around one half of the house to help water the foundation (the good half - I am trying to prevent it from having the same problems as the bad half while I can). We worked past dark and got the trench dug, the soaker hose buried, and the timer hooked up. John, I can't thank you enough. Without you, this would have easily been 4 days worth of work.

Today I was off for MLK day. Neo and I did so much around the house that it is hard to believe we did it all in one day. Before winding down with some xbox, we listened to the entire "I Have A Dream" speech. I try to make it a point to listen to it every year on MLK day.

It was a great weekend, and we got a tremendous amount done.

Also, I have added a few more pictures from Lori's Wedding.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Definitely much to report.

Before leaving for Louisiana, Neo and I worked on staining and varnishing some "Cajun Cadillacs" that Paw-Paw "G" had made for us. Christian wrote the letters on them and then we applied a couple of coats of varnish on top. I gave away a couple of them to some guys that I work with. Thank you Paw-Paw "G" for the pirogues - we had a lot of fun working on them. Some pics are here.

Our holiday season officially began on December 23rd. We left Houston very late (about 9:00 PM) on our way to Louisiana. Although we got there late, it was a great trip.

We spent Christmas Eve at the Graffagnino's. Neo and Kameron had a blast playing with one another and opening presents. Christmas day was spent at the Bergeron's which was also a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped out so much with Neo's Christmas. He received so much and was quite the happy boy. You can see pictures from all of the Christmas festivities here.

Another reason we were in Louisiana was to attend a wedding for one of our favorite people in the whole world... Lori. Neo was the ring bearer in her wedding and was so excited to play a part in it. Check out how sharp he looked! The wedding was amazing and so was the reception. We wish Lori and Travis the best and are very happy for them. A few pictures from the bridal luncheon, rehearsal, and wedding are here (including a video of Neo walking down the aisle).

While we were in Louisiana, we visited the Scott fire station. There, Neo got to climb on the truck, wear a real fire suit, ride in the truck, and even turn on the siren! He had a blast. Pics from the visit are in Neo's folder here.

New Year's was a calm one for us. We bought a few fireworks for Neo (mainly sparklers and smoke bombs), and watched some movies.

When we got home, Neo and I took some time to sand, paint, and assemble a wood train from a kit the Uncle Vince gave to us. It came out pretty good.

Overall, it was a great trip and a great holiday season for us. Now... back to real life.

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