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Monday, May 28, 2007
We had a great visit in Louisiana. Neo and Kam played together almost non-stop. It is fun seeing them grow together. They played with the NERF guns Paw-paw bought quite a bit. They also went and picked a ton of blackberries, ate ice-cream, and went to see Spider-man 3.

One reason for the trip for us was to catch up with Emily since we couldn't be there for her graduation last weekend. We went over to Brent and Em's place on Saturday night and watched the UFC pay-per-view event. They introduced us to the sport, which we thought was pretty exciting. Now we just need to introduce them to Battlestar Galactica :) Thanks guys. We had a great time. We also gave Emily the graduation gift that we made for her. It's a paint brush holder/washer. We saw one like this online, but it was pretty expensive for such a small thing, so we decided to build a similar one. We decided not to use the steel canisters and also to make the cup disposable instead of using a fixed stainless steel cup. The other thing we did was make it non-symmetrical on purpose. So, one swing arm is longer than the other and we used various sized holes in the back. We put about 4 coats of polyurethane on it so it has quite a bit of shine. It also has some rubber feet on the bottom. I am really excited about the end result, and I think Em liked it too. Much of my excitement was because it was kind of my first detail oriented, small wood project.

The other thing we accomplished was collecting lots of old baby stuff that was in Louisiana - things that we had from when Neo was born and also some things that other people are sharing with us. Thanks to everyone who has helped us put all this together. This is going to save us quite a bit of money.

Pictures from our visit, mostly of the boys playing, are here.

Lastly, on this Memorial Day, we would like to thanks all those in our family who have spent time defending our country. Paw-Paw G. gave many years of service in World War II. Paw-paw Bergeron spent time in Korea, and Mr. Travis just recently returned home from Iraq. Thank you guys for your service. We all appreciate it.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Last weekend we wrapped up the work we are going to do for this phase of the treehouse. Since Neo was still recovering from his sickness, he couldn't help as much. We added a bucket and pulley (along with a swing-out type mechanism to swing the bucket inside and over the railing), a flag, a climbing rope, new stabilization and support boards, and sanded all the rough edges on the handrail. I was really hoping Neo could help with the sanding, but with his cough I didn't want him around the dust.

Neo started playing in it and decided to take one of our older welcome mats up there. He likes to fly paper airplanes from up there. Unfortunately, he left his new camera in his bucket and forgot to get it out after lowering it down. And then it rained.

I managed to get the pictures off the camera, but the camera is dead. Oh well.

Also, Neo graduated from Kindergarten this week and had his last day of school of the year. He had a great year. Congratulations Neo!

He also had a great teacher. Ms. France was a real blessing. She gave him the best introduction to school that I could have ever hoped for. God bless all those teachers who put in the extra effort to teach our children.

The pictures (and a couple of movie clips) from Neo's graduation are in the 2007 Events folder.

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Friday, May 18, 2007
Neo has been sick this week. After watching him last weekend to see if he would get any better, we took him to the doctor on Monday. He wasn't feeling that bad, he just had a fever.

The doctor thought it was bronchitis as she could hear some congestion in his upper left lung. She prescribed an anti-biotic and some cough medicine.

Throughout the week, the fever has been getting steadily better and the cough steadily worse. Neo is getting frustrated from coughing all the time, so we took him back to the doctor today. She switched antibiotics and also prescribed a breathing treatment to help control the cough and open his lungs up.

I'm sure he will get better over the next few days, but we won't be able to make it in to Lafayette this weekend for Aunt Em's graduation. Sorry Em. We are very proud of you. Congrats on your college degree. Also congrats to mom and dad for somehow managing to raise 3 kids and get them all through college.

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Monday, May 14, 2007
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

A special thanks to my mom who put up with me, and continues to put up with me.

Also, special thanks to Mrs. Pam. You raised a wonderful daughter who helps me enjoy life every day.

But thanks most of all to my princess: you have been an amazing mother to Antonio and have always been there for us. We love you.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007
Finally, some big progress on the treehouse this weekend.

On Saturday, first we had Neo's soccer game. Neo did great. He had two good stops as goalies and is starting to get better on offense.

Afterwards, we worked on the treehouse and Mr. Borland gave us a hand raising the larger pieces need to make the roof frame. After getting things together and bolted down, we put the tarp over and - "tada" - we had a roof.

On Sunday, Neo and I worked really hard to start putting up all of the handrail. We got 99% of it done, but we need a few more boards to finish off the corners. Also, we need some sandpaper so that we can sand everything down smooth. So next weekend, after getting some supplies at Home Depot, I'm sure we can knock out the rest. After that, we will start putting in fun stuff.

Pictures are below:

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