October 26, 2021


Monday, January 26, 2009
Christian had a rally for her jewelry business in Dallas this weekend. We (me and the boys) decided to go with her after her travel plans fell through.

We decided to splurge a bit and visited the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX as sort of a mini vacation. Mom came and visited us after her rally finished up.

The place is pretty expensive, but we managed to have a great time and cut costs where we could. Pictures from the trip are here.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
It has been interesting to follow along with the election and inauguration of our new president with Neo. He is old enough to understand and pick up on quite a bit.

So when the president called on us to commit to an event on the national day of service, I tried to find something for us to do together.

I searched on usaservice.org and found lots of events but, unfortunately, most of the events were in downtown Houston, and many weren't service events. So, I decided to host our own event in the neighborhood. We put up an event that said we would walk the neighborhood for one hour picking up trash.

Even if no one showed up, I figured that Neo needed to do this for one of his cub scout achievements anyway, so at the least, he could wear his uniform and complete that.

And in the end, the event turned out to be great. We had quite a few people show up (including quite a few who didn't live in the neighborhood) and we really picked up a lot of gunk and debris along the curbs.

Overall, the event did exactly what I wanted it to do. People outside and driving by saw the group working on the day of service. The kids saw their parents taking the presidents call to service seriously. We met new people. These are all things more important than the trash itself.

And in about an hour, we picked up quite a bit. Many hands make the work load light.

You can see all of the pictures from the event here.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009
Another year gone. Wow.

Christmas this year was really nice. I've got lots of great pics in the Christmas 2008 folder. This is one of mt favorite shots:

One really neat highlight was trading my jalapenos for various things. We left with our jalapenos and came back with jalapenos, satsumas, oranges, nectarines, kumquats, lemons, pecans, and blackberries. I gave away huge bags of fruits to lots of friends, family, and neighbors. The best part was seeing all those boys in the back of my truck eating oranges and satsumas until their bellies swole up!

Of course, it was great to see all 6 of the boys together. This will be a true force to be reckoned with in a few years.

Happy New Year to everyone.

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