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Saturday, November 18, 2006
A couple of weekends ago, I finally borrowed a ladder and got up on the roof to fix some facial siding that had come loose. I was able to hang slightly over the edge and nail it back in, which was good.

But this week, we had some freakish tropical storm winds come through houston which blew off two more pieces of siding, only these can't be reached from the roof, or with a small ladder. :(

So, I'm thinking about investing in an extension ladder.

Neo had his last game of the fall-ball season last weekend. Pics can be found on the gallery I made for his team.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
What a great weekend. Neo's birthday was this weekend and we had a lot of fun with him. He had his party at the arcade/putt-putt place. He got way too many presents and it looked like all the kids there had a good time. He also had a baseball game immediately after his party which he did very well in.

Lori and Michelle came in to visit on Saturday and Sunday and Nanna and Poppa came in on Sunday and Monday. It was great that Christian and I to be able to spend a long weekend with you guys, and Neo really enjoyed sharing his birthday with you.

Thanks to everyone for all of Neo's great gifts. He has been playing with his toys all weekend!

Pictures from his party and baseball game are in his October 2006 folder.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006
Sorry about not keeping up with the posts.

A lot has been going on. John and I had a great trip into Louisiana for career day at UL. Also, Christian had a good birthday weekend. She hasn't posted yet, but I'm sure she will have a few words about it on her blog soon :)

There are lots of birthdays going on... there was Christian's this weekend... Neo's next weekend... Kam's this weekend... Dad's last week... Mom's this week... Mrs. Pam's this week...Paw Paw's coming up... geez. I don't know why I am surprised... it is this way every year :)

There are also a few pics of Neo at baseball in his folder for this month.

Speaking of Neo... if you plan on coming in from out of town for Neo's birthday next week, please be sure to let Christian and I know that you are definitely coming so that we can organize sleeping arrangements. Thanks! As far as gifts for him... clothes are good... XBOX games (regular XBOX, not 360) and Nintendo DS games are good... he doesn't play with typical toys and action figures much. Money is also good - he has a bank and knows what it is like to save money, so he will appreciate it.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006
There are a few pictures now available that you guys might like to see.

The first one is a family picture we had taken. We think it came out very nice. A full size version is here.

A few weeks ago, we went to a company party given by Christian's employer. It was at Schlitterbahn in Galveston. It was very fun, although I don't understand how they afford that stuff. Pictures from the event are here.

Also, Neo has baseball pictures and a picture of his class at swimming lessons in his folder for June.

Things are good here in Friendswood, although with Christian and I both working with NASA, things can get pretty hectic as we get closer to the flight. We are dealing with it pretty well me thinks.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006
This week we received a package. It had Neo's name on it and he was very excited to open it.

It was a wonderful, hand-made baseball bat that Paw-Paw ordered for Neo. It is beautiful with Neo's name engraved in the barrel and his initial stamped in the end.

But the most beautiful part about it is the story, which I will do my best to recreate here.

My dad was at a lumber store, looking to buy a piece of wood. He asked for any large pieces of ash that he could use to make a baseball bat for his grandson. One of the guys in line noticed that, and told him that he could make a bat for him. My dad said sure and took his card and gave him the correct spelling of Neo's full name.

After the guy left, the man behind the counter asked Dad, "Do you know who that is?".

"No. Who is he?"

"That's Jack Marucci."

"Uhh... ok."

"He made the 'Curse Buster' - the bat used by a Boston Red Sox player to break the Bambino Curse and ultimately win the 2004 World Series!"

Jack Marucci makes bats for everyone... including major league ball players. They are all made by hand in his backyard. You can read more about Jack and his bat business here.

Neo's bat is beautiful, and we want to thank Paw-Paw and Jack for such a beautiful keepsake in the family. You can see some pics of Neo's bat here.

In other news, we came up to Dallas to spend some time with Vince, Amy, Ethan, and Kyle, and also to look at a used car that Christian was interested in. After some inspections by a VW dealer, Christian purchased the car! It is such a fun car, but you can judge for yourself.

The poor Prizm will have to sleep outside once we get home. It has served us well.

I can't tell you how proud I am of Christian. She has worked hard to save up money, find a great deal, negotiate with the seller and make it all happen. She got a GREAT deal on it, and I am so very proud of her. You did it babe. Now enjoy it. Open up that sunroof, and turn up the radio!

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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Got the new AC installed on Friday. There were some huge storms blowing through Friday morning so that delayed the installation a bit. The guys did a pretty good job installing it I thought.

The new AC cools much better, although the guy said he couldn't get a really good charge on it because it wasn't warm enough outside. I guess that makes the freon freeze up in the bottle or something. There is supposed to be a quality guy come around in a few days to check their work, so I will ask him about it. Other than it making a weird sound when it starts, I am happy with it.

The new AC motivated us to try and seal up some of the exterior of the house, so we bought a bunch of stuff at home depot and got to work. We sealed two of the divisions in the driveway with some self-leveling sealer and some backer rod. This worked pretty good, but it took me 3 $5 bottles of sealer to do only two joints. I need to get some sand to make sure the backer rod is as high as it will go so I don't use so much sealer when I do the rest.

We also got on our hands and knees and cleaned out most of the cracks in the driveway and then filled them with a concrete crack filler. Some of the bigger ones we are going to wait to do once we get some sand.

We took some "Great Stuff" foam filler and filled up some areas around the 1st floor window frames. Then, we removed as much old caulk as we could, and put a fresh seal of caulk all the way around. This may help a little bit, but the windows are so horrible that we might not notice a difference. We really need new windows, and before we do that, we really need to fix the foundation... sigh...

We also went through quite a bit of effort to replace the threshold on the front door. After taking of the threshold, I realized we also needed to replace the board below it as it was getting rotten. I went to Home-Depot again and got a pressure treated board and replaced it. I ruined about 4 masonry drill bits trying to drill into the cement, but eventually we got it in. We put the new threshold on and then installed some door sweeps to help make a seal. With the foundation as it is, there isn't a 90 degree angle in the whole house, so it is hard to get a good seal on anything, but this has to be better than it was. This was the last thing we worked on, but we worked till almost 10:30. Needless to say, we all slept hard.

Looks like those storms that blew in also ripped down some more siding and flopped it over onto the roof. I will have to call a siding guy to come out and repair it and the previous damage from the hurricane, since I don't have a ladder that can reach it... sigh...

Oh, by the way, did I mention that the refrigerator in the kitchen is about to go out? It makes a loud banging noise when the compressor shuts off. Reading on the web suggests it is only a matter of time before the compressor fails... sigh...

In other, less depressing news, Neo had a great baseball game yesterday. He hit well, ran fast and was paying attention. Daddy was very proud. Also, we are going to attempt to go camping next weekend. We have got some supplies ready, and we are thinking about going to Huntsville State Park, but we are open to suggestions. If anyone knows of any good tent-camping places around Houston, please let me know.

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