October 26, 2021


Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wow... weekend after weekend has been packed.

Many "thank you"s are in order. Thanks to those who helped in watching the boys during my high school reunion and Christian's, and during Christian's jewelry events. Thanks to everyone who got such wonderful gifts for the boys for their birthdays. Thanks to everyone that attended Neo's birthday party. A huge thank you to those who helped us set up, manage, and clean up Neo's video game party (it was a huge success!!).

For Neo's party, we needed to do something on a small budget. Doing it at home was an obvious choice, but we wanted to avoid renting a fun jump or entertainment. We came up with the idea of a video game party and things sort of flowed from there. Christian made some awesome invitations that looked like a Nintendo DS. When opened it asked the kids to bring their Nintendo DS and a Wii remote if they had one.

At the party, we had 4 video game rooms. Two rooms were Wii rooms playing Wii Sports and Mario Kart. The theater room became the XBOX room, playing on the big projection screen with the loud surround sound. Neo's room was the Nintendo DS room where multiplayer Mario Kart DS sessions of up to 8 were taking place. And outside, was a craft station for each kid to make their own "Mii" magnet. They picked their shirts, pants, nose, eyes, and colored everything and made a Mii that they could hang on their refrigerator. Kids were divided up into teams and rotated. I must say... it all went off pretty well, and the kids had a great time.

Pictures of Neo's video game party are here. Christian did a really great job with preparations and decorations. One kid said "this was the funnest party I ever been to". Another didn't want to eat his Wii remote/Wiimote cookie because he wanted to keep it. All signs of success I think.

There are also some great pics of Charlie and his 1st birthday party in his October folder.

Thanks again to everyone.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Finally have the internet back. Things are still struggling to get back to normal around here. Two weeks after Hurricane Ike there are still people without power, trees down everywhere, traffic lights out, stores closed, curfews, schools closed, and general confusion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost so much, especially the Galveston residents. Many people can comprehend what a hurricane can do to physical structures after seeing the images on TV. By many _cannot_ comprehend what hurricanes do to communities and families. There is no insurance for that.

We were very fortunate. Along with being blessed with good health and a good vehicle to evacuate in, and family to stay with, and great kids who can weather 9 hours in a truck... we were also blessed with minimal damage to the house and power being restored very quickly.

We spent a few days cleaning up and helping our neighbors clean up. Neo is getting a good lesson in helping his community. We still have a small tree leaning on the house, but we hope to talk to the neighbors and get that cleared up soon.

Neo's school finally started back up yesterday. I think he was ready to get back to some normalcy. He's also anxiously awaiting his birthday (I'll post again with some details about that).

Thanks to Vince, Amy, Ethan, and Kyle for their hospitality and help. We really appreciate it.

A couple of pictures of the minor damage we took are here.

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Friday, September 12, 2008
I had a great birthday. A birthday breakfast. A wonderful day at work.

And then, when I came home, Neo handed me a menu he had made with crayon saying "Mommy's Kitchen". He showed me to my seat and asked what I would like to drink (after pointing out the drink selection on the menu). Next up, he asked what dressing I would like on my salad.

He and Mom had prepared an amazing meal in "Mommy's Kitchen" along with dessert and a cup of coffee. Oh man it was good.

Thanks guys. It was great.

Fast forward a few days. We are in Dallas having evacuated from Hurricane Ike. We are watching the weather and the initial reports so far are not good. It sounds like Kemah may already be under water. They are also predicting a 20 feet storm surge in Galveston. Galveston has a sea wall that is only 17 feet high.

Keep the Houston area in your prayers. We'll see you guys on the other side.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Big news... Caleb is here! Congratulations to Brent, Emily, and Kam! I've heard that mom and baby are doing well. I will give more news as I get it.

Also, I want to apologize for not posting this earlier, but a very special thank you Christian's mom for coming in and helping us with the baby. It REALLY helped. Thanks to Mr. Troy as well for those long car trips. We appreciate it guys.

I will post some pictures of Brent and Emily's new addition when I get some. Also, there are a few more pictures of Charlie in his January 08 folder.

Congratulations again to Brent and Emily!

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Sunday, January 06, 2008
Just wanted to say a special thank you to my mom for coming and helping with the boys this week. It was great having you over and it was a huge help! I know Neo enjoyed spending his time off of school with you as well.

Thanks again mom.



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