Thursday, December 01, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Water Table at Gammy and Pop's

The girls had a great time with Gammy and Pop while we were on our cruise last week.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

10 Year Anniversary

This year we celebrated 10 years of marriage. I can't believe it has been 10 years. So much has happened. We have two beautiful little girls and we are about to move into a new house. Our marriage is even stronger and to celebrate our anniversary we are going on a cruise. We praise God as we reach this wonderful milestone and give thanks to him everyday. Christ is the center of our marriage and we pray that we will be godly examples so one day our girls will come to know Jesus as their personal savior.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Moved in and have no idea where anything is. It is like a victory everytime I find something I have been looking for. : )

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our Wedding Album

Here is our entire wedding album!

The First 10 Years Slideshow

The Wedding Slideshow

10 years ago today, Tammy took one for the team (of girls everywhere) and took me off the market. She made me the luckiest guy around, and continues to do so every day. Happy Anniversary!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daddy and His Girls

We made Daddy a yummy breakfast and in Sunday School,  Katelyn made her Daddy an awesome tie for Father's Day! 

A Few Things My Dad Taught Me

My dad passed away in 2004.  I wrote this sometime in the months after that, but I'm not exactly sure when.  I don't think I've ever posted it or shown it to anybody....I guess it never quite seemed finished or I wanted to add some more to it.  I think it's finally time to post.

Happy Father's Day, Dad.  How I wish you had been able to meet Katelyn and Kayla.  They would absolutely adore you.  I can only hope I can be half the dad you were.

Here's the list, unedited from what I wrote back in 2004 or 2005:
  • It doesn't matter what other people think.
  • Family is always first.
  • There are few things that cannot be fixed with duct tape.
  • If you use a coupon to buy something that you wouldn't have otherwise bought, you aren't really saving any money.
  • Part of being a man is doing things that you don't want to do.
  • Always turn off the electricity to an outlet or switch before messing with it.
  • Vacations are a time for splurging.
  • Helping people is a more important part of a business than making money.
  • A ten year old used car will get you from place to place just as well as a new Lexus.
  • If there is any possible way you or someone you know will use enough to justify it, buy it in bulk at Sam's.
  • You can never have too many VCRs.
  • No restaurant in the world is worth waiting an hour for a table.
  • You can save a lot of pointless trips to the bank by just taking out a bunch of cash at once instead of going to the ATM every couple of days.
  • Never underestimate the impact that your life can have on others.
  • Letting go at the top of a hill is a very effective way to teach a child to ride a bike.
  • There's no need to be scared of ladders or roofs.  The worst that could happen is that you fall off.
  • It is impossible to save enough pennies to fill up a gallon milk carton when your children are constantly borrowing from it to buy gum.
  • It is ridiculous to get frustrated and impatient over a website taking a few seconds to load, when not too long ago, computers didn't even exist.
  • Some boys will just never get the hang of tying a tie (that would be me).
  • You're never too young to help paint an apartment.
  • For those that have the time and the money to spare, playing the stock market can be both profitable and fun.
  • Sometimes in life, all you need are a remote control, a good recliner, and a can of Pringles.
  • As you get older, birthdays and Christmas become so much less about presents and so much more about presence.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Could I Possibly Be Any Cuter?

Kayla decided to try on her big sister's Snow White dress-up outfit.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Katelyn Dancing

It took me too long to get the video camera out and I only got the last few seconds, but it's still worth seeing. Apparently the spirit was moving...

Cereal Time

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Few Things About My Conference in Atlanta

Just got back from my first Microsoft conference, in Atlanta with 9,000 of my closest friends. Here are a few observations I made along the way, but waited to post until I got back:

  • There's a liter bottle of Dasani in my hotel room.  If I open it, it costs $6 plus tax.  Just typing that made my wallet hurt.
  • If I get hungry in the morning, I can get a yogurt parfait from room service.  That would be $9 + $3.50 delivery charge + 21% service charge.  Or perhaps a three-egg omelette for $15 plus the charges...
  • There's a remote control next to the bed to open the motorized curtains.  Because apparently that was a lot of effort or something.
  • I'm using my iPad at a Microsoft conference. I haven't been kicked out yet, but I'm pretty sure it's coming.
  • At the convention center, it's pretty incredible how many people there are whose sole job is to stand there, greet people, and every once in a while, give someone directions. 
  • The iPad onscreen keyboard has a picture of the little raised lines on the F and J keys, just like a real keyboard. Of course, these do absolutely no good. 
  • It's mildly entertaining to watch people grab extra snacks from the snack tables and stick them in their bags (I won't pretend like I didn't as well).  It's like they really think they're sticking it to the man.
  • There are people from as far away as New Zealand at this conference.  I really feel sorry for them, and I wonder how in the world their company justified the expense of sending them.
  • Having live music and an overly peppy host to kick off a keynote address that starts at 8:30 AM is a bad idea.
  • This isn't really a technical-oriented conference, but it's still really weird to me that the male/female ratio is about 50/50.  Just not used to that.  Although the one technical session I went to was the more-familiar 99/1 ratio.
  • The people taking pictures of the Powerpoint slides with their cell phones were cracking me up.  I don't know if they weren't aware they were available for download or if they just couldn't wait.
  • Tuesday morning, the conference itself seemed to be going a little slow.   This may or may not be related to the open bar Monday night.
  • Tuesday night, we were taken out to one of those Brazilian restaurants where they bring around the meat on the big skewers.  I did not discriminate; if Noah had gotten really hungry while on the Ark, that's pretty much my dinner.
  • I wonder how old I will need to be before I stop feeling like the only child at an adult dinner party when I go to these conferences.
  • As of Wednesday morning, they said the conference had consumed 22,500 cans of soft drinks.  A good chunk of those were mine.
  • I'm pretty sure the speaker at the last session I went to was the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Literally the exact same accent and everything, just a little higher.
So after I had finished the draft of this, I read my entry from a conference I went to back in 2003.  I pretty much could have copy and pasted it.  Read it here.

    Friday, April 08, 2011

    Thursday, April 07, 2011

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Bathtub Cutie

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    Big, Giant Balloon

    The giant balloon I brought home for Katelyn from the arts auction at her school a couple of weeks ago. She was sick that night and did not get to go.
    The balloon is still alive and well, just a bit smaller.

    Craft Day!

    Wednesday is usually our craft day. Today we made flower crowns. I was very impressed with Katelyn's gluing skills. She did a great job on our crowns!

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Tiny Dancers

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    Monday, March 07, 2011

    Kayla Makes A New Friend

    This is kind of long, but it was just too cute to cut.

    Saturday, March 05, 2011

    The Dog

    This is what happens when you tell your neglected little dog that she can't lay on Kayla's blanket.

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    A Few Recent Pictures

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    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Big Diaper

    The answer to the question, "What would happen if we accidentally left one of Katelyn's size 5 diapers in Kayla's diaper bag when she went to the nursery at church?".
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    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    Sunday, February 06, 2011

    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Friday, January 07, 2011