Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship. The mate was mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure. Five passagers set sail that day, for a three hour tour, a three hour tour. (Thunder!) The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the minnow would be lost. The minnow would be lost!..... You know the rest of the song.
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We Just Call Him Sam

Others may call him Mr. Quick, Flash, Speedy, but we around the house call him Sam. Sam is currently the fastest half miler in his school as a 5th grader. Seems there is quite a few 6th graders looking up to Sam when it comes to speed.

It's fun to have him come out and practice with my soccer team. The kids on the team are 7th and 8th graders and none of the can run away from Sam. He closes on all of them. These are big big kids, 3 kids on my team are taller than me. His stride is a thing of beauty. Even with the ball at his feet he can hang with them.

Last night at practice he asked me if he could jump in a pick up game with the team. I watched him get by a kid with a quick step over that made me laugh out loud it was so pretty. Then he just ran by the big kid as he was trying to regain his balance.

Just Sam.
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Monday, August 27, 2007


Since Georgia's first tooth fell out she's been crying wolf that her other tooth had fallen out. Thank goodness it took less than 24 hours for this too actually happen. Suzi or I need to run to the ATM.
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SF Giants

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Who Needs A Phone?

Suzi talking to our neighbor Kari over the fence.
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Who's Gonna Go Get It?

Not me. I should have grabbed it last night when Patrick pushed me in the pool fully dressed. It was the first time anyone has caught me off guard like that, and it's a good thing I didn't have my phone in my pocket.
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Someone Lost a Tooth!

Her first tooth, and she was very excited about it. As you can see there is a tooth that is soon to fall out as well.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Red. Not a popular color choice by most adults so far. Adults response "huh, yeah that looks.....nice. The cealing is red too. huh, wow." However, children seem to really like it. "Coooool. I like the reeeddd. Awsome." I'm sticking with the kids.
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Getting Bigger

They are both getting so big. Sad to see how quick it happens. Man Suzi and I make pretty babies.
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Santa Cruz

What a great Summer City. No it's not Southern California, but between June and October we spend quite a few weekends down there.
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Monday, August 13, 2007

I Never Played on Surfaces This nice!

The surface was fantastic! It played perfectly, and had "rubber sand" just below the blades of grass that made it play just like a normal grass field. I dreamed of fields like this when I was a kid. Sisters not so interested in the soccer. They'd rather watch a movie.
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What a good looking guy! Playing around in Santa Cruz after Sam's soccer tourney.
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Girls Rock!

Georgia and her buddy Alli hang'n out after school.
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

My New Office

Back in May I started a make over for the garage. I posted some pictures of my work bench that I had riped out.

Well the make over is still in progress with well over half being completed.

In the first slide you see the beginning of the project where I have almost complete demo of the work bench.

In the second slide you can see that I no longer have shelves that are attached to walls. All my shelving, work spaces, drawers, and anything used for storage is on wheels. One, because sometimes I need a little more space here or there. I can move things around to make it all fit. Two, because it's easy to keep clean. I can move things away for the wall and clean it spotless in minutes. I have also put a new epoxy coating on half the garage floor.

In the 3rd slide you can see my new office looking in from the patio. In the first slide you can see the "back garage door" which is now my new "office door". I put a new office in the corner of my garage. It still leaves me enough space to fit my trailer, and a car in the garage (once the project is complete).

Slide 4& 5 are stepping into the office.

6&7 are with my office stuff all in the new office.

Things I love about the new office:

I love the A/C unit I put in the wall. ICE COLD in a minute. That unit is for a space 800 square feet. My office is 130 square feet.

I love that I will no longer have people running through my office to get to other parts of the house.

That being said I have notice that maybe they don't run though the office, now they just come in and stand. Maybe they say things like, "MAN it's cold in here!" or "What are you working on?" or "Why are you listening to that kind of music? It's Sunday you should be listening to church music or classical music" (I'll give you one guess who said that, did you guess? Of course it was Georgia, the little rule enforcer) or.......your not going to believe this but as I was typing this very sentence Sam walked in and said "Ohhh, it feels good in here" and sat down on the chair across the room, and Hannah followed him by 2 seconds and said "I won't say anything I'm just going to sit over here." Sam left now (due to the presence of Hannah no doubt), and Hannah is going through books, and pictures, and now she's reading her book. Anyhow maybe no one will be running through but it looks like I will be getting visitors for sure.

Anyhow I'm excitied about my new work space. You'll have to come check it out. Throw up a cot and it will make a good guest room.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I've been so busy for the last couple of weeks. Kids school, Soccer, and Work have kept me moving. I spent a week back in Boston at the Joslin Center doing some training. Absolutely fantastic. I hope to be able to do that every year or so, or visit other centers like it.