Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The boys on the other hand were enthusiastic about seeing the Easter Bunny-- they were humoring us, but more than that, I think it's because they were quite certain that they could use their brilliant skills of persuasion to acquire a new item while at the store. They were wrong.
But all in all, we had fun and the kids love the store.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Direction, Delayed Gratification, and Dirt bikes
The 2 C's:
Colin & Connor
Some time ago we were walking through Toys-R-Us and saw these motorbikes. Of course the boys immediately wanted one. While I thought it would be cool to buy them one, Sharon had an idea and we agreed this would be a great opportunity to teach some key life lessons. We made a deal with the boys we would match them dollar for dollar if they would save there money and practice delayed gratification.
Direction - We set a goal with them and helped them establish a plan to accomplish that goal.
Delayed Gratification - We gave them their allowance that they earned based on a weekly plan to participate in work that needed done around the house. So in October of last year we started this journey and now 6 months later they have achieved their goal...a Dirt Bike!
At the end of the week they had to tithe 10%, 20% to savings, and then determine what they would do with the remaining 70%. That's right, we did not make them save it and when we went to a coffee shop and they wanted a hot chocolate...guess who paid? Yes, we made them buy their own hot chocolate. We went to the movies and guess who bought the candy and soda? Yep...they did. It is amazing to watch them prioritize and what they decide to spend money on.
Cruel? Unusual? Maybe...
The 3rd D - DIRT BIKE...check it out!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The boys are embracing the great American past time of heading to the local stadium and cheering on your favorite sports team. We left Sybella at home with Granda while we headed out into the cold weather. We decided to get stadium food...OUCH! Forgot how expensive that stuff is. Anyways, it was a fun game and the home team won.
However, a 5-0 thrashing was more than many, yours truly included, bargained for. Tons of scoring, lots of yelling, what a wonderful atmosphere.
At no point did I envision D.C. United, a United States Major League Soccer kingpin, as a team that was five goals better than any of the top Jamaican sides.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I am the first to admit that since I entered the work force a while ago that there have been occasions where after lunch I was dragging and wanted to take a nap. Today around 11am I was walking by an office and the guy was face planted on his desk! The door was wide open and he wasn't hiding his sleep issue from anyone. This is not his picture...I did not have a camera with me and secondly I would not post his face on the internet and create a difficult situation for the guy.
It's been another busy day and I am getting ready to leave the office and head off to one more meeting before driving home. Napping is great (on the weekends) as a matter of fact I love to nap! But, I have this fundamental problem with napping on the job. Just struck me a funny and kind of crazy so I thought I would post something on the blog.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Where did the 11th week of 2008 go?
I just looked up at 1:40pm and realized I am just coming up for air. I didn't even stop for lunch today which is why I am stopping in the work day to blog...I NEEDED A BREAK. I think one of the most effective ways to be more productive is to PAUSE. It use to freak me out and I wanted to go, go, go...but all that did was lead to burn out, frustration, and often times strained relationships at home and work.
I am blown away at ALL of the areas God is challenging me to grown in (work, vision, faith, family, mission, finances, mentorship, relationship...just to name a few). I feel really good about the 'margins' I have and my choices of when to pause...even with the overwhelming stress I feel day to day in the market place. I firmly believe that my ability to close my eyes at night and know that I AM RIGHT WHERE GOD wants me is because:
1. Of a choice to rest - The single biggest one is my recent choice to really place emphasis on 'remembering the Sabbath' and having that day of rest (this one guidepost is a critical element to maintaining my margins)
2. An amazing women in my life (Sharon) who encourages me and loves me despite my bone-headed decisions sometimes
3. A mentor who is reminds me of what I am called to and keeps me grounded
4. Some amazing friends and leaders at NCC who I don't think realize how big a part they are playing in God's vision for the Simon's...
Just some quick FRIDAY REFLECTIONS!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Anyways, back to the real story...it was not planned but NCC decided to have communion and the timing was right. So I stood next to the boys and explained to them what communion was and why we do it. Really cool experience. I love technology and being able to capture the moment. ~David
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
What a treat! We had a great friend in town for the weekend. Nicole started babysitting our kids many years ago in Washington State and she has been a beloved friend every since. Now that we are in DC and she lives in Eastern Ohio, she is close enough that she was able to come down for a weekend visit. The kids loved having "Miss Micole" around. That's what Connor called her as a small boy- he couldn't say Nicole. Now, of course, Miss Nicole is her name. Looking forward to doing it again!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
(the picture is blurry but it was all I could get --too much laughing)
15 months old and genius already--What a beautiful moment! Sybella and Dad “playing” the piano, she loves it. Maybe with a little a focus and a lot of fun, she will still be able to play the piano when she is an adult (unlike mom, who had 3 years of lessons). Any suggestions Jenni or Angela?