Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Here is a picture of the "kick-off" right after Connor's goal-
Note Connor's confident stance. The celebrating had just ceased. :)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wait a minute...no wait a day...that's right, I have crossed the IDL (International Date Line) and my body is all out of whack. It is 6pm at home and I just finished my morning workout (yes Sharon I decided to go workout :-) Actually, studies show the best way to avoid jet lag is by working out. I also find that a glass of wine or two helps.
So I awoke this morning and here is the view from my hotel window at the Hilton Millennium in Seoul, South Korea. I know...way too nice...I assure you I am working long days and trying to get everything done in short order so that I can get back home. Seoul isn't as much fun when you can't bring your family.
I am off to work and several meetings. Just wanted to stop and say hello to everyone from Korea. By the way, it was a 5-hour flight from DC to California and then 13 hours from Cali on to Korea. Did you know you can read an entire book watch 2 movies, eat dinner, and read another book when you are trapped in a confined space with no email or phone for an entire day?
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
LAWN MOWING! You guessed it.
That's right, with age comes experience, life lessons, and responsibility. So on his 10th Birthday we started the morning out at the soccer game and then ran home to learn how to cut the grass! As is the case for all of us at that young and naive age; he thought this was the greatest day of his life and how cool was he to be able to mow the lawn.
I caught several activities on camera and so as to not flood the blog, I have posted them on our 'flickr' account:
As always, I am embracing the social networks and technology like http://www.flickr.com/
Have a great week.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Over the last few weeks, Sybella has had increasing interest in caring for her baby doll. In fact, we even attempted to help her give her baby a name this past week. After many suggestions, she settled on "Baby." However, this weekend she took caring for baby to a new level. Sybella started the new practice of taking her Baby Doll to bed with her. It is rather cute if I do say so myself-- Sybella and her baby say "night, night" and drift off in to dreamland.
Sweet Dreams Sybella and Baby!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Colin was being a big brother and having a blast. Round and round they went swirling to the bottom of the slide. As they got to the bottom, Colin hopped off and left his sister sitting on the end of the slide. The next thing I knew...slip...slide...MUD SLIDE...
Each of us jumps into life experiences, choices at work, relationships. On the surface things often times start out great and are a lot of fun. There are even times when we are fortunate enough to form friendships from theses experiences or have a mentor come along side us. At some point (sometimes unexpectedly) we find ourselves in a place where we didn't expect to be and face down in the mud. It is not always fun and you can sometimes get really dirty. The question is...how do you handle the situation?
Sybella got up and laughed, some people roll over and cry, others get angry, and yet other people panic. There is a Proverb (15:18) that says, a hot-temper stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. I also believe that patience lends clarity to difficult situations.
SO...when you find yourself in a muddy situation, just remember this smiling 16 month old full of joy while covered in mud and say to yourself...MUDSLIDE!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Today Sybella and I went on an outing into DC to see the Cherry Blossoms. The Cherry Blossoms in DC were a gift from Japan in 1912 symbolizing friendship. What better way to see the beautiful trees and their pink flowers than with friends!
We met our friends Shauna and Kylee downtown to walk around in the glorious weather. We visited the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, the Tidal Basin, the Cherry Blossoms, and the Tulip Garden. There was even a band playing during our picnic lunch. It was a wonderful day. It is so neat to see Sybella and Kylee growing up together and developing their friendship.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
At any rate, Sybella figured out that if she knocked over the diaper genie and used the chair to help brace herself that she could climb into her clothes armoire. She was quite content to play in there for 20 minutes.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
In the VYS they told us that we would not be keeping score. Excuse me! Last time I checked we are a culture built on capitalism. In a capitalistic society you have to be competitive. Instead of the laundry list of reasons why keeping score hurts our kids, maybe we need to revisit this concept and ask...How does not keeping score in a soccer game help teach and cultivate the competitive spirit? Don't get me wrong...we are a long way from the MLS but competition begins somewhere. Soccer was formalized in the 1800's in English Boys Schools and was intended to teach young men through athletics, general principles in life: discipline, rules, competition, and fairness.
Here is the irony of their rule...despite no one keeping score...it is amazing the boys know exactly what the score was and who won and who lost.
Colin tied 2-2 and Connor won 4-1.
It goes to show you that most people, inherently have a sense of winning, losing, and competition.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
As a side note, I had to ask the kids whether they enjoyed meeting Mary Pope Osborn or President Carter more---we met him at a book signing in September. They couldn’t decide, “He’s a President and had Secret Service Agents” but “She writes our books and gave her autographs at a toy store!”
Oh to be young and to Instinctively and Consistently see the silver lining in Everything!!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
On Saturday the sun was out and the skies were clear. We decided to take the family down to Mount Vernon. We took pictures, ran around, enjoyed the view, and had a picnic. We love history and never tire of the incredible stories that are preserved at Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home.