Friday, November 28, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Crazy Week

The job change
I have a new employer and I start on Monday. I am pumped, blessed, lucky and thrilled at how everything worked out. Daina has been great through all of this and my family and I will be better for it. More news on this later.

The Toilet Debacle
So, the toilet seal on the main level bathroom leaked. We didn't know it for a few days and water seeped under the hardwood floors causing them to buckle, brend, break and otherwise just be terrible.

So, after four quotes (Daina is very thourough, thank goodness), a $1000 deductable and three days of sanding, sealing, repairing, moving all things from the kitchen and dining room to the family room, we now have beautiful floors again.

At some point, we will have to install a new toilet and all of that jazz. I have a buddy who agreed to install the new toilet.

Painting the bathroom
Before the flooring guys came over, Daina that thought it would be a great time to paint the bathroom. So I did. I ran out of paint near the end, and only needed a quart to finish the trim areas.

Off to Home Depot

Color match, etc and then finished. Next morning, it was dry and I went in to look. Yeah, color match didn't work. Not only did the trim not match but there were spots were I had touched up areas previously missed with the new paint. It looked like some rejected approach to painting.

Back to Home to Depot

"Oh, yeah, you're right, sorry about that. So you'll need a gallon?" Back home and painted the whole thing over again. Joy.

More painting

So while the guys were here fixing the flooring, Daina thought it would be a great idea to touch up the base boards and the quarter round. (Are you seeing a trend here?) I did, no issues. Looks better. Today though, I get to touch them up even more for some of the spots I missed.

Bathroom round three

Pulled the tape off of the bathroom and sure enough some of the trim work paint got all hosed. So I will be doing that today as well. Maybe I shouldn't be blogging right now.

In conclusion
None of this is either amusing or funny but should provide the basis for a lack of blogging.

Back to blogging

Sorry I have been slacking with posts to this blog. I have had a lot going on the last couple of weeks. Here's a great moment I had with Bella...

Bella: Dad, can you call Great Grandma Lillian in heaven?
Me: No, I wish I could though.
Bella: Don't you have her number?
Me: No, Bella. They don't have phone numbers for heaven.
Bella: It would be nice if they did though, right Dad?
Me: Yes, Bella.
Bella: Dad, when you get to heaven, will you be able to call Great Grandma Lillian?
Me: Yes, Bella.
Bella: Will you tell her I said hi?

Not making this up!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

November 5th is only the beginning

One of my favorite moments as a child came when I was six years old. My dad picked me up from school and had my three year old sister, Erica, with him in the car.

In the living room, Mom was sitting in the recliner in a bath robe. I remember her looking happy and tired all at the same time. They had just returned from the hospital. We were told that our new sister, Whitney, was sleeping in her room but that if we were quiet, we could peek at her real quick.

Erica and I crept up the three stairs and into the room on our tip toes. Inside the crib was a beautiful baby girl, our sister. I lightly patted her on the head, he hair was like silk. Erica patted her on the head as well in the same fashion. We looked at each other as if we had gotten away with something and then ran quietly back to the living room and started laughing quietly.

I asked mom if we could have another peek. She agreed and Erica and I went back. Patting this little baby on the head, one time each and then running back to the living room. We did this about 30 times. I love that I remember this experience.

Well that baby Whitney, has a baby of her own now. Whitney and Brooks brought Naia Marie Gibson into the world on November 5. This kid is about as cute as Whitney was on that warm September morning in 1980.

Having my own family now, I have come to realize that the beginning of a family, the birth of each child is only partially the best part. As I get older I become more and more like my own father. Something I swore I would never do as a child, but as an adult its something I embrace. I am able to realize that the sum of life's experiences are so much greater than an actual moment itself. I'm pretty sure my dad feels the same way, as he truly was my inspiration for starting this blog.

The experiences my sister and Brooks will have for the rest of their lifetime will forever be better because of November 5th. Here's to Whitney and Brooks on the journey of some wonderful experiences.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote for Caroline

My daughter Caroline's preschool class posed the question to a group of 4-5 year olds. "What would you do if you were president"

Random answers included: Lower gas prices, end the war, lower taxes

Caroline's answer: I would need to eat a good breakfast.


Dragon Drew with Daina

Drew at his preschool Halloween show

Caroline as Cinderalla, Bella as the witch

A really hot chick and a dork

Daina and Caroline at Living History Farms

Me and a piece of pizza. Don't ask.

Between Monday-Friday, the kids were in their costumes begging for candy four times. Daina said we got our money's worth.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Laurens Wedding Recap Part 2

In this post, I'll go over the rehearsal dinner portion of the event. Part three will include the wedding itself.

Daina was the bride's personal attendant which I guess also means you get to shred frozen pork for the main entree. Here is the meat extravaganza.

There were ten people shredding meat that had been frozen since May which were leftovers from the bride's brother's graduation. All of this was occurring in the church kitchen. Not sure how many pigs had to die for this but they seem to be plentiful in Laurens anyway.

Daina shortly after shredding meat. Not sure if there is meet in her eye of if she is crying from the thought of eating the meat.

The meat "money shot"

Decorations. Yes, those are fushing lures. And very lifelike once removed from the box.

Decorations in action! Nothing says classy wedding like a pine tree decorated with fishing lures and red and white bobbers.

The Groom's cake will go here in the plush camo tent.

This is a star that I hung from the ceiling. Notice how impressed Daina is with my work.

Here's my clan, the ring bearer and the flower girls. This was all taken extremely seriously by the girls. Drew threw the pillow at least 20 times.

Here is the lead singer of the Spin Doctors, also father of the bride. Apparently there are no barbers, combs or shampoo in Laurens.

I'll post the wedding pics soon, including pics of Bella doing the Cha Cha dance.