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Polar Express Photo Contest

This photo I took on our Polar Express Trip was chosen as a finalist for a contest. Even if we don’t win, it’s pretty neat to see our photo on the website.

Christmas Day 2008

This afternoon, Renea and I took Skyler to my parents’ house. My uncle Mike, uncle Tim and aunt Judy, and uncle Chris and aunt Suzie were there. Skyler had fun playing with his cousin Lukas. Hopefully, they will be able to get together again soon and play trains.

See the photos here.

Online Christmas Eve

Tonight, I watched a live online service from our church. The music and message was right on target. I need to make it a priority to keep attending church on the weekends. Sometimes we forget the reason we are on this Earth and going to church is a constant reminder. It’s not about me. It’s about Him.

Surprise of the Year

This morning, I was working at the computer in the office when the doorbell rang. Looking through the peephole, I saw Ashley (or as Skyler says it, Ash-ey)! I gave her a warm hug and told her to put her hood over her face as she came into the living room, totally surprising her mom, who was speechless. Skyler had fun getting tickled by her. It was a great start to the week. Mondays aren’t all that bad.

Christmas Concert

Last night, my parents took me to see Michael W. Smith for a Christmas concert at CCV, which is down the street from our house. We arrived at the sold-out event very early, so my mom got her Farkle Game out and we, along with a family friend, Sharon, played for the hour leading up to the show. The music was great and very uplifting. Michael had two former American Idol contestants on stage with him, Melinda Doolittle and George Huff.

I had a wonderful time and am very thankful to my parents for the ticket!

Like Father, Like Son

Seriously, what are these guys thinking? I know Skyler and I will never have the same great opportunity to appear on sensational news websites. Sometimes stupid people become famous, but I’d rather refrain.

Managing Without Mommy

Earlier this week, Renea left Skyler and I all alone, without pre-cooked meals or instructions on how to use the dishwasher. Shame! However, we managed to survive while she was at a school conference in Las Vegas.

I took Skyler to my weekly routine with Bronson. We also played with the blue light saber that he got at the Phoenix Electrical Light Parade last Saturday and took some really artsy-fartsy photos. By-the-way, it’s nice to go to events with people who know exactly where to park (thanks, mom and dad!).

Our school also had a fun Christmas party for the children and grandchildren of employees. Skyler had fun making ornaments and playing with the other children. I, of course, made him wear a silly beanie hat, given to him recently by his cousin Kaleigh, and a quazi-political t-shirt (see photos). He almost got dress-coded. At the party he opened a gift I bought him earlier in the day, a battery-operated crab.

The next day, Renea came home and we all decorated the Christmas tree.

Yes, we managed, but it sure is easier with mommy.


Check out the other photos.

Skyler Hangs Out With Santa

When we were at the mall on Sunday, we made an appointment to have Skyler’s picture taken with Santa at The Picture People. He loved hanging out with Santa before the photo shoot and was the best-behaved, cooperative child he had that day. We bought some great shots. Then, we came home, fixed the lights on the Christmas tree, and recorded Skyler singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. The tree may not get ornaments on it, due to the karate fighting that Skyler imposed on it (see video below).