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Big Kid Pool

Today, I can proudly say that Skyler has graduated from the little kids pool with mommy and daddy. He tried the regular pool and joined another kid and two instructors in their lane. Skyler cried for a few minutes, but he got over it and ended up having a great time.

He also received his very first swim ribbon.


Indiana Jones, Expelled, and a Major Announcement

Last night my brother came over and we watched some YouTube videos and then went to see the documentary Expelled. It was very thought-provoking and re-affirmed my faith in God and Intelligent Design. I really enjoyed it.

Today, Renea and I dropped off Skyler at his daycare and had the van and car washed and then the van detailed. While waiting for the detail, Renea and I saw the new Indiana Jones movie. It was a fun movie. When I’m that old, I plan on using special effects to make me appear invincible, just like Indy.

Major Announcement: Skyler recently has started using the toilet (with the help of not wearing diapers) and today did both restroom options (no, not the dryer/towel)!

Numb Mouths

Josh had all four wisdom teeth removed yesterday. Renea had a filling and a temporary crown put in this morning and then this afternoon I had a filling replaced. So, there have been some funny sounds coming from our mouths lately. We need to find a pediatrics dentist for Skyler this summer.

I do, however, really like our new dentist’s office. It’s very modern and the staff is very friendly.

Watch Out Recycle Bins!

Ashley and Patrick drove back to California today to see his mother. They had rented some sort of luxury car (like for old farts). I guess it’s very difficult to manuever.

We Saw Jesus!

Actually, we saw the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. Renea and I took Skyler to my parents' church today, but dropped him off at the child center. It was packed - we sat in the back corner. Jim Caviezel was interviewed by senior paster, Terry Crist. It was a very inspiring moment and Jim's main message was that we need to be "courageous Christians".

Ashley and Patrick Arrive

Last night we celebrated Josh and his cousin, Kaleigh's graduation at Renea's mom's house. Ashley and her boyfriend, Patrick, arrived later in the evening from Monterrey, California. They are staying with us for a few days. There were a lot of people and good food. I spent a lot of time outside, playing with Skyler.

Graduation Day

Tonight was Josh's high school graduation at the Maricopa County Events Center. It took us a lot longer to get there than the duration of the ceremony. Josh was the last student to check in, so he was the last to walk across the stage and get his diploma. The camera captured his smile and panned to follow him all the way back to his seat. I ordered the DVD of the ceremony because my camera lost power at that moment.

However, I did take some nice shots earlier in the afternoon.

Last Day of School

Today was the last day of the 2007-2008 school year and Renea and I had a half day with students, then the rest of the afternoon without. The year seemed to go by so fast and now it's summertime! I have two graduate classes in June and then both Renea and I are working summer school in July. I have some website and video projects to work on this summer and I hope to take Renea to some movies and use our restaurant gift cards that we've accumulated in the last few months.

Bro's Birthday

Last night we went to my parents' house and celebrated my brother's birthday, along with watching the last performance of American Idol. Wikiki Meatballs and Pineapple Cake were on the menu. Yummy!

Skyler's 3rd Birthday Party

Today is Skyler's official birthday, but we had his party yesterday. Friends and family came to spend time with the big boy. We heated the pool to about 90 degrees! It was a good party and everyone had a great time. I took lots of photos, so check them out!

I (Don't) Like It!

Skyler left me a couple of voicemails on my way home from running some errands.
I (Don't) Like It

It's 5 AM and I've Been Up For A While Now

Last night, Renea and I took Skyler for a trip to NextCare. He just happened to put Regan, from The Exorcist, to shame with some projected vile, immediately after I was inquiring how he was feeling earlier. Renea spend a few hours with him and then Josh watched him a for a bit. Renea and I have been taking time off work to spend time with him at home. He hasn't had a fever, but still has a bad stomach virus that is going around. So, today I am staying home with him again. I am glad, though, because I get to miss a staff meeting at work!

This past night, though, has been a struggle dealing with Skyler's sickness and current state of "terrible two-ness". Sometimes he says he wants something, but when given the item, he refuses it. And then cries because he wants it. Then, he says he doesn't want it. And then cries because he wants it. Then, says he doesn't want it. And then cries because...