Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day...

Happy Father's day to all you Fathers.

To me, this is a day to truly sit back and enjoy my family. At very few other points in my life do I actually take the time to sit back and enjoy all that life has brought me and how wonderful life really is.

I have 3 wonderful children. They are well behaved, kind and compassionate. They truly surprise me many times throughout the year. On Father's day, I get the chance to actually truly enjoy them and who they are at that moment.

This year, while not being as wonderful as years past, because I had to work, was still great. Normally, we go to the same spot (used to be the zoo when we were in Michigan, now we have other traditions). This year we didn't do much, but we did get to spend some good quality time together and all of the kids (even the oldest) showed me how much they care. My wife, as always, was a huge support, but there really isn't anything like having your kids enjoy the day and come up to give you spontaneous hugs (at least, without it be a preface for "So, Dad...can I(/we/you)...).

All in all, it has been a very enjoyable day and I wish the same for everyone else in the same position. Happy Father's Day!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

And so, what is another year?

Today marks my wedding anniversary with Susabell. This takes yet another year off of my committment, which, if my calculations are correct, is now down to 433 years.

*Sap Alert!!!*

Seriously, I have no idea what I'd do without my wife. She is my friend, my confidant, my life. She puts up with my crap, gives her own, and through it all we manage to have fun.

We've grown up and grown together over the years. We still hold hands and cuddle. We still argue - and still make up. We've discussed our hopes and dreams - and we've put plans in place to pursue them. Whether we ever acheive all of them or not, I have acheived the best things in life - because of my wife. Our friendship, our kids, our love all mean more than anything else, and no matter what wherever life takes us, we will always have each other.

So, on this wonderful day, Susabell, I just want to say "Thank You" for agreeing to join me on this journey, through mostly good and some bad, sickness (and lysol clouds). It hasn't stopped being fun and I hope it never does. I love you and happy anniversary!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Suicide Hill...

Kids will be kids. Sometimes, I just wish it would be in someone else's yard.

Today, the neighborhood kids, being good boys and girls, were riding bikes. On the street? Nope, too dangerous. Up and down neighborhood yards? Yep, sounds safer. With permission? Why?

So, the kids are riding down the gigantic Georgia hills. Are they content with that? Of course not. This explains why it is no great surprise when my children come running in to the house complaining one of the kids fell. The surprise? It wasn't my offspring.

See, they decided to ride down the side of the house with all the rocks to make things more interesting. No, they didn't fall in the rocks, that would be too simple. Nope, they rode through the rocks, through the remainder of my cared for lawn, and FLIPPED down the hill behind my house. Again, no surprise the bike was on top of the declared "Daredevil of the Decade". I also wasn't terribly surprised the kid didn't want to move. I was mildly surprised that he wasn't fully impaled upon the blackberry "bloodvines" that have fully engulfed this part of my yard. Then, the kid gets up complaining of a severely hurt wrist. (For those counting at home, this makes 3 children hurt at or near my home in the last several weeks. I blame it on not enough milk being given).

Let the lawsuit commence!!!

I'd be more worried, but see, the kids Dad won't be able to read this post, since he broke his collarbone just yesterday riding a bike. I think I can prove the family just shouldn't be on bikes; they are much more pedestrian (at least for the next 6 weeks!!!).