Monday, July 30, 2007

Here's more photos from our Texas visit. Caleb got to meet his Pappaw and Grandmother, his great grandparents Melvin and Estelle Morrow. It was really good to see Melvin- about five weeks ago, as we were going to begin our 9:45AM service in Henderson, Annette came in and told me that Melvin was going to have a major operation, and that the doctors said he wouldn't survive. We prayed as we praised, and he pulled through. He's 90, and Estelle is, I think, 87 or 88, and they have just moved into assisted living. it was a big deal for us to let Caleb meet his great grandpa, because we didn't know how long we would have him here, but as it looks now, Melvin should have a number of good years left, PTL.
Caleb got to see a lot of his family- here's a picture of him with cousins Kara Beth and Haley Hall, two of Devra's four daughters- beautiful girls. There's also a photo of our kids with Victoria, Demi, and Elijah, three of Dana's six children. And then there's pawpaw with his little shadow, Chloe.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

We spent Thursday swimming and visiting at Dana and Tonys house. Dana is Annette's older sister (she has a twin, Annette's sister Devra). We had a great time, and on Friday, they came by to show us their new dog, Coco, that they rescued from the pound earlier in the day.

On Friday Annette and I took Connor and Victoria to the Fort Worth Zoo. It was hot (it IS summertime), but it was a lot of fun. The Fort Worth Zoo is really pretty great. Chloe and Caleb had a fun time in the airconditioned confines of Nanna and Pawapaw's house.

I joined the family in Fort Worth late last Tuesday night. If you have to be away from your family for any amount of time at all, it's great to have a son like Connor. He met me at the airport, hugged me, and has this way of speaking some really great things like only he can. Needless to say, I felt like a VIP with the greeting he and Annette gave me.
I took Connor, Annette, and his cousin Victoria to see the Rangers play the Mariners. It was Connor's first big league game, and it was very exciting for daddy, but I can't say the same for the boy. He's still only four. When he gets bigger, I'll spring for the good seats, but for now, we sat in the bleachers, ate hot dogs and popcorn, and had a good time together. The closeup photo of Connor was taken at the first pitch of the game, with Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki in the background, playing Center Field.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Here's a photo of Caleb at five months, taken about two weeks ago. He is such a great little kid, and has a smile for everybody. My family is still in Texas, and I am making it, but not without difficulty. i find myself wandering the house, looking in rooms, thinking, remembering... It's not fun.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

This is one of Annette's and my favorite commercials. It is just so random and funny, and we think Parker Posey is absolutely hilarious.
Drink Pepsi.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My Family is leaving me today! Two weeks. It is going to be rough, I can tell ya that. Chloe and I are really getting close- she is my little baby girl, and she has daddy's number. I can't wait to see her when I walk in the door each day, and she plays me like a fiddle. I don't know who's going to help me get the mail now! Connor and I are as tight as a dad and son can be, and Caleb is my sunshine. He gives me that smile you see in the photo every time I see him. He is a doll.
Our whole family has been ill the past few days, and I even had to miss last weekend at church, but everybody seems to be on the mend as of now. The kids and Annette fly out today- Annette's sister Alyson is flying in to help Annette take the kids back to Texas. I'm gonna miss them... ;(

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Here's a photo of my sister Lisa's two boys, Gage David and Max, with their dog, Hickory, in Decatur Illinois, in front of a lake with lots of lilly pads. Those kids are growing up! Gage will be entering 7th grade this year, and I can't hardly imagine where the time went. He is my namesake. (Chloe was named for Aunt Lisa- both of them have the middle name of our grandmother- Violet. We would have went with Chloe Lisa, but the TV show "The Simpsons" has a corner on the name, but we think it's perfect- we love the name Violet.) Max is going into fourth grade, and looks just like Lisa! Hickory is getting OLD, but is still cute...

Connor and I went to Mandalay Bay today- the actor Kirk Douglas had a book signing, and I was going to take Connor's photo with him, but he left an hour early, and we missed out. Oh well.

We went to our friends Lee and Sharion Morris' house for the July 4 celebration, but dad and Chloe went home early. I'm not feeling great, and Chloe would not nap today, so she was kind of a zombie as the might wore on. I'm watching a great fireworks show from several neighbors who are shooting illegal fireworks up in the air. Happy July 4!