Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Today was one of the most historic weather days in Vegas history. Snow, snow, snow!
I was peparing for our Living Nativity at the church when it started to come down- and then, it just didn't stop. I was real non-chalant about the drive home when I started out of the parking lot, but was very grateful to be home, safe and sound, by the time it was over. People were stranded and stalling, and sliding all over. We had a tree in the front lose several BIG branches when they snapped under the weight of the snow. I went around to all the trees in the front and the back and tried to relieve the weight by knocking off the snow, and had some luck. I hope they make it throught the night. Connor and I went out in the middle of the street for snowball wars and to build a snowman. It's been a lot of fun!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Connor was assigned evangelist BIlly Sunday for Famous America Day at his school, so we decided that in addition to giving his speech, he would recite a portion of one of Billy Sunday's sermon. He was terrific!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dad took Connor out for a fun day after he did such a great job at school. First, it was lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Second, we went to Ceasar's Palace to walk around and for Connor to play on the giant floor piano like the one in the movie "Big." We went by Field of Dreams, where Pete Rose usually is, and there was Pete- and Kenny Stabler, the Snake, former Crimson Tide and Raiders quarterback- a big-time favorite of dad's. Connor had on his Alabama hat, andd when we walked in, Kenny stuck out his hand and said, "Hey young man- Roll Tide?" Connor responded, "ROLL TIDE." He then told Kenny that he was born in Mobile, which made Kenny laugh and say that he was from Mobile too.

I told Connor to look at the ring on Kenny's hand, which prompted Kenny to do something I never thought he would do- he handed Connor his ring. Dad was a little bit excited at that point.

Pete Rose was sitting there atching all this, and so when Connor was passing him, he said, "Here, I want to show you this." It was a novelty World Series Ring that was huge. He told Connor is was from when he was fat.

Pete and Kenny Stabler couldn't have been any nicer to a couple guys not buying any of their product. I told Connor to shake the hand o the greatest baseball player of all time (he of the hated Cincinnati Reds, but I didn't say that out loud).

We finished up our day with a trip to the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame. Connor and I go there occasionally, and it is really great- over 200 pinball games from the 50's to today, and you can play 'em, for what they cost at the time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Here are several photos from the past few days... Chloe had a birthday October 28. My baby girl is now 3! We had a party with her best friend Chuck E. Cheese. Hooray!

Connor and Chloe went trick-or-treating and had a great time. Connor was Bibleman, and Chloe was a fairy pixie princess... something or other. She sure was cute!

Finally, here's a photo of Connor with our congressman from Henderson, Jon Porter, taken at a John McCain rally at the Henderson Pavilion the night before the election. It was an exciting rally- 11,000 strong cheering on our candidate. We really like our congressman, and support him, but sadly, he lost his bid for re-election Tuesday, along with so many other Republicans in Nevada.

Friday, October 31, 2008

My baby girl Chloe turned three Tuesday, so I took the day off, and declared her birthday a holiday. Except we went to Chuck E. Cheese, which for me was like a day in jail, or worse. But Chloe loved it, and I guess that's what's important, right?
She is my baby doll from heaven.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Took a trip to the Pumpkin Patch this afternoon, and got a couple of photos. I am thrilled that Chloe is finally smiling when I ask her to, no small feat for the past couple of years. I had to trick her to get a smile shot. Caleb was sick this past weekend, but rallied enough to go with us. What am I saying- he had to go because Annette is out of town with the Wayne Show, and the cats weren't up to babysitting.

Connor and I went to see Mac King at Harrah's on a Friday afternoon a week or so ago, and had a great time. I had never seen Connor so excited- we had front row, aisle seats. Connor saw all the tricks close-up, and we were entertained. I was har-de-har-harring at all the juvenile innuendo in his act that was flying over Connor's head (Sir, did you just feel the first card jump into your pants pocket? No? How about the second card? Sir, did you just feel number two drop in your pants?) Mac King is a nice guy, and has a really pretty good show.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I made this last week in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of my high school, Yuma High in Yuma, Arizona. I am proud to be a Criminal! Let me know what you think of my story... I really enjoyed making it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Connor sang in our Gospel Service last Sunday morning, and really did a great job with the old classic "It Is no Secret (What God Can Do)." Sure wish my dad was still here- he would have been so pleased, and so proud of Connor...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

My nickname for Chloe is Babiness (Baby-ness). It's a combination of baby, happiness, and princess. She is all of those to me...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

This is a good looking kid! My baby, Caleb, will turn two in January... where does the time go?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Here's a movie I made about our trip to Disneyland, and in particular, our breakfast with Minnie Mouse. Hope you like it!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Have you ever had breakfast with Minnie Mouse and her friends? We did, yesterday, at Connor and Chloe's first visit to the original Magical Kingdom, Disneyland.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chloe is our daredevil. She does everything that Connor was afraid to do at two... She is practicing to be a crash test dummy, I think. Here's some cute photos of my cutie racing the Big Wheel, wearing Connor's Dodger batting helmet backwards...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I always take my camera when Connor and I go to baseball games. For one, Annette bought me a really great Nikon for my birthday, and you never know who you'll see in Vegas. I saw UNLV's Head basketball coach Lon Kruger on the field, and when I asked him for a photo with Connor, he invited us down on the field. We love UNLV Basketball, and Coach Kruger. It's a great photo...

Annette and I went to a John McCain rally led by Mitt Romney last Wednesday, mainly because I was e-mailed and told John McCain would be there. I am a McCain fan- I supported him when I lived in Arizona; we went to the same church for a couple of years (I was on staff at North Phoenix Baptist Church producing TV when he first started attending there); and I really support his leadership in international affairs. In my local caucus, I was the only delegate to the county convention who supported McCain (20 delegates for Romney). Anyhoo- we went, and McCain was not there (big disappointment), but we heard from Mitt Romney, and afterwards, I reverted to my journalism days, and took my camera to get some photos. I love figuring out how to get around- it's so easy for me to get the angle, snake around, and get in position for good photos. I still think I'm part of the press. Anyway, here's some Mitt Romney photos.
PS- I think the choice of Sarah Palin is really great- she has so much upside, and I think McCain- Palin will take the day in November...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My sweet Chloe made me laugh out loud this week. Her mom had been out of town for a few days, and Chloe was really missing her. Little things were real big to her, and she was very emotional. She had asked me for milk three times that day, and I had given it to her. After speaking with Annette by telephone, I found out Chloe had had her limit. So once again, in early evening, Chloe climbed up in my lap and asked for milk. Except she whined for it. "I... want... my... milk!", she would yell, and then cry. Then again. and again. Finally, after the fifth time, I wanted to let her hear what she sounded like. Doing my best impression of her whine, I let out, "I want my milk." She looked at me, pausing for just an instant, and in a most pathetic little whimper, cried, "Me Too!"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Connor starts Kindergarten at Lake Mead Christian Academy on Monday, and he is so excited. He is required by the school to have a King James Bible, so we went and got him his own last week. Connor is so thrilled to have his own Bible- he wants to read it, study it, and show it off all the time. It is one of the most precious things I have ever been a part of as a dad. He loves the things of God, and it is my prayer that God will reveal himself to Connor in His time.

My baby girl Chloe loves Jojo's Circus. Here she is beautiful and ready to go to sleep with her doll clown friend Jojo.

Annette and Caleb at church recently.

Monday, August 04, 2008

I thank God for special people who teach and love my children. I have very fond memories of Bible Study teachers and ministers in my life as I grew up, and we are blessed to have the same kinds of people in our church in Henderson. Here's Connor with Miss Sonja, and Sonja's daughter Ashley. He loves them so much, prays for them, and can't wait to see them each week. Last Sunday the preschoolers did a recitation in church- Connor delivered the fourth and seventh commandments. and the whole class recited the books of the old testament. We love miss Sonja and Miss Ashley!

I can't tell you how much I love this photo of my baby Chloe!

Booty in the sink bathtub.