Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Finally, after holding the bike in the grass and tipping him over till he learned to put his foot down and catch himself as he was falling, whenever Charlie falls now he calls out with a big smile "Papa, I put my foot out!" Now he knows how to fall.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
So by now, you've probably all seen and heard Jason Castro play the Ukulele on American Idol. Not too shabby, but wait a few years till Libby is the winner of American Idol Season 27 and she thanks all the little people (ie. ME) for their support. Last week we finished up a brief month of Ukulele lessons downtown Noblesville at The Wild. It was great papa/daughter date time together. We even got to keep the Ukes! Supposedly we learned how to play a few songs? My goal this year is to learn a Jack Johnson song from beginning to end. It's gonna be awhile. =)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
During the day, I call home to catch up on their day and see how things are going. Libby is usually at school, AJ is usually being held for the 6th hour straight, and Charlie gets on the phone and asks "Papa, when are you going to be home?" This boy is starving for me! I feel such great love from my kids!
My typical work day in the fall would consist of teaching, then coaching football, coming home when it's dark out for a brief visit with my wife and kids before bed, and working on some photography business. Because I have some students multiple periods throughout their day, I spend more time with someone else's kids than I do my own! Something was wrong with that!
Following my priorities, I'm obeying my faith in what I believe God wants me to do as I spend more time with my family by resigning from coaching football for a few years. Instead of investing that time with someone else's kids, I'm going to go home and play catch with my own!
What priorities are you trying to keep straight in your life?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
AJ has been such a blessing in our lives. He brings such joy with his smiles and laughter. No kid smiles as much as him! He's catching on quickly that Papa is a photographer. He's got the smile down and is used to me holding this thing up to my face. My kids are pretty photogenic, so I like to take advantage of it!
Here's another picture that's a little more rated "G".
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Yesterday, he was pleasantly surprised to see that I was home when he woke up. I had the day off so and told him I was going to be home with him ALL DAY. His response...clapping and dancing! I am so loved!
So, we decided we needed to go on a play date. (My wife is great about making sure I get some date time with all my kids every month.) Charlie's favorite place...well, I think pictures explain it pretty well on it's own. He's a big fan of the John Deere store. Anytime we play "I Spy", no matter where we're at, he always spies "something green where Papa and Charlie go on a date." This boy is so darn cute!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So, when we were in Florida I decided I would go for a little jog along the beach and Libby said she wanted to go with. I figured, no harm there; I'll just set a good example for her. We decided that when she got tired, she would turn around and walk back to Mama who was walking behind us with the boys. As soon as I agreed, she took off down the beach. I chuckled at her cute spunk and knew it wouldn't last long....THAT WAS A MISTAKE!
A mile later, she finished 30 yds ahead of me with a big smile on her face. Yes, I did say a mile later! Now, one could be surprised that I'm that out of shape; however, let's not go that route. Libby RAN 1 full mile, non stop, without me being able to catch her! For the record, at one time I was about 10 yds away and I called out "Great Job" to her. When she looked over her shoulder and saw I was closing in, she sprinted ahead frolicking in the sand as I huffed and puffed to try to catch up.
Needless to say, she took a lot a pride in this accomplishment and reminds me of it multiple times a day. These shoes are the ones we just took off after running another mile here at home. Looks like I have a new training partner!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
A firey spirit who is going to change the world, Aiden John --aka A.J.-- strongly desires to chase down the world (his older siblings) as it (they) passes by him. Eager to catch up to his big brother and big sister as they run by him, he has been trying to walk since he was seven months. Because of this, he has invented a crawl that is a unique maneuver allowing him to gallop like a horse, giving him the speed to hold his own against his siblings.
With the exception of his mother, he loves to be entertained by his siblings, especially his big brother. The admiration in his eyes when he watches him is a reflection of the love he receives, both affectionately and through physical tackles.
He can’t wait to explore the world and see what else it has to offer!