Sunday, January 28, 2007

Double the birthday - double the fun

This week we celebrated Lexi's and my birthday. I took Friday off and we cleaned up the house and Saturday we had everyone over. Lexi had more fun opening the presents than playing with them - as soon as she opened a present she put it aside and immediately grabbed another present to open.

Mom and Dad gave me the best present. They stayed home with the kids while Me, Chris, Perron and Malina went out to the Reata for dinner - its been over a year since we went out so we stayed out until midnight just talking.

Sunday we went to the Verizon store to get new phones. We have had our phones for almost four years and the batteries were starting to drain quickly (even after replacing them). Chris got an LG VX8300 and I ordered an LG enV (VX9900). I should get it in a couple of days - I can't wait!

I posted all the birthday pics to our photo album. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Got the drawer front on

We did not get too much done this weekend because we were all getting over the crud. But we did get the drawer fronts finally put in. It was a bad job to say the least but at least the drawers are functional now.

Chris took Lexi out today to pick out her cake and theme. Look at the fotki site next week to find out what she picked.


Saturday, January 13, 2007

I got an email from Ed Bagley Jr.!!!!

There is a new show on HGTV called Living with Ed. Its a reality mini-series about Ed Bagley Jr. and his wife Rachelle. Ed is VERY environmentally conscious and despite being a movie star lives in a early 1900's house that he has made as energy efficient as you can without rebuilding the house. Complete with adding solar panels to the roof and adding a generator to his exercise bike so he can add power to his house system while exercising every morning. No wind power though - I guess there is not enough wind where in the neighborhood where he lives.

Anyway after watching the first two shows where Ed and Rachelle were arguing over new rain barrels that Ed got I had to write and suggest painting the barrels and asking if LCD lights were more available/cheaper in CA than they are here in TX.

Glad you are enjoying the show.

Rachelle and I are still in discussion about the rain barrels. Maybe the color change would make it possible to keep the barrels as a permanent fixture in the yard.

I don't use LED lights in my house because I find they are too expensive. When the cost comes down a bit, I may make the switch. For now, I plan on sticking to my fluorescent bulbs.

Thanks for the great suggestions,


Now granted I posted the question on the show's "ask Ed" page but its still nice to know he is taking the time to read the emails himself and answering them (and a more than a little honored at getting email from a movie star). The hilarious thing is though that after about 4-6 months they are still arguing over the rain barrels.


Friday, January 12, 2007

Year in review

Its seems like every time I post here its with an apology for not blogging enough. Its not that there is nothing going on (with a two year old and a five year old there is alot going on) its just at the end of the day I am typically to tired to write it all down. I will try and do better - no new years resolutions though. If I can I will if not then tough.

The main reason I got back to writing this is that I was visiting my step mother-in-law in Minnesota in December (great trip by the way) and she got on to me about not keeping the blog up to date. This floored me in that I had no idea anyone was reading it. I mean its all published for public consumption but since there were never any comments and blogger doesn't show number of views on a blog I just thought no one was reading it.

At least I kept our photo gallery up to date so you can see all the pics.

Well for a quick review in April Lexi broke her arm and that put our kitchen remodel on hold. We did finally get around to cutting all the doors for the kitchen cabinets but we have never installed them (they are currently taking up a good chunk of my workshop). We have all the drawers finished but have not yet gotten around to installing them.

In June we went on the Texas State Railroad in Rusk, TX. If any of your children love trains I would highly recommend it. I would also recommend getting the climate controlled cars in the Summer as it is money VERY well spent.

Nate's Birthday was in October and Chris and Nate went with the Grandmothers on Nate's annual Train ride on Puffy Train.

November and December was of course Thanksgiving and Christmas respectivly but we also had a great trip to Minnesota. Unfortunately it was also the third warmest December on record with no snow whatsoever the entire time we were there.

Well there are a couple of more things I would like to post but I am stopping now as its late and its time for all good Dads to go to bed so they can alert in the morning when the kids wake up.