Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31

Making a Great Room: Progress at Last

Texturing the Walls

We are still trucking along in an effort to complete our great room.  We resurfaced the fireplace, knocked down a wall separating our two living rooms, laid wood floors in half the den and have really been working hard.  Somehow in the midst of being pregnant and having a new baby things seemed to slow …

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Jan 30

Oklahoma History Center: Native Americans to Movie Stars

Oklahoma and the Movies

The Oklahoma History Center presents the amazing story of Oklahoma in a relatively new museum having just opened its doors in 2005.  Oklahoma has a rich and diverse history and it is all on display in the Oklahoma History Center 5 main galleries.  At the Oklahoma History Center Karen and I were able to learn …

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Jan 29

M’s Week 34

M 34 weeks

34 week photo Our sweet sweet baby has had quite the tummy ache this week.  She has been transitioning to eating more and more solids and just recently has been eating a dinner of homemade baby food every night.  She has really enjoyed bananas so we have been having that a lot for now.  I …

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Jan 28

Monday Musing: Feeling Powerless


There are a few feelings in my life that just strike fear into my heart.  One of the main things is the feeling of being powerless.  Luckily for me that feeling does not happen very often.  As a teacher I get it once a year during the testing season when I am powerless as to how …

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Jan 27

Sunday Scripture – Psalm 92:4

baby in womb

I sing for JOY at the works of Your hands This week I suddenly was reminded that it had been exactly one year since I had to undergo a scary and stressful cerclage surgery.  Just a couple of weeks after I found out I was pregnant I became just frozen with fear and worry.  I …

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Jan 26

What Makes Our Marriage Work – Best Foot Forward


I think this is more of a reminder to myself than a declaration of how great I am.  I know in any relationship it is important to put your best foot forward, especially in your marriage relationship.  But somehow when you are spending so very much time with your best friend it is easy to …

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Jan 25

Teaching Tip: Positive and Negative Consequences

postive negative

I work in an inner city middle school that has a student population that is roughly 99% free and reduced meals, and contains many first generation students so needless to say it can be a challenge.  I like it though and I like working with the students and my fellow teachers.  Like at all schools …

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Jan 24

Photography Tip: Just Do It

canon 7d

One of the great things about starting a new hobby is sharing your joy with other people, and hopefully they will listen.  Good thing I have such a wonderful wife, Karen, who will sit down and look at the all pictures that I have taken and not be bored to death.  It is always nice …

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Jan 23

Where to Next???

Vacation Planning

Karen and I sat down the other day during a brief respite from work and talked about where we would like to go on our next big vacation which will probably be sometime in the spring or summer.  We know that traveling by plane is out of the question for us this time around.  M …

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Jan 22

M’s Week 33

M's 33 Weeks

33 week photo We had a great week 33 getting lots of things accomplished.  We are ready to lay wood flooring in the formal living room and dining room, I got a lot of work done for my jobs this week and M is doing better and better with her sleep.  Hooray for steps in the …

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