What Am I Doing?

I’m embarrassed to say that the last I posted was on May 27th…That¬†Lincoln review below was the topic. And since? Bupkus. Zilch. Nada. Not even through the momentous events of the last few weeks, which are so brilliantly documented in those postage stamp-sized photos to the right. I have spared you nary a drop of verbage, dribbled out of my unkempt mind onto the bits and bytes of this website. I have come to one unescapeable conclusion: I’m a horrible blogger. I apologize. I shall try better. Or at...

The College Hunt

For those not in the know, Patrick is (theoretically) graduating from high school in June. Because of this expectation, he took the ACT test and has been receiving e-mails from schools trying to encourage him to apply to them. It’s interesting how far this process has come in 25 years. I remember literally having a box to hold the mail that came day after day from colleges that I’d either expressed an interest in or even had never talked to. They had all gotten my information from the SAT...

Then and Now

We went to the fair on Friday afternoon. It was hot, crowded, tiring, but still fun for the five-plus hours we spent there. We’ve all gotten to the point where there are just a few things that each person wants to do, so we hit those, eat what we want to eat, and leave. No day-long excursion needed. It was a little weird, though, that we didn’t go last year. We didn’t go, of course, because we were on our big road trip to see the western half of...

Seventeen

It’s a little daunting to think that my son, this once little, delicate life that I saw come into the world in a crowded hospital room in Bismarck, just turned seventeen. As I said last night, it’s astounding that he’s a senior in high school this year. And it’s amazing that he can drive. And it’s scary that we took some time at the State Fair to wander through the education building talking to colleges. We had a big family dinner for him on his birthday at one of...

The Lesson Here…

It’s been a busy several days around here, so I’ll use that as the crutch when I place blame for not writing here for the last couple of days. I was up at the crack of doom on Saturday morning–4:30, to be precise–in order to make sure the rest of the herd was awake, fed, dressed, cleaned up, and ready to leave home at 6:30 to get the kids to the vans for their servant trip out west. What’s that? I haven’t mentioned that here before? Let me rectify...

Prom

I have to admit that up until the last couple of weeks, I’d never really realized that prom night for your children is a marker in the developmental timeline of your kids. But it is. It’s the first “grown up” date that your child will go on. Their first formal affair built entirely around them. An ¬†evening that, in the end, parents really work hard to make sure their child enjoys. So, before I go much further, thanks mom and dad. I never realized what it all was about...

Talent

Yes kids, conclusive proof that I’m the talentless hack in the household… So, for the three of you out there who haven’t seen the videos on Facebook, I’ll bring them to you here, but first the setup, so you know what this was all about. The kids are heading off to our family’s favorite state–Wyoming–this summer on a servant trip for church. As is normal for these things, we’ve worked in, run, and participated in several fundraisers to help keep our portion of the cost down. And as a...

Warning!

This is your one and only warning. Patrick is in Driver’s Ed. Which only means that he is weeks or perhaps months away from actually piloting a vehicle across the pavement of our fine metroplex. Is he prepared, you ask? More so now than on Monday when he was nervous about the class. That, I’m sure, will reappear once he has his learner’s permit and will actually be piloting the vehicle. But for now, it’s a vague concept simultaneously real and surreal, like a young Mick Jagger, or Republican...

The Concert

Last night, Patrick had his Winter band concert at school. They played four songs, and all are presented here for your enjoyment. Some may still be processing at YouTube’s site, so they may still feature our patented ShakyCam technology.           Enjoy!   See you tomorrow (or later today, as the case may be)....

Older

So if I ever needed proof that I’m getting older, it would be those pictures on the right. Go ahead and look. You can even click over to Tumblr for a bit to check them out in their embiggenated form. I’ll wait.   So what you’re witnessing there are a few shots from Patrick’s first school dance. And at that, his first school dance with a girlfriend. And just to top that off, his first semi-formal school dance with a girlfriend.   Being the first such affair for him,...

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