Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Poetry


The nights are long and the days are shorter,
The wind does blow and the trees change color.
While the rocks and the trees of evergreen
Change they not or so it seem.

The sky is blue, but oft turn gray.
clouds they come but then go away.
Leaves they rustle like deer walking
Stoke up the fire, tis time for talking.
Come to the fire, it is time for talking

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy Adoption Day

10 years ago today, I was in court. Not for a ticket or anything like that, but for the adoption of my red-headed girl! She was 11 years old then.

MJ 2001

The day I married her momma, I gave her a ring as well. I asked her if she'd be my little girl, and she said yes.

Every year, on this day, I give her a present. But not just any present, they always had to be age-appropriate gifts. On her 2nd adoption day, she got what a 2 year old would get, and so on. I've given her all sorts of things that girls her biological age would not want, but gifts I hope she's found enjoyable. I've told her that the first years of her life I've missed, but gave her gifts as she hit that age on her adoption day.

All but this year. We've caught up to the ages I was around and was able to give her gifts for her birthday (passed actually). This year though, I've bought her a gift that most 10 year old's wouldn't want. But I'll talk more on that on another post. (I'm posting this before she's gotten her gift).

I've never regretted adopting her, though she's NEVER made it easy. Especially not these last few years. No, not these last few years. But family isn't family just when they are easy to live with. No family is your family no matter what. The day I asked her momma to marry me, she became my family.

She is as much my girl as my son is my boy. And as I point out to her. I was stuck with whatever I got with my son. With her, I chose her. I got to choose to be her daddy, and that's nothing to take likely.


Happy Adoption Day sweetheart! Though you can drive me crazy, I love you.
Love's not a feeling. Love's a choice.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

5th Grade!!!

Well, it's that time of year again... School Time! But this time, it's 5th grade. The last year of Elementary school. Next year is middle school, but I'm not going to think about that yet. We've got a year ahead of us that will hopefully be a great year!

He's friends with at least 2 kids that are in his class, so that's good.

As usual, you can click on the pictures to make them larger!

5th Grade


4th Grade

3rd Grade

2nd Grade

1st Grade



Monday, July 05, 2010


Ok, as I said yesterday, I gave my son the camera and said go take pictures. All sorts of pictures. Apparently, he took a picture of his mom's butt.

So, I had downloaded the pictures from the camera to the computer to take a look at what he had done.

So, I'm scrolling through and see...


hehe funny




Well, at least it's in focus... what is he doing.


Oh my goodness! I laughed so hard, I couldn't believe it, just something about seeing 3 pictures of my wife's butt followed by a picture of the dogs butt. Priceless!

(And before anyone asks, I did get permission from my wife to post these... I didn't bother asking the dog.)

Sunday, July 04, 2010

A photographer is born!

Today, after church, I gave my camera to my son and told him to go outside and take some pictures. I showed him how to use the camera since he'd never used the camera before and then outside he went. He took a lot of pictures. They were the mix of photo's you'd expect from someone that's never used a camera before. But there were several that I found very cool and wanted to share them!



This was his moss forest.






I was very proud. Course I'm a dad, but I still thought they were good!

Saturday, July 03, 2010


I love scenery pictures! Especially sunrise and sunsets. Over the last week or so, I've really gotten some good pictures. I figured I'd go ahead and share.

The following sunset picture was taken yesterday evening (July 2nd). I almost missed it, but was able to get a pretty good picture.


The next few pictures I took as the sun was rising June 29th. I had noticed as the sun was rising how pretty it was looking. Then it finally became what I took these pictures of. I still think it looks like the sky was on fire!




This next picture is a bit different. The sun was setting, but in the east, the storm clouds looked very cool with the way the sun was hitting them.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Digging day

We moved into our house a little over a year ago, and we love it! I'd say the biggest problem we have is with drainage when it rains. We never have water in the house, but it would always cover the sidewalk, and the front porch just about every time it rains!

A couple month ago, we added a large flowerbed in the front and took the soil down 2.5 inches. It helped a lot.

However, with the storms a few days ago, the sidewalk was covered again and all the mulch in the bed was floating away. So, Friday, my wife decided she would try to dig a little drainage ditch between the gravel and paved portion of the driveway. While doing that, she found a drain that had been placed there who knows when. As she excavated, she found that the drainage pipe went about 10 feet into the yard and just stopped. Also, it was all filled with gravel and dirt.

We decided to do something about it. My wife and son had cleaned out the drain yesterday.


Today, my wife and I dug a ditch and bought some new pipes so the drain would actually drain out and away from the house. We even put a clean-out section in the pipe to help with keeping it cleaned out and working. We now just need another good rain to give it a try.

I remembered to take a few pictures today as we worked.





Did I mention how many rocks and shell we have in the ground? Yea, it's a lot!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010


After the storms Wednesday night, my wife decided to see if she could dig a trench where the gravel driveway meets the paved section. While doing that, she found that there was a drain in place.

She started looking for a pipe where this would drain out at. She finally found it. A pipe left the drain and went into the yard 6 to 8 feet and just stopped. It couldn't drain out anywhere cause it was covered by dirt!!! We'll have to drain it out somewhere, just have to figure out where.


So, after looking at that, I decided I'd walk around the yard and look at the garden. It's the first garden we've had here, and it just doesn't look good. However, our tomatoes are finally starting to produce. Also, we finally have some blooms on our cucumber plants too. Now, I just need my peppers to start producing!



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Very cool

Well, today, I had some much better photo ops.

I got home from work and was sitting on the couch when I saw a golden finch fly up into our weeping cherry tree we planted earlier this year. So I grabbed the camera and carefully opened the door. I only managed on shot, but I think it's good!


Later, my wife and I went for a while. I had my camera in tow! And I wasn't having much luck on finding anything interesting to take a picture of. Then I saw this tree. It looked fuzzy. It was something I've never seen before. I took a picture, but it doesn't do it justice.


A bit later, I was walking by this field that had a huge array of wild flowers/weeds in bloom... which ever. Either way, I gave it a shot.


Then the storms blew in! What a crazy night for storms. Tons of lightning, rain and tornadoes! I'm not sure how many touched down, but they were all over the place. It's raining so hard, I hear many streets are flooding. One of the nice things I like about storms is the lightning. I love it. Especially now I have a camera that is capable of taking photos of it. Here are a couple I thought turned out pretty good.



Oh, speaking of flooding, the rain is doing a number on our new flower bed. The mulch just keeps floating by.



This was a much better day.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Beautiful Sunrise

The sunrise was beautiful this morning. There was cloudy morning, but the sky was beautiful pinks and purples and blues as the sun came up.



This isn't as long as I had hoped, but it's something.

Monday, May 17, 2010


I realized I've not blogged a lot lately. Mostly just because I've been busy. Some cause most things I just put in Facebook and I can limit more of who see's what.

But I saw someones blog the other day where they were blogging about their photography. I thought that might be fun. Get me back into my blogging, and more incentive to take pictures.

So, I'm going to give it a try. We'll see how it goes.

First off, at the start of the year, I decided I'd try to take at least 1 photo everyday for the year. I've failed miserably, but I'm still taking them and uploading them to my flickr set. You can find that here if you're interested.

Tonight, on my walk, it was getting late and the sun was setting on this mostly cloudy day. It was really nice out. The temperature was cool and many people were out mowing their yards.

I was really enjoying the colors of the sky tonight and stopped and took several pictures. I think this one may be my favorite of the night.


This picture was probably a close second. I liked how the sun was trying to peek through the clouds, and how all the trees and shrubs were framing the sky.


Further on in my walk, I saw downtown Tulsa off in the distance. From this vantage point, there were a lot of power lines between me and it, but I still thought it was decent.


Early on in my I saw these thistles, and really liked the way the looked.



Hope y'all enjoy this short walk through my walk tonight.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Today felt so good! It was like Spring was coming out for a visit! It was a nice visit too! My wife got some flowers planted, and bought a steak for me to cook on the grill!!! It was wonderful!

The garage door opener broke today, so that was bad. looks like the nylon gear is all chewed up. Will probably end up having to buy a new one.

We have a busy weekend coming up. I have practice Saturday morning for Wednesday's nights Kids Stuff at church, and then Saturday night we have the Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquet!

Well, guess that's it for now. Night all!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

4 8 15 16 23 42

So, this week in Lost, the Numbers showed back up, but this time, with a bit more meaning.

Jacob had 6 possible protectors and a number next to their name. They are

4: Locke
8: Hurley
15: Sawyer
16: Sayid
23: Jack
42: Sun/Jin (not sure which one)

So, that being said, Riddle me this, Those numbers have been going on since WWII if I remember correctly.

How's that for some long term planning?