Thursday, May 29, 2008

Again with the teeth?

Okay Okay...I know it has been a while between blog postings. Sorry about that. I seem to get caught up in other things from time to time and before you know blogs for a week. I've got several things to catch you up on, but be patient. One thing at a time.

Tonight, I've got to tell you about this crazy daughter of mine. I told you already about the strawberry medicine (jelly) that "makes your loose teeth come on out". Well, I'm starting to believe it really works. Since beginning our strawberry jelly medicine technique on loose teeth, she has had 3 more teeth become loose. Abby now has both top front teeth missing, one bottom one came out today, and 2 more are loose on the bottom. I've never seen a child lose teeth at the rate she is.

That crazy fairy better remember to come tonight with the dough.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 22nd

8 years ago today, God blessed us with our first born, Caleb. Our lives have never been the same since. Today, we celebrated with his favorite meal, his choice of cake (vanilla cake with vanilla icing), and his share of gifts. He finally got that Webkinz he's been wanting, but the site was down. What a disappointment! Tomorrow, we will be taking some friends of his to John's Incredible Pizza Company for a party, some Glow Golf (that I will dominate), and all the fun they can handle.

Happy Birthday Caleb! You are Daddy's Pride and Joy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Caleb and Abby each had games on Saturday. Remember? I told you about that already. Anyway, it was a great day. Both of them scored their first goals...ever! It was amazing that they both had their first goal the same day. But, it happened. As a parent, it is a bigger deal to me when they succeed than when I succeed myself. I am filled with such pride and joy on their behalf, that I feel like I'm going to explode. Way to go kids!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

That Crazy Fairy

Abby lost one of her front teeth yesterday. Actually, I ended up having to pull it out for her. She didn't like that at all. I had to convince her that the red juice (strawberry jam) that I had on a napkin would cause the tooth to fall the rest of the way out. Once she was convinced, I inserted the napkin with "red juice", grabbed the tooth and gave it a quick tug. It came out with ease, and NO pain. She loves the red juice!

Jody and I went on a double date last night, so when we got home our baby sitter Brittany, already had them in bed with Abby's tooth tucked nicely away under her pillow. For those of you who have lost teeth...some more than others know that those front teeth are tooth fairy gold. I think "she" sends them to be made into cool necklaces for those island people who shrink heads and stuff.

But, that crazy fairy was a no-show. Abby woke up this morning at 6am, came into our room and declared that "the tooth fairy forgot to come get her tooth". We quickly told her to get back to bed because it was still early. I later went in, only to find her awake. A few moments after I left her room, she came in to tell us "that crazy fairy left my money under Brown Bear's Pillow and took my tooth while I was awake!" For the record, Brown Bear is her creatively named stuffed animal that sleeps beside her each night.

That crazy fairy better get it right next time. We want a punctual fairy. Not some late comer.

Crazy Daze

Here we go. It's one of those Saturdays that we've been "looking forward to" for weeks. Yes...we've seen it coming. But, there is just no way to prepare for a day like today. You work it all up in your mind of how you're going to handle it, but now that its here, we're just planning on doing our best to survive. We have 2 soccer games today. 8am and 9am. I am leading devotions at every soccer time today. 8am, 9am, 10am, and 11am. Today is also picture day, so each team has to be there prior to their game time. Which also means that the games will all start later than planned. In addition to our day of sports, we have 2 birthday parties the kids have been invited to. Each of those are on opposite sides of town. I'm also have a music writing session today. So, crazy crazy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Southern Boy in Southern California

Have you ever had one of those days when you just didn't care?

Sure, everyone has. But me...well, I have one of those days about every 17 minutes. You can tell if you look at my yard right now. I have friends of mine who, without fail, are behind a lawnmower every Saturday at 8:30am cutting that grass. The yard is edged and manicured, and the edge of the grass looks like it is about 6 feet thick.

You know what I'm talking about. You've seen those yards.

Well, I won't pretend that my yard is that. I've been out there. I've used the weed eater to edge (that's what we do in the south). I've gotten dirt slung up in my eyes and smelled like gasoline. And for what? So that my yard still won't look as good as everyone else's? IT'S GRASS PEOPLE! That's all. Dogs even chew it and throw it up. I've got better things to do than sculpt my, watching tv or something.

Please don't misunderstand me. I will keep my yard nice looking, and mowed...most of the time. Just don't hate on me if there is a patch of crab-grass growing somewhere, or if one of those ugly little yellow flowers peeks itself above the grass line. It's just grass.

One day, when I make my first million, I will hire a gardener who will keep my yard in tip-top shape. In the south, that means that there will be no broken down cars on cement blocks out there, and that my flower-bed covering is not pine straw. I will then spin and dance on my 6-feet thick cold, squishy grass
as I celebrate as one who has the Augusta National golf course in front of my house. But, until that day, I'll go on being average. And like the common-folk, will just have regular, somewhat green grass out there. I think I'm okay with that.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Like Father Like Daughter I've been telling you about Abby in the children's choir performance for several days now. Wait no longer...I finally have the video. Unfortunately, the choir mics were not ran to the DVD, so you can't hear the choir. All of the audio you get is from the track. However, just to watch it is hilarious. If you don't have time to sit through the entire thing, just go to the end. It is worth the watch. For those who don't know, Abby is the tall blond in the middle. She is what some have referred to as "the rocker chick" in the group. You'll know why they call her that when you see the end of the video. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Recording in Nashville

This is me with Brown Bannister. He is "da man" in Christian music.

Here I am with Mike Harland. Mike is the President of LIFEWAY Worship and sang with us on the recording. He and I go way back. We've been friends since..hmmmm...February. He has a great heart and ministry. So, I guess I'm kinda saying I like him okay and all.

So, here I am with Travis Cottrell. This was taken at Ocean Way Studio on Music Row. (I'll spare you the description of the crazy statue that welcomes you to that area of town.)

Great Trip

My trip to Nashville was pretty amazing. I loved getting to spend time with old friends, and meeting some new ones. The experience of meeting one of the greatest producers and engineers in Christian music was an honor. Brown Bannister was so nice and gracious, and so talented. It was a joy to meet him and work with him. Now, he can put me on his list of "artist" that he's worked with. Okay, all wishful thinking aside, it was a great experience.

Travis and Angela: thank you so much for your hospitality and love for me. You took great care of me (the fajitas were amazing) and I felt like family in your home. Thank Jack for me for the use of his bedroom. I loved staring at Travis' glossy 8x10 headshot all night.

As soon as Travis sends me some pics of the recording, I'll post them here for you to see. That video of Abby and the children's choir is coming soon, too. I know, I know...promises, promises.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Chillin' in the NV

So, I'm hanging in Nashville right now. You forget how green everything is in the south until you come home. I'm on Travis' computer blogging right now. Sorry I haven't posted anything in so long. I have had a lot going on that has had me out of the office lately. And, when in the office, I've been doing a lot of arranging for our choir. So, busy busy. BUT, all good. This will be a whirlwind trip. I flew in this afternoon, and will be flying back home tomorrow night. I am in Nashville to sing on Travis' Christmas CD.

I absolutely love Christmas. It truly IS the most wonderful time of the year. And Jody and I LOVE Christmas music. We listen to it all through the year...when the mood strikes. So, singing this music will be a treat. Tonight, I have plans to destroy Travis, his children, and whoever else may stand in my way at MarioCart on WII. Rest assured bloggers, I will dominate....(hopefully).

I'll post the results here when the massacre is over. Check back regularly. In the next couple of days I will be posting the video of Abby singing in the children's choir at church. She was unusually disruptive. There was a lot of giggling, hand-gestures, slapping of the bottoms of other children around her, and much much more. You'll want to see this!