Visit to Pres-kitt

I was actually cold yesterday. It’s coming up on the middle of June and I found myself cold yesterday. In Arizona. Granted, I was up at about 5500 feet in “Everybody’s Hometown,” Prescott, AZ. The Kreyling bunch appears to be embarking on a new adventure. They’re selling their home and buying a different one. It’ll be quite the project, but they always seem to do things up right.

I keep reading that this is one of the nicest Junes ever here in the desert, and I have to agree. We’ve been running about 10 degrees below average which, after the brutal May that we had, has been a nice break. We even find ourselves complaining that the pool has cooled off too much. My how the blood thins.

Lucy has decided that she loves to clean. Most days we’ll find her dragging the vaccuum out, cleaning up under the bar. She’ll pull the chairs out and everything.

Our wiz bang cleaner

 cute little cleaner

I’ve found that when she decides to clean my bathroom that I find my glasses in interesting places. She does a great job and we’re just happy that she seems to enjoy cleaning. Now if we can just convince her little sister. Speaking of Lucy’s little sister, she’s for sale. I’ve even dropped the “to a good home” requirement.

Lucy also recently “graduated” from preschool. She really enjoyed her teacher and we’re all looking forward to having her in Kindergarten next year. Except there’s that little thing about her little sister being home without her. Not sure about that.


Henry continues to grow. And continues to find himself dressed in awesome things.

Henry & Dad

I try and dress like him to see if I can get some attention.

My boys

Sometimes it works. Most of the time it does not.

Spring Update

Always lots happening around here. We have a few blocks of time throughout the year where we get really busy with birthdays and such. Gwenyth turned 3:

make a wish

Gwen's 3

Gwen and Julie

The loot:

The loot

We all had a good time at Grandma and Grandpa’s place for some food. The mashed potatoes were extra fatty (and good!) thanks to yours truly.

Henry and Mikey playing

Lucy’s birthday is coming up soon. She’ll be 5, believe it or not. And we just got the invitation for her “Kindergarten Roundup” where we go and learn about how kindergarten will never be the same once “the hoo” walks through the door. She has been going over her list of friends to invite to a party that we’re not quite sure is really going to happen. She counts and orders and announces. She has also let me know the many things she’ll be expecting for her birthday. We got them a swingset for the backyard. I’m going to have to remind her of that many times I think.

We decided one day during spring break that it was time to take her training wheels off. It took her about 29 seconds to figure it out. After 3 minutes she was comfortable enough in the bedazzled shoes and hot bike that she would pose every time she passed by. It’s all about looking good to Lucy.

like a fish to water

Henry continues to grow (not enough according to his doctor) and continues to be loved and spoiled. He’s really enjoying the sweet potatoes, carrots, peaches, chocolate, etc., in addition to his adoring sisters.

first sweet potatoes

Gwen & Henry

Henry laying in the grass

He sure thinks he’s pretty big stuff.

learning to crawl

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For Your Entertainment

There have been a few of you publicly and privately lamenting the lack of content on this previously-hip blog. To you and the many others I may have disappointed, I apologize. Ever since the assimilation into Facebook, the neglect here has been severe. Not only that, but I fear that my own brain has turned to mush due to the phenomenon:


Facebook Eye

I haven’t decided if I’m insanely jealous of that Facebook guy or if I enjoy laughing at his stupidity for turning down an offer of several billion (yes with a B) dollars for his company. Probably both, but likely more the former than the latter. Either way, I hear that a blog is a much better creative outlet. So I’m creating an outlet. Or something like that.

Julie is off in San Diego tonight with my mother and sisters. This follows 4.5 days in St. George with her own sisters and parents. Somehow Julie is not feeling the effects of this economic slowdown like the rest of us. I do my best to gently remind her that the balance in the world is a bit off. I even use charts and graphs, to no avail.


I am assured, however, that these consecutive weekends away will not become habit. Thank goodness. What’s the saying? Man shall not live by himself, alone? Err . . . man shall not live by bread alone? Man needs to eat more than just bread and something thrown in for humor? I can’t remember exactly how it goes. But the gist of it is that I’m much better off with her here.

Life moves on. The girls are all doing well. Henry is still unprepared for the life that awaits him. That’s OK. I’m thirty-something and I’m in the same boat. I’ve got a couple of interesting projects still going on, hoping that something will get me over the hump. One involves software to allow cities to manage their sports teams. Another is an EMR/EHR/Office Scheduler thing I’ve been working on for several years (which you’d never know in a million years by the looks of it). I’m just hoping for a little piece of this:


Turns out that the software has to “certify” to be included in the government’s list of programs. And certification costs $35,000. We’ll see. Another interesting part about it all is that the government has threatened to stop Medicaid/Medicaire reimbursements to those who do not adopt an EHR. But I digress.

Finally, happy spring. At least to those of you in the desert southwest. Here’s what my forecast tells me at the bottom of my computer. Not bad for the first day of March. Should be a good day to get out and fiddle in the yard. The garden has already been planted!