Archive for the ‘Routine’ Category


Friday, November 28th, 2008

Today was Thanksgiving.  Nick made the pumpkin pies.

Carol prepared the tables beautifully, and we used the nice plates and silverware.

The nieces liked the fancy napkin folding, so Carol taught them how to do it.  She’s a really good teacher, very patient.

And here’s one of the nieces with her finished product!

We really have a lot to be thankful for.  Before the meal we mentioned a few things, like our family and friends, and the blessings that let us live comfortably and happily.  Nick said a nice prayer of thanks for our blessings.

After the meal, and after the dessert, we played a fun game with color-coded cards.  With so many people in the house, it was a little hot inside, so some of the children went outside and played on the front lawn.

Andrew’s Award

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Last year, Andrew tried to help his High School redesign their web site.  He’s good at doing layouts and making pages look attractive, but he needed more time to make it easy for teachers to enter information.  So he talked to the High School counselor and web site administrator, then applied to take a “custom class”.  His custom class was approved, so now he spends one class period each day, plus a lot of personal time, working on the web site.  In return he gets a grade for the time he spends on it.

The tricky part is that that the school web sites are controlled by an IT department, and that IT department is very particular about how a school web site can be built.  They want to be very careful to restrict what can be posted.  This caused some trouble for Andrew, because he wanted to do some new, innovative things, and the IT department was a little cautious.

Fortunately, Andrew was able to keep cool when the IT department began to block his plans.  He responded carefully and politely, and eventually found an ally in the IT department – a manager who is also a neighbor, and knows Andrew.  Now the IT department has Andrew running the whole project.  He has presented survey results to all of the High School department chairmen, he has updated the district’s content management system, and he has demonstrated the changes to the teachers.  His new design looks very modern and attractive.

In appreciation for his work, the school named him “Student of the Month”.  Here are a few pictures of the sign in front of the school, showing his recognition.  Congratulations, Andrew!

Story by Jacob

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The past few years I (Jacob) enjoyed writing stories. Today I fixed up an old story from two years ago and drew a picture. Here is the picture.

Trip to Florida

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

The day after returning from the Grand Canyon, I had to go on a business trip to Florida. It was warm and humid there, and we had meetings all day. It wasn’t a very fun trip, but I was able to accomplish what I went to do. I was gone for four days… It’s good to be back home again!

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

The last day of my Grand Canyon trip was also Mother’s Day.  Since I knew we should do the trip that weekend, I arranged for our family to celebrate Mother’s Day one week early.  We gave Carol some presents, made her some cards, and tried our best to help her know that we love her.  We also took some gifts to my mother.

On the real Mother’s Day, while I was out of town, Carol had to give a talk in Church!  What a Mother’s Day present!  It was very frightening for her, because she had to speak to such a huge group, but it sounds like her talk was excellent.  She’s an excellent teacher and leader, even if it’s frightening sometimes.

During the Grand Canyon trip, I was able to find some high quality turquoise beads to bring back for her, so at least she got something unique for that Mother’s Day.  It was probably not her favorite Mother’s Day ever.  But I’m grateful for her patience, kindness, and love.  Carol is truly an exceptional mother, and I’m grateful for all that she does.