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Christmas Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Merry Christmas Eve everyone.  This afternoon, we went to the Christmas Eve service at church and then to Kimberlie’s aunt’s house in Abbeville. Now, we wait for Santa!

Christmas at Ingleside

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Spontaneous Fall Festival 2017

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Tonight, after picking Tristan up from refereeing games, we passed a fall festival taking place at a neighborhood church. We didn’t have costumes or trick or treat bags or even plans to stop, but we did.

Rilianne painting rocks:

Rilianne trunk-or-treating with Tristan’s referee bag:

She was a little skittish of the costumes, but hopefully Halloween will go well:

Finally, we took her on the hayride before heading home.

Happy Easter 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Happy Easter weekend from us!  Here are some photos taken before and after church and its Easter Egg hunt (pickup):

San Fernando Cathedral

Friday, November 18th, 2016

While in San Antonio, I explored the San Fernando Cathedral. The church is probably the most beautiful that I’ve ever been in. It’s probably the oldest church (or building for that matter) that I’ve ever been in as well. Construction started around 1738!



This box contains the remains of three Texas heroes, including the famous Davy Crockett.



Behind the alter (or whatever Catholics call it), is this breathtaking sculpture.



This is a view from the alter.



A plague commemorates Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1987.


The stained glass windows are amazing as well.



You can see how close this amazing church was to my hotel. It was less than two blocks!


Fall Fun

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Here are some photos from fall activities.

After going to the dentist, Mackenzie and I stopped by Kroger to pick up a few groceries and ran across a fall festival.



We then attended a very popular festival at a local church.  Tristan loved the bungee bounce.


Rilianne loved the hayride and the stupid little carnival games.




Just before Halloween, pumpkins were carved.




Baby’s First Easter

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

It’s not Easter yet, but most of our activities were scheduled for today. We plan to do nothing on Easter. After going with tennis, soccer, running, and guitar for the last few days, we are looking forward to a day off.

We started in Macon because the kids were supposed to have an egg hunt at their summer camp. It was cancelled so we ate lunch and decided to go to an earlier church service so we could participate in an egg hunt afterwards. Our church had six services today with the other ten tomorrow.


Before we head to church, our tradition is to take photos in the front yard. We started this tradition in 2008 when my mother was on hospice. I wanted to take her a nice photo of the kids.  This year, of course, is the first year that the photo contained three kids!






After the services, it was time for Rilianne and Mackenzie to hunt for eggs. Except “hunting” basically means cleaning up the eggs that the volunteers have spilled all over the place. Poor Tristan is too old for the church’s egg hunt this year!

Rilianne really could have cared less about getting the most eggs. She liked to pick them up and shake them to hear whatever was rattling around on the inside.  Finally near the end of the toddler egg hunt, I had taught her to put them in the basket. I think she ended up with four eggs.





Next, it was Mackenzie’s turn with an egg hunt on the hill. You can see how miserable the weather looked, but it held off for most of the day.  My little competitive Mackenzie racked up on Easter eggs!




Our church had a small petting zoo with camel rides to coincide with the egg hunt. We didn’t brave the line to ride the camel because we had somewhere else to be. But, we did stay around to see the animals.



Any time you are that close to a camel, a selfie is obligatory!



And finally, a photo on the hill in front of the crosses. After all of the eggs were removed.


Christmas Eve 2015

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Christmas Eve isn’t an official holiday, but I had the day off anyway. I wouldn have been home anyway because the day care was closed and because I felt like crap.

Kimberlie worked until about lunch. We were able to make it to one of the earlier services at church so we wouldn’t be as rushed getting to Kimberlie’s aunts house down in Abbeville, which is about an hour away.


After church, we stopped by the house for something baby-related that we had forgotten and we had a Christmas card from one of my aunts inviting us to Christmas Eve. I told Kimberlie we would try to make it to both. We stopped and picked up a nugget tray and drove down to Abbeville.

Rilianne loved the Christmas tree. We haven’t let her get that close to ours!



As it got dark, we decided it was time to head back. I figured the thing at my aunt’s house would be over, but that we would drive by and if there were cars in the driveway we would stop for a few minutes.  I have a big family, so of course, there were lots of cars in the driveway! We stayed for a while and mingled with relatives that I hadn’t seen in quite some time, and met some new relatives for the first time. Of course, everyone loved Rilianne!



Upward Soccer Season 8

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

I swore we were done with Upward Soccer.  We decided to give it one more shot.  Next year Tristan will be eligible to play sports in middle school and we’ll put Mackenzie in the local soccer club. But, for now, its another season of Upward at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins.







Here are links to the previous seasons on the blog:

2010: The first (and my favorite season). I was the assistant coach.

2011: Another great season

2012: Still enjoying all things soccer

2013: I thought this would be the end of Upward Soccer for us

Those first four seasons were played at Mikado Baptist. There were a couple of annoyances about their program, but in hindsight, it was a very well run program. We just didn’t know it at the time.  Last year, we started doing two seasons a year because one of the local churches has it in the spring and another has it in the fall.

Spring 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

And that brings us to this post. I promise, after this month, there will be no more Upward Soccer for Tristan and Mackenzie!



Tristan’s First Gig

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Kimberlie’s uncle has had some health issues lately and has been unable to work, so their tiny country baptist church held a fundraiser for the family by selling “chicken plates” (as they are called around these parts) and having a gospel sing.  Kimberlie’s dad asked if Tristan would play a few songs at the event.

He practiced hard for the last few weeks and did pretty good last night. It was his first real gig, even though he didn’t get paid for it.  Here are the three songs he performed.

First up, The River by Garth Brooks:

Next, Photograph by Ed Sheeran:

And finally, since it was a “gospel sing” and all, Amazing Grace: