Friday, January 26, 2007

Weekend Checklist:

Stacy is going to the Ladies' Retreat for Friday night and Saturday morning.

Let me go over the checklist to make sure I have everything I need to handle the kids on my own.


Dropper ---- CHECK

Benadryl -----CHECK

Well, that about covers it!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007


Just too funny!!!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Black Hole

that is the blogging world.

It has sucked another into its snare.

Thomas Busby

Friday, January 19, 2007

Signs California...

should be disowned by the rest of the country.

There is legislation to make it illegal to spank your kids.

You could get a year in prison.

Well, I tell you what you tree hugging, hippies.

Come and get me, lock me up. And if it is a year per instance I should be up for 10+ years.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Where were the parents?

Is this story terrible? Absolutely

Should the perps be put away never to see the light of day? Si

But my question is this.

Where were you at parents? What kind of monitoring were you doing of your child's activity on the internet? Perhaps you haven't set the best example of what to look at on the internet?

I mean what is a 15 year old girl doing on the internet talking to older men and then being "lurred" into a meeting.

Let me guess the conversation:

15 year old " Mom, I'm going to meet this guy from the internet. I have never met him but he says he is 18 (probably a senior in HS and she would be 9th maybe 10th grade).

Mom " Okay honey!!! Be careful"

This just flabbergasts me that parents have little more interaction than to know that their kids are in the house or not.

To the parents - Do you care now about what you children are doing on the internet? Guess it wasn't such a hassle after all to "pry" into their online escapades.

I don't know maybe I am insensitive.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Trunk Monkey

Think I am going to put an order in for Jordan!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Help me understand this...

Here is the link to the story.

To sum it up if you don't want to read it. Two border patrol agents stopped a suspected drug smuggler after he entered the United States illegally. The man resisted arrest, fled the two agents. They allege that he had a gun and they fired on him hitting him the back. The man did not die from the gunshot wound.

Now here is where I need a little help understanding the idiocy of this. Our own government, offers the drug smuggler a deal. If he will testify against these two agents they will not prosecute him for smuggling in 750 pounds of marajuana that has a street value of $1 million dollars. He testifies, drug charges are dropped, he goes free.

1. He entered in here ILLEGALLY!!!
2. He has ILLEGAL DRUGS!!!
3. He FLED police!!!

Is it just me or is there a pattern evolving here that everything this man did was illegal? How can the man come into America illegally, resist arrest, have drugs on him, recieve the consquences for his actions, and then go free. Oh wait he is a minority. Oops forgot about that PART!!!

Why do people jump on stories of injustice for people that are breaking the law but never, ever, ever, ever, ever (get the point) do we hear about the sucesses of minorities in this country.

Quick call Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - some minority has been treated unfairly for breaking the law.

Just a side note but the two men ( and I use the term men only in the sense of refering to their gender) are a disgrace to the black Americans and to Dr. King and everything he stood for but that is another blog to follow tomorrow.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Why, Why, Why?

Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, "That hurt, you stupid idiot?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE...... The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Have you read the verse of the day on my sidebar?

I mean really read it and digest what it is calling us to do?

", so be holy in all you do ." - 1 Peter 1:15-16

Be holy in everything? Surely not? I mean this is this meant to be a standard? Setting the bar kind of high here, aren't ya Peter?

All I do? That would mean:

How I talk to my wife.

How I talk to my kids.

How I think? Whoa, hold on a minute!!! Thinking? Be holy in my thinking. Not to call attention to the elephant in the room but we/I tend to look right past this section when talking about what parts of our lives are to be changed.

Look at what some other scriptures say about our thougthts and how they are judged and how they are to be handled.

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." - Heb. 4:12

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." - 2 Cor 10:5

How many times do we look back at the day and examine our actions but never look at our thoughts? Do we seem to think they don't count since others can't see them - or can they?

"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." - Luke 6:45

Friday, January 05, 2007


Someone visited my blog 96 times yesterday.

I think I may go private.

Oh, wait that was me, my stat counter was logging my own visits!!!

(Yes, I am being sarcastic!!!)

On another note:

I have emailed you, whose email I know, with a powerpoint of our flip. If you didn't get it and want to see it just email

Got it fixed:

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Who's with me...?

Anyone here in Huntsville want a shot at $1,000?

I do.

The trick is getting enough people (5) to commit to seeing this thing through.

To read about it click here.

Update on the House

With only 2 weeks left I am feeling the 'squeeze' to get this house remodel done on time. I have often toyed with the idea of buying a house and fixing it up and flipping it (mainly because I am addicted to the house flipping shows). After working on this house everyday since closed on December 15, 2006 I now know why people say "I had fun, but I don't know if I would do another one." It is A LOT of work, especially when you are doing it on your own.

My parent's and sister and niece came in town for the Holidays. My mom watched all 3 kids while me, Stacy, my Dad, and Jenny(my sister) worked at the house. If they had not come there is no physical way we could have gotten the things done that we wanted to.

The old phrase, your eyes were bigger than your stomach, could apply here. We bought this house with the idea of doing a 'little' remodeling. I say little as in:

Strip cabinets and repaint
Tile counter tops
Paint: Kitchen, Dining Room, Laundry Room, Downstairs bathroom, downstairs bedroom, Lawson's room, Jordan's room, Our room, Our bathroom, upstairs bathroom.
Move downstairs bathroom door
Knock out wall inbetween dining room and living room
Knock out pass throught window between kitchen and kid's play room
Build island for new oven
Mud over '60's paneling in downstairs bedroom and laundry room, sand it all, and paint it.
Pour concrete pad to make driveway bigger and build carport/garage.
And last but not least....
Clean up the endless supply of pine needles in the yard.

Whew, I am tired just from writing it all down.

Well, since my parents came and the Bybee's are watching the kiddos tonight we will be able to finsih painting upstairs and concentrate on the kitchen/dining room.

What we have done so far..
Well nothing is completed per say but we have:
Painted: Jordan's Room, Lawson's room, downstairs bedroom, upstairs bathroom.
Knocked out walls in living room and kid's play room
mudded paneling in laundry and dwnstrs bedroom
moved door on downstairs bathroom
built island for new oven
stripped cabinets.

Left to do is:
Sand and paint cabinets
Tile cabinets
mud in new door ways/pass through windows
paint: our bedroom/bathroom, kitchen, dining room, downstairs bathroom, laundry room
pour concrete pad
pick up pine needles (UGH!!!)

So if you don't have anything better to do you could come slap me, I mean some paint on the walls.

Tomorrow I will try to post before/during/after pics. I might have to create a .pps file if there are too many.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Deaths always come in 3's

First there was President Ford

Then Saddam Hussein

And with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on an event that almost went unnoticed last week, the death of a very important person.

Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at the age of 93.

The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.
They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Pray for Matt & Rebecca Hill

The following is an email sent by Rebecca, Matt's wife. Matt is a firefighter here in Huntsville.

Hello everyone,

I want to start by thanking everyone for your prayers, emails and phone calls. It has meant so much to us over the last 24 hours to know just how much we are being prayed for. What happened to Matt yesterday was nothing short of a miracle and the media did not even begin to explain how critical his condition was or just how much God protected him.

At about 12:30, Matt's station responded to a medical call in a bank parking lot. Matt was the first firefighter off of the truck and immediately began tending to the patient inside the car. An elderly lady steered her car into the line of the ATM and attempted to press her brake as she leaned out her window. She pressed the gas instead, sped through the parking lot, hit two firefighters and ran completely over Matt. He was hit in the chest by the car but rolled over so that when the car finally came to a rest, he was pinned underneath with his legs straight out in front of him, bent over double with his chest pressed to his knees. With his body bent he stopped breathing until the car was pulled off nearly 2 minutes later. One of his fellow firefighters resusitated him and he was sent immediately to the ER. After many hours, he was released in a great deal of pain with a broken ankle and a torn MCL for which he will require surgery later this week.

He is now at home and doing very well considering the circumstances. For the most part, we are able to control his pain with medication and he is resting well. We are so thankful that God was with him and that He kept Matt with us. We are also thankful to all of you who prayed for his safety and well being.

As I said before, the phone calls and emails have been so encouraging and we are so grateful for each of you. As the week progresses, we will inform you of any updates.