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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Good Christmas



We had a great time celebrating Christmas this year. Jacob was so much fun. Although he wanted to play with every gift right after he opened it. He didn't understand that you could play with everything after it was all opened. Jami's Mom and Mike came over in the morning and then we went to my parents house.



Jacob had a great time playing with his cousins and playing with all the new toys!!!



I hope everyone else had a great Christmas and thanks to those who made my Christmas a great one!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Santa



It's official, we now can have Christmas. Jacob went and visited Santa last night. He ask for back-----yardigans (that is how he says it).

Monday, December 17, 2007

Winter Wonderland




Elkhart had it's first major snowfall for the year. I for the most part am a fan of snow, espcially around Christmas time. By February I will be ready for summer, but for now the snow is ok. Now for this area of northern Indiana this is not a huge amount of snow, yet schools are delayed and counties are putting out essencial travel only postings. Come on people we didn't even get a foot of snow, just a few inches, and not in one night but over the course of the weekend. I just think it is a little silly.



We took Jacob out in the snow....this is the first time him being old enough for him to have fun with it. We also took our dog Ella out into the snow......she loves it!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

GCC Prelude



Last weekend I played the prelude for GCC. Our Christmas program this year is "Let It Be Christmas", so everything has a Beatles theme to it. This is why I am playing "can't buy me love" at church. Anyway here is the link to the weekend service. It is only good until this weekend.....then it will be overwritten with this weeks service.


GCC Weekend Service 12/8-12/9

This week I am playing at Osceola Church of the Brethern and then on Christmas Eve I am playing six services at GCC.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Paging Dr. Jacob






For halloween Jacob dress up as a doctor, complete with scrubs and ID badge. He can tell you were your femur is and say "tricktreat". In his world there is no "or". It is all one word. He had a blast!!! p.s. sorry about the blurry pic...I had the camera on the wrong setting...grrrrr.

Monday, October 29, 2007

2007 GCC Men's Retreat

Official GCC Pics



My Pics





This weekend I attended my first GCC Men's Retreat. It was at Epworth Forrest Conference Center in North Webster. We listened to Mark Beeson and Dr. Bob. We had small group discussions. And one breakout session to focus on a specific area of our lives. I had a good time. Met a few new people, and took steps to be closer to Christ. This retreat provided a great time to unplug from life and refocus on what is important. I do not want to give the impression that it was relaxing, because the schedule kept us busy, but it was an event where you could relate with other guys and receive encouragement, guidance, and leadership. The theme of the weekend was "Rise Up". Become the man that God has called us to be.


Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Nappanee

Ok I just drove through Nappanee. All I can say is WOW!!! Pictures do not do it justice. The Taco Bell literally looks like a bomb went off. You do not truely understand the power of a tornado unless you have seen the destruction first hand. Click here to a link to Stacy's Blog with pictures: Click Here

more airport pics

USC vs. ND Airshow?



The USC vs. ND game brings in the most private jets to South Bend Regional Airport. For a little while on Saturday before the game starts SBRA becomes one of the busiest airports in the world. There are well over 100 Private Jets that fly into SBRA, this is a whole different kind of tailgating. Anyways I took Jacob to see all the jets or "airpane daddy,,,,daddy airpane". Everytime they would land he would go "whoooaa". In the one spot that we were standing there were six gulfstream jets. This is like the top of the line jet serious money. These jets can go in the 60 million range.....can you say big bankroll??? Jacob and I had fun....there was anothor guy there with his kid.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Jacob Helps Daddy




It was beautiful out Sunday. Jacob decided he was going to help me mow. We had fun and the front yard is looking nice. I can't believe how fast he is growing.

Friday, October 19, 2007

O'Hana On WNDU

Here is the WNDU news coverage of the groundbreaking for O'Hana. Look towards the end there is a close up of Jacob and Jami.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

O'Hana Ground Breaking

Today Jami, Jacob, and I were able to attend the O'Hana Heritage Foundation's ground breaking ceremony for O'Hana House. This is the organization that Jami and I organized the golf outing fund raiser for. This is a huge step forward for this organization in providing respite care for families of medically fragile children. It will be awesome to watch the house be built in the next year. You can find more out about this organization by visiting the link on my sidebar. Also look for this event on the news tonight. I think News22 and News16 were there.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cold Season?




OK I am fighting my second cold within 2 months. I don't think cold season is even here yet, this can not be a good sign. I've been drinking plenty of juices my vitamin C levels should be good??? Anyways this really sucks.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Love Supreme

So here is the deal. I am addicted to A Love Supreme. It's true. During the day, at work, I listen to John Coltrane's studio version of it. Then in my car I listen to the Brandford Marsalis Quartet performing it live.



Obviously Coltrane wrote the piece so his studio album is the original version of the song. The song is made of four movements: I. Acknowledgement, II. Resolution, III. Pursuance, IV. Psalm. In total each version is around 45 min. Movements I. and IV. are based on a modal scale and are formless. They are based more on a melodic idea rather than a constructed song formulation. Movement II. is based on three 8 measure lines. The 3rd movement opens with an unmeatered drum solo and the goes into a 12 bar blues in Bb minor. What I love about Coltrane's version is the raw emotion convied in the music. At times it sounds like what people have identified with Coltrane "Sheets of Sound".



Branford's version is equally impressive and unique, while still holding on to the original concepts of Coltrane. Branford's tone is more rounded then Coltrane's sound. If there is a saxophone sound that I would want to emulate it would be Branford's. To me it is very interesting how different the two versions are and at the same time the ear goes "this is definatly A Love Supreme". Anyways I just had to share my love of this music with all of you.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Weekend Recap


Well I'll Start by talking about the end of my weekend. Scott and I drove down to Indy and watch the Colts play. They played Tampa Bay which forgot to show up. This seemed like one of the fastest games I have ever seen. It was over with in what seemed like no time at all. All of a sudden the players were leaving the field and I am like wow it is half time all ready???? It just felt like we were not there long enough for a football game. Anyways Scott and I had a great time and thanks to my Uncle Ed for hooking us up with the tickets.




This weekend also presented another opportunity to serve in the Heir Force Room at GCC. This always fills me with energy. After I leave the weekend after serving at GCC I feel reenergized and refocused on what is important in life. It was also a weekend that Brent was serving....he has a great review over at his blog. Check out the link on the sidebar.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bright Moon




Has anyone noticed how bright the moon has been the last couple of nights? I know these pictures don't do any justice, but it has been pretty awesome this week.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Transformers 2


Let the countdown begin. It is official!!! Suppose to come out in June 2009. No word on characters yet.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lake Erie Fishing Trip


Sunday six of us went on a fishing trip on lake Erie. We caught a lot of fish. We started the day catching perch. All of us 6 plus 2 (captain and mate) caught our limit. We brought home 240 perch!!! then we went and caught walleye. That was a little slower, but we did catch 29. Before cleaning we had 75 pounds of perch and 79 pounds of walleye. After cleaning we had 61 pounds of fish!!! Get out the frying pan.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Back From Vegas!!!

Well this marks my 9th trip to Las Vegas. We had a great time, all except for the airline. We were supposed to be in Vegas at 7:14pm we arrived at 2:30am and we were supposed to be at home by 3:30PM and we arrived at midnight. United customer service sucks. On top of that it took them 2 days to get our luggage back home.




Again Jami, Jacob, Mary, Mike, and I stayed at the Excalibur. At $31 a night who can pass this deal up? With decent rooms, a nice view of the pools, and convient location this hotel made our stay for the week wonderful.



One of the things I love about Vegas is the buildings. Vegas is constantly evolving. Here you can see Trump's tower rising above Treasure Island (TI).




One of the things we took Jacob to was the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage. They recently had a baby dolpin named Srgt. Pepper. Jacob loved watching the dolpins swim by and everytime they splashed their tail fins on the water he said "boom".



One night Jami and I went to MGM Grand and went to the show "Ka". This show is awesome. When you welk into the theater it is very cool. The stage is a big hole with fire balls coming out of it. The show is actually performed on a moving, rotating platform. It is technically amazing. I was so impressed by the stage that my wife pointed out to me that I missed the whole plot of the show. I said I know but did you see how they did that?!? Amazing. Still have not seen a Cirque show that I haven't liked.


Of course everytime you go to vegas you have to see the Bellagio fountains. I don't care how many times I have seen them they are still awesome. This is by far one of the best free shows in Vegas.


another cool thing that Jami and I got to do was visit City Center's Sales office. This was cool for me because I have been following this 9.8 billion dollar project for some time now. They had models of the project and you could actually go and sit in the suites that they are building. This place was very professional and the sales staff was excellent. It was also cool to see how far the building had progressed since Brent and I were there in January.





This Lamborgini was parked outside of Ceasers Palace. I had to take a pic. Very cool.

Ladies and Gentlemen Now Presenting "Jacob and the Red Piano"
Jacob plays Las Vegas. He had a great time at FAO Swartz toy store. He found this Red Piano and went to town he had the whole floor cracking up. He also played on the Big Walking Piano.



This is a picture of Jami and I on top of the Stratosphere with the LV Strip in the background.
This is a picture of Bally's. This is where I think I am staying for the guys trip in January. This will mark my 10th trip to LV!!!