Tulips and Easter

TulipsWhy didn’t we do this 13 years ago? Thanks to my mom, we have beautiful tulips around our front tree to welcome in Easter. (Click on the image to see more pictures)

This has been a crazy, busy weekend. It started on Friday, which I took off (I needed a mental health day). Even though the day was forecast for rain, we went hiking and had great time.

On Saturday, we got up and rushed to church for an Easter egg hunt, games and crafts. It was beautiful day, and we played outside for a while. Then Ellie and Sarah helped me shop while Fern worked on food for Easter. That was followed by a trip to the local park, dinner, bath, house cleaning and Easter egg hiding rounded out the day.

Today started very early with getting the girls up, Easter egg and basket hunting. Then we left for breakfast at one of Fern’s house at 8:30 (we were only 10 minutes late). Church at 10:30, and then home to cook the food for Easter dinner at our neighbors. I squeezed a nap in while the kids were playing. It has been a great weekend with near perfect weather.

Happy Easter to all!

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2006 and the Second Anniversary

Today marks the second anniversary of this blog. When I started two years ago I had no idea where is it was going to lead (and I still don’t). I was quite active in writing articles for a while, but the last few months have seen a real dearth of writing. It’s not that I don’t have much to say, well maybe that’s true, but in reality life just seems to carry me right on by. And, the next thing I know the day is done, I’m beat and heading off to bed.

In looking forward to the new year, 2006 has some pretty big things in store for the family. I turn 37 in February, Sarah turn 2 this summer, Ellie starts Kindergarten in the fall, and Fern and I will celebrate our 15th anniversary in October (time sure flies when you’re having fun). If things work as we’ve planned we’re going to try see our extended family a little more this year than last, because it will get harder once Ellie starts school full-time in the fall.

On the technical side of things, I hope to upgrade the blog software to WordPress 2.0, complete the site redesign, upgrade the PC at the house from a 600 MHz Compaq to a used Dell 2.0 GHz Celeron, tweak our new GPS unit (look for a future post about it), and at work implement a complete overhaul of storage and backup systems. Beyond that we’ll have to see.

I’m not usually one for making new year’s resolutions, partly because I never keep them (probably because they are often unrealistic), but I’m making a couple blog related ones this year. Here we go, I will average at least 1 post per week (asides/mini-posts don’t count). Two, I will upload pictures to the gallery at least every other month. That’s it. Nothing too outlandish.

I hope everyone had a great 2005 and I pray that 2006 will be even better.