Everyday is a winding road. *SC*

Friday, December 24, 2010


Presents from Grandpa Beavin.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The kids tend to forget the appropriate use of various items.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Emma and Addi - My Little Princesses

So Mark took like 20 photos and this was the best he got. Do you like Emma's broken crown? Yeah well I wasn't buying another one! Maybe next year I can do costumes in advance and they can be really cute? Don't count on it!

Addi AKA Snow White

This is Addi's favorite costume ever. She wears it at least once every day (well not the makeup). This was prior to going trick-or-treating and she was actually in a good mood at this point and time. That didn't last long.

Addi's Birthday Cake

So I didn't think I would be able to pull this cake off. I will never ask my child what kind of cake she wants again. I expected a princess cake but didn't expect "a princess cake that is Cinderella, in blue with a crown" ug.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lots Of Pumpkins

Emma enjoyed her preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010


What child doesn't like the sight of Oreo cookies? ;)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The girls.


The girls are very much like their Dad regarding the camera.

Emma hanging out at a neighborhood birthday party.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Addi wasn't having any part of sleeping.

Monday, May 31, 2010


...searching for acorns.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Calm

A full belly works for kids and adults.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Emma had a blast with her Engar cousins in Indiana.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mark's Grades

So once again I thought I would take a little time to brag about my better half. He just got his grades for what is essentially his last semester of class work (student teaches in the fall) and pulled out a 3.75 GPA. Not bad considering he spent a majority of the semester doing homework long after the rest of us had gone to bed and spent his days (while not in class) holding his 2 year old that has developed the inability to go anywhere without someone holding her. Not bad dear!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Just in case anyone was wondering.... Emma is writing her name now - and writing it EVERYWHERE with EVERYTHING. It is on the driveway in chalk, on every paper she can find with whatever writing instrument she can use (including eyeliner and lipstick) and on my leather couch - (but only "scrached in" as she put it). I can't even make pancakes without making at least a "big E". So needless to say the EMMA on the blog... Emma did that on the computer.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

La La La La

Emma asked about 1,479 times before I caved for sanity reasons.

Start 'em early

Britt has decided that Addi can do a better job with the laundry.

The nose is fine but...


Monday, March 29, 2010

Down for the Count

It's been a while since I've posted a snoozing Emma.
Which child is under the blanket?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Go Figure

I taught two lessons at a charter school last week for a class assignment. Something struck me as a little funny a couple days later. I struggled for so long in classrooms that the thought of ever "teaching" was the equivalent of saying I scored a 30 on my ACT. But I felt very natural in the classroom. I walked around the classroom while explaining the different types of violence (that was the lesson). I didn't stutter a bit and the students were raising their hands at will. I asked a couple students to put their earphones away and they did without rolling the eyes or asking why.

Sports were always natural for me but being in that classroom was pretty darn close. I didn't worry about the time and I let the students share their stories and opinions.

I was taken back while the class was working on a vocabulary crossword puzzle. I was very open with inviting the class to ask for help and a student took me up on it. He was having difficulty with the definitions of a few words. I instantly warped back to middle school while walking over to help him. I was ALWAYS needing help in school but I was always afraid to ask. I pulled up a chair and started to explain the differences between the vocabulary words. He was really trying but just coming up a little short. He didn't know the definition of "stereotype" and he appeared to be a little embarrassed about it. I quickly mentioned a few examples of a stereotype. He instantly picked out the right meaning and filled in the boxes. He just needed a little explanation and he was on his way. That situation was awesome.

Students should never be embarrassed or ashamed to ask questions. Any teacher who inflicts guilt on a student should be out of the classroom. Go and take the power trip elsewhere.

Yes, I will never be the perfect teacher. I will have my good and bad days but I will never sacrifice a student's will to learn. I have yet to meet anybody who has learned anything without asking questions.

Basement Update

The basement is almost ready for paint. I need to caulk a few more areas and finish framing the windows. I've installed most of the baseboards but my ability to install doors basically sucks. A friend is coming tomorrow to assist me with my freakin' doors.
I love caulk. I've even caulked the corners so I can have a smooth paint line between the wall and the ceiling. Britt thinks I'm crazy but the finished product will look good. That's all that matters.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Who's turn?

...and we wonder why the kids rotate weeks being sick.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trying to describe this makes it worse.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Addi was layering the snow for faster melting time.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Breathing Not Important

Emma said she had a bloody nose.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Drywall Update

Well......I completed the soffits yesterday. Ideally, I would have used longer pieces but shorter pieces had to do since I was working alone. The extra mudding will be hidden with texturing.


Emma can be playing baseball at one moment and then dressing up the next. Addi was struggling to walk in her shoes.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Britt did a great job with Emma's Dora cake.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Emma's 4th Birthday

Emma was now in her "birthday chair" and chomping artery clogging pizza.

Emma's 4th Birthday

Emma & Ella

Emma's 4th Birthday

Kangaroo Zoo has a room where you could pelt your enemy with balls shot with air through a tube.

Emma's 4th Birthday

Emma had her birthday party at Kangaroo Zoo. If you were trying to AVOID kids, the row of minivans would be your first hint that this is not the place.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Birthday to Emma

Emma is 4 years old today. She is having a big 11:00 AM party tomorrow at some "jump around and fall on your head" place. It should be fun for her and probably some time for me to act a little immature.

The above picture really shows how little kids REALLY look around the house. The faces are covered with chocolate and their hair is tangled beyond repair. I can already hear my wife yelling at me for posting this picture. She thinks I don't dress or bath the kids enough as it is. Oh well, might as well enjoy the moment.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Basement Project

In hopes of making our house less toy cluttered, we have embarked on a basement finishing mission. The home currently is filled with tripping, cursing and sweet remarks of how organized the house is.

The plan is to have a "rec room" (picture above) along with my office. I can then work downstairs and still be close to the kids without cluttering the main floor. We plan to bring our 42" TV downstairs and have a nice spot to watch movies, etc. I will also be able to watch anything from my office computer on the TV as well. I have installed speaker cable in 5 different locations with the hope of having surround sound when extra money becomes available. The kids will have an area for internet access (supervised of course) and internet will be available through the TV. We are making a little play area under the stairs complete with a couple windows. We are leaning towards painting the play area with chalkboard paint and allow the kids to experience the facination of wall coloring without the guilt.

After these two areas are complete, we will then finish the storage room, bedroom and bathroom. I am looking forward to completing this project. It will be important for me to have an office once I am teaching and important for Britt to have the main floors clean at all times.

Check out the window cutting...pretty sweet, huh?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Early Present

Emma opened an early birthday present from Grandpa and Grandma Engar. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Life Stuff

I've been doing some thinking and it seems a little weird to be at this stage of college. Why?
Because I grew up being told by teachers, counselors, neighbors and others that "Mark" just isn't school material. Could you imagine how comforting that was?
I've spent a long, long time finding pieces to a gigantic puzzle. It didn't make sense that I was stupid. I was born with a natural ear for music and I was able to play instruments quite well at an early age. I never met a "stupid" musician then and I never have today.
There was no greater fear for me than going to school each day. I dreaded being called on but I totally loved the feeling of "not getting it" in class. Just as I was able to to get a grip of a concept the teacher was already 25 minutes further along with the lesson. I would then scramble to TRY and figure out what else I was missing. It was just another lost cause. It was another episode of "Lost and Still Lost" in my daily classroom environment.
Let's see here. What can make the daily clueless school day even better? Let's tack on the nights of homework to that. By then I had already mentally placed myself deep inside my "Tired of the Frustration" world. This world shielded me from any further prompts to lessen my already empty self-esteem. Yes, I realized the family members helping were getting more and more frustrated but it was my defense mechanism. A pre-teen's psychological state could take only so much.
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that maybe I was stupid. I couldn't grasp concepts so it was a no-brainer, I'm stupid. The best tutors in school were helpless with me. Oh yeah, I must be stupid. I fell into the "dumb jock" routine early in my life. I was told by a few "Thank goodness you have talent for sports because"....you get the point.
Sports could have carried me quite far but I was missing a very important thing. I was always very immature emotionally growing up. I couldn't accept not being the best. I was better than most people without breaking a sweat but I could never handle being truely tested. It reinforced that fear I learned in the classroom. Why couldn't sports always be pleasant? Hadn't I suffered enough in the classroom to deserve some "happy time" on the basketball court or baseball field?
Here is the flip side. Yes, a lot of things were a little screwed up when I was younger but it's up to us as responsible human beings to grow. I could have given up a long time ago, never married and possibly found myself in a cozy cell with a very large man............holy freakin' crap. I know today I am not stupid and I realize my attention span is that of a 3 year-old. Yes, I'm sure it drives my wife crazy when she says something to me and I'm off in another universe. I will probably always get frustrated when it takes me 12 minutes to complete a task that Emma can do in 4.