Everyday is a winding road. *SC*

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.