O Christmas Trees

Since Emily’s first Christmas, we’ve been carrying on a tradition in our family in which we purchase one new Christmas ornament for each of our kids each year.  I’ve certainly lost track of who got what and when, but thankfully we’ve labeled each ornament and kept them in good shape over the years.  However, the ultimate result of this tradition is a very sentimental but horrendously hodge podge Christmas tree.

This year we tried something new.  We bought a separate 3’ tree for each kid.  They’ve now accumulated enough ornaments of their own plus a few oldies-but-goodies from Christmas-past and they can decorate their own trees.  Plus, with the dormers on our second floor, where the boys have their room, we can put them in windows and add to our external illumination.

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(See them up on the second floor)

The final benefit and probably the main goal was that we were able to decorate our tree with a more uniform style.

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Here are the kiddos trees:

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Zach’s Tree Tim’s Tree Emily’s Tree
(with a photo bomb by Zach)

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How did I get into this mess?

I’m not entirely sure how it happened but I’ve found myself chairing two different University committees at Wayland as well as chairing the Budget Study Committee at First Baptist Church.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for committees.  I’m perfectly happy to serve on one, maybe two, without much complaining at all.  But all this is really starting to wear me down.

I’d prefer not to complain too much, especially in a forum where many folks could come and read. However, I’ve got to say it out loud to remind myself that there is such a thing as “too many irons in the fire”. 

Being raised in a small town, going to school in a small district, I was able to get away with doing just about every activity available in the school plus a few things in the community and church.  I remember being told by numerous people that I could choose to be mediocre at a lot of things or great at a few things.  I didn’t accept that and I made every attempt to do everything, from band to golf to academics to UIL competitions in math, speech, debate, science, journalism, etc.  You name it, I’m pretty sure I tried it.  (Ok, there was no ag or 4-H, but I didn’t own any boots or country music, so I get a pass on that one).

That philosophy set a precedent that has finally started to plague me as an adult.  The mindset that developed tells me that if I see a project that either I’m interested in or someone asks me to participate in or lead, I only ask one question, “Am I able to do it?”  If I can envision the work and mentally develop a strategy to accomplish the goals, I tend to say yes.

People tell me I need to learn to say no.  Truth is, I say no plenty of times, but I say no when I believe I’m not the right person for the job.  That is to say, I’m not capable to doing the job as it should be done.

In addition to weighing my capabilities as a function of only my strengths, I need to weigh them as also a function of my time and priorities.  I’m notoriously bad at estimating the amount of time needed to accomplish my tasks, but I am also notoriously consistent.  I always estimate a much shorter time than is actually needed.

Fortunately for me, one of the committees is nearing the completion of its duties. And while, all of this may sound like I’m really down on myself, things are actually looking up.  Three days ago, I didn’t know what was causing the severe funk I was in.  Being able to identify it and focus in on my real priorities, I’m able to relax into the loving arms of an all-knowing, all-loving God whose plans for me never fail.

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.   I Corinthians 10:30 (THE MESSAGE)

 

Pinewood Derby Races

This past Saturday was the annual Royal Ambassador’s (RA) Pinewood Derby races in Lubbock.  Timothy competed with the car he worked on with his Grandaddy.  Last year, with minimal effort we managed to win 1 race and lose the next two.  Thanks to the ingenuity of Lori’s Dad and Timothy’s well executed racing style, we won 5 in row putting us into the sweet sixteen and then the final four.  Though they didn’t award a 4th place, we’ve decided that’s where we must have finished.

The rest of the FBC Plainview team performed very well with a couple from our church finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Lad’s division and another one finishing second in the Crusader’s.  I also learned that there is an adult division, so I may have to let Joel build his own and I’ll race it for him. Winking smile

Here’s a few pics from Saturday.  Way to go, Timo!

Fresh start

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I had a blog dedicated to personal posts about my family. Though I vaguely recall the reasoning for discontinuing its use, I think I’ve come full circle. I miss going back and reading about the fun times we’ve had as a family and reminiscing about past vacations, birthday parties, sporting events, etc.

So this new blog is a return to those days. I know I could make an effort to retrieve all my old Dad-Posts from the late “Zone Defense” blog, but I think I’ll just start fresh here and see where that takes me.

I will most definitely be tying this blog to some of my most common online haunts, such as Facebook and Twitter, so if you found me there or are reading me through one of those sites, just realize you can visit the blog directly at “What Color is Tuesday?”.

As for the name of the blog, many of you will probably have heard me tell the story but if you haven’t, I’ll explain in the next post.

Until then…

Thanksgiving 2008

image This Thanksgiving belonged to my family so we made the trip to Amarillo and spent the holiday with my parents and grandparents.  A tradition was started a couple of years ago to take advantage of the feast at Golden Corral for Thanksgiving dinner, so we did that followed by an afternoon of snacking on goodies, including sausage balls, pecan pie squares, chex mix, etc.  Of course, a few games of Yahtzee had to be played.  We probably should have played a few more games for Emily’s sake but we spent most of the weekend watching football and movies, as well as eating and sleeping.

We weren’t all in the best of health.  Some of that could be attributed to the over-indulgence in snacks, but we think Emily might have had a mild case of strep.  By the time we got home on Saturday, she was feeling much better and her fever was gone.  We expected to take her into the weekend clinic but she wanted to wait to see if she stayed better and we agreed.  By Sunday, there was little evidence that she had been sick at all.

On Sunday, while playing hookie from church for no good reason (shame on us!), we cleaned the entire house, room by room, starting in the back and working our way forward.  We did try something new this time, attacking each room as a whole, all five of us.  Usually we split up and each take a room.  This seemed to go faster in my opinion and you see progress a lot faster (snowball effect?).  

Once the house was clean, we started decorating for Christmas.  The tree is up, the knick-knacks are carefully placed (thanks to Lori).  I was in charge of grocery shopping during the knick-knack phase and it’s a good thing.  Everything is much more appropriately placed than I would have been able to accomplish.

I’m officially ready for Christmas Season!

– Scott

Touchdown!!

Tonight was the last game of the flag football season for Timothy.  We got to see him score his first touchdown.  As you’ll be able to tell from the video, we were quite pumped.

Here are a few pictures from the last day as well:

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Construction Saturday

Today, after mowing I put together the canopy that we bought with our new lawn furniture. Lori helped me finish it off after she finished putting together the boys’ new dresser (the dark one).

Construction Saturday 001    Construction Saturday 006 Finished! Lori bough AND built this today. Old dresser