090430 - Rain Gear

090430 - Up & in to work, another good productive morning. Off to the airport and caught an early flight home. Met LD&G @ J's karate practice. Got some dinner then took D to scouts.

090429 -

090429 - Matt in Boston big dinner, J - Soccer Game got goal!

090427 -

090427 - J school, boys played in sand (pic), D - Baseball P G was pig pen (vid), J - Soccer P, ice cream, Coffee w/ the boys

090427 - New Sand 2

090427 - Pigpen

090426 -

090426 - LDJ church, G&I Home depot 5 bags white stone  7 bags sandworked in yard, gutter, pump, grapes, groceries, friends over, Spirit

090426 - New Sand

094024 -

090424 - L - Crafting, junk yard, batteries, pizza w/ jack, ransom over, 3 boys up late

090424 - Boys night

090423 +

090423  + D = Tick on head, J - Soccer Game, D - Karate

090422 -

090422 - J - Parent day, D - Baseball Scrimage, J - Karate

090422 - School Day!

090422 - Up and to school with Jack this morning. On the way in he said 'please don't be crazy', so I tried to be good... We had a load of fun!

090420 -

090420 - L - to school w/ J, karate w/ the boys, bible bangers

090419 + Japenesse Steak House

 090419 + D - Campout, Baseball Pract, day earth stood still, lowes, home depot, fukiyama

090418 - Soccer & Camping

090418 - J - Soccer Game, D - Baseball Prac, - Scouts, Spring Camp out

090417 -

090417 - Took j & d TO SCHOOL THIS AM. G had a dr apt.  d late ;-), bank, videos, long johns, J - Soccer Prac

090416 -

090416 - jack on roof, d friend to karate, kickball, movie w/ l

090415 + Back Home

090415 + flew home, 6:15 - 2pm, worked a bit, dylan deoderant, steak and shake

090413 -

090413 - Golive, hooters, 8am - 6:30
Dylan home from school sic, jack school, 6am - 12:45 for me

090411 -

090411 - 6:15 - 12:30am

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Color ing eggs

090411 - Another Bee Victim!

090411 - Up 6:15 the big C factory for the day w/ P... pretty SLOW, but got stuff done. Headed back to US @ 6:15 so another looonnng day. Stopped by the Bee with Andre, another mate, this time from the Netherlands. Back to the hotel to do???

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Easter cupcakes at grammys

090409 - Big Bee

090409 - Up and on the road to the Reynosa plant. Got lost in downtown Reynosa :-( finally made it to the plant for a long day... Jack called me tonight, he got his blue belt! Way to go Jack! We left the plant and headed back to the hotel and I routed us past one of my favorite landmarks. Here is Ahndi, a mate I work with from Scotland, with the 'World's Largest Killer Bee'. heading out to get some food.

090408 -

090408 - D to Graeters, M 2 mcallen, J - Soccer Practice

090407 -

090407 - J - Kindergarten round up, taxes, ready for trip

090406 -

090406 - Full fast day, offer on the retton property. dinner, karate, jeff over, tim's, up LATE

090404 - 2009 Maple Syrup Day @ the Farm

090404 - 2009 Maple Syrup Day @ the Farm
I was up much of the night before the day on the phone with Mexico and Amsterdam and was able to squeeze in only about 3 hours of sleep... The boys got me up plenty early and we headed down to meet Roger that always starts day early and gets the fires going. We had bacon and eggs that Roger cooked over the fire, you can't beat it. We made final preparations and they started arriving... One by one at first, then family after family until the farm was filled with family friends, young and old. There were kids everywhere! We again this year missed those that have left us this past year and lit the fire with their spirit, as we know on this day especially they are there walking among us.
The Barn, as always, was a big hit with the kids. Howdy took a pretty good fall towards the end of the day and I heard of at least one other kid that found a hole in the barn floor, but no trips to the hospital so all is good ;-) The pony was there, some cats, plenty of cows, the creek, walnuts, smoke, hay ride, chili, hot dogs, eternal spring water, sunshine, rope swing, hay fort, tractors, big round bales, toy guns, electric fences and of course maple syrup being boiled down. There is a magic at this place. Where the kids can run free and you don't have to worry about strangers. Where you just know everything will be alright and the spring will always be running. Where generations don't matter and everyone is an expert at when the sap actually turns into the amber gold syrup.
I am sort of writing all over the place and repeating myself, but I don't really know how to document this experience we pull together and have each year??? I know we are building memories that will never fade. I know we are establishing a love for the outdoors the freedom we have the bonds of friendship and family that stand the test of time and hold us up. This is one of my favorite days of the year.

It was a bit brisk, but we had sunshine and LOADS of family and friends!
(96 visitors to the Farm)

090403 -

090403 - Up, boys 2 barn, l&l home, d&i finff, trap, guns bullets, groceries, syrup, naps, barn, ryans, rick, home baths, bed, ahnid still in mex, things not working, sap ready.  L - Dinner out, New Kids Concert

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090401 + Happy b-day L!!!

090402  + Lbday movie ice cream, D&I post hair, D - Baseball, J& friend explore, pole

090402 -

090402 - Work am, walkies, farm, sap, wood, seasoning, fort. Bday dinner & party