Letters

Letters

When our COVID lock down began in March, my wife and I wanted to create some sort of normality in the household for our sake, but especially for the kids. One of the daily routines that happened organically was our trip to the mailbox at around 3:00 every afternoon once my wife and I were [...]

Dress Codes

Dress Codes

Trying to look on the bright side of life here... One of the nice things about teaching high school from a distance is that I can really focus on the content and how I am delivering it. While recording my lessons, if I mess up, I can stop and do it over. I also don't [...]

One Day

One Day

There's so much that I want to write, that I'm having a hard time writing anything at all. There is a new normal for so many people right now. I'm having to learn how to teach two Advanced Placement classes remotely while also trying to help my wife (who is remotely working as a school [...]

This New House

This New House

I typically use the time during Spring Break to relax and get recharged for the final quarter of the school year. I guess I have done that to a certain extent so far this week, but we are also still using the break to get things situated in our (relatively) new house. Sunday was the [...]

Resolutions

Resolutions

One year when I was young (I don't remember how old...elementary age), I asked my mom what her New Year's resolution was. She said she didn't have one. This struck me as odd. I thought all grownups HAD to have resolutions. When I inquired further, she said something that has stuck with me since that [...]

Incomplete

Incomplete

Just a week shy of my fourth birthday, my family I moved to the small rural town where lived until I graduated from high school. I lived there again briefly after college. As we settled into small town life, my mom began dragging my brother and me to the local Baptist church. (These roles were [...]

Fishing

Fishing

In the days leading up to the Cub Scout camping trip that we went on in October, my son asked over and over if we would be able to go fishing while we were there. He had asked to go fishing numerous times before, and like any good father I just kept saying, "I'll take you sometime [...]

Heroes

Three years ago today, I lost my dad. His bad habits are what eventually killed him, but he was an extraordinary man who did not fully embrace his own capabilities. He was by far the smartest man I've ever known, and I'm fortunate that I inherited a little bit of that. He was my mentor and [...]

Time

Sunday was my 38th birthday. I'm not sure how that happened. I understand the conception and birth thing. Time has passed, and so on. What I don't understand is how I can be two years shy of forty when on most days I have to remind myself that I'm an adult now so I should [...]

Explosions

I used to love going to the movies. In high school and college, the movie theater was my go to location if I was bored. At home, I had a nice collection of VHS tapes (dating myself here) and DVDs that I would watch over and over. Adulthood, career, and marriage didn't slow down my [...]

S

When my wife and I found out that our first born was going to be a boy, we did what every set of parents does...we tried to pick a name. We could have just named him after me, but I'm a Junior, and I really didn't want a Third. We probably had more difficulties than [...]

Utopia

We started taking the kids to Sweet Tomato when our son was about 3 and our daughter was still small enough we could carry her into the restaurant in her car seat. We figured the food was mostly health and it was already prepared...no waiting around for the food to be delivered to our table. [...]

Origin

This blog has been a long time coming...a really, really long time. About ten years ago I had a blog of the same name on a different site that I used to post pictures that I took at Longhorn football games. That was fun for a while, then my son happened. Before you have kids, [...]