As part of my daily reading, I read a book to help me be a better father. This is a part of my life that is not intuitive for me. I tend to be very busy and therefore miss some of the cues that I should pick up on. This book helped me a lot with that. The best part about this book is that most of it is broken up into chapters that take on one challenging topic for teens. Not only is it a great sequential read, but it is a great reference tool. The solutions were very realistic, unlike may parenting books. I definitely recommend it for those who are raising teens - boys or girls. It gives equal time to both gender's issues.
Tim's first book "Love is the Killer App" is one of the best books I ever read, so I came into this one with high expectations. You know how sometimes when you go to see a movie that everyone has told you is great, it turns out to be just OK and you wonder if it was because your expectations were too high? This book was like that for me. It is a good book about relationship building which is one of the 3 principles in his first book, but this one did not knock my socks off. However, if you struggle in this area, it does have some great info. Bottom Line - read his first book and go from there.
I blogged about this book when I first started reading it because I thought it was going to be a great book. It did not disappoint. A great book to help you get organized and productive. I HIGHLY recommend it for everyone. The major premise is to create organizational systems for the things you need to get done, so that your mind can be freed up for creativity, relaxation and true productivity. If all your important tasks are in a system, you will not waste valuable brain power trying to remember the things you need to do or worrying about forgetting to do them. Pick it up - definitely worth the read.
Even though it was quite cold, the annual Thanksgiving football game went off without a hitch today. The field of warriors looked like this: This is an action shot of one of the plays: This is the winning team in a full battle strategy session: The winning team scored 56 pts: and the other team scored 28 pts. Another great Thanksgiving day battle. No injuries. One faked.
Today we went up to my grandmother's house to help her do some things around the house and prepare the field for our annual football game. Here are some pics and notes. Here is Bailey working hard: My brother, Eric, doing a little grounds keeping:My brother-in-law, Pat, removing a tree that has always been in the field but was just getting too big: This is me putting the finishing touches on the field:And this is the rest of the crew working on various tasks:After half a day of hard work, the field is ready. Here is what it looks like before the battle: Notes from the battle tomorrow.
Tuesday, I got to play 27 holes of golf with my dad, my brother, and my brother-in-law. What an awesome day. This is a view from the first tee. Yes, that is the fairway below. This is my dad helping my brother: This is the par 3 where I hit into the water 3 times in a row: This is just a great pic of a hole: This is an even better pic of a hole: Another great day in Alabama.
We made it! We are in Alabama for the next 7 days. On the way we crossed two state lines: saw what fall looks like (note the trees changing color) and did a little shopping. Not a bad trip at all, but 13 hours in the car is never fun. Nick and Bailey got a new bed mate: and we are looking forward to a great visit.
This is a picture from this morning at home. I was quite cold in South Florida. 67.5 degrees when this picture was taken. We left for Alabama today as we embark on our annual pilgrimage to the homeland. When we left it was about 79 degrees. When we stopped in Lake City for the night, it was 39 degrees - 40 degrees below what it was when we left. Needless to say it did not take us long to get unloaded and into the warm hotel room. Looking forward to building a snowman in the morning before we head out.
Yesterday I got to go deep sea fishing with 4 guys. Two of them I already knew and two of them I did not. This is a picture of us on the boat:
We had great time fishing even though we did not catch a lot. The best part of the day was getting to hang out with friends and making some new ones. I will try to post some of the video of the vicious battles we fought with the fish, but that was all secondary to the fellowship. I look forward to going again soon. One more pic:
Today we put another seven hours into our atrium renovation. The fence is finished except for the gate. The last two days have been the hardest physically that I have had in a long time. It is worth it. The atrium looks great. Take a look below:
When we moved into our current home about two and a half years ago one of the projects we wanted to do was to replace the fence in our atrium. Drum roll.....
Today we started that project with the help of our home improvement consultant (Melissa's Dad Dennis). Here is what it looked like before we started: So, I equipped my two helpers: and off we went. Today we tore down the old fence and set the posts for the new fence. Here is a look at the progress so far: We also decided an entrance that goes out to the common area in back with a sidewalk: Tomorrow, we will hopefully finish the project (if my back allows) and you will get to see the finished project.