ASSERTIVE minus the ASS

Well, 2014 is quickly coming to a close. The Holidays are just about over, and what a week it’s been.  A great Christmas with my wife and boys.  We got a new trampoline for the boys, and they’ve already spent hours upon hours of jumping on it.  We ate lots of good food and watched most of our Christmas movies.  I got some great presents from the boys, those really thoughtful ones that I will remember forever.

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Clemson won their bowl game on Monday, and can you say Woodshed!

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With this being New Year’s Eve, we look back at what 2014 was.  And what a year it has been.   We completed our first full year here in Wilmington, NC.  The boys are doing well in school and sports.  Kelli completed the Boston Marathon and her first triathlon, a 1/2 iron distance event at the Beach2Battleship Triathlon.  We went to a Red Sox – Yankees game at Fenway Park.  I completed my first marathon, the Savannah Rock-n-Roll Marathon.  We started coaching a running group at the Middle School my 12 year old attends, and I’m implementing a new Watch D.O.G.S. program at the elementary school my 8 year old attends.  We attended a Dave Matthews Band concert.  We have been rather busy with all the training, kids sporting events, volunteering events, and just some small family vacations.

It has been a year of firsts, a year of some failures, and a year of some successes.   I’m sure everyone can relate to this, and you have all probably had your own successes and failures this year.  And with it being New Year’s Eve today, we turn our focus towards 2015.  What will it bring?   Will you make resolutions to work out more, eat less chocolate, drink less beer, be more of a community volunteer?  What will it be?

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I have a thought on resolutions.  I have never really ever kept a resolution that I’ve made. I thought that I would, but come March or April, I usually forget what my resolution even was.   I think this year I will take a different approach, more of a goal setting mindset, or as a friend of mine is using, focusing on a keyword for the year.  There are lots of different things I want to do, but don’t want to write the list as a “resolution”.  Maybe resolutions work for some people, but not for me.  I want to enjoy life a little more, spend more time with family enjoying the things that makes us happy (not that we aren’t already happy as a family, just do more without worrying as much with others’ thoughts).  I want to get out of my comfort zone, reach outside of my “box” persay, and do different things.

I will use 2015 to do more things that I usually procrastinate on.  I plan to run more 1/2 marathons.  I plan to complete more projects around the house.  I will turn 40.  I need to communicate more, speak my mind instead of keeping it inside.  So my word is ASSERTIVE.   I will be more assertive at home, at work, in the community, speaking my mind.  I will not be a jerk about things, I’ll keep others thoughts and feelings in my mind when speaking and acting, but I need to spend this year also finding me, doing more for me and finding myself.

So my word is ASSERTIVE  (minus the “ASS”).

What is your word? What are your goals?  What will be your resolutions?

It’s Go Time Clemson!!

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Here we are Clemson. Game day for the end of the 2014 football season in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma. Hoping for a win tonight, but hoping more for the future. A win tonight will continue your building towards a national power, but getting healthy quarterbacks and great recruiting classes will only make the future that much more exciting for this program.
So Good Luck tonight. I’ll be watching along with thousands of others in Wilmington and across the land. I’ll be proud of you no matter the outcome tonight and look forward to a great future. GO TIGERS!

Not yet…Not yet….

That’s what I’m thinking.  It has come to quickly. Christmas Eve is upon us.   We have so much to do..so many movies to watch, so many songs to sing….so much fun to be had.   Kelli and I agreed to continue to celebrate Christmas until New Years in order to get all the movies in and enjoy all the music.  We just can’t get it all done today and tomorrow.   But, we will take the time to remember the reason for this special Holiday.  The coming of the baby, the star, the gifts and the presence of Hope.  I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope your holiday is a special one with friends and family.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

As It Quickly Approaches

As Christmas quickly approaches us this week, there are SO many things to do.  SO many movies to watch, SO many cookies to eat, candy to eat, lights to see…..I want to do it ALL!   Christmas comes once a year. Some begin celebrating it at Thanksgiving, some celebrate all year, and some people wait until Christmas Eve to really celebrate.

For me, I begin listening to Christmas music around Thanksgiving.  This year a few weeks before, as Thanksgiving fell late in the month of November.  I listen to music secretly, on my ipod with headphones in at work, and not at home. My wife loves Christmas music, but too much of it from Thanksgiving on, gets to be too much.  But now that this week has arrived, ALL the Christmas music is on.  We have our favorites..”Michael W. Smith, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Toby Mac”, etc.  The only music to be played in our house this week will be Christmas related.  We started off this week by attending the “Christmas Stories” tour with Jason Gray, Lauren Daigle and Carrolton on Sunday night.  It was different than what we expected, but great music and amazing voices.  These people can really sing.  The message behind the entire concert makes you remember the reason for the season.

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Now it is time to watch ALL the movies.  We have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th “, “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Story”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, etc. etc. etc.  There are SOOO many movies to watch, yet so little time.  We could sit around and watch all day, but the kids get restless. 2 boys, ages 12 and 8, love to watch movies, but only in small doses.  They get ancy, restless.  So we spend time outside, playing football, enjoying each other. But then that takes away from movie time.  But I’d much rather have them happy and enjoy them than regret it later for not spending enough time with them.

Family is in town, so eating out and laughter is bound to come with it.  We’ve eaten out several times over the past week since family arrived.  As you can see, the kids (and adult kids) enjoy playing with their food.

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So everyone enjoy the last few days leading up to Christmas.  Remember the real reason for the season.  Read books, read the Nativity Story, watch the movies, head to church, whatever it is you do, enjoy this time with family and friends and have a smile on your face.

What will you do these last few days? What movies will you be watching? Still have shopping to do?

Oh Little Gingerbread

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It’s amazing how just a little gingerbread house will bring out the creativity in kids and make such a special evening with family and love Christmas time. Hope all are well. My family and I are enjoying this wonderful time of year and trying to soak it all in before it’s over. Hope everyone is doing the same.

Remember the reason for the season!

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Weekend Update

So this was supposed to be written and issued Monday or Tuesday of this week, but as I’ve said before, sometimes work and other stuff get in the way and delay what I have wanted to do.  So, without any further delay, here we go…..

It was a fairly busy weekend for my household.  We spent Saturday morning at the William H. Craig Race for Life 5k as the end of year 5k race for our STRIDE team from my son’s middle school.  My wife volunteered and took on coaching of this team, actually, implementing it at this school, and taking the lead as the coach.  I provided some assistance, and help with keeping the 15 6th graders from running completely rampant while they were out running around and she was busy coaching individuals.  It was a great season.  You learn to really care about these students who come out and spend the time to train for the 5k.  It was a great experience, and we are doing it again at our youngest sons’ elementary school in the spring.  We completed this 5k on Saturday morning, hung out and watched the awards, and then headed home for coffee from the rather cool morning we’d just spent 5 hours in.

We spent the rest of Saturday afternoon cleaning up things around the house, raking the back yard, throwing the football in the front yard, and just passing time before my oldest had to be at a birthday party.  Once home, it was just mom and dad and our 8 year old for a few hours.  We proceeded to make his bedroom EPIC.  He is a shark lover, and wildlife and ocean lover, and we (well, my wife actually) painted his room a few months ago. We have just been really busy and have not gotten around to decorating his walls. Until Saturday night.   Let’s just say it is now EPIC!

EPIC Shark!

EPIC Shark!

We then proceeded to watch Rudolph, and settle in for the night.  I also sampled my Porter that had been carbonating in the bottle over the past week or so.  And I just have to say that it is quite tasty, and only time will make it better.   It came out to be around a 6% ABV beer, and is very clean with a decent body. Slightly sweet, but that comes with the ingredients used.  All in all, it won’t last long, especially with beer loving friends and family going to be around over the holidays to help eliminate it rapidly.  Guess I’ll start planning my next batch to brew.

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Sunday was a day of cleaning to prepare for the family coming to visit.  We watched some football, played some football, ate some good food, and watched a few Christmas movies.  It appears we are going to have to cram  A LOT of Christmas movies in over the next week to get all of our favorites in before the holidays end.

So I’ll wrap this blog up.  I’ll be posting a few more before the end of the year, as hopefully more time will allow. Work as gotten in the way this week as I feel I’m covering for my entire department, but it will all be worth it in the long run (well, it better be!).

What will you be doing this next week as we close in on Christmas?  Are you running? What is your favorite movie or family tradition?