Monday, November 26, 2007


Final thoughts about our time away.
  • Ladders and highways do not mix.
  • Did I say ladders and highways do not mix? Okay, I'll say it again, they really, really don't go together. I feel much better now.
  • I have a difficult time understanding people who speak softly with a southern drawl.
  • Driving 500 miles south does not mean warm weather. After the first day it was in the 40's all week.
  • The weather did not stop us from playing football.
  • We ate Ham for Thanksgiving and I slowed down on my coffee drinking.
  • We watched football, just as the Pilgrims intended.
  • Joshua has turned into the major football fan. Can't pull him away from the TV.
  • Connected a little more with my sister in Chicago while in Alabama.
    • I want to work on that relationship. She's my only sister left. Don't want to have any regrets.
  • Zachary could eat 24 hours a day, 8 days a week. The kid is always hungry.
  • I enjoy watching Debbie smile and laugh with family. She is beautiful.
  • Ate too much chili, enjoyed time with Debbie's cousins we had not seen in 3 years.
  • Had a blast at the Huntsville Rocket and Space Center -
    • Don't ever go on a g-force machine 30 minutes after you have eaten.
      • Amazingly I held it in, but . . . well never mind, you don't need the details.
      • Joshua loved it, but I wanted to yell STOP!
    • Went on a trip to Mars, and a Mars roller coaster. That was Zachary's favorite.
    • The boys went rock climbing and visited the gift shop.
      • They now have dog tags and jets.
    • Looking at the rockets, their engines was amazing. Debbie and I had been there before. There are so many possible things that could go wrong, so many people involved in putting them together.
  • Realized Zachary will probably never be able to be in the army or fireman or an astronaut due to his diabetes. Not trying to be filled with sorrow, but that is probably a reality.
  • It was great to see Debbie's dad, important for Debbie and the boys to also reconnect in person with him. The boys seemed very comfortable with him and in the house, had not seen him for 2 years.
  • Did not do anything spectacular, we did not have to.
  • We decided on the way back this summer we are taking a family vacation somewhere. Any suggestions?
  • We usually take our vacations to visit family. Going off by ourselves is unusual.
  • I plan to lose a few pounds and get in better shape. I need it.
  • I spent some time reflecting about church/ministry/my role, etc. more to come on that one later.
That is it for now. I know there is more, but my brain is tired of having to think.



  1. Suggestions for future trips
    If you like the space center I would suggest following up with a trip to NASA in Titusville FL although not as hands on as Hunstville sounded.
    At the age of the boys now, possibly Washington D.C if they liked looking at museums, and might like looking at history,monuments, Smithsonian, etc. (LOTS OF WALKING) Take the Duck Tour!
    If you like long drives, Mt Rushmore,Badlands, Crazy Horse,Wall Drug (hardly any ladders on I90)
    Just some thoughts

  2. Thanks for the ideas. Debbie and I have been to NASA in Titusville. The boys would like that. Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands or the Smoky Mtns are thoughts.

    Where is Wall Drug?

  3. Wall drug is on the way to Mt Rushmore. You start seeing signs that say Wall Drug, 800 miles, then 750 miles, etc. It becomes a thing to see the signs. They say that there are actually signs that say Wall Drug so many miles all over the world. It is not far from Mitchell SD which is where the Corn Palace is.

  4. Thanks. Maybe sometime we will tell the boys we are going on a long drive to 'Wall Drug' and they will think we are going to Wal Mart. Oh well.

    I have always wanted to go to the Dakotas and work my way NW. That would be a great trip.

  5. ps. sorry about the crack about the ladder on I90!

  6. no need to apologize. We ended up okay, and I believe it helped save us from further disaster, so humor is appreciated.


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