July 06, 2004

 one great big THANKS!

I'm 100% sure I don't say this often enough, but I owe a lot to Lala for being so great to Logan. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful things she does for Logan (and me) that just saying thanks doesn't really do it justice.

Here's a small list of the things I'm most thankful for:
1) Always being there for Logan (even on
short notice),
2) Always having Logan's best interests in mind,
3) Always making the plans (and reminding me) for events such as b-day parties, schools, etc...,
4) Letting me have peace of mind knowing he's in good

I could keep going, but I'll stop with just a big THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING LALA.

May 18, 2004

 What a ham!!!!

Logan got a relatively minor boo-boo on his foot Sunday night at my parent's house. He was getting out of the bathtub and doing his naked dance when his feet slipped out from under him. Poor little guy....besides the embarrassment of slipping during a naked dance (and everyone knows how embarrassing that is), he ended up scraping his foot. It was a pretty bad scrape, but definitely nothing serious.

Being that he's never hurt himself terribly (knock on wood), I tend to doctor him up (some might say "baby" him) when he gets these minor bumps and bruises. This time, Logan just ate it up.

After getting home Sunday night, I wrapped his foot in what might appear to be a cast-type bandaging and he went to bed.

Monday, when he awoke, he was really pushing the agony part and wanted me to carry him to the bathroom, etc... From what I understand, he expected the same of my dad throughout the rest of the day.

I got home about 5:00 and as I opened the door, Logan heard some children playing out in the park. Oh the miracles that can occur when a child wants to play. Amazingly, he jumped off the couch, ran to the door, and didn't once think about how painfully sore his boo-boo was.

We played outside until dusk and I thought his foot must have been doing much better. Much to my dismay, all the agonizing pain came back full force when we got inside. Needless to say, it was far to painful for him to have to walk all by himself.

Like I said,what a ham! ...and I wouldn't want him any other way.

May 17, 2004

 Logan the Fearless

The Wichita River Festival came to a close over the past weekend....thankfully. I do believe I have spent way to much money on the carnival rides. At $2.25 a pop, you can imagine it doesn't take long to rack up a hefty bill over the week.

Each time we went up during the week, Logan was only interested in riding 2 rides - the Ferris Wheel, and a "running thing" (in Logan's words).

I know, the Ferris Wheel was pretty surprising to me too, but he loved it. In fact, he thought the other "kiddie" rides like the cars and small planes were too scarey. Needless to say, we rode the ferris wheel over and over and over. We rode it so many times that I think the attendant was getting the wrong idea.....asked a few times if we had missed him. Sorry charlie, but no.....don't float that way......just trying to have fun with my son.

The last day, I was able to convince Logan that the airplanes wouldn't be too scarey and he would probably enjoy it. After getting up in line, and then backing out a couple times (and riding the Ferris Wheel), he finally gave it a shot. He loved it so much that it is now his "new" favorite ride.

Darn it all! I can't fit in one of the small airplanes. Maybe he'll still be willing to ride the Ferris Wheel with me.

March 24, 2004

 Who is the real boss???

I just read a message posted by Ric describing his new office chair. He seemed very enthused that he would be able to work "comfortably" from home.

But you wanna know something funny??? When I picked Logan up the other day, guess who was using the new office chair. As a hint, the name starts with "L", but certainly doesn't end with "olo". : )

Yep, Logan had the chair in the middle of the room watching cartoons on the big screen. Lolo was in the corner perched atop the little wooden chair working away. Believe me, he certainly didn't look too comfortable.

While it is definitely funny to me, I'm very glad Logan has a Lolo and Lala that will suffer some discomfort just so he can be a king. He is a lucky little boy.

March 15, 2004

 How Embarrasing

Most of you have probably already heard this story, but for those who haven't - trust me, beware of how honest children can be.

I had managed to take a Friday off a few weeks back and figured I'd bring Logan up to the office to meet my co-workers. We had to be in Wichita anyways and everyone has been asking me to bring him up.

After making our way through the building, we came to my boss's office. Both bosses of mine were busy working so I was just going to stroll by and introduce Logan real quickly. As we stood in the doorway waiting for a chance to catch their attention, Logan bursts out with "Look daddy, he's got a big tummy!" and proceeded to laugh hysterically. I would say that got their attention, but I tried to play it off like I didn't hear. Logan noticed and decided I needed to hear it, so he pulled on my arm and said "Daddy, daddy, look......he's got a big tummy!" and again laughed uncontrollably.

Ooohhhh, the agony of embarrassment. Lucky for him, he's really cute and can get away with it. I just hope that cuteness will pay the bills when he gets me fired. : )


January 18, 2004

 Remember Me???

Hope I can remember how to type something more interesting than program bugs.........I don't know, it's been a couple weeks since I've thought of much other than testing our product.

Much to my delight, I can say that we pushed our final build at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15. We made our site available to create and file returns at 1:30 a.m. on Jan 16 (the day the IRS actually started accepting e-filed returns).

What's even more amazing is 16 people created and filed returns by 2:30 a.m. Pretty good for the 1st hour of business (especially considering the time of day). After release I went home and by the time I came back in at 8:00 a.m., we had over 600 returns created.......and with rave reviews in our comments database. Yeah!

I'd like to share one of the shorter comments our users sent. To be honest, I think they are talking about me..... : )

"Smooth fast and easy. I especially like the front-end website. Everything looks very professional and works well. You have a great designer!"


December 31, 2003

 Just a quickie....

Well, as the end of the year winds down, a new year begins full steam. I wish I could take a minute to write a bit more, but part of our product is scheduled for release on the 6th. The final site will be available on the 15th. Until then, it's a virtual whirlwind of excitement around here.

When it comes time to do your taxes, visit:

It's not just an easy site to prepare taxes; you'll actually be playing the important role of helping ensure my job will be here next year! : )

New Year's resolution: Win the lottery!


December 29, 2003

 The Game of Chess

Recently, I've been talking to a lady I work with about some chess tournaments her son has participated in. When asked if she was the one who taught her son the game, she replied with a "no".......she had no idea how to play the game.

It seems as though very few women play chess. My conclusion is based on the fact that I generally ask women I talk with if they play chess. You may be wondering why I would ask a question like that. Well, playing chess is on my list of qualities I'd like in a wife and while it holds a rather low priority, it is still an added perk I'd like.

To be honest, the only women I have ever played chess with are Ching and Jen. The men who are able to snare them are (and will be) some very lucky men. : )

So, I make a challenge to any lady who may happen to stumble across this posting. Send me an email address (on the tag board) and let me know if you'd be interested in a good game of chess.

December 28, 2003

 Alas, what's a father to do....

Since we are on the subject of the value of my time with Logan, I wanted to finish the day with a question that haunts my every decision:

What's a father to do?

Should a father work hard to improve his life / career so that the family can benefit from the experiences and perks of having more money?

Or, is the time spent at home more rewarding to the family than any of the experiences, vacations, and gifts a little extra money can buy?

I want to offer Logan a life full of enriching experiences and travels, but that really can't happen without a little money. Unfortunately, you can't obtain money without sacrificing time.

Do you see the dilemma? Sometimes, it's best just not to think about those things and let "life" lead the way for you.

I applaud Ric in being able to manage a family and still obtain a very successful career......it's not easy, and I'm sure some of the sacrifices have been hard.

 The Value of Time...

Most days, it's pretty difficult to leave Logan and come into work. Somedays, it's nearly impossible. I know he's in great hands and loves being at Lala's and Lolo's, but I just miss him immensely.

While I was working yesterday (Saturday), I stopped and read an article on MSN about the earthquake in Iran. There was an excerpt from an interview with a man who lost his wife and 4 year old daughter. He was quoted as saying "she drew me a picture before she went to bed and kissed me four times. I asked why she kissed me four times and she said 'because I may not see you tomorrow, Papa'."

I couldn't concentrate much after that. I just kept thinking of how sad that situation was, and how much we should value the time we have with our families.

Now I'm here at work again on Sunday and regretting every minute of it. When I have to work over the weekend, it makes me stop to think about the value of my time. It sounds like a cliche, but there really is nothing more valuable than my time with the little man.