Monday, May 26, 2008

Union Station






We spent the day at Science City in the Union Station (Kansas City, MO) today. The kids had a blast running from place to place. as you can tell from the photo, Josie particularly liked the operating room.




We also went through the "Bodies Revealed" exibit. man was THAT cool! real 'cadavers' that have been peeled away and sliced, etc to reveal the inside of us. the kids thought it was really cool too. it took us about 40 minutes to puruse all the people and 'items'. had we not had the kids with us it would be the more typical 60-90 minutes to go through it and really see it all.




We also went to a planetarium show. i thought it was gowing to be more "grown up", but it was an animated type show on the mythology of a few constellations.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Badgers!



yesterday i saw a real BADGER! not that they are uncommon or whatever in the Plains - but I'VE never seen one. but i was about 1.5 miles west of hiway 75 on NW 62nd street and one ran across the street toward the open pasture. it was really cool.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

activity update




I don't feel right about posting some 'fun' stuff when i've just posted about the tragic news about the Chapman family. Our computer has been down for a week and i've just now got the chance to post some pics and news about the kids...
Taylor is picking up the nickname "sidewinder" now since he pitches sidearm. the coaches would like for him to try pitching overhand (or whatever 'normal' is). he is just so accurate throwing sidearm but does not have much speed. he strikes most the batters out, but it would still be nice for him to build up more speed. We'll work on that over the winter i suppose. I think he is feeling much more confident with baseball. He's always loved playing and was 'good', but i think he's getting much more encouragement hearing praises from the coaches and other parents. i don't remember the last time he had an error and he knows he's one of the best all around players on the team and is the best pitcher we have. It's good to see his confidence in himself.
Josie and Taylor got to have a little fun over the weekend washing the car.
Today Taylor got his "partial braces" on. if this does the trick he won't have to wear a full set of braces top and bottom.
Cami will be starting driver's ed in a couple weeks. i've let her drive from time to time out in the country. she does quite well. however, quiet country roads are quite different from busy city streets. i know she'll do well.

Tragedy strikes the Chapman Home


Some of you may know that Steven Curtis Chapman is my all time favorite artist, let alone, favorite Christian artist. I've learned this morning that tragedy struck their family through the death of their youngest daughter yesterday evening. i have pasted the artical below. Please, please, be in prayer for their family during this terrible event and ESPECIALLY their teenage son who was driving the vehicle that struck her.....



Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name. The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said. “It appears to be a terrible accident,’’ McPherson said.No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.

Singer/songwriter Chapman, who recently was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame, is one of contemporary Christian music’s most recognizable and most awarded names. He and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria was the youngest. The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt. With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans”. He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.

“I don’t know of anybody who loves his children more than he does and is so committed to the adoption concept, and to lose one, no matter what the circumstances, is heartbreaking beyond all comprehension,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association. “He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.” The tragedy was announced during Wednesday-night services at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, which the family attends. Maria had just graduated from the church preschool. And word spread throughout the tight-knit Christian music community on Wednesday evening. Styll got the news not long after Maria’s death. “I’m confident I can speak for everyone in the community to say we will do everything we can to support this family, as we would do at any time, but especially at a time like this,” he said. Most of the Chapman family was at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital after the accident and could not be contacted. The long, gravel driveway leading to the home west of Franklin was blocked off by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Move Over Mantle!


There is a new number seven in town.

Josie had her first T-ball game tonight. her first at bat, first pitch and she NAILED it to third base (the coach pitches a few before puting the T up). i video'd it on our camera, but at 33Mb it's too big to put on this site. i took plenty of other pictures of course. She really did great and she was loving every minute of it. her face was priceless when she hit that first ball; mouth wide open in excitement - grinning ear to ear as she ran to first base. and in the field she was all business. while most other kids were busy playing in the dirt, sitting in the grass, looking at the other games, Josie stayed, just as you see her above. eyes focused on the play at hand. she fielded a number of balls too.
now, totally off the subject.... i took Josie today to see an orthopedist to get her shoe "elevated" - where they build up the sole of the shoe to compensate for her shorter leg. it'll be ready in about a week. i'll take a picture of Josie showing off her new shoes. we bought them today at the mall so she'd have a nice new pair to work with. We visted Kids Foot Locker. I think they are Reeboks. She had the same pair before but a different color.




Friday, May 09, 2008

Field Day 08

I spent the day at Taylor's school for his end of the year Field Day.
Taylor received the Presidential Fitness Award this year for the second time. I remember getting this in gradeschool too. i think it just started back then. Was that a Reagan thing? i don't remember. Congrats Taylor!!!!