favorite fatherhood quotes

My wonderful mother-in-law gave me this cool book called "fatherhood is not for sissies" and I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"A baby has a way of making a man out of his father and a boy out of his grandfather." - Angie Papadakis

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it." - Harry S. Truman

"Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other's faults." - Richard Armour

"Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories." - John Wilmot

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass.' 'We're not raising grass,' dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'" - Harmon Killebrew

"One night a father overheard his son pray, 'Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.' Later that night, a father prayed, 'Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.'" - Auther Unknown

"If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm." - Bruce Barton

"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns he back again." - Enid Bagnold

kung fu panda


All I can say is HILLARIOUS! I think everyone should see this show. It was very funny and very easy to watch. I really enjoyed it and would like to purchase it when it comes out.

playroom ideas

I need help deciding how to finish my playroom. First off, I'm trying to decide whether to put drywall on the ceiling or leave it open exposing the joists. Leaving it open makes the room a little bigger and also allows for a little extra decorating or painting. Included in this decorating is what type of light to put in the room. I was just going to put a can light in it if I finished the ceiling, but since I might not finish the ceiling... I've looked at a few themes including: castle, sunny day, beach, etc. I've even got two places that I needed to add columns that I could incorporate into the theme.

Though my sister-in-law Sadie doesn't know it yet, I'm going to ask her to be the artist that she is and see if she might want to help me paint the theme into the playroom.

If anyone has any ideas please let me know. I'm not looking to do something typical or cheesy. My whole inspiration for this project is "everyone's four at heart." Meaning that the typical adult needs to unleash the child within to conceive the creative ideals for this playroom. Oh well, to bed.

i'm all projected out

Ever since last Saturday I just haven't felt like doing much in the way of projects or yard work or whatever. All of my main projects that I wanted to get done are done, except the play room. I'm just really not excited to do the drywall and the sanding. Oh, and I just got a new project from Riki: to paint our new crib white! We lucked out in that one of Riki's bosses is done having kids and just had this nice crib that they gave to us. Hooray for free stuff! Unfortunately, the color doesn't fit in with our ALL WHITE baby's room :P That just reminded me, I also have to paint the baby's room. But, I can't do that until Riki picks out the color, so I'm off the hook for a minute on that one.

So, anyone want to drywall my play room? C'mon, I'll let you have a sleep over in it when it's done! :)

oh, what can you do with an old desk...

Riki had this neat little desk that we used to use at our previous residence and in the move it was damaged and was basically just scrap. Well, the other day while I was dismantling it I had this crazy idea to use the sliding bars that were used for the roll out keyboard tray. I decided to use the bars for a roll out trash can in the kitchen. So off to Home Depot I went to get some L-brackets and I cut the desk down a bit and used the pieces and attached them to the panel. Now the whole thing rolls out and IS AWESOME!!! Riki and I have wanted to get something like this but did not want to spend the $60 or so that they cost.


toy chest/window seat ... done.


I finished the toy chest/window seat and now it's Riki's turn to be handy and make the cushion that will go on top. I found these cool safety hinges at the hardware store and they are perfect cause they don't allow the lid to come crashing down; you actually have to slightly push the lid to close it. I can't wait to fill it full of toys!

backward neighbors


Today I told Riki that we should really test out our kitchen and bake a bunch of cookies and take them to our neighbors to introduce ourselves to them. We took some cookies to the neighbors on both sides of us and the neighbors on the opposite side of the street. We already met the neighbors on the sides but hadn't met the others. They are all really nice people and it is nice to get better acquainted with them.

I HAVE THE BESTEST WIFE EVER, EVER!

Yeah, I meant to put two evers. This past weekend was the dedication of the Curitiba Brazil Temple and we were planning on going until we bought a house. All last week I was really wishing that I could be going. I really wanted to see the people from my mission and just be back there. To say "really wanted" is an understatement. On Saturday, after having thought about what I was missing all day, I came inside and found this:



Next to going to Brazil, this was the BEST surprise that I could have been given. My wife is the sweetest person ever!

Updated Pictures

Finally, after getting internet and linked back into the internet world, we have updated our pictures. April and May are mostly all done. Check 'em out.