It’s been 11 years, feels like 16.

Today is Katie and mines anniversary. We have been married for 11 years although we were together the 5 before that hence the funny title. I thought this post would be better for last year but like most things in my life currently, everything seems to be last minute. 

I love her oodles and I love our kids and I love our lives together. She is amazing. 

And here are some funny things that have changed in those 16 years. 

Top 5 songs on the radio in 1999

1 “Believe” Cher

2 “No Scrubs” TLC

3 “Angel of Mine” Monica

4 “Heartbreak Hotel” Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price

5 “…Baby One More Time” Britney Spears

Top five songs on Spotify in 2015


Top movie of 1999 – Toy Story 2

Top movie of 2015 – looks like it might be Inside Out. Guess some things don’t change. 
What Apple announced in 1999 – iBook

What Apple made a bazillion dollars from in 2015 – Apple Watch

Adventures in Dad Thoughts. Frozen

Dan: Hey look at this video. It’s a promo for American Idol.

YouTube: Idol ad plays little girl singing Let It Go…

Me: Awww the judges are adorable and gave her a ticket.

Norah: (My 4 year old) Daddy what’s that video?

Me: it’s just a clip of a little girl singing Frozen and the judges liked her. (Showing her the last second of the clip.

Norah: Ah ok. (Starts singing Let It Go)

Me: Ok you can stop now.

Norah: (pouts) awwwww Dad…

A Month of Thankfulness – My Wife

Yeah I know it sounds a little cheesy but I am thankful for my wife.

Everyday I experience new ways of being thankful for her being with me in this life. I am thankful she is kind and patient. I am thankful she is superwoman when it comes to taking care of the kids, the house, the finances, the everything. I love that she is forgiving. I love that she laughs at my jokes as everyone else says no one should. I love this as much as we grouch, or fight, or get angry with each other some days, we still love each other.

I am amazed when I  think about incredible amount of work she does on a daily basis. Our two kids, a household, a NASA science researcher, a Jamberry small business, an ADPi advisor, and yes even a wife. I really could go on with line after line and cliche and cliche about everything that is so amazing about this person. It really just comes down to this.

She is everything.

So as I come towards the end of this time of reflection, I think there is no question what I a most thankful for.


A month of Thankfulness – big old iPhone

I got my new iPhone 6 plus. Normally I’m not all that thankful for things and lord knows I hate tech from time to time. I do however appreciate all the utility a device like this has.

It allows me to photograph and record my kids lives. It allows me to write these posts. It allows me to stay in touch with family via full screen HD video.
It allows me to talk to my wife at work.

Tech breaks and is annoying and never quite behaves, but it does so many nice things as well that I am thankful for it.

Even if it is too big to fit in my pocket.

A Month of Thankfulness – Star Wars Special Edition Episode 42

Some nights I read to my girls and sing them songs.

Other nights we curl up on our bed and watch Star Wars the Clone Wars series. It’s a little dark for them probably but they like it. Especially when lightsabers come out and they start jumping around.

It’s a funny silly little night time tradition we do occasionally but it mixes up the routine and they do something different. I am amazed at how much Tara picks up on the themes of the show and what’s going on with the characters. It reminds me of watching the Batman animated series when I was a kid.

So I’m thankful I get to share these dramas with my children and watch them fill with playful wonder as they explore these stories.

A Month of Thankfulness – ???

Today I realized I am thankful for a good place to work. It has been surprisingly slow these last few days but it’s still good work. I like the people I work with. Well there is always an occasional office WTF moment but hey that’s life. We have fun there and the team is pretty darn cool. Plenty of sci fi jokes abound. I also like the flexibility to change my schedule as needed to be with the family. I like being able to contribute to actually solving problems.

I do like solving problems. I don’t know why but I do. I always wanted to create something new like a movie, game , comic or something but I think my mind is to analytical for that. Good to have dreams about something I suppose.

So I’m thankful for being able to work, being useful, and being able to support and take care of my family.

The cool toys didn’t hurt either 😉

A Month of Thankfulness – Zombie edition

Watching the walking dead curls up with the mrs., that’s a fun night. I just like how we have stability in our lives. It’s nice to be able to spend a night and recognize the simple things in life.

I’m also thankful my new iPhone finally shipped. Yeah for modern technology. I don’t always like fixing it all the time but I do appreciate all the convenience it can afford when used correctly.

"i before e except after c, or in the word weird, well because it's weird"