Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Its great to see the kids again

My wife and I were gone to a business convention, and let me tell you, it was actually great to be back and see the kids again!

I highly recommend to any mom or dad out there to get away once in a while. I will fully admit that my kids were on my last nerve before I left. Now that we were both gone for a little bit, we came back refreshed and with a new found vigor for being parents!

So, just do it, get away if you can, if only for a night and leave the kids with a baby sitter. You will be glad you did.

Time away can make a big difference for you and your wife. It's incredible how much fun we had!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Democrats and Carbon Credits in Denver

Since the Democratic National Convention is coming to my hometown in the near future, I thought I would let you all know about a neat thing they are doing to help the environment while here.

The Democratic National Convention Committee began working with NativeEnergy Inc. this spring to purchase carbon offsets for the dozens of convention staff who are flying, driving and otherwise polluting Denver as they carry out the big event.

Party organizers are now asking that delegates, members of the media and other political officials who will be attending the late August gathering do the same.

Delegates to the convention with the highest percentage of members offsetting their carbon emissions will be recognized in their seating section on the floor of the Pepsi Center, the site of the first three days of the event. If they offset their travel, they are also expected to receive a ''green item'' to distinguish themselves during convention week.

The effort, called the Green Delegate Challenge, is intended to encourage friendly competition among state delegates and to offer special rewards for the delegation or delegations that show the highest level of commitment to offsetting their carbon footprints as a result of attending the Denver convention.

To date, the average carbon footprints of all delegates from California, Vermont and Nevada have been accounted for through delegate participation in the program.

How cool is that? Not only are the Dems brining big business to the Mile High City, they are helping keep it clean too!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thought for the Weekend

OK, time for this weekends, "Thought for the Weekend" This one is from one of my all-time favorite movies.

"What we have here is a failure to communicate".

What movie is this from, and who was the main actor in the movie?? Any guesses?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thought for the Weekend

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one live has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

Who said this famous quote about success?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kids keep you humble

Some of you may know that I am a WAHD who is married and has two little girls. Let me tell you, those girls especially know how to keep you humble, grounded and focused on what is most important.

This morning I had big plans for my business. Lots of e-mails to write, lots of articles and blogs to update, etc.

However, my youngest had a different idea altogether. She in particular has had a hard time adjusting to mommy going off to work and me being at home with her. She is always so anxious to see my wife that she gets up extra early (often before 6AM) to see my wife before she goes off to work.

Well today, my daughter reached her limit. She was exhausted from getting up early and had an utter melt down.

Now, of course I had plans to get work done. Unfortunately my first reaction is to tell her to be quiet so daddy could work. However, one look at her and I knew that she needed my attention.....

I did the old count to 10....catch my breath for having to drop all of my work for her.....and then sat with her on the couch and help her calm down......It only took me 30 minutes ;)

Anyway, I realized afterwards that I am glad I am able to be there for her. Quite different than my previous life in corporate america.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Thought for the Weekend Answer

The answer to the weekend Thought for the Weekend, "Do or Do Not, There is No Try" Yoda from Return of the Jedi.

I really need to make these quotes harder!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thought for the Weekend

Ok, now that my oldest is finally back in School I can get back to regular posting!!!

Time for this weeks installment of "Thought for the Weekend".

Who said this? "Do or Do Not, There is No Try". I like this quote because it really reflects on going all the way with things you want to accomplish, and not giving up easily.

What famous movie character said it? Remember no cheating and looking it up on the Internet! Guesses?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kids finally in school!

Finally, my oldest is back is School!!! She started 2nd grade this week. Yes, we are on a year round school system. She has been off for 5 of the last 8 weeks. It was my first time having both kids at home the entire time and WOW...that was hard!!

Time for a beer!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thought for the Weekend

Time for this weekends "Thought for the Weekend". Certain recent events in the world caused me to look up one of my favorite persons of the 20th century.

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation”

Any guesses on who said this?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Even the Government is Going Green

Just learned thru a press release that the Federal Government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reversed its decision regarding its prohibition on accepting applications for renewable solar energy on public lands

What a great move! This means that the Federal Government will essentially allow the use of Federal Lands for renewable energy sources. Think of all those vast empty areas in the SouthWest and Western US which are undeveloped and have huge amounts of sunny days each year. Those lands can now be use to harness solar power! Horray for lower electricity I can use that money we are going to save for buying gas... :)