Saturday, January 03, 2009
So - what did I do last night??? Well, I was up until 4:30am fighting off wave after wave of locusts and grinders and boomers in a new game I got last month, Gears Of War 2! It is such an epic game - very fun to play and even better with friends. Lindley and I try to play together at least once a week ... since he is West Coast time, I gotta wait until around midnight my time for us to get going, but its the price I gotta pay!
Tyler and Bryan were down here for 8 incredibly fast days! This trip we pretty much just hung out, did alot of talking, dinners, shopping. We had a great time ... and the BEST part of the whole trip was when more than one friend of ours (Dawn and I) told us how amazing the boys are and how mature they behave and how polite they are to people. Those boys are awesome! I am so proud of them ... and the fact that they have been able to show us they are responsible by bringing their grades up!
Tyler was able to get his drivers license and is now legally allowed to drive - HUH??? Yeah, that one snuck up on me too! ha ha
Well ... just wanted to make a quick update, not much going on over the next 6 days. However, next Friday I am flying to Nashville to catch a Predators hockey game. That should be fun! Its all part of my goal to visit every hockey arena in the NHL once for a game. Not sure how long that is going to take ... but it will be accomplished!
Hope you all are well ...
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Sitting in Tampa waiting for their plane to leave the gate. I snapped this picture quickly before they revolted! We had such a great 8 days ... Lots of good talks, hanging out and spending time with each other.
What awesome young men these kids are turning into. I had quite a few friends tell me how amazing they are ... So polite, so sweet, so pleasant to be around. I am very proud of Tyler and Bryan ... I can not wait for the day when they can live with Dawn and I.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tell me about your most memorable Christmas:
Bryan – My memorable Christmas is flying on an airplane and seeing my dad and my step mom. It was the first time I saw Ms. Dawn.
Tyler – My most memorable Christmas was when I was about five or six. I visited the doctor about three or four times that week due to the fact that my parents had put angel hair on the tree and it severely screwed up my asthma. It was awful and I was miserable. That was my most memorable Christmas.
Tell me about the best present you gave someone:
Bryan - The best present I got someone was a watch for my mom. The watch has silver bars crossing each other.
Tyler – The best present I ever gave someone was my mom and it was a shrinky dink in the shape of a dog. The dog was green, red, burgundy, black, and brown with a purple head. My mom still has it and I complain to her to throw it away cause it’s cracked and chipped and has been thrown everywhere. That was the best present I gave someone.
What do you love the most about visiting your Dad?
Bryan - We do a lot of fun things. For example we went to Disney World, MGM, and Universal studios.
Tyler – What I love about visiting my dad is that when we come down we always do different things; like going to Universal, Disney World and Downtown Disney. I also love visiting their friends because they give me good advice just in case dad and Dawns’ lecturing doesn’t do the job. That’s why I love visiting my dad.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
D'Antonio's and then we break out the Christmas Carol books and sing
songs while the people visiting Celebration walk by looking at us funny!
Here is Tyler and Dawn doing their best at holding a tune!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So ... stay tuned for updates this week. I'll be posting pictures, stories and such. Maybe I'll give Tyler and Bryan a writing project to post here on the blog. Hmmmmmmmm
Anyway - hope you all are well ... more to come later.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
That said - what I also walk away with is the knowledge of who is actually in my corner and who is on the fence, I walk away knowing who I can turn to and who I should avoid and the greatest lesson I learned was who I know to be my true supporters are actually and honestly behind me 100% of the way!
I was just taught a very valuable lesson today - one that someone has to walk through to learn. Its not something that can be told and understood, its not something that you can read in a book and practice it. Its the lesson of great loss. I am not talking a loss of a hockey game, or a loss of a poker hand ... its not a loss of a "sure thing" wager where the underdog pulls a miracle out of nowhere in the last seconds and wins it by one point. This is the pain of true failure - an epic loss by 60+% ... one where you look back and say ... even if I did try a little harder, I would have still failed.
So - right now, I am raw ... not really enjoying this feeling, but knowing I have to make it through, I have no choice - this is not the end. Its just another lesson that I needed to learn ... something that has forged my character to become even sharper, clearer, stronger. This is not a stumbling block, this is not an obstacle - this is only a learning experience - this is ONLY what makes me stronger.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
As I run for our local community development district (CDD) seat I am finding it a learning experience every time I turn around. I was looking up words online last night for another post I did regarding the NHL and I ran across the synonyms for "Pander" and there it was "politic" ... it gave me a chuckle.
Does it strike anyone else as humorous that these two words can be associated with eachother? The more I walk around town, talking to residents of Celebration, asking for their vote - I am realizing there are quite a few distinct types of people here.
- Those who dont really know what a CDD is or does
- Those who do know, and really WANT something done
- Those who do not know what a CDD does, yet still want something done
- Those who do know, and want something done that the CDD has no control over
I do not know which type of person I am going to come across until I am allready knee deep into the conversation ... this might seem fun at first, but lemme tell ya!!! I really enjoy talking to those who do know what a CDD is yet want something done that the CDD has no control over. It gives me a new found respect for elected officals.
As I sit and watch the barrage of presidential commercials on TV ... and the more and more vague these two candidates are in their messages I realize they have to talk this way in order to survive. Everyone has heard the saying "you cant please everyone, all the time" ... I would like to reword it by saying "you cant please everyone ... EVER!"
It is pretty awesome running for office ... I am crossing my fingers and really want to be elected. I think that in the end, it is every politicians desire to contribute to our foundation as a country, to be part of the solution and do good. I will always look back on this experience as an incredible lesson.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
also other historical people buried here ... Along with a bunch of
people convicted of witchcraft.
This trip has been really interesting today ... I did not think I
would enjoy Salem as much as I have.
Dawn is dragging me on a walking tour of "haunted" Salem tonight ...
Hopefully I don't scream to loud! Ha ha
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
So - here is the view from our seats when we go watch the Lightning play. I am sooooo very excited about this ... not only do I get to watch the BEST sport in the world, but I get to watch it from nice comfy leather chairs, right behind the goalie, and Dawn will be with me!!!
So - stay tuned this year for my mobile updates during the games. Oh yea - did I mention that these seats come with free food and drinks??? *smile*
THATS how I roll!
**Click on the picture for a better look.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
boys - Dawns mom and sister joined us in the evening and shared dinner
with us and the boys! Kinda sad for it to be almost over ... But MAN
am I tired!!!!!! Overall ... it was a wonderful weekend and I would not trade anything in the world for the past 48 hours.
Friday, September 26, 2008
It just warms my heart to prepare and think of all the torture I get to put my wonderful sons through this weekend ... *giggle* Now ... for the BIG news!!! My FAVORITE band is playing in Epcot tonight too. That's Right ... not only do I get to see my Bad Ass kids ... Take them to Epcot for hours of laughable fun ... threaten them with bodily harm if they don't eat snails *snicker* ... Enjoy the BEST food and wine festival in the world ... I also get to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!!!!!!!! For a sampling of BBVD's smooth and tasty digs check out this little homemade video from one of their concerts last year *no - not mine!* - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_sH04aRcGk
Other than that ... its going to be a lighting fast weekend with the boys ... I am sure I'll be posting some pictures of the festivities here on the blog so keep checking (if you want to) - or you can just come back another day and catch up on all the fun we had! *grin*
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Information Exchange : Social Media is the vehicle available to everyone for information. Depending on what information you are looking for will depend on the response you get from a social network. The trick is, to just start using social media and try out a social network before you tell me it’s full of perverts who just want to talk about sex.
Commonality : Using social networks you can find people or groups who share views, beliefs, or business ideas. These same people own businesses, manage people, work in a technology field, want to learn from you and your failures, just as you will learn from their lessons.
Familiarity : Once you begin to use social media and social networks and develop “relationships” with the people you talk to, Twitter with or post for, you will begin to learn about them as a person. View their pictures on Flickr, read their personal blog and learn about their families. It is what happens when you have a conversation with people on an ongoing basis. People I have never met and probably would never have had the opportunity to meet if not for social media have introduced themselves to me either after I’ve connected via Twitter, commented on one of their blog posts or referenced a post in one of mine.
Learn : Just as you are posting your thoughts, your business ideas, your opinions – you are also reading others … I learn something every day through a blog, a Tweet, an email. My social network teaches me something new about this medium 7 days a week.
Communicate : I belong to a few different groups – I use Twitter to get my message to many people at once when I need instant communication. Yet another benefit of social media.
I know there will be those skeptics out there when it comes to social media. My suggestion is, you need to try it in order to understand the value it can be to you and your business. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s OK - it may not be the right marketing activity, it may not be the right avenue for your success, but if you are considering social media as a marketing strategy, start with the basics - a blog, LinkedIn and a Facebook profile. Once you get these going, then add Twitter. After that, it’s up to you to determine which other tools may be beneficial to you based on your target market and how you want to reach them. Social Media is all about how you use it, keep in mind that it is a mindset and not a product!
How do you use Social Media in your business? How have you incorporated Social Networking into your business plan and how has it affected you and your company, department, product?
Friday, August 22, 2008
You should see the agility in this young man when I (or my Mom, Dad, Dawn, anyone) tries to give him a kiss. Evidently, these days its sooo not cool to let your dad hug and kiss you. I am glad I was not this difficult when I was 16 … its also refreshing to know that I had it so much more together than Tyler does now. *smile*
What an amazing 16 years this has been with Tyler. I am so proud of him as a young man, his maturity and his ability to carry on a conversation will take him far in life and his heart is soooo caring. Its been said before that Tyler and I are identical (although I would probably guess that most would say I was the better looking one) … I think I would have to say that I am proud to call Tyler my son … I am proud to introduce Tyler to my friends and I am never, ever concerned about what Tyler is going to do, say or how he will behave. Tyler is an AMAZING role model for his brother (however, his grades could use a little help) but who am I to talk about grades? All I can do is support him and guide him.
Another thing I am proud of is the relationship Tyler and Dawn have developed. From the first time they met Tyler greeted Dawn with open arms and a huge smile. Since then they have grown closer and have become pretty tight. Its pretty cool having so many people love and cherish your kids ... the coolest thing is Dawn's family and how they have included both Tyler and Bryan in their lives.
Here is where it all started ... the first time Tyler and Bryan and Dawn met. December 2004 ... Thank god they all liked each other (secret is I threatened them with bodily harm if they didn't like Dawn! *grin*)
Here is a picture of Tyler @ Epcot during.
Another picture @ Epcot
Yea - Driving - I know - Dont remind me!
Tyler and Bryan @ the airport - heading home from a wonderful visit!