Friday, August 31, 2007

Nice long weekend!

I don't know about you but, 3 day weekends are great. I have an ever shortening list of "honey do's" and some extra computer work to do over the weekend. The Boy has his first football game tomorrow and I am very excited to see him get after somebody. College football started officially yesterday but the Mountaineers don't tee it up until tomorrow at High Noon. Can't wait for that one either. Man this is without a doubt my favorite time of year.

BTW... Helen and I were talking and she informed me that Caleb took a bold stand in his class yesterday on abortion. I am very proud of him, that he would take a stand for the unborn without his mother and father having to be there. We have talked with him at length about how important it is to be a leader and to stand up for what you believe in especially if it is not the popular opinion. Just when you think things aren't sinking in... WOW, good seed as been planted in fertile soil and it is bearing fruit. It reminds me again that I no other vocation except to raise Godly children for the next generation.

Oh yeah.... Did I mention I love football!

Musa Out!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I love football season....

Now before you stop reading... There is a reason I titled my latest blog this way. First is because I love football, but more important than that is for 3 nights a week I get some great time to spend with my son. I am not coaching his team this year which has been a mixed blessing. On the one hand he is getting a chance to learn from someone other than his daddy, and on the other hand I have really not had a chance to see how he is progressing because I am still coaching one of the other younger teams in our organization. I get to watch him get after his opponents has a father and not a coach... Big Fun for me.... Putting all that aside Caleb and I get about 30 minutes a night after practice to just talk, cut up or maybe even hold hands on the drive home.(this one is still a little weird for me... but he is my boy and I love him) We were talking tonight about the Lord and Caleb shared with me how he couldn't understand how God wasn't restricted by time. I tried my best to explain it to him as I understood it, you know how God is outside the limits of time and space, I even referred to the scripture about a day being a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years is like a day to Him. The point is, that we had a conversation about something that had some spiritual and practical significance. First we were talking about the things of God and second I had another opportunity to spend time with my boy and talk to him and listen to what he had to say. I had become more aware of how important these car rides home from practice were when a couple years ago Caleb brought up how much he liked riding home with me from practice because it gave us time to be together.... and it wasn't even football season when he said this. In the context of that conversation he told me that it was some of his favorite parts of football season. I would have to be a complete moron not to take advantage of that kind of quality time with him, especially if he remembers it to that detail.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Jumping Ship!!!

I feel like a man without a country... well not really but I thought it sounded good. I am torn about what to do. I am considering jumping ship from blogger and going over to wordpress for all my blogging needs. Pastor B says wordpress is so much better. The problem is that all my college friends are on blogger while all the people I attend church with are on wordpress. So I need some reasons to stay put or something that will put me over the top and jump to wordpress.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Random thoughts...

In no particular order, some of my thoughts of the past few days, weeks and months.

  1. Windows Vista is looking more and more like a Mac OS.
  2. Olympic workouts are the best weight loss plan. :)
  3. "Water Sucks.... Gatorade is better!"
  4. I prefer my fried chicken cold.... right out of the frig.
  5. Being a night owl I often speculate how much sleep I will get if I go to bed... right now!
  6. As my wife Helen said, I am a glass half full kind of guy, but I prefer a bucket, because it holds more water. ( I mean Gatorade)
  7. My favorite snack is provolone cheese, salami and french onion dip. Don't knock it till you try it.
  8. No matter how hard you try... You are like your parents and your kids are just like you. Comforting thought Huh??? Big Smiles!
  9. Dogs have masters... cats have a staff.... That why I hate cats!
  10. Sometimes the keys to success are locked inside the vehicle.
  11. I have a Master's degree in Sarcasm.
  12. A great comedian once said...." You can't fix stupid!"
  13. True Love is being able to kiss your spouse in the morning before they brush their teeth!
  14. On that note... Is there anything better than spooning on a rainy day.... I don't think so!
  15. Kids can drag out bedtime for an hour if you let them.
  16. Don't sweat the small stuff.
  17. I have not yet been promoted to my highest level of incompetence.
  18. Sometimes in life you can be the hammer or the nail... which do you choose?
  19. Home improvements shows... Not just for the ladies anymore.
  20. My wife is PHAT! Pretty Hot and Tempting!!!

Musa Out!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's time machine time!

In yet another shameless attempt to increase blogging traffic, I began thinking of some more favorite child hood things. Great TV shows come to mind here, so in no particular order.... here we go!

  1. BattleStar Galactica-- If you loved Star Wars like I did as a kid then this one is a no brainer!
  2. Buck Rogers-- Same as above
  3. Miami Vice-- OK I was close to being a teen when this one was on TV... But the plastel t-shirts that Crocket wore were the bomb!
  4. S.W.A.T-- More early 80's or late 70's, it wasn't on very long but boy it was cool
  5. T.J. Hooker-- William Shattner, how can you go wrong.
  6. G.I. Joe- even though no one died in the major battle scenes, still a great cartoon.
  7. Air Wolf-- Cool helicopter

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

First day of School!

Tomorrow is the first day of school for my kids, and while I can hardly believe the summer is over for them it got me wondering and remembering just what it felt like when I was their age. The mix of excitement and dread, another year older and "more mature". Starting school was usually pretty fun for me. We had open house tonight for them and as I watched Caleb interact with his classmates it made me laugh out loud. One because he will be in the 7th grade (wow let me catch my breath) and because it is still an awkward time. He is still trying to figure things out for himself and I can still see the shy little boy come out in him from time to time. The funniest thing to me is to watch how he acts around the girls in his class. Now Caleb is 115 pounds and he is solid, but just about every girl is taller than him. To make is worst they are almost as tall as me..... Talk about Amazons.... whew! I guess what I am getting at is that even though my boy is quickly becoming a young man, I am still in awe of the fact that there is still something innocent in him. In this day and age, I think that is something to behold. Believe it or not I am looking forward to his teen years. I will have the most unique opportunity to help guide him through some potentially difficult years. I am looking forward to it... My girls may be a different story but we will worry about that a little later. Anyway he will be 12 on Sunday and I look at it as the mile marker from childhood to young adult. I can't wait to see what develops.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Child's play

After not having much to say this week and watching my wife sit in the next room and watch "High School Musical 2". It got me wondering what kinds of things we watch and or do that should by all accounts be things our children would be doing. Now I am not talking about watching a kids program with your children. For example our kids had gone to bed one night and I had control of the remote and I could have watched anything I wanted yet I found myself watching Kim Possible.

I am still a cartoon junkie at heart: I mean Tom and Jerry, Bugs and the like. I would still like to see some Mighty Mouse or perhaps some Fat Albert.

BTW... I had not been too old to play with Caleb's army men when he wasn't around... Not the little plastic ones, no sir I am talking about the 12 inch fully poseable G.I Joes.... Yeah man.. Only has old as you feel Baby!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fat Man Challenge!!!

Inspired by my friend Kevin over at DTOTB, I have decided to begin my own personal FAT MAN CHALLENGE!!!

At present I am weighing in at a robust 263 pounds (as of yesterday morning). It is my desire to lose about 30 lbs. My wife as decided to enter this with me and shoot for the same goal of 30 lbs. She has already lost about 25 lbs so far and she is looking GOOOD!!!! Way to go Hoddie!

Any way if you want to join us then leave me a comment complete with the total amount you want to lose and what you are doing to achieve your goal. You don't have to post how much you weigh now if that is too personal, but it would help so that we can share in the encouragement. I will have weekly updates every Monday to keep you up on the progress.

Hope you will seeing less of me in the weeks and months to come.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ties that bind us together...

Tonight we had a opportunity to spend some quality time with 2 of my former roommates and their wives from college. Over dinner we talked about those long ago days of how we became friends and laughed over stories that we hadn't told since the last time we saw each other. We shared about our children and the things they were all into these days. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to find out a great deal about what God was doing in each of our lives but none the less it was time WELL spent. I felt like a 20 something all over again. The amazing part of it is, is that it was like we just saw each other last week instead of several years ago. People that I would go to war for in a heart beat and that would do the same for me.

Let me encourage you to look up those people that were milestone relationships in your life. Find a way to reconnect and see what God would do. Those people weren't in your life by accident. To my friends Adam and Anthony, it was time well spent and greatly appreciated.

MUSA Out!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A little help requested...

Since I have not had much to say lately I figured I had better post something before I get out of the habit of blogging all together. So with that in mind try this on for size. I am looking to increase my dvd collection very soon. I have some great movies like "The Italian Job", Batman Begins, and National Treasure. I also have all three Jurassic Park movies as well as the first two Spiderman movies. Some titles I am considering:

  1. King Arthur
  2. The Shooter
  3. Spiderman 3

Need some more suggestions...

Almost forgot.... We just got as part of a house warming gift- One Night with the King and Facing the Giants. Looking forward to watching both of those films.

Hit me with some of your favorites from your own collection

Musa Out!