December 2005


Joy and I went to see “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe” (2005) tonight. Joy’s mom watched Charis so we could go out to dinner and the movie, which was a very nice treat.

I absolutely loved the Narnia books as a kid, so seeing the movie was very cool. We both really enjoyed it (even though Joy has never read the books). The CGI was a bit more noticeable that you’d want, but overall the story and presentation were great. Georgie Henley was perfectly amazing as Lucy. The sense of wonder she displayed was incredible and really drew you in. I hope they make movies for more of the books, because I will definitely go see them if they do.

This morning I was sitting in the den orgainzing some books on the shelf and Joy had just finished feeding Charis in the dining room. She brought Charis into the den to see me and Charis reached out her arms for me to take her. I did, and then she put her arms around my neck and said “da-da” with a big smile on her face. Can I even begin to tell you how cool that was?

Joy and I spent the day packing up all of the Christmas decorations around our house. No, we aren’t scrooges, but with a baby in the house and quite a few new toys, we need our floor space back!

While I was packing away the Christmas stuff in the attic, I also rearranged things up there to make room for a few boxes of Charis’s clothes that don’t fit anymore, plus her infant car seat and a bouncy seat that she doesn’t fit in anymore. This is the first time we’ve really put some of her stuff into “storage”, and it was kind of weird because I guess it means Charis is growing up.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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I turn 30 years old today. It’s kind of strange turning 30 and having my first child all in the same year (it makes me feel old!). But I am incredibly blessed with a gracious wife, a sweet new daughter, and wonderful friends and family. I praise the Lord for the 30 years he has given me so far, and I look forward to many more to come.

I found a fun link yesterday and I went to post it to del.icio.us and discovered that the site was down for emergency maintenance. It appears they had a power failure last week that caused curruption on some of their RAIDs. Up until now I thought I was just a casual del.icio.us user, but it appears I may be addicted. What to do with my new link? I actually had to create bookmarks in my web browser (something I almost never do anymore), and I will transfer them to del.icio.us as soon as it comes back up. Best of luck to Joshua and everyone else at del.icio.us as they try to get things running again. I didn’t know how much I relied on their site until today.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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Tonight Joy and I attended the graduation ceremony for our sister-in-law, Ariana, who received her Master’s degree. She earned her degree by taking classes in the evenings while working full time, which means she has been very busy during the past couple of years. I can’t imagine doing that since work is frequently plenty to keep me very busy all by itself.

My brother arranged for her parents to fly down from Chicago, but he kept it a secret so she didn’t know until she saw them up in the stands during the ceremony. After the ceremony, we all went out to eat and had a great time chatting together and celebrating Ariana’s achievement.

Congratulations, Ariana!

Joy brought Charis by to visit everyone at my office today. She was in a good mood and very happy when she came, so that was a lot of fun. She was a little overwhelmed by all of the Christmas stuff in Gloria’s pod, but then again I think Joy was, too. Everyone noticed that Charis is a little, um, bigger than the last time she came by. She really is growing. She seems a lot bigger to me and I see her everyday, so the people at my office who only see her once every couple of months must really notice a big difference.

Joy and I have one of those plastic wrapping paper holders, and we really like it because it is a convenient way to store all of our Christmas wrapping paper up in the attic. However, a couple of years ago we bought 5 rolls of wrapping paper that were longer than the “standard” length, and they didn’t fit in the holder. This year I was determined to make the rolls fit, so I took them over to my dad’s house to make it happen. We ended up using his compressed air powered cut-off tool, which did the job very nicely (125 psi and 20,000 RPM can really do a number on paper and cardboard).

So there we were, out in the garage, using a power tool to cut rolls of wrapping paper just a few inches shorter. Crazy, yes, but at least the rolls fit in the holder now.

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