Sunday, June 21, 2009


This blog is to my dad to wish him a Happy Father's Day.  For you who don't know him but might read this, here are a few little snippets into the sillier side of my dad...  It seems I may have gotten some of my writing quirks from him... 

This is an email I received from him on a normal, average day that needed a laugh:

New Bike Speed Record Set By Really Old Dad

In a recent event, a Garland, Tx resident set a blister pace on his
Madone 5.9 bike yesterday. In a 30-mile sprint the aged one, Joe
Falkner, set a new land speed record for a man on a bike. "This
surely is a feat that dwarfs my seven Tour De France wins", said Lance
Armstrong upon hearing of the achievement. "I only hope", Armstrong
continued, "that when I am his age, I am half that good."

In fact, Mr. Falkner's speed was so great that the air friction on the
air ripped open his small storage pouch that fits under his saddle
seat. Unfortunately, the open pouch allowed for Mr. Falkner's cell
phone to become dislodged and fall to the ground, smashing to tiny,
tiny bits, Mr. Falkner reports.

For those wishing to congratulate Mr. Falkner on his remarkable
achievement, he, for the time being, can be reached only on his
office phone.

Here's another couple of funny writing tidbits that he wrote when we (me and my 2 siblings) we young; the age where Cheerio's are a necessity to life:

Ode to Cheerio's

How 'bout them
Just lying in the bowl,
Soaking up the white milk
In their round holes

Little white eyes
not even blinking
Makes a body wonder
what could they be thinking

Little crunchy critters
Each and every one,
Scoop 'em up in your spoon,
Chomp'em have some fun.

Ode to Snifflin' Kids

How 'bout them
snifflin' kids
Goopy nose and all
Wiping on the backs of hands
Wiping on the walls

They're dripping in their rooms;
Sniffing all the time
Little brats are sneezing now
Blowing out their minds.

The little twerps are sickly
We got to catch it in the nip
Got to
wipe 'em down with kleenex
before they kiss you on the lips

Oh parenthood.  (I have no idea do I!!) 

Now I can't possibly go into all the reasons why I think my dad is the greatest on a blog because "all my readers" would trail off somewhere on page 22.  

But I will say that I am so thankful to have my dad as my dad.  He is pretty much the easiest person in world to admire.  

He loves our family; always takes the brunt of life for us.  He is a hard worker, very smart, very athletic, very funny, and very kind to everyone.  He has been an encourager to me all my life.

Thanks, Dad, for being so great!  Jerry and I both love you and we also have a little Father's Day "prize" for when we see you next :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


is for Long. Over. Due.

Jerry and I went on a cruise in April!!

(I haven't been able to muster up the umphf to wrestle with loading photos on Blogger. I think my little Apple is past her prime so I have to be in a very patience state of mind to upload.)

Anywho, here are some pics. This is our first full day on the boat. Jerry is on the "Flow-rider." It's a simulated wave that goes so fast it will have grown men flying through the air like little tots.

LOTS of wipe-outs.

Quite the entertainment.

Next Jerry and his dad played in the super-serious, ever-popular Dodge Ball Tournament.

They definitely looked the coolest. Matching bandanna's = SCARY :)

Here's Jerry and his mom at one of the jazz clubs that night..

Our first port- Labadi, Haiti. So lush!

Here we are on the beloved hammock. Sadly Jerry didn't move from this spot once all day because he was sick. :(

Ah, pretty Labadi!

Next stop- Ocho Rios, Jamaica!

For an excursion we climbed up a waterfall!

I wish I could post the pics but every one is hilariously awkward because we are all in swim suites; legs and arms flailing.

Seriously, I could not believe they let people do this! We didn't even sign a waiver! One false move and crack goes your skull! "No worries" in Jamaica though, I guess..

This pic is at the top of the falls..

(Please do not judge the shoes.)

(They made you.)

(And I enjoyed them.)

After this day (with all the waterfall climbing and what-not) Jerry went from feeling bad to REALLY bad.

See. :(

But he survived.

And even busted out some smooth-moves to "Staying Alive" later that night.

Next stop- Grand Camen Island!

This stop was a favorite of the group. B-E-A-U-tiful water. Blue and clear even WAY far out. I road a jet-ski, John and Lecia para-sailed, and John and Jerry sailed a catamaran..

Final stop- Cozumel!

This one was my favorite stop. We rented scooters and drove around the island.

Ahhhhhh, so wonderful! You could smell the tropical flowers and watch the huge waves crash on the rocks while zipping along the road.

I love you beach!

And our final day on the boat I went for it on the Flow-rider!

(And I also ate it on the Flow-rider seconds after)..

Such a great trip. Beautiful world.

the end.

sniff. sniff.