Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The trip to Wrigley from downtown was so smooth. We took the Red Line, which is the train that you enter like a subway but then later in the route goes up to be an elevated train. What a cool way to travel, when you don't have to do it every day. The Addison train stop is right next to Wrigley Field, which added to the effortless travel. We found a small place to eat on Clark Street before going into the stadium to find our seats.
The weather was absolutely perfect. A little overcast, with a strong breeze blowing out of the park (which would assist a few of the Cubs homeruns). Our seats were on the third base side and up in the first section of the upper deck. They provided a really good view and a nice breeze to help us stay cool.
The first four innings of the game were extremely exciting. The Phillies struck first scoring one run in the first, but the Cubs came right back with four in the bottom half of the inning. They would pile it on from there, scoring eleven runs by the fourth inning. It was a lot of fun.
We left after the seventh inning stretch to avoid some of the crowd. The train ride back in to downtown was a little busier but was still just as easy. We walked through a few shops on Michigan Avenue before going back to the car. The ride home was even better with us hitting no traffic at all. It was a fun outing.
Check out the photoset on Flickr.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
I took lunch a little early so I could see Mattey get on the bus on her first day of Kindergarten (it doesn't even seem possible). As soon as I walked in the door she said, "Look Dad!" She had a hole in her mouth where last night there was a tooth. It was loose but we didn't think it was that loose. While eating her Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich she said, "Ouch" and started to cry. Kelly looked and there was blood around her tooth. Mattey went into the bathroom to look and a few seconds later she came out with tooth in hand. She pulled it out. Unreal! As if the first day of Kindergarten isn't enough excitement.
Then came the next episode. We waited for her bus for 45 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. Buses normally run late on the first day with all the parents taking pictures of their little Kindergartners, but this was ridiculous. Finally I got a hold of transportation and they said that Mattey's bus had a mechanical failure and the driver had to switch buses. All this waiting to see Mattey get on the bus for the first time and finally Kelly just took her to school. Of course the bus arrived at school just as Kelly was leaving.
Anyway I made it home to see Mattey and Megan get off the bus together. What an incredible site to see both of them getting off looking all big and cute. I think that was about all the excitement I could have handled in my fragile state. There are plenty of pictures in the Flickr photoset titled "1st Day of School - 2006".
Balance is important. When one aspect of our life becomes too dominant we loose that balance and experience conflict and unhappiness. It’s not easy and sometimes it feels like a juggling match but if we develop some healthy habits it is possible to achieve balance in a relaxed and calm way.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006
I feel that God has given us the ultimate gift called Life. However, we only have this gift for a limited time. How long remains to be seen. He has left us with a choice to choose how we spend our time. This precious gift should not be squandered on doing things that don’t matter to us. Life is a collection of our experiences, thoughts and feelings. If our actions do not positively contribute to these things, are we not wasting our gift?