Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Wicked sweet theology stuff

Word - just wanted to throw some free theology links atcha. Dan Anthony pointed Dustin & I to this program (The Theology Program) - I've watched a couple hours of video from these guys. It is pretty good stuff! Lets pretend you don't have the time to bust through a hundred pages of Wayne Grudem (Systematic Theology), or you don't like to read (gasp!), or you just want it playing while you work/exercise/whateva... this media is like a condensed, conversational Systematic Theology.

You can download all the videos/mp3s here:


(You may need to create a free login).

You can also hook this up for free on your iPod! Here is the link:


Mad props to these guys for equipping the masses with knowledge. Side note: if you end up using it a fair amount, I suggest a donation to the site - they've got to pay for the bandwidth/hosting.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Slightly Unimpressed by Santa

So we took Addie for her first visit to see Santa. Last year she was 5 months old, so we skipped the mall santa and went straight for the family Santa. Mike's family has a Santa each year at his Grandma's...it's super cute. So we zoomed to the mall for the experience and luckily there was only one family in front of us in line. Sometimes photos speak louder than words...so I'll leave Addie to do the talking...enjoy...and Merry Christmas...

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Parenthood/God connection

Interestingly, I've found that now that I am a dad, I start understand some of those fathering metaphors in the Bible better. (insert DUH here) It is weird - you can "know" these stories, but I don't think you can really actually "get it" until you are there.

For example, right now our daughter is sick... she keeps coughing so hard that she actually barfs (nasty, I know). We've got the medicine to help her get better (antibiotics for the sinus infection), but she doesn't want it - she spits it out all over the place.

God is kind of like that with us, I think. We're sick - if I'm really honest with myself, I can see my illness (pride, greed, lust, etc). He has medicine for us, in the form of a savior, Jesus. Jesus is the medicine, or as C.S. Lewis puts it, the good infection. Sometimes, though, the medicine doesn't taste good, so we spit it out. We're like that with Christ... he may tell us that we have to give up some things, do other things (which take time away from our busy lives), talk to some people and not others, etc and we just get the point where we are like "No! This doesn't taste good. I don't care if it will make me better!" My daughter makes me so mad when she spits out the medicine - I think maybe in some small part it is because it echos my own defiance against the good things the Lord is trying to do in my life which sometimes taste bad.

The metaphor breaks down after here (hiding medicine in yogurt is equal to what spiritually?), so I'll call it quits. Look for more Daddy/Kid/God connection posts as they happen!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Man Parts

Good news, the verdict is in, the doctors have examined the evidence and the next Medved is...


That's right... see below for the proof.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thermostat wars

Dude... every afternoon between 2 and 3 o'clock the temperature in my cube approaches 80 degrees. From when I get in until then it is usually just fine, but every day at this time I start getting all hot and sweaty because some fool in my office feels the need to change the thermostat. It was set at 77 this afternoon!

How are we to resolve such office conflicts as appropriate temperature settings? The lady in the cube next to me says she is freezing and has a little heater by her feet. I think I'm going to hack the thermostats and monitor the temp settings...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Confessions of a Teacher-turned Mom

So I have to tell you one funny thing about being a teacher-Mom. It's pretty bizarre. I teach 2nd grade which means I teach kids how to read. What this translates into with Addie is that regardless of whatever I'm doing, when her pint-size cutie self comes up and says "book" (which is actually pronounced more like "boooawk")I'll drop everything and read it with her. I'm such a dork...In my bathrobe, on the kitchen floor while I'm trying to make dinner, in the laundry room in between load changes. It's really a problem. With baby number two on the way, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get nothing done. It's compulsive really. That's my friend Caitland with Addie...she'll go up to anyone with a book. no joke...

Weirdo takes home his own trash?

Do you think people will give me weird looks if I bring my trash home from work? Wait, before you have me committed, let me explain! Every single day, the janitorial staff comes around to EVERY cube in my office building and removes the trash bag in our trash cans and replaces it with a new one. Regardless of if there is trash in it or not. That means that EVERY DAY there are hundreds of 95% empty trash bags going in the trash. I asked them to not empty mine if it wasn't full and they said they could get fired if they don't.

I won't be part of this disgusting waste of resources. I'm going to bag any garbage I have from work and take it home. Yeah, I'm a weirdo, but I also know that this country spends more on garbage bags then some small countries entire GDP. Seriously. Ugh.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I am a bad blogger

Dude, I suck at blogging. Seriously. I came to this conclusion when I looked at Rick Duncan's blog... he is our fifty-something pastor, in charge of a ginormous church, and somehow puts big huge posts on his blog almost daily. Here I am a young, computer-savvy engineer and I'm lucky if I throw up some pics of Addison once a month.



Mike here - just a funny thought to share. Have you ever been sitting at work, listening to your iPod, and suddenly you realize the song you are listening to has some immense value to you or some message that kicks you in the pants? Then you start to get all teary-eyed and choked up... and you're like, "Get it together, man!". You reach for your iPod and turn on some piece of trite music like Barenaked Ladies - crisis averted.

A couple of tunes which do this to me:
"The Luckiest", Ben Folds
"Gift", O.A.R.
"Gracie", Ben Folds
All of Lifesong, Casting Crowns

Side note - I first heard the phrase "Oprahed" by a pastor in Grand Rapids (Rob Bell) on a podcast of his sermons. He was talking about one time he was in an airport and a bunch of soldiers got off a plane and everyone in the terminal stood up and applauded. Oh boy, I'm getting choked up again...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Danger is my Middle Name

As part of her spy training, Addison has been working on her PT. She went on a brisk 5 mile run after this tube training. Don't let the bow fool you, it's really a safe-cracking device. Addison also spent some time practicing her wilderness survival skills.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Happy Halloween! This year we dressed our cutie pie up as peacock. Seriously...isn't she cute? We 'trick-or-treated' for about 30 minutes. Addie only took 2 pieces of candy along the way, but was quite fond of a glowstick and the "Monster Mash" music playing via someone's boom box. I know you'll find this quite suprising that she stopped to dance. Candy, shmandy...bring on the grooves...You might also like that pumpking carving pic...

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Just in case you were wondering what you can do with those old Mardi Gras beads? Send them our way. Our little dancing queen thinks they're quite glamorous!

Apple Orchard

This weekend we took some time to enjoy the beautiful weather and picked some apples. Addie was much more 'helpful' this year and seemed to enjoy the experience. We got a few pumpkins too and already made a super-delicious apple pie. yum...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

So Jen, Addie and I went to the Nature Center in Bay Village. It is totally sweet and totally free (OK, you've got to pitch 5 bucks in the box, but it is worth it). Below are some sweet shots of the trip.

Here are Baby A and I playing on sides of a huge old tree.

Addison likes ducks, fo sho.

Pretty girls!

These guys will totally bite your face off. Actually, all the animals (mostly birds) are ones that are/were injured and wouldn't have survived in the wild. So we get to check 'em out. At one point, they were feeding the hawks, owls, and bald eagle by throwing piles of fuzzy yellow dead chicks in their cages. It was sort of weird watching them tear the cute chicks apart, but hey, that is life at the Nature Center, right?

Addie had no problems jumping right in and tasting the local delicacies, including dirt, sticks, leaves, and acorns.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

We miss you already!

Best wishes to our beautiful sister off to college at Malone. We helped move Kelly in last week. We're so excited for her college experience. Make us proud Kel!
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My best friend Alison's son, Ian, was calling a ball a "baaaa" last spring when we saw them and it didn't take too long for miss Addie to jump right on the vocabulary band wagon. Pretty much anything round constitues as a "baaaaa." This includes apples or melons at the grocery store too. This purple ball is just as big as she is and she loves it. She has a pink princess ball and the ever-popular red whiffle ball. Highly entertaining--for Addie too.
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Outside Fun

Grandma Ponstingle got Addie this fun camping chair...she's already figured out how to get up on it by herself and seems to be quite relaxed. Grandma Kubiak got her that spiffy trike that she has can make go backwards, not forwards yet. So cute... Okay so the third shot is not outside, but aren't those jammies cute.?..Addie can navigate up and down that step into the family room and kitchen quite easily. She scoots on her butt to the edge and then stands up....Swinging with Mom one last day before school starts. Ah...the magic of summer break. j

Monday, August 11, 2008

Salon Bella Vie

Addison really enjoyed her first haircut... the same way she enjoys getting her nails clipped and doing faceplants on various objects in our house. With every snip of the scissors, it was like we were cutting off one of her fingers of toes. Man, she was pissed!

One question - can I hold on to this burning hatred of going to the Salon for when she is 15? I mean seriously, right now it would cost five bucks to get her hair cut. If she takes after mommy, daddy is going to have to sweep up hair clippings to foot the bill!

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Thats right, remember how much you hate the salon!


Congrats to my cousin Meredith on her wedding!

Your wedding was beautiful!


Our county fair was this past week and on Saturday we took the opportunity to take Addie to her first fair! Pictured below you'll see cute animals and Addie...what you won't see pictured is all the junk-food eaten while we were there. As a sort of confession here goes: gyro, pizza, cheese on a stick, french fries, soda, and a funnel cake. Ouch. I have heartburn just thinking about it again...j
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Addie's Big Party

We celebrated Addie's birthday last weekend with some family and friends. She ate her first piece of cake (she got it in her hair too--see below!) and got some new fun toys. She practiced her killer smile, patented "hiiiiiiii," and new step up-step down walking skills out on the deck at her party. We all had a great time! Happy birthday baby!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Being a Mom

We have several friends and family members (who shall remain nameless) pregnant and getting ready to delve, for the first time, into parenthood. I have one thing to tell you. Your days of sleeping in over summer vacation (if you even get a summer vacation) or on the weekends will soon be over. I currently measure "sleeping in" if Addie sleeps until 7:15. It doesn't matter if it's your birthday. She doesn't know. She wants up. Luckily, there's just about one thing worth getting up for in the morning...that smile... and maybe a big cup of coffee.

p.s. that outfit Addie's wearing~my Mom sewed for me when I was little~
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Addie's First Birthday!

Addie turned one on July 12th! We were in Florida and the lady dined on her first delicious cupcake. It was a hit, as you'll see below. We snuck out for our anniversary and left Gram and Gramp to put Addie to bed. We figured for the next 17+ years, we'll be celebrating Addie's birthday on the 12th so we decided to take advantage this year... We'll be celebrating with the rest of the family next weekend! Happy Birthday girlie!