June, 2000

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What a GREAT Father's Day I had.  We pretty much just hung out and did nothing, but we did it together and what great nothingness it was!  Couple this with the fact that my kids, with help from their mom, got me the most awesome new digital camera to play with.  It's got more buttons than I can possibly push this year.  More photos to come, but there's a really cool shot of a "Large Drank" (say it with a Texas accent).

We had some serious fun at home for Memorial Day.  Lots of good pics.  We also finally took down the trampoline and behold!  We have a backyard we can do stuff in!

In other news, we got into acquisition mode and finished getting some living room furniture.  It now has "theme" of sorts.

In computer news, I finally got a few Multias working.  These boxes were built by sadists.  But, I suppose, that's good for my needs, as you CERTAINLY won't get bored anytime soon trying to figure them out.

Ryen & Julian finished up another school year.  Next year they'll go to the same school!  Some pics from Julian's last day of Kindergarten are on the Pictures Page.

wpe4.jpg (34703 bytes) A blast from our past (Jeff & Shaun)(click on it)

My favorite story this month:

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married and have kids. Then we become frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together,when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.  The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now....when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were "my life".  This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to get to happiness. Happiness IS the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one. So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again, to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.