Sunday, December 24, 2006
Well... school is out for a few weeks. We had a Christmas party every night for about 4 nights! It was amazing... I'll post a picture of our teacher's party downtown at the Trattoria (sp?). Great food and I even ran into a parent of a young lady that I coached in softball in my first year at Western Oaks Middle School (~10 years ago)! BTW... is that a Mountain Dew you're drinking?!!?!?!
It's also been fun hanging around the house and playing with the kids. Jeanise and her mom have played harp and flute for several people the last few days. They played at Penn Square Mall one time and they played at Tealridge Mannor (retirement home by OC) yesterday. They also went out on Friday and had a girl's day with some of their friends and had a great time. I had the whole day with the little ones and it was great. Although Lindsay got her flu shot on Wed. and had a mild reaction to it... thus being sick and not sleeping well on Thursday. But, we got to spend a little daddy/daughter time and that was fun for me. Joel has been having fun in his new bed-fort. He loves it (pictures) and is getting better at sleeping in it. It's a big change from his toddler bed, but it's "real cool" he says.
We all went over to Grandma and Grandpa Morton's for lunch yesterday and had a great time. Joel and Lindsay love playing over there and getting all of the toys out. Joel is pretty much at "home" over there... Lindsay is still trying to figure everything out and explore. It's really funny to watch. Jeanise's brother and sister-in-law are in town and we're doing a bunch of family "stuff" this weekend. Good to see them.
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 15, 2006
Basketball is about to do the "hurry up, then wait" thing. We played on Tuesday... had to travel 1 1/2 hours South-west to Anadarko, OK. We battled back and forth with a team that was very athletic, but smaller than we were. They settled for the 3 point shot (and made quite a few of them, I might add), but with about 45 seconds left, we cut a 4 point lead down and ended up winning by 2. It was a great game, but I have no voice left. We are now 3 - 1 and the running joke (sorta) around the coaches at my school is "Hey a win is a win... but your 3 wins are by fewer points than your one and only loss." TRUE! But you know... when people look at the 3-1 and the rankings... they don't see the score... just the "W". And you know what?!!??! I'll take a W over a L any day. I'm really proud of my girls... it's great to have a team that fights so hard to win and succeed. There is a lot of tradition here sometimes that gets you thru the W of a ball game. We play in a festival today and tomorrow... 2 games and we're done for the holiday. We're a bit banged up, but hope to make a good showing this weekend.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Let it snow...
Let it snow...
Blah blah blah (let it snow)
I know that the joke really isn't THAT funny if someone has to explain it, but I just wanted everyone to know how clever I was... AM!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Joel and I went out into the snow yesterday. I shoveled the driveway (2/3 of it) enough for our cars to get in and out and Joel was jumping around and throwing snowballs onto my clean driveway. He's hilarious. While I was taking a break (that's really hard work, by the way) I thought that I would introduce Joel to throwing snowballs at daddy. He loved it! and kept on doing it while I was shoveling... it was really funny. When I finished... I was exhausted and just fell down in the snow to rest. I then thought, Joel can make snow angels! "Hey Joel... watch this!" As I fell backwards into the snow (had trouble getting up, though; back hurt), I saw Joel taking the "Neste plunge" and doing the exact same thing. He was kinda' cautious at first, but then he kept doing it and it was just too funny.
Well... better get back to the OU/Nebraska game! GO SOONERS!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Glad that one is over... and it was good to finally play a game. It was really nice to see smiles in the locker room after the game. Need to keep that feeling going and continue to work hard in practices. We have a week and a half off before we play again (which is good) so we can get a good scouting report and be ready to fine-tune some things.
Have a wonderful THANKSGIVING...
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Went and saw my freshman team play last night, versus the school who we'll play tonight and they did awesome! They won by 10, but 1/2 way thru the 2nd quarter we were up 16 points. It was fun to watch. My girls, are really ready to play! Practice wasn't as efficient as I had hoped and as it usually is, but we got things done. I think that all teams are experiencing this... at the the first game time.
Hope that I can concentrate enough on things today in my regular classes... ;-P
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I just want to say that I'm so blessed to have a wonderful family. My wife is so loving and caring toward her 2 wonderful kiddos and is always encouraging me. I have a 3 year old son, who even-though sick... loves to play with his sister--gives her toys to play with, and also loves to jump and play with his mom and dad. Then there's my 1 year old (who will actually be 1 year old TOMORROW!) who still wakes up about 1 or 2 times a night... but "crawl-charges" at me with this funny face and it is just the funniest thing you have ever seen in the world. I love coming home to this.
Yesterday, seemed like the longest day... didn't get home until almost 7:00 pm. During game season, I've gotta find a way to get home... recharge... and then head out to the gym.
Well... almost time for me to leave for school. Hope everyone can have a blessed day! 1 week until the first game!!!!!!!
Monday, November 13, 2006
DAILY OKLAHOMAN NEWSPAPER 1/13/2006
1. T. East Central…24-4
4. Tulsa Kelley...14-12
5. Tulsa Edison…24-4
7. Carl Albert …24-3
Sweet Sixteen: 9. El Reno, 12-13; 10. Ada, 20-6; 11. Deer Creek, 27-2; 12. Duncan, 19-7; 13. John Marshall, 18-5; 14. Tulsa Hale, 7-16; 15. Coweta, 15-11; 16. Tulsa Rogers, 3-19
That's right... we're 11th, which really isn't bad considering... we have moved up a class and lost 4 starters from last year's 4A state champions run. We face off against El Reno (#9) next Tuesday for our first game. Thank goodness it is at home. It's going to be a tough road this year, but fun. Great group of girls to coach and they've been working hard. Gotta run and get the kids in bed... just thought that I'd post so that people would know that I'm still surviving!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Thursday (?), we cooked outside and while I was cooking, I decided to put up Joel's t-ball set and his table and chairs that he got for his birthday. He loves them! And he's even getting the hang of swinging the bat. I love it!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Well... it's here. This Thursday is our first basketball scrimmage. Gettin' a little nervous, but am somewhat anxious to get here. It's kinda' like the what the first game is going to be like to for me... once you get going and it's over, I'll feel a whole lot better about things. The girls are working hard and it should be a good year.
On the HOME front... had a wonderful break with the family. Friday, we all went to the zoo and spent about 3 hours there. Lindsay fell asleep in her back-pack carrier and it was really cute. (I'll see if I can get the pictures we took). Joel enjoyed it too. Ok... so did Daddy. Hadn't been there in a while and it was good to see some of the animals. Not just for kids under 10 anymore!
Well... have to get baths for the kids. Night!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday naps are just priceless... I would have slept longer if someone hadn't been snoring so loud! Guess she gets that from her daddy. That's one trait that I KNOW I gave her... :-)
It's been 2 weeks since I've posted... ah... it goes by quickly...
The Morton family has just spent the last week getting over that stomach thing that's been going around. Joel started it off last weekend... daddy (me) got it next... then Jeanise felt a little "queezy" Saturday night... and Lindsay has just... you know? I don't think that she's really had it yet. She's had a bit of a thing, but I think that it's just teeth stuff.
Joel had his 3 year old party on Saturday! Hard to believe that he's 3. So much has happened since he was born and it seems like a really long time ago. Pretty soon, he'll be asking me to take him to practice or something. The party went very well. We went to McDonalds (of course, I was all for that) and had a small party with Allyson & Drew Wise, Zane Hankins, and Camden Hensley (and parents of all kids), and grandma and pa Wynn. My parents were out of town, so we'll be celebrating next weekend. The kids had fun and did great... all seemed to melt down at the same time... toward the end... but it was a great party. Jeanise did a great job of getting that set up.
Practice has been going well. We've been going hard for 2 weeks and we have less than 2 weeks before our first scrimmage! It's coming down to that time of year... and I'm getting anxious. We've put in a bunch of offenses and defenses and set plays and now we just have to put them all together in a game plan. Coming down to the crunch time. We have Fall Break this week, so the girls will get a nice break before the November Madness starts. Still, there's a lot that needs to be done... I hope that I can get it all in. These girls are really smart, though, and have been learning fast. I must also commend them for the transition that they've made between me and last year's coach. It's tough on a team to have to face that, but they're adjusting to it very well.
Well... have to get my week started.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
It's off to work I go!
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Today is the BIG DAY... actually tomorrow (2nd) is the big day! Tomorrow starts the first OFFICIAL day of basketball practice. Although it may look like I'm holding it all in together pretty good... I'm actually pretty scared to death! This is an opportunity that I've been waiting for for so long... it's here... and I wish I knew how things were going to turn out.
I think it's interesting, though, that in my small group at church that it was my turn to lead the study and discussion for a book we're doing, If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat, (I know that there should be capital letters and such but I'm too lazy to do it). In this week's lesson we look at the opportunity of the rich man who gives the 5 tallents, 2 tallents, and 1 tallents (tallent may be with 1 'l" but I'm on a roll here) and the opportunity these 3 guys had. This man GIVES them this money... this gift... and wants to see what they will do with it. Will they take advantage of this "gift" and make something happen? 2 of them do... this is an incredible opportunity for these men and I'm sure that they're excited and thrilled and they DOUBLE this gift. And the rich man praises them for it... I see this guy with a huge smile on his face and just really proud of these 2. The 3rd guy... is a little scared... he's not sure about the realities that are around him... he's afraid of taking this gift and losing it all. So what does he do? He burries it. And when the rich man finds out... he can only shake his head and say, "I GAVE this to you... no strings attached... a GIFT... and you let FEAR of the unknown result get in the way of your happiness with this FREE GIFT!
I share all that to say... I'm feel that I've been the 3rd man for the last few weeks. Yes, I've enjoyed what I've done and I've worked hard with the girls and we've had some good off-season workouts. BUT... God has given me this GIFT of coaching and interacting with young people... WHAT AM I DOING WITH IT?!??!?!?!? Am I making more out of that... and doubling the amount? Or am I going to let my FEAR of FAILURE get in the way and just bury this gift that he's giving me?
THIS IS A LIFE CHANGING LESSON FOR ME! I'M GOING TO BE THE FIRST GUY FROM HERE ON OUT!!!!!! :-)
Just had to share...
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Joel and I went to Bricktown tonight and watch the Pacific Coast League Champions take on the International League Champions. The Tuscon Sidewinders vs. the Toledo Mudhens.
Anyway Joel and I had a great time at the game. He learned about the pitcher and the batter and knows about where 1st base is. He clapped and cheered (charge!) and enjoyed the game. I think that he was trying to figure out what was going on though...
The funny part of the evening was when some of the inflatable animals danced out on the field. There was a monkey (NY Yankees) a giraffe, and a roach from Seattle (Ichi-roach funny... get it?). Anyway, this last inflatable sang the Take me out to the ball game song... and it is the famous song sung by legindary Harry Carry from Chicago. Singing in his place tonight, was Harry Canary (picture included) . BTW... I'd be afraid of this guy...
All in all it was a good night.
Anyway... It has been a while since I've blogged, so I'll just write a quick one and see what happens. I just love coming home. A long day at school... class after class; then practice (which is going well) and then weight training for the girls. It's a long day. But the drive home, even though it is only 10 minutes, seems like forever! I can't wait to be in my living room, to see my wife and my kids! They are just a high for me that can never be fully explained. When I shut the garage door... the familiar, "Joel, whose that." Then you hear the scamper of little feet on the carpet and a loud, "DADDY!" as he tackles my legs. As I carry Joel into the living room, I'm greeted by a little girl who just smiles sooooooooooooo big when she sees me. She knows who's coming to play with her. And to top it all off, I get to kiss the wife, who I haven't seen all day, but in the picture on my desk. Nothing like a real-smile from your "honey" to make the drive worth coming home for. (there could be a serious biblical lesson in there somewhere...)
We've taught Lindsay her first conversation word... not sure if she knows what it really means... but it's "Oh oh..." She's so cute...
Off to school. We have our first newspaper coming out today and I need to be there just a weee bit early.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Tonight... Joel got to pick dinner. "ungwee... pizzaahhhh?" So mom and dad gave in and we went to the new Mazzios on Penn and 122nd. One word... AWESOME! It's a new buffet. It started out as a buffet... then changed to carryout only (for several years)... then as Jeanise and I were driving by a few weeks ago, saw that it was a dine-in place. So we tried it out tonight and it was the cleanest place we've ever seen. And so much nicer... the people were nicer than the one in Edmond. Not to mention... it wasn't as crowded.
Anyway, Jeanise went to music rehearsal so the kids and I jumped into the wagon (the 2 kids, not me) and we went walking around the neighborhood for an hour. The kids did so great! Here are a couple of pictures.
Some neighborhood kids on scooters got the attention of Lindsay and then as they wizzed by, Joel just had to check it out. After Lindsay got bored of them... she took time out to pose with the "Check me out, I'm cute" look. Mom and Dad love this look...
Monday, September 04, 2006
Jeanise was very loving enough to allow me to take a small football trip to Stillwater on Saturday. Shane, my friend and my OSU dealer, met me up there for opening day of Cowboys football. I just love going to my anual game a year with Shane. We always have a lot of fun shopping at the stores (gotta hit every one of 'em, don't we Shane?) and eating somewhere on campus before the game. It was good to see the new editions of the stadium and where they're gonna put the new seats. It was also really good to see the Cowboys just steam roll over Missouri State.
Today... was Labor Day. Isn't that just funny? A day where everyone takes off a day of work. Jeanise and I took the kids up to OC to see Steve for lunch. Jeanise and I both noticed that everything on the roads seemed like it was the day of Christmas... nobody on the roads and everyone's business (except restaraunts) were closed. Funny... Jeanise took a 1/2 day off and spent it with her mom. It was good for her to get out of the house, since she doesn't get to do that without kids very often. With the exception of Lindsay having this nagging little cough all day, the kids were pretty good. I have good kids and can't complain.
Joel gets to start his new school at Memorial Rd. tomorrow. Mommy and Daddy are very excited for him. I don't think Joel knows what is going to happen tomorrow until Mommy drops him off at his new classroom. He likes to play with the other kids and do stuff. Anxious to hear how he did and if he enjoyed it or not.
Look 'e here... My little girl already has her eye on her friend Camden. Camden is 3 or 4 weeks older than Lindsay and they are just too cute.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Basketball is looking good. It's a lot more work being the Head Coach versus being the assistant. A lot more managerial kind of stuff than I had thought. But I think that once I get a handle on things, that it'll move a lot smoother.
Well... sorry so short, but gotta run off to school!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Anyway... Tomorrow the teachers report back to school with the kiddos coming back on Thursday. Summer was great! I've had the opportunity to spoil and play with my kids all summer and enjoy time with my wife that I've not had in the past. Jeanise asked me tonight if I had a good summer and I told her that I loved every minute of it. It was just different this year... I hope that future summers will be like that too. We'll see...
WIth the new school year starting, there's going to be a lot more going on this year... but I should have a better handle on it. The classes that I'm teaching... I've already taught. Just have to modify and reprint the lessons. No big deal. The only 'new' thing is that I have to come up with 2 practice plans for basketball. I have a freshman team along with the varsity this year. Busy busy busy... Just pray for me this year that I can keep things in perspective and priorities in order. I know that right now I have good intentions, but know that I can let things blow by me out of control-like. Prayers are good...
Well. Going to go to be early tonight (sure... right) and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow. That's what mom always had my brother and I do before the school year. The only thing that I'm really enjoying right now, is that the kids are thinking, "I'm going back to school. AH!!!!!" I love that...
Monday, July 31, 2006
I think that it's funny that Joel is getting into this. It's taken him a while, but now Joel is monologuing with the guy (Steve or Joe--and that's a soap opera for another day) and shouting out to him, "A clue! A Clue! RIGHT THERE!" Just like the little kid does on the tv. I found Joel today shouting out those things today (when there wasn't really a clue--but it looked like one) and Joel just kept shouting like, "HEY YOU DUMMY! IT'S RIGHT THERE!" I found myself laughing and just getting a kick out of it.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Last night, I went out with my parents, my brother, and Jeanise and the kids to Johnny Carinos. It was great! Ate until we were full and then went over to mom and dad's for cake and games. While the kids played with their toys in the floor, we played TURBO CRANIUM. Those of you who are Cranium fans... this was a nice upgrade to the game. More options of play and a little different rules. It was fun.
Today... our connections group surprised me with lunch at McDonalds. Remember as a kid always wanting to have your party at McD's? No? Well it was the thing to do where I was and I had my 5 years old party at McD's. It was a lot of fun. The kids played in the play area and the adults ate. Came home and relaxed... and then the family and Jeanise's parents went to Carrabbas. It was nice.
Now we're home and finally have the kids asleep. It was a wonderful day and I owe it all to my families! Thanks.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Joel and Lindsay's cousin Trinity is here from NM. They just love playing together and it's funny to watch them play. Yesterday, Joel and Trinity were watering the garden for Grandpa Steve. I wouldn't be surprised if Joel becomes a gardner or a farmer. He loves to help is papa in the garden. And Trinity saw how exciting the water was and wanted to help too. It was really cute. If I can get a picture from Steve... I'll post it.
Well... today is trash day, so I'd better get going! I turn 34 on Sunday! I'm getting up there...
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Well, I got to spend the day with both kids today and had a blast. Lindsay is on this wake up for an hour or so take an hour or 2 nap kick and it's kinda funny. Just when Jeanise and I were about to sit down for lunch, she woke up and stayed awake for about 3 hours before she got a bit cranky. She helped my sort a bit of laundry. She watched me shave. We played in the mirror for about 15 minutes and when I put her down in the floor of the bedroom, she crawled over to Joel's bat!
SHE'S GONNA BE A SOFTBALLER! Look at this grip and this stance! I didn't even teach it to her. SHE'S A NATURAL! I love it! (sorry mom...)
Have another early mowing morning tomorrow! Have to beat the heat!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Last Monday and Tuesday I was fortunate to listen to a great coach at a basketball coaches clinic at OC. His name is Jerry Kraus and he is from Gonzaga Univ. He is a great teacher of the game and I really enjoyed listening to him.
Thursday night... I had my first girls BB parent meeting. I wasn't sure how many people would come out, since I only got in touch with about 5 people directly and had to leave messages on the other 20 or so girls' numbers. BUT! About 60 people showed! That was cool. About 17 girls and their parents came and we had a great meeting. I think that things are going to go well this year. I've got a great group of players and supportive parents.
Friday and Saturday we went up to Newton, KS and saw my grandma and other family members that I haven't seen in a while. It was a good trip and it was good for the kids to see grandma. It didn't take Joel long to warm up to Grandma and it was just awesome to see Joel exploring grandma's house... kinda' like every grandkid did when they would visit. It was neat.
Yesterday (Sunday) we just hung out at home or Steve and Lisa's because it was so hot! 100+! And that's the way it's going to be for the next 7+ days! AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to OKLAHOMA!
Have a great week!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
About 3 weeks ago I had a drive to complete a project. I was at my parents and went into my dad's office for something and on his wall is a really nice golf-ball display case of all the various courses that he's played at or been to. It is really nice and it holds quite a few golf balls... say around 70-80 or so. I have one too that I got for Xmas or a birthday a long while back ago and it's been full and has about 12 balls sitting on top of it. Needless to say, I needed a new one. Well, long story short (yea right... me and short stories) I decided to build myself one. I took wood shop in junior high and loved to build things... but today's educational system is really eliminating wood shop (sad). So using my 1980's knowledge and my keen sence of what I wanted it to look like, I drew out my plan of the case. I priced the wood that I wanted at Home Depot (have to support my stock) and purchased what I wanted for about $30... which is a lot cheaper than buying a case in a store. It took me about 4 days, but I did it! It holds 80 golf-balls... it's a cherry finish (I even did a finish on it) and put some green felt on the backing to make it look like it was done professionally. Anyway, here's the final product.
I'll cut this off for now... but will return with the 'one that got a way' tomorrow!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Well... it's about time to watch fireworks on TV.
Monday, July 03, 2006
The trip has been a good one as far as the kids go. Joel has always been a really good traveller and Lindsay did real well on this trip. She slept, watched a couple of movies... but watched her big brother A LOT! It's so funny seeing how much she watches Joel. She just loves her brother! That's a good thing. Joel is really sweet to her too. How do you teach that? You may ask? Well... I DON'T KNOW! Guess when you show your kids love they'll return it in their lives. That's really neat.
Well... gotta run and visit. Catch you all when we arrive!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Friday am... 8:30. I got a call from my AD and he wanted to meet/talk to me about the job that I applied for (read earlier posting). I got up there around 9, sat down in his office, and he told me very nicely that they were going to offer the position to the present asst. coach. I understood his decision and had accepted it (for the most part) and began to make the phone calls to family, friends, and fellow coaches who were interested to hear the verdict.
Saturday afternoon... 2:30 pm. Got a call from a friend of mine who had heard that the guy that was offered the job, had in fact turned it down. Still rumor, but wasn't sure about it. Just waiting again...
Sunday afternoon... more calls about the rumor. News travels fast in the Creek.
Monday morning. Hadn't heard anything from a school official about the rumor. Tried to call my AD but he was smart and turned his school phone off while he's on vacation. 12:00 had to go to Oklahoma Christian Univ. to drive a bus for the church camp kids. They were going to an inflatables building for some recreation. 3:15 took the bus back to the school where I got it from. 3:20... checked my cell phone to call Jeanise and noticed a missed call. Come to find out it was my principal. Called and chatted with her... to make a long story short the rumor was true and they offered ME the girls' head coaching job, if I was still interested. ABSOLUTELY! So now I've got my first high school head coaching job.
Tuesday. Still feeling the 'high' of the news from Monday and woke up at 2:00 am to a 1/2 crying 7 month old. I waited for her to keep going for about 10 minutes... but by 2:30 figured that she had gone back to sleep. And then for the next hour I could not go back to sleep; thinking more of the new job and what I'd have to do. Had a great morning (thanks to Joel starting it at 6:40 am) of playing with the kids and watching tv. I went back and drove the bus for the OC programs. [now here's where it gets fun]
On the way back from OC to the school (no kids--done for the day), several cars were honking at me and telling me something about the bus. I couldn't understand them for one because the engine noise is so loud and I just assumed that they were telling me that I had a flat tire. Well... I knew that I could make it to the school which was only 2-3 miles. As I started to pull into the street that the school is on, a lady in a SUV rolled down her window and I told her that I was going to check out the 'problem'... and she said that you had better get out of there because my tires were on FIRE! That wasn't good. I quickly stopped the engine, put the emergency brake on, put the bus in gear and jumped out to see. It was a little fire on both tires in the rear... it looked like it was on the rim, not the tread. So I ran to get the extinguisher and couldn't pull it out. After calming down, I pulled the release lever and raced over to play fireman. I used 1 whole bus extinguisher and it didn't put it out... it came back. Someone at the school saw me and ran another extinguisher to me. Tried that one... still no dice. I'm thinking by this point that I'm going to witness a bus explosion! Someone from the street then told me that they called 911. The firetrucks were at the scene in about 4 minutes. About 3 of them were in full-gear and crawling under the bus. Long story, short (yea right) there was some brake fluid that was leaking and something (heat maybe) ignited the fluid, causing the fire. That was pretty freaky. I was just glad that the news people didn't come out to do a story on it... that would have been just great after the news I got yesterday. Anyway... I'm just glad that God was protecting me and watching over me and my stupidity.
Tomorrow (Wed.) I'm going back for the last day of bus driving... hope that it's uneventful.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
It's been a nice summer staying home with the kiddos and getting to play. Sunday, I started a little 'project'... a golf-ball display case. I like building things and thought that this would be a nice little project for me to do this summer. It's been fun. I'll post a picture of the finished project. I've also had some summer league games this week and it's been nice getting to see our varsity boys work hard and get things done.
I haven't heard about the head girl's job yet. Still waiting on that ever-anxious phone call. I 'should' find something out the end of this week. I'll keep you posted.
OK... gotta get up early tomorrow morning and go over to Casaday HS and play basketball... 6:15 am! AH!!!!!! Am I nuts?!?!?! Well I guess we'll find out tomorrow. I've been trying to play 1 or 2 times a week as well as walk about 1 hour a couple of days a week. Trying to lose a bit of weight and get a bit in shape too. Anyway... I'm off!
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Today is Jeanise's birthday! YEA YOU! She went out with a friend and her mom and just had a 'girls' night.' They had fun. I'm glad that I'm 'dad enough' to watch the kids and allow her to do that. It also helps to have that little thing called 'timing' so that the baby will eat her jarred food and then when mom walks into the door, the wake-up call begins. :-) No... she's a good baby. It's getting a little easier to handle 2 kids than it once was for me. It used to be a whirl wind but it is getting easier. Having a 2 year old that is a good kid helps too.
The last week I've tried to go walking about about 2 -3 times a week, play basketball 2 times and just try and stay active. I had a good week this week, so let's see how it continues. The morning walks are nice. I listen to a local radio station and just get to hear songs from the 70's-90's... it's kinda nice to listen to those 'old school' songs that I grew up with. Kinda' makes the walk a little more enjoyable. I get out about 6:30 am and I've been walking about an hour a day and cover about 5-6 miles. It's more like a power walk and I do get passed by joggers who are also out in the mornings. My knees don't handle the jogging part very well, so the power walking is perfect. Not to mention... I can keep breathing and not have to stop when I get tired. I like that. I've also been nice to go to Oklahoma Christian Univ. and play noon-league basketball with guys I've played with in college or during basketball camps. It's a lot of fun and this year, I'm handling it a bit better... may be due to the walking and the fact that I coached boys basketball this last year and shot a boys ball during practices. No telling...
Still haven't heard about the head girls' basketball job yet. Still waiting on that phone call. I know that God has HIS plan for that and we'll just keep waiting to see what happens. I do know that I'm in the running... and with a program that is continuing to grow and with a school that is moving up in the class size, it's a good job to have. We'll just see!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
5 things in my fridge:
a gallon of milk
a 1/2 bottle of Diet Dr. Thunder (thank you Wal-mart)
hot dogs (the SAMS pack)
Jolepeno and Cheddar cheese dip (yum)
an energy drink that I bought in Alb. NM
5 things in my closet:
basketball shoes (2 different pairs)
bunch of athletic shorts for coaching and playing
three words-- T-SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS!
about 2 dozen baseball caps
5 things in my briefcase:
pens and pencils for grading and class stuff
deck of cards just in case I get bored
fill-it-ins... again... just in case I get bored somewhere
my travel zip-USB drive
folders for school
5 things in my car:
sunglasses (ok... I have 3 more pair of 'extras' in my glovebox)
carseat for the Joel-meister
sunshade... you really need those in Oklahoma
5 things I did this week:
coached 2 summer-league games (won 1 and lost the other)
played basketball with Joel at the gym
went to dinner with Jeanise for our anniversary
went to a coaching job interview (hope I get it!)
told my wife and both kids that I loved them
Sunday, June 04, 2006
TODAY... 12 years ago, we tied the knot! Yep... 12 years. We were talking about that this morning and talking about how much time and how much we've done in 12 years! Can't believe it. We're almost getting close to that mark in our lives where we've been together almost 1/2 our lives. Interesting huh? Still have a few years to go, but it's pretty close.
We've been so blessed to have all that we have and have had the success that we've had in the last 12 years. We now have 2 wonderful kids who just light up our lives and make every day SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO interesting. We have a great place to live (could turn down the heat a bit though) and wonderful families that live near by. What more could you ask for?
Well... I love my wife more and more and she is just a beautiful today (if not more) than that day I saw her come down the isle. And she looked awesome that day and I about passed out! She is still my best friend to this day and I treasure her so much. Thank the Lord that she's been patient enough with me all of these years and put up with me this long. She has supported me in everything that I've ever done or wanted to do... and that's just amazing love! She's (as they say at school) the 'bomb'!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
... I think, too, that Jeanise is happier because I'm coming home with smiles on my face. I really appreciate her sharing me with the school and the ball teams that I've been working with. I know that it's tough with 2 kids and trying to get some work done in between naps. I'll be helping with that a bit more this summer. I've got 2 kids to play with and do stuff with this summer and I'm pumped about it! And then Jeanise and I get to go on some vacations this summer... loving it!
Well... all is fun... OOOPS! It's almost 7 and I have to get to school to get my finals ready for today! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Getting closer to closer...
Sunday, May 07, 2006
I found a few more pictures of Joel and Lindsay that I wanted to share. Have a great week!
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Joel has a new obsession... an orphaned Yattzee cup filled with about 14 orphaned dice. We had taken the cup out about 2-3 weeks ago to look for our playing cards. Joel found the cup and now he takes those dice everywhere! He gets up every morning and says, "Dice... Where are you dice?" And goes around the house looking for them until the lost are found. I'M RAISING A GAMBLER! I CAN HEAR IT NOW! This is something that I HOPE he can grow out of.
Lindsay is still just as cute as she can be. People have said that she looks like a little Mike. It's cute... and now I guess that I'll know what I would have looked like if I had been a girl. Hopefully she'll have better looking legs :-) .
Jeanise has been pulling the OT since I've been at baseball this spring. We're almost done. It's the exciting time... playoffs and I've been gone a bit more than once thought. She's been pulling double-duty with the kids and she's just doing an awesome job! She's just AWESOME!
Time to go to bed... night! (Ok... having trouble with the pics tonight... I'll try later)
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
The kids are getting so much bigger. Joel had his first school program last night. He was really cute with the kids in his class there. The day before he had 'deer in the headlights' at the rehearsal before the entire school. But last night, he shined. He watched all the other kids do the song... then finished it out himself... then did the entire song going up the isle back to his class. It was great. I looked at Jeanise and said, "well... here's the first of many programs that we'll be attending." And I was also thinking... "Now I'm like that parent on TV who goes to all those programs!"
Lindsay has been just smiling and laughing and being a cute little girl. She's also been sleeping well too. She woke up at 6:30 am this morning, which was cool. Probably more for mom than me... but it was nice. I went in to check on her and she was on her side, sleeping. It was cute. When I heard her crying she had rolled on to her stomach and was just looking around like, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Now what!?!?!?! I'M STUCK!" It was cute and funny.
It's such a blessing to have a wonderful family. God has really blessed me!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
1) What were you doing 10 years ago? I was about to finish my student teaching, getting ready to graduate from OC... and panicing about how Jeanise and I were going to come up with $4,000 to go to Japan for a year.
2) 5 years ago? Teaching at PCWest... about this time, I was the head boys soccer coach. Now don't get any ideas... I was filling in for a guy who quit at the beginning of the season and I was the only coach left who wasn't coaching a Spring sport.
3) 1 year ago? I was at Oklahoma Christian Academy and about to accept a job at Deer Creek High School.
4) Five snacks you enjoy:
1. Peanut M&Ms
2. Nacho Cheese Dorittos (probably my #1)
4. Peanut butter on a spoon
5. Oreos (or the cheap walmart brand) and milk
5) Five songs I know by heart but wish I didn’t:
1. Head-Shoulders-Knees-and Toes (thank you Joel)
2. Ice-Ice-Baby (Vanilla Ice)
3. Do-wa-diddy (2 Live Crew -- it was a high school thing)
4. Can't think of too many others...
6) Five things I would do with a LOT of money:
1. Give to the church
2. Pay off the house
3. Set aside $ for kids' college
4. Buy a sports franchise... and maybe bring it to Oklahoma!
5. Buy/Build a golf course or baseball youth complex
7) Five things I would never wear:
2. Ear rings or any other rings attached to part of my body
3. a pink shirt
4. bra or sports bra
5. someone else's underwear
8) Five things I should never have worn:
1. Plaid shorts under my white, baseball pants in high school
2. Basketball shorts that go below MY calves
3. An Epcot Center ball cap
4. a chain around my neck (it just wasn't me)
5. a psycho girl-friend in high school's class ring
9) Five things I enjoy doing:
1. Time with my wife, watching movies and eating out and going places
2. Playing with my kids... but mainly finding ways to make them laugh
3. Playing sports (golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, fishing) and/or Coaching Sports
4. Doing random, misc. stuff on the computer
5. Driving in a car at night, when everyone else in the vehicle is sleeping. It's just a really
cool thing to experience.
10) Five bad habits of mine:
1. Not 'really' listening to Jeanise when she's talking to me (need to work on that focus thing)
2. Jumping to conclusions too quickly and reacting too quickly
3. Speaking before I think about what I'm going to say
4. Leave dishes out without rinsing them
5. Talking too loud on my cell phone (that's what Jeanise says...)
Well... that was fun! Hope you all can copy that and maybe do the same thing. Let me know if you do.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Thank you all for praying for me on this (since OCT) and I appreciate it. I just have to trust that God will continue to move and place me where HE wants me to be... not necessarily where I want to go.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
I had my Director of Technology interview this last Thursday. I think that I wowed the socks off of them, but it's not what I think that makes the decision. I think that I have a good repore with the people who interviewed me and I think that I shared my thoughts and ideas with them the best I could. There is always a couple of things that I wish I could rewind back time and add to my interview (there always is), but I can't. It's all in God's hands now... and I have to rely on that or I'll go nuts worrying about it. And it's tough to do... what with my GREAT patience level and all. :-) It's all the waiting game now.
Family is growing and growing every day. Lindsay is doing a much better job of sleeping during the nights! YEA! She's just a very happy baby... smiling at everyone who holds her and is very attentive at her surroundings. She likes to look around (as evidence with the bald spot on the back of her head) and see what's around her. I really think that she's looking for her brother. Joel is doing a great job of the big-brother role! He likes to play with her and give her attention. I think that it's good for both of them. He is talking more and more everyday and we just praise God for that! He's figuring it out that if he asks for something... he'll get it (or at least he MAY get it). He's such a fun kid... I love both of my kids and it's so much fun playing with them. Hopefully, we'll get to go for a walk (weather-willing) and get to go by the park or something. I think that they'd like that.
Have a blessed week!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
It's been nice being at home with Jeanise and the kids this week. It's only Wed. and... wait a minute... WEDNESDAY! IT'S 1/2 OVER! Oh well... I've been working on mowers for this season, playing around with Joel and Lindsay, gone out with the family to eat at Mazzio's (yum), worked out in the garage and yard some, watched some tv... Just trying to have a break, I guess. There are a few other things that I want/need to do before I get back to school, though. Guess it'll wait until later! :-)
I'll knock on wood now... knock, knock... LINDSAY SLEPT THRU THE NIGHT! WOO HOO! We put her to bed about 9:30 and she slept until 5:15. To us (mainly mommy) that's pretty good. She's such a cute little girl. She's going to be a laugher and a talker, I'm sure. She's always smiling and talking to her mobiles and toys. She also likes to check out what her brother Joel is doing too. Whenever they're in the room together and she hears him playing or doing something, she always wants to know what he's doing and watch. In the car, she's always watching him do... whatever he does back there. It's pretty funny.
Well... time to go get Joel out of "jail" as we call it... sounds like he's up and playing, so I'd better get him breakfast.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
SPRING BREAK! I love it! Don't know what I'm going to do... don't know what's going to happen. I get to just let it happen. Nice. I get to spend some time at home with the wife and kids. That's nice. I'm excited about that.
GIRLS WIN STATE! Also... our high school girls team won the Class 4A State Champ gold ball this weekend with a 58-40 stomping over Ft. Gibson. It was so great to see our girls do well, after their disappointing ending last season. They've worked so hard this season on being a team, working together, and getting it done. We're proud of them!
OK... going to start that Spring Break now! Later!
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Last Saturday, was the last day of our basketball season. Our Varsity team finished at 11-15 and we lost in the Regional Finals by 12. The boys played really hard and finished the season by giving it their all and working hard. The 11-15 may not sound so great, but when they haven't won but 6 games MAX the last 3-4 years, that's a big deal. It's over...
... and baseball began Wed. for me. AH! Just a circle of life revolving here. Had a game on Sat. afternoon. My team lost 12-8, but for a first game and me not knowing a whole lot about the kids on my team, that was pretty good. We have another one tomorrow (monday) and we'll see how that goes. We play about 24-28 games total (including tournaments), with some of those getting cancelled for rain or other various reasons. And all of this goes until the end of April/beginning of May. Quick season, which really seems like forever (more for Jeanise than for me, I'm sure) :-)
Me, Joel, and Lindsay have all been sick the last couple of weeks. How Jeanise has been able to avoid it, I have no idea, but I'm not going to jynx her by mentioning it. OOPS! Joel is pretty much over it... I'm on the downhill (these OK allergies are KILLING ME! -- please pray for rain!) ... and Lindsay, poor girl, doesn't even know what hit her. But she's a trooper... she's still smiling and being her happy self. We're so lucky to have good kids.
Speaking of good kids... Joel has been in the tub for the last 20 minutes while I've been on the computer, so I'd better go check on him.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Ok... this comic was sent in by a supporter of "Hooked on Phonics." :-)
Let me know how many of you can relate to this? I'm really interested to know this one...
Regular season is over! (aka We're there, yet.) Now we start the play-offs... (aka we're getting there, yet) We play our first game against Piedmont (down the street rivals) on Saturday and we hope to make a run. Guess we'll see.
Hope everyone's Valentine's day went well. Due to basketball season, I'm making mine up... not a surprise, since Jeanise has really not had a "good" Valentine's day in several years, due to "basketball season." It that's not "love" I don't know what is. Thank you, Sweetie!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
We lost the game by 5 points, but the boys fought really hard. We've got our last regular season game on Tuesday... then the playoffs start! A long season is finally coming closer to an end. It's been fun, but a lot of work. I'm ready to see my beautiful wife and kids again on a "normal" schedule.
Lindsay is just growing and growing. She's so beautiful. She's got a smile that would light up a major city and she's just a happy baby. Joel is growing too, and I can't believe how tall he's getting. He's been sick with brochitus the last couple of days, but is just now getting to the point where he's acting "normal." Hope that he gets better soon. It's tough to see your kids getting sick. Especially when you have to give them medicine and they don't like it. You try to tell them that it's going to make them feel better, but how can you feel better with that "icky" taste in your mouth!?!?!? I mean, who are the pharmasutical companies trying to kid?
Aren't they cute?...
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Basketball has been a struggle for me this year... kinda. I didn't realize how much high school boys basketball could really drain you in a night... and I'm just the assistant! Can't imagine what Rob does during the season (Rob Seat--former OC player/grad and head coach). I know that he was planning to go home and work on practice today... after last night's game. WOW! Eventhough I love basketball, the season, the competition... I've missed seeing my family. I need to do a better job of taking advantage of the time that I am home with them and doing a better job as a husband and as a dad.
Just saw the clock... it's 10 after 7... and I have a teacher's meeting at 7:30! I'd better get!
Monday, January 23, 2006
We have got some pretty sweet kids. Lindsay is just a growing little girl. Hard to believe that it's been almost 2 months since she was born! WOW! Means that basketball season is on the down-swing also. WOW! WOW!! Joel is a good big brother... he has been a really good boy and helps out around the house with his sister. Would be nice if he'd pick up the toys, though. Guess we'll have to work on that one.
Well... I'm going to close and get some sleep. Finally got all of my papers graded from last week and am done! Ah... education.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
This year has started off very well for us in the Morton household. I have a wonderful wife, and 2 kids to start the year off... what could be better than that? God has blessed me and my family and I am so thankful to Him for all that he's blessed me with.
I'm also very blessed because our daughter slept thru the night for the first time last night!!!!! (mom is pretty happy too) 8 weeks into her life... and we think that she finally may have her nights and days flipped correctly! We can only hope and pray that this continues. :-) Lindsay is a growing girl... it's amazing to me how fast she's growing into a little girl/child. Reminds me of when I thought of Joel like that... and now I'm looking at my son going, "he's a little boy, now!"
Basketball season is going quickly for us at DC. We've got a record now of 4-7... but we've played a really tough schedule. The boys are working really hard this season and we're real proud of the season so far. We've lost about 3 or 4 games by less than 5 and we've been in every single game. Can't ask for more than that... but we'd sure like to finish a few of those.
Well... better run to bed. It's late and I must get my zzzzzzz's.