The day finally arrived. We had to put Abby onto the school bus for the first time ever. They took her away from us at 7:10 this morning and we had no idea if she ever made it to school until 2:40 this afternoon when she hopped off. It was tough to see her go and I could tell she was starting to well up with tears as the bus doors closed, but when she got off the bus in the afternoon, we knew everything had gone okay. She said she had no trouble getting off the bus and walking to her new class. She also told us she sang songs and ate in a cafeteria, a new experience for her. She’s looking forward to tomorrow and I know Jennifer and I will feel better since she’s already gone through it once.
It’s that time again. NCAA Football has been release and George and I have started up our Strange Brew College Football League once again. I’m once again going to be Baylor as I try to rebuild a struggling team. George is picking Rice this year because of the connection to Major Applewhite being the Offensive Coordinator. The NCAA team did a great job of taking what we shipped in Madden 06 for the Xbox 360 and converting it to NCAA. A full featured Dynasty Mode is there and George and I bought a cable which allows us to trade our Dynasty over e-mail.
Tonight we went to Abby’s new Elementary school to meet her Kindergarten teacher. She seems really nice and well suited to teach Kindergarten. Her presentation was all over the place and she was easily distracted by other topics that came up. She seems to love her job, getting excited at just the thought of seeing our children reading to the class. My first impression of the school: big. Abby is going to be expected to get off the bus and walk all the way across the campus to her room all on her own. There will be people to help the kids the first couple of weeks. However, Jennifer and I are still scared to death that she’s going to get lost and break down into a puddle of tears. Tomorrow, we head out with Abby to her class room. We are also thinking of taking her up this weekend and letting her walk from where the bus is going to drop her off to her class room.
34. Wow. As I’ve been telling people: I’ve entered mid-30’s. Kind of a milestone, but what can you expect? I’ve been out of college for 10 years now. I’ve been married for 7 and I have three beautiful daughters. I guess I am “old” now. Funny, I don’t feel old. Here’s to another 34.
I took the day off from work and went to Clerks II. It was a good movie to see since it had me reminiscing about the old times back in college when the original came out. I went and saw it with my friend Erik Youdal at Dobie Mall. It was great seeing the original Clerks in the movie theatre because the movie because such a cult classic and you can always say you saw it in the movie theater.
For my birthday, the girls gave me a new University of Texas jersey and flag that we hung outside, but for the most part it was a pretty normal day.
In other news, I finally got an office at work. If you can believe it. So, we went up this past weekend and hung all the frames of the games I’ve work on that I’ve been collecting over the years.
What better way to spend your 34th birthday than to go see the sequel to one of your favorite movies. It was a little poignant because it’s been 12 years since the original Clerks came out, but fortunately, my life has progressed further than the characters in the movie. The Quick Stop from the first movie has burned down and Dante and Randal now have jobs at a fast food restaurant. However when the movie opens, it’s Dante’s last day. He has a new fiancé and is moving to Florida. The movie was great for any Kevin Smith and/or Clerks fan. I would stay clear if you aren’t or you may stomp out like Joel Siegel.
If you didn’t guess, the movie we watched this weekend was the latest in the Harry Potter series. Once again I didn’t think this one was up to snuff. I was wandering around lost, just like Harry and one thing after another led to the ultimate plot of Lord Voldemort trying to re-enter the world of the living. I just felt this movie went back to the previous two movies of not really explaining what is going on. I know it’s tough to condense a 700 page book into a movie (thank God Stephen King’s The Stand was a mini-series), but I wish they would do a better job of it.
This past week was Vacation Bible School so Jennifer took the girls up to church each day this week. Abby and Emily sang songs, make crafts, and learned bible stories; Isabelle played with other babies her age in the nursery; and Jennifer volunteered and taught crafts. All in all they had a great time and were asking to go back each morning and every night I came home I got to see the craft they had made for the week. On Sunday, there was a special church service where the girls sang the songs that they had learned and they showed a slide show of all that went on during the week.
Also on Sunday, we took a trip to a little stream down in Heathrow to take some pictures of Isabelle. Jennifer is still experimenting with the camera I borrowed from work and she wanted to take some nice pictures of Isabelle. So, we sat Isabelle on the rocks and I stood right off camera to make sure she didn’t take a plunge into the water. Finally the humidity and bugs drove us back home. Here’s one of the pictures that Jennifer took.