Wednesday, March 08, 2006

For spring break, I took the week off for vacation. On my time off I won a summary judgment motion (well, that is work, but it is also recreation for me), started a new exercise program and helped build a fort (a family project) in the back yard.

That fort is a lot larger than it looked at Costco (cheaper from the store than ordering on-line as well). Big enough for our family and lots of friends.

I'm glad we spent the last three days on it (among other things we did). More vacation to come. (And yes, center is Win, my dear wife, who, when someone realized she had laid the tile in our house said "she gives new meaning to the term 'homemaker' doesn't she?" At the JRCLS Christmas party I introduced her as "taller, better looking and smarter than I am, for which I'm grateful" and one of the other guy's wive's nudged him and said "I want that kind of introduction too." Better half? I just prefer to note "better." Or, as our kids say "the best.").

We are a two power drill family, and have double socket sets around. As a team, building the fort went a lot faster.


Stephen said...

BTW, took my six-year-old and a friend to see Chicken Little.

"I bruise you
You bruise me
We both bruise too easily
Too easily, to let it show
I love you and that's all I know.

All my plans
Are falling through
All my plans depend on you
Depend on you, to help them grow
I love you and that's all I know.

When the singer's gone, let the song go on.

But the ending always comes at last
Endings always come too fast
They come too fast
But they pass too slow
I love you and that's all I know.

When the singer's gone, let the song go on
It's a fine line between the darkness and the dawn
They say in the darkest night, there's a light beyond.

But the ending always comes at last
Endings always come too fast
They come too fast
But they pass too slow
I love you and that's all I know
That's all I know
That's all I know-oh...oh-oh."

Barb said...

That is a wonderful poem! I am a poetry moderator at an LDS site, and always love how one novel people can be in expressing sentiment in this the poetry form.

Barb said...

That fort contraption looks like a ton of fun!

Stephen said...

Barb, that is from a rather famous song and one of the songs used for Chicken Little.

You ought to post the link for the web site you are the moderator at.

Stephen said...

The fort has been a ton of fun for both my six year old and for the seventeen year old and their friends.

Barb bkb said...

Oh, I don't remember that in the version of Chicken Little that I heard. Maybe I never heard the whole thing. Is he the one who thought that the sky was falling?

I am not sure how to do a link. I have had people try to show me, but when I try it never works. If you would like to check out the site where I am a poetry moderator, it is Helamans Army and you should be able to bring it up by typing those words in a search engine. I have a lot of my original work there. I like the site as I can put it there among friends. If I had to worry about whether something were good enough to publish or not, then I would probably stop writing altogether as I would be too inhibited. And poetery is one of my greatest outlets and it is one of the best ways that I can communicate how I feel.

Naiah said...

Looks like fun! (both in th ebuilding an dthe playing!)

Jordan said...

We have been wanting one of those from Costco for a long time. One of these days we will buy one and set it up in our back yard.

Stephen said...


You can take one home in the back of a Tahoe. I don't remember if you are in the Dallas area or not (confession: I get you and your brother mixed up), but if you are, I'm sure Win and I could tote one to your house for you and lend you a drill and the drill bits you need. We also used the drill to screw in all the screws and tighten most of the bolts. That, and an oversized ratchet.

Just be warned, they are bigger than they look when you see them at Costco.

Jordan said...

Not only am I in Dallas- I am in your stake (5th ward) and I sat next to you not too long ago at a JRCLS luncheon.

Lots of people get John and I confused, so no worries.

Luckily, we have a large Honda Odyssey minivan with removable seats, so transporting one of those things is not a problem. Coming up with the ca$h to buy one, however, is an issue.

So for the meantime, I will have to just break the tenth commandment and covet yours.

Stephen said...

Or come by the house and let your kids play on it with my six year old. She would love the company.

Téa said...

Way to go on the fort--it's always so much fun when couples work together to create something =)

Your exchange with Jordan has me wishing we lived in Dallas. Funny, I think that's the first time I've ever wanted to live in Texas =)

Sarebear said...

Okay, I have this line from a song in my head now, "If you wanna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band . . . "

Did any bands w/fiddles come along with the fort to play in?

Hee Hee. Now I've got Alabama goin thru my head to delightful images of kiddies playing on the fort, down there in Texas!