Monday, December 31, 2012

We're back

Yesterday we woke up on Amelia Island, went to church and many hours later arrived back in Tennessee and went to sleep in our own beds. It was in the 50's when we left and 20's when we returned. Not good. I think I took 540 photos so I will try to cull the bad and post the good over the next few days.

Hey, it's almost 2013!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Enjoying Florida - our condo

It's currently 68° and mostly cloudy in Fernandina Beach. From 1Weather for Android.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

We're on Vacation

A chilly morning - down in the 20's. But who cares! We're on vacation and heading south-south-south - Florida here we come.

Cindy and I are grinning bigger than a baby with a Popsicle! And that's big!

We love you all and will post pictures via mobile phones as we bask in the warmth of Florida. (I promise no photos of us in swim suits)

We love you all!

Friday, December 21, 2012

We're still here ... those silly Mayans

Windy and cold all night and even some flurries - winter has returned. One more day and we're off to Florida, so not my problem ... woohoo!

Well, Christmas is right around the corner - another year is almost complete. Did you have any things you wanted to accomplish this year? Things to do or places to go? How did that work out?

Did you allow God to work through you? Did you speak up for Christ? Did you put your pride aside for Him? Did you love Him with all your soul and all your might? 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

3 down - 2 to go

A windy, rainy blustery day out so far. It woke me up at 5:08 am with hard rain. I should have gotten up as I don't think I slept much after that.

Another good, busy day ahead. Write a speech for my lunch meeting with 45 some business owners; finish a room schedule for a dining hall building; write a proposal for a church in Lebanon and prepare two projects to get out to bid tomorrow.

Here is one of my future Spurs players. Not sure what position he will play yet. He already has the energy for it.

Have a great day and stay dry - a big cold front rolls in after this for a really cold day tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Misc blog trivia

Some interesting blog facts:
Since I started this blog back in December of 2005 (7 years ago - wow), the site has had over 20,000 hits or views. Recently we've averaged about 20 a day. You all must love seeing my babies as much as I enjoy it!

Operating System: 86% of you use windows, 9% macs, and the rest on unix or tablets.

Browser type: 46% use internet explorer, 39% firefox, 5% chrome and 5% safari

The page most viewed is from 11/1/10 with 128 views - Crossville Treehouse

Countries you are all from - US, Israel, Belgium, Spain, UK, Russia, Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada, China, Latvia and Luxembourg - I think the last 3 are where most of my spam hits come from!

Hang on - in another 7 years we'll be going into 2020 and my babies won't be babies!

Looking ahead to Friday - 3 to go

Greetings - got a lot done yesterday, but a lot to do before Friday - hang on tight - here we go again!

Looks to be a nice day ahead and a bit warmer - it sure isn't winter in Tennessee weather!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1 down, 4 to go

Kaireia holding Rhiza
Good morning! Another busy, but good day ahead. I think I'm working enough for the time I'll be taking off next week. That's life!

Nothing new today - more paperwork - working on a Dining hall for a Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi; a budget for a hotel for a Mr. Patel (surprise); a containment slab down at Wacker; 3 new home designs; a remodel in Crossville; a speech for Thursday at a business group; 3 articles for different magazines; an article for our quarterly newsletter; sketches for a church in Columbia and talking to an owner in Monterey as we try to wrap up his home remodel; cold calls and probably other stuff I forgot. In other words, the same old stuff ... ha!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The countdown begins

Wow - did we have a weekend in there? Matt's graduation Saturday and Laura and Sandra came by - what a lot of fun! Yesterday church, off to Crossville for a play with my boss and his wife and our church group Christmas party last night.

Back to work so I can rest up!

Pouring rain outside - cooler weather ahead ...

A good but busy week ahead - have a good one!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Super Sunday

Good morning - what a great day yesterday watching Matt graduate - go check out my video from yesterday on my Facebook page.

Sandra and Laura came over afterwards and spent the afternoon with us - what a blessing! I love my family.

Off to church in a few minutes - continue to pray for the families of the children who were brutally murdered this week. May God ease their sorrow.

Rev 21:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Graduation day

Sandra and Laura are coming by in a bit and we're heading up to TN Tech to see Matt graduate - woohoo - Congratulations Matt!!

Well Asher, get used to the kisses and the mothering - it has only begun.

Have a great weekend - one day week from today - VACATION!

Friday, December 14, 2012

1 more week - and vacation ...

Greetings - another morning around 20 degrees - at least the days are still in the high 40's to mid 50's.

We've been looking for a couple of new field crew - Noema looks like she could work out - you think?

Paperwork in the office this morning and off to Crossville this afternoon to meet with a client from Colorado at their Crossville home - a major remodel coming up.

Matt Monroe graduates from Tech tomorrow - Sandra is coming over and we'll head over to Tech to watch - life is good.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thankful for Thursday

Brrr - below 20 degrees this morning - baby, it's cold outside.

It's been a good week - I've gotten a lot done so far - two bids completed yesterday - I need to write the proposals for them today. A huge meeting today and a client coming in from Colorado tomorrow - busy is good!

Neidon is a great hat person - he is growing up way to fast. The years sure seem to be flying by ...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Say Cheese

I like this photo - everyone doing something and getting restless, but Anna is still posing for the camera and being cute. That's my girl!

Mid 20's this morning - pretty brisk out - we'll hit mid 40's today for a high.

Church tonight - looking forward to seeing friends - Christmas is just around the corner - are you ready?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just us guys ...

Brrr - down around 30 this morning - winter has returned. High around 40 today - dress warm!
Lots of paperwork today - my main project is a Design-Build for a Naval Air Station Dining Hall in Alabama - trying to get the Architect we hired to design it per base requirements - woohoo!
Hope your week is going well - love you!

Monday, December 10, 2012

2 more weeks

Greetings this fine morning - two more weeks and then ... VACATION - woohoo!! We're looking forward to some time off.

This photo is before Asher is born - the kids look like they are getting ready for him to come. I think it is a hug - not a head-lock.

Enjoy the week - and stay warm!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Rain ahead

When I'm tired, I feel like I could go to sleep anywhere - I must not be alone!

Another good night at the Living Nativity last night - a lot more traffic and that was with a light misty rain.

Tonight is the last night so come on out if you are in the area - even if it rains again (as projected) the show must go on.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Dark headed boy

 We've always had blue-eyed blond headed babies. We are now blessed with a couple of brown-eyed dark headed guys. Asher is looking like Lincoln in those areas. We got some mighty fine looking grand-babies.

A warm night at the Living Nativity last night. Breakfast out in a bit, run a few errands and then live nativity again tonight.

I hope you all have a great and relaxing Saturday.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Fantastic Friday

I'm not spoiling them in this photo - I'm giving corrective instruction to remove the atmosphere of spoiling and permissiveness created by their other female grandparent, who goes unnamed. They received it in a spirit of receptiveness.

Hey, it's Friday - woohoo! Work today, office Christmas party this afternoon, and our church's Live Nativity tonight - a great day ahead!!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Rainy Thursday

Good morning - kind of dark and gloomy out - and a bit of rain. At least it is fairly warm out.

Three musketeers in this photo - I feel trouble brewing already. No telling what they have planned!

Our church has it's Live Nativity this weekend - forecast looks like warm weather which is unusual - we typically have freezing weather or pouring rain - we'll see ...

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Cold missed us?

It was hard to open my eyes this morning - it's now dark in the morning and dark when I leave work - so dreary. At least we have warmer weather. It appears our 'cool' front passed by - we're warming up to 70 this weekend. We're back to Texas weather.
I heard mom's hip surgery went well yesterday - Janice was great to send out updating text messages - thanks!!
Gotta go - another day beckons.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Starting off warm again

Good morning! We went to the Cookeville Christmas parade downtown last night and really enjoyed it, plus we enjoyed all of the friends we sat with. It was a warm evening - no cold front yet - so it didn't seem like December time yet.

I left Nashville yesterday at 4:15pm - I don't drive much in city traffic like I used to - thank goodness! Bumper-to-bumper for the first hour - I know that's not much, but it felt like a lot when you don't do it anymore.

A no news Tuesday - love you all - have a good day.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Warm weather ahead

Our last super warm day is today and then it begins to turn colder this week. A good day to do paperwork and hey - go to Lebanon and Nashville! Sounds fun - meetings are your friend.

A great relaxing weekend and a great, busy week ahead. Only three full working weeks this month until Christmas week - I bet it will fly by. 2012 has been a fast - yet packed year.

Better go - have a great week - use it wisely.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Almost time for church

A good morning to you from the upper Cumberlands of Tennessee.

Another great day ahead - weekends are always nice!

This is Anna with her unhappy look - she must be wanting someone to read to her. Come on over girl, gramps will read to you!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Summer has returned

50's this morning and high 60's today - summer is back - or at least fall weather is back for awhile.

A beautiful day ahead! Can you believe December is already here - when did that happen?

Have a great day - be safe and enjoy this gorgeous day.

Friday, November 30, 2012

New babies

I'm holding Asher and Cindy has Rhiza in this photo. Now ask me how many times I called the grand-kids the wrong name! Talk about going through the alphabet!

A quiet day today - catch-up on paperwork, run down to Sparta to photo as house and just general stuff to do for weekend.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reading with cousins

Uncle Reed reading a book to some of the kids at Thanksgiving - they sure love to be read to!

Another bid due today at work and maybe a trip down to Sparta - I've actually got a free night at home tonight - woohoo!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday already? What happened!

Good morning! Got home around 9 pm last night - I sure could have slept in a bit. Oh well, paperwork calls me to bigger and better things.

Anna and Lincoln are showing me a sheep from their toy nativity set in this photo. I think I got handed every animal and every person to 'enjoy'.

Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Watching snow fall ...

Good morning - still trying to get back in a routine when I'm not having my normal schedule! Paperwork this morning and off to Somerset, KY this afternoon - back late around 9 pm or so.

The girls were watching snow flurries one morning - they told me not enough for snow angels yet. It was in the 30's most of the time we were there - the high that is.

Gotta go - love you all!

Monday, November 26, 2012

We're back ...

Good morning - we had great times with the kids, but it was sure nice to sleep in our own beds again. Much colder up there with flurries one day and heavy coat weather every day - I'm just not ready for that yet.

No news - back to work - catching up on all of the emails I got when I was off - I actually have an 8:30am staff meeting to start off the week,  a bid due this morning and then off to Columbia, TN to meet with a client this afternoon - a 2 hour drive each way.

Have a great week - I'm still thankful! You can be that even when it is not Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

To all of our family and friends- a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. As Kaireia told me this morning, she is most thankful for family and Jesus' death on the cross. Me too!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gone to Ohio

The Kleeman kids finally got to meet Asher. Cousins are fun!

I head out Tuesday afternoon to Ohio - back Sunday - have a wonderful Thanksgiving - I love you all!

Monday, November 19, 2012

He's here - first photos

Asher was born last night at 9:07 pm - 8 lb 4 oz, 19.5 inches, dark hair and grey-blue eyes - so far.

He's pretty handsome don't you think!

I get to see him this week - woohoo!

Someone is already spoiling him!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Some pretty girls

Good morning - enjoyed watching Tech beat Rice in girl's basketball last night. A close game though.

Church in a few minutes but nothing big going on today. I leave after work Tuesday to head north to enjoy the gang for a few days.

I see a couple of girls that needs a grandpa to love on them. Thank you God for children and grand-children!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sunny Saturday in Cookeville

Good morning - just remembered I hadn't put a photo up yet so here goes!

A nice sunny day here - need to work on some photos, a few to-dos today and Tech basketball tonight.

Getting ready to spoil some babies! I can hardly wait.

Have a blessed day.

Friday, November 16, 2012

No drive Friday

Yesterday I went to Crossville - today's 'no drive' Friday - I'm staying in & catching up paperwork - woohoo! (Remember to click on any picture to see larger - easier & better for printing too if desired.) Did you like the panoramic of the basketball game from last night - a new phone camera feature - enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Enjoying Tech basketball

I love basketball!

Music Man

Good morning - we're actually in the 30's this morning - a warm spell!

I had a great time at the church's annual Thanksgiving banquet. Sorry Cindy had to miss it - lots of good food and great fun.

Another future musician here - maybe he'll take after his Aunt Rachel.

Have a blessed day - only 4 years to go ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quiet on the home front

Rhiza and Noema
It sure is quiet here. No wife, kids or grand-kids (echo, echo) - thank goodness for electric blankets.

Our church has their Thanksgiving banquet tonight - should be lots of fun - I've got Cindy's corn recipe to make - the recipe!

You all have a great - and warm - day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Future drummer

You gotta start somewhere. No telling where this could lead.

A chilly day here - ready for Spring - ha!

No news - a busy day ahead and Tech basketball tonight - a great time of year for basketball fans.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Deja Vu all over again

A scene similar to this is about to happen - Asher will be here in the next few days and his family will love all over him.

Cindy got to Columbus safe yesterday and I got back from Mt. Juliet around 5 or so - a long day for all.

Rain out today - it's been coming down hard for several hours here - tree leaves are getting knocked to the ground - trees are taking on that winter look.

Hopefully an in-house paperwork day - you all be safe!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ohio bound

Good morning! Cindy heads off to Ohio to see the grand-kids after church and I head out to Mt. Juliet to meet with a church prospect - why do church clients always like Sunday meetings?

As usual, I'm one of the last to spoil the babies - still fun though! Pray Cindy's trip and visit goes well - Asher is ready to come see his grand-parents! I go up Thanksgiving.

Have a great time at church and a great week - I love you all!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Super Sunny Saturday

Good morning - a beautiful day outside - sunshine, warm breeze and just downright nice.

We've had breakfast out, ran a few errands and now home again - jiggity, jig.

Cindy takes off tomorrow to Ohio and trusts me alone again - I guess not much choice! You all have a great Saturday.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Send pictures

Well, I'm about to run out of photos - my kids (hint, hint) have not sent me any pictures this entire year (hint, hint) and the only ones I have are the ones Cindy and I have taken (hint, hint).

Mid 20's this morning and down-right brisk out. Heavy frost on the ground again - hopefully the grass has stopped for the year.

Cindy is packed and waiting to hear the word from the kids to head north. Any day now - we're ready for Asher.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Show time

Good morning! Another great day ahead - paperwork, lunch with about 45 small business owners and more paperwork. Hopefully the truck is done today - momma is ready to get me out of her van.

Pray for Audrey as she has started labor - a bit early - we'll see if it continues - Cindy may be in Ohio sooner than she thought.