Monthly Archives: February 2008

Trying to help my friend David somehow – Please read!

Tweet   Many of you have been following the story of my dear friend David Wilder and his battle with cancer.  My last post about this (Another update on my friend and my mother-in-law ) spurred some of my AR friends to action, and for that I am eternally grateful.  Several people emailed or commented…

How to Insert and Align Photos in Your ActiveRain Posts – Not Just for Newbies!

Tweet I am relatively sure that someone has written about this subject in the past, but I have had a number of people call and email me asking how to insert and layout pictures here on our ActiveRain posts lately.  I have also seen a good number of posts that seem as though they could use this…

Our Visit to IKEA Yesterday

Tweet     While we were out and about enjoying some phenomenal weather yesterday, my wife mentioned that she would like to check out the new IKEA store in Round Rock.  I had been there once, and I cringed inwardly a little bit, because I was familiar with the layout there.  However, they do have…

Crazy Weather in Austin This Week!

Tweet   There is an old saying in our state, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes – it'll change!".  This is sometimes completely true, and never more so than this week so far. Yesterday, my mom was in town, so we took the kids out shopping and to lunch at…

My humorous plot summaries for the Oscar-nominated films for 2008, which I HAVE NOT SEEN YET

Tweet Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to actually see ANY of the movies up for "Best Picture" this year.  This is no longer an unusual phenomenon for me, as the father of three small children.  In fact, I only saw two movies this year ("Ratatouille" and "The Bourne Ultimatum") that warranted consideration by the…

My Precious Abby

Tweet   I think my daughter Abby is among the cutest children to have walked the earth.  She has a terrific and engaging personality and she already has a well-developed sense of humor.  When she was only about 16 months old, she learned that she could make me laugh by alternately frowning then raising her eyebrows and…

Don’t Miss This One! Family Reunion

Tweet   Welcome to "Family Reunion", the weekly recap for the Family Ties group.  We increased to 230 members this week.  Additionally, we moved up to 1452 posts! Welcome to all new members, and thanks to those who posted!  Keep in mind that any member of the group can invite other members to join.    Below is a…

My Son is my Hero Today! Our “Marathon Kids” Experience

Tweet   Today, my nine-year old son Brandon celebrated the culmination of several months of effort by attending and completing the "Final Mile" ceremony for Marathon Kids.  In essence, Brandon completed a full marathon's worth of running over a period of many weeks, and this final event was held at a stadium in south Austin with…

Austin Children’s Museum – Fun for the Whole Family!

Tweet The Austin Children’s Museum in downtown Austin serves as a great outing for the entire family.  My wife and I have had a membership there previously, and it is well worth the money.  With a recent influx of funds, the museum has completely revamped many of the learning areas, and our kids, ages 9,…

Another update on my friend and my mother-in-law

Tweet This past week, a few people had asked me for updates on my good friend David and on my mother-in-law Jackie, based on the previous posts I have written about each of them.  Before proceeding, and if you have time, I would recommend reading these past posts in order to better understand what I…