12 Years of Marriage

Happy anniversary to the one I love the most, my better half, my eternal companion, Amanda!

In the 1st Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “Oh honey how much I love you”.

In the 2nd Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “A new house” and “Oh honey how much I love you”.

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The best way to motivate Wife to Go to Church

Mikey and Josh are just about over their colds, but we decided that we were going to keep them home from Church one more Sunday, just to make sure.  Trying to be a good Daddy & Husband, I told SWMBO that I would stay home with the boys and she could go to Church.  This morning, SWMBO announced that we should all stay home from Church (she was tired).  I waited about 2-minutes and then told her that if she was going to stay home, I’d go to Church and she could stay home with the boys.  She very quickly said she would go to Church.  So, the best way to motivate Wife to go to Church is to tell her she would have to stay home with the boys… interesting.

What I'm Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  As we all sit down and celebrate our blessings this year, I wanted to take a second and express some of the things that I am grateful for.

I am grateful for my family.  I don’t know what I’d do without them.  Amanda is the rock that keeps our family running smoothly.  She is (usually) so happy and sweet and forgiving of her 3 boys when we do something wrong.  She is the pretty girl I know and I’m happy that we have the opportunity to be together forever.  I’m so happy that she is willing to put up with me forever and I hope that I am worthy of her forever.

Mikey is my little namesake.  I am continually amazed at how smart he is.  I have no idea where he gets all of his knowledge from.  He’s almost 3 and fills each day of ours with happiness and love.  He tries really hard to be a good boy and a big helper.  And he normally is.

Josh is my little buddy.  At 8-months old, it is fun to watch him look around the room with wonder.  Everything is so new and exciting.  He also gives Daddy wonderful smiles.

My parents are so willing to help us with whatever we may need.  They love their grandchildren so much.

My siblings love my boys so much.  They go out of their way to let their kids play with my kids and to see us.

My in-laws are wonderful.  You hear all these Mother-in-Law jokes from people, but those people have never meet my mother-in-law.

Who would believe that 9-years after high school graduation my high school circle of friends still meets together about once a month for dinner and games?  They sometimes drive me crazy but I can’t imagine not seeing them or talking to them.

I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior.  Without His atoning sacrifice, nothing else would matter.  I strive each day to become more and more like Him so that one day when “he shall appear, [I] shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).  I’m grateful that in these last days, He has a prophet on the Earth, even Thomas S. Monson.  I strive to always follow the Lord and His servants for, as He taught, “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38).

I’m grateful to live in America.  She has her problems (most of which are Government induced) but she is still a wonderful land.  What other country has a Constitution inspired by God?  I didn’t support President-Elect Obama, but I wish him the best.  I hope he follows our Constitution and is a great president.  If he does, I’ll support him.  If (when) he doesn’t, I’ll oppose him.  I’m grateful that I have the freedom to do those things.

I’m thankful for so many other things that there just isn’t time for in this blog entry.

What are you guys thankful for?

CERT Notes: Week 1

The Wife gave me a good idea that I hadn’t thought of; posting brief notes from my 6-week CERT class.

The first class in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a lecture about disaster preparedness.  Highlights that the instructor talked about:

  • Keep a flashlight by your bed.  In a disaster, a light is your lifeline.
  • Keep a pair of shoes by your bed.  If there is an earthquake, you won’t want to walk through broken glass.
  • Put baby locks on your upper cabinets.  If there was an earthquake, they can help prevent things from falling out and breaking or landing on someones head.
  • Put some reflective paint on your utility shutoffs.  In the middle of the night, if you need to turn them off, they will jump out at you when you shine your flashlight at them.
  • Make sure your water heater is strapped to the wall!!!
  • Think about where the gas line comes into your house.  What is right above it?  The power box.  If there was a major earthquake, turn off your gas line, for an earthquake could break both the gas line and the power lines.  Gas + electricity = big fire.
  • In a major disaster, it is often times easier to call someone out of state than instate.  Therefore, have an out of state emergency contact / check in person.  If there is a disaster, everyone in the family knows they are to call that person and check in with them.
  • The Las Vegas Valley has several major earthquake fault lines running under it.  A major earthquake here is very likely.  If and and when it happens, emergency response will be overwhelmed.  We will be left to fend for ourselves.  What will you do?

Check out more Emergency Preparedness tips at the recently updated Emergency Preparedness and Family Home Storage page at FoodStorage.MikesWorld.org

The Good Wife's Guide

So, The Wife has posted an entry on her blog called “A Mother’s Day Wish“.  In this entry, there are 6 pictures of the husband doing various chores, etc, around the house for his wife.  At the end of her entry, Amanda wrote: “Wouldn’t this be nice???”

I’ve decided to post my response here.  If you want us to act like that, then you need to act like this:

The Good Wife\'s Guide

The Good Wife's Guide

So, The Wife has posted an entry on her blog called “A Mother’s Day Wish“.  In this entry, there are 6 pictures of the husband doing various chores, etc, around the house for his wife.  At the end of her entry, Amanda wrote: “Wouldn’t this be nice???”

I’ve decided to post my response here.  If you want us to act like that, then you need to act like this:

The Good Wife\'s Guide

Trying to install WordPress

So, the wife decided that she wanted a Blog. I decided to install WordPress, which is different than the software that I’m running for Mike’s World. I’ve followed the steps, but I’m still getting a message that says “Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for WordPress.” I’m sure that I can get it to work, but it is kinda annoying.