Back to school Family Home Evening

Tomorrow Mikey starts 5th grade, Josh 3rd, and Hannah 1st. Amanda and I decided to hold a short family home evening. Josh read 1st Samuel 16:7. We talked about how the Prophet Samuel was looking for the next King and how he learned that’s the Lord doesn’t care about how we look on the outside but the inside. We likened this to how there will be all sorts of different kids at school and we should not judge them based on how they look or what they wear but instead try to see them how God sees them and love them as God loves them. We then had Mikey read Matthew 11:28-30. We discussed how Christ took upon Him all of our heartache and pain, our sorrow and our stress, as well as our sins during the atonement and that we can put all of this on Him and accept in return His yoke, His burden, which is to love each other and follow His commandments.

We finished Family Home Evening with each kid (including 3-year old Lizzy) getting a Father’s Blessing.

 

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July Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

This morning, I typed the name of all the entries in my Front Sight Membership Giveaway contest.  As I had three ways to enter, my total entries were 31.  Several people had multiple entries, with one person having four entries.  I put all the entries in a small basket.  My kids enjoyed last time when I let Hannah, my youngest, pick the winner.  However, Mikey & Josh wanted to pick a name also.  So, this time, I let all three kids pick a winner, from youngest to oldest.

Hannah, my 3-year old went first:
Hannah picking her winnerShe picked Ross Siegel, a friend and co-worker.

Josh, my 5-year old then went:
Josh picking his winnerHe picked Ed Hall, who entered and referred several other people and had the most entries.

Mikey, my 7-year old was third.
Mikey picking his winnerHe picked Kristina Chavez.

The kids then wanted Mommy to pick a name. She draw Lena Elise Kruger, who we used to go to Church with.

They then said it was my turn. I drew Carey. Not sure who he is other than he lives in North Las Vegas. All winners have been contacted. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

What do they call you?

My 5-year old son Josh recently finished preschool.  He will be starting Kindergarten in August at Discovery Charter School, where 7-year old Mikey recently finished 1st grade.  The school is holding a 3-week summer school session where the kids can go to school for 4-hours a day, 4-days a week.  Returning students were invited to attend.  The school invited Josh to attend also.  Tonight as I was putting him in bed, I said to him:

“I wonder what the school calls you.  You’ve finished Preschool but you haven’t started Kindergarten yet.”

Without missing a beat, he said “I think they call me Josh.”

I sure love this kid. 🙂

Christmas Letter 2009

Dear Friends & Family;

Well 2009 has been a fun year.  Sometimes we wonder if life will ever slow down!  We got our Ham radio licenses this year and Michael, at least, is enjoying talking to people on the air.

Mikey is finally potty trained and is learning to put letters together to make words.   He loves Geotrax trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, the movie Cars, and any cartoon on TV.  Mikey will be turning 4 in January and is excited to be a Sunbeam at Church.

Josh is slowly starting to talk and loves to do whatever his big brother is doing.  He is becoming Mr. Independent and doesn’t want anyone’s help in doing things.  He will be turning 2 in March.

Michael has finally earned an Associate’s degree and is still working hard at fixing computers.  In February, he started working as the Director of Information Technologies for an INC 500 company here in Las Vegas.  He still manages his computer repair business, Las Vegas Geeks, as well so he stays busy.   

Amanda was released from the Relief Society Presidency this past year and has been in Nursery ever since.  A few months later, Mike was called to teach in Nursery as well so it’s a great team.  She is a wonderful Mother and Wife.  She loves couponing and we are all impressed by her savings.

 

Love,

 

Michael, Amanda, Mikey, and Josh Cox

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?

Will Josh be smart?

Amanda & I were commenting about how smart Mikey is during dinner.  I asked Amanda if she thought Josh would be as smart as Mikey or smarter.  Mikey then said what sounded like “Dumb”.  Amanda & I looked at each other and started laughing.  What Mikey actually said is “Yum”.  His dinner was good, but he said it at just the right moment… 🙂

How's that deal?

Mikey’s newest phrase is “How’s that deal?”.  He’ll come up to me and say something like “Daddy, when we get home, can I watch TV?  How’s that deal?”  It’s pretty funny.  We’ve started using that with him now too.  “Mikey, do you want to go do XYZ tomorrow?  Then you have to brush your teeth.  How’s that deal?”.  He’ll then tell me “That’s a good deal Daddy”.

I had an interview with the Bishop tonight and got home pretty late.  The whole family was up wanting to know what my new calling is (which I’ll post here at Mike’s World News on Sunday or Monday after I’ve been sustained and set apart).  It was, of course, way past Mikey & Josh’s bedtime.  Mommy decided that instead of reading scriptures, Mikey should just have a short story and then go to bed (and read scriptures in the morning).  Mikey didn’t want that; he wanted his normal two chapters a night (1 chapter in The Old Testament, 1 chapter in The Book of Mormon).  After Amanda & Mikey argued about it for a few minutes,  I announced “I’m not going to argue with my two and a half year old about reading scriptures.”  We proceeded to read them until Mikey feel asleep.