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Author: Gordon Created: 1/3/2007
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Career Excitement
By Gordon on 2/27/2006

Bonnie and I both had some career related excitement in the past week or so.  Last week, Bonnie found out that she won an Arbitron All Star award.  Along with the award comes an all-expense paid trip to the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida.  She was very excited (and so was I).  We are looking forward to our first trip without children in 7 years.

I've also had some career related excitement.  Today I started a new job.  I will be a Senior Database Administrator for Laureate Education, Inc.  Laureate provides a university experience for full-time and working-adult students worldwide through its international network of accredited campus-based and online universities.  This is somewhat of a change for me, moving away from systems development and towards systems administration.  However, I have always had an interest in DBA roles, so this new job represents a fulfillment of that interest.

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Updates at last
By Gordon on 12/6/2005

Life just moves to fast.  One minute its the start of the school year and the next minute we're planning our New Years Day open house.  Much has happened in the middle that I should have reported on, but I can't recall any specifics.  Its enough to say that all are well.

I've added a heap of new pictures going back to July 4.  Browse and enjoy!

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By Gordon on 9/20/2005

When Jacob was a baby,one of my favorite things was listening to Bonnie read to him in the evenings.  I would be sitting at my desk, working on the computer, while Bonnie was in the next room sitting in the glider and reading to Jacob.  As I heard her voice, I would stop my work and just sit and listen.  There was something so wonderful in the sound of her voice reading to our baby.  All troubles of the day would melt away as I enjoyed the sounds of our family life.  And while I can still sometimes hear her reading to the boys down the hall, it was somehow different then.  We were new parents and reading to our children was a new found joy.

I have found a new sound that is just as warming.  The sound of Jacob reading to me.  As I listened to him reading to me last night, I found once again that warm feeling of fatherhood.  He has grown so much in so many ways in the past few months.  Barely a ...

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Do I Look Any Older
By Gordon on 8/29/2005

I started this weekend with two little boys.  Neither one had started first grade yet.  Both of them still rode bicycles with training wheels.  Two days later and Jacob reach two milestones of childhood.  He lost his training wheels on Sunday and started 1st Grade today.  He seemed to have aged years in two days.  So, I must be looking older too.

Although I do not remember my first day of elementary school, I still remember learning to ride my bicycle without training wheels.  Considering how traumatic that experience was, I was expecting the worst and was hesitant to remove Jacob's training wheels.  He was ready though.  In a mere 5 minutes, he was pedaling around the cul-de-sac.  What constantly amazes me about him is his desire to accomplish a goal.  Despite some initial setbacks (also known as falls), he refused to give up.  I often wonder where he gets that from.&nb ...

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At the end of 41
By Gordon on 8/2/2005

Today is my last day as a 41 year old - tomorrow is my 42nd birthday.  I can't believe it's the beginning of August already....where has the summer gone?

It has been a while since my last post so I will do some quick catching up.  In June, we embarked on a 5 day cruise to Bermuda, courtesy of my parents in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.  In response to the usual question of "How was the cruise?" I usually responsed "Never go on a cruise with a 3 year old and a 6 year old."  That's not to say that we didn't have any fun, it's just that it wasn't a relaxing cruise.  Jacob got a throat infection and was miserable for much of the cruise (or at least when he wasn't doing something fun for a 6 year old) and Aaron was just a typical 3 year old.  But, we made the best of it and try to enjoy it as much as we could.

Jacob finished up kindergarten in the beginning of June and has ...

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