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    We decided that keeping a blog would be the best way for us to keep our friends and family updated on what we have been up to since we moved from Florida to Lawrence, Kansas.

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We got our hands on a prototype of the game CANBALL. I got the opportunity to do some work for the company and we got this sample to keep around the house and play. You play just like H-O-R-S-E but with the word OUT. It gets really fun because you can move the can around to some very interesting places to make some really awesome shots. The part I like the most is that you can play inside without the risk of breaking anything but it’s also portable and can go anywhere. The hardest part of the game is trying to keep Chita away from the ball.


Madelyn - February 17, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Looks like fun for those snowy days.

Super Bowl XLVI

Keeping with our Super Bowl tradition, we went to Sean and Sara’s house to enjoy the game (and commercials). We really liked that they kept the score so close; we enjoy a good fight to the end. We really didn’t care who won but we were pulling for the two Florida Gators, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes, who are prominent players for the Patriots. Unfortunately, they didn’t win but we did enjoy some of the commercials. Here is our favorite from the night…

Chita enjoyed some of The Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl in the afternoon. She also really likes this commercial…



Phone the neighbors! I’m no longer riding a GSXR, I bought a BMW. I looked around for a while and after much debate I decided on the S1000RR. I went to the BMW dealer in Kansas City, Engle Motors, and there it was; the bike I had been looking for. I love the BMW Motorsports paint scheme and it has some neat features like ABS and traction control. It’s got more power than you know what to do with and is a blast to drive. Luckily winter isn’t too bad this year and I’m able to get out there and ride.

Madelyn - February 3, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Looks nice! Just take it easy on the curves!

kurt - February 16, 2012 - 9:46 am

I can’t wait to drive it!



TOUCH is a new TV series on FOX that features one of our favorite actors, Jack Bauer Kiefer Sutherland. It has been 18 months since 24 went off the air and it has left a giant hole in our hearts. Even though this show will be nothing like his last (we heard he gets punched in the stomach and does nothing about it), we hope it will help fill the void in our lives.

Here’s what FOX says…

We are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours. Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the story’s center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion, and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers—writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks—and with discarded cell phones…

Join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c. We’ll be watching.

Madelyn - January 25, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Can hardly wait for tonight!

Madelyn - January 25, 2012 - 11:26 pm

the show was good! Pay close attention to every the orange soda.

Christmas in Florida

While we were home for Christmas we got to see our wonderful Smith and St.John friends. Rusty, the McKinnon’s dog, was especially excited to have the gang back together. We had a movie night and it was just like old times (except for missing Mr. Z)!

Christmas in Florida

We got to see our nephews. We saw some giant Christmas trees and Chris seemed to be carrying everyone around.

Christmas in Florida

We went to the movies to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and had to get Cole’s picture as Obi-Wan fighting Darth Maul.

Christmas in Florida

We spent Christmas afternoon at the Dukes house; here’s all the cousins waiting for dinner and resting after some football. Earlier in the week, Chris and I went to eat in downtown New Port Richey with the McKinnon’s at La Tropicana Del Sol. I tried to get as much Cuban food as possible while in Florida. Yum!

Christmas in Florida

One night we went to Uncle Rob’s RC plane meet. Cole got to fly Uncle Rob’s plane, which took a beating at first, but Cole was pretty good by the end of the evening. Chris had some fun flying Uncle Rob’s helicopter.

Christmas in Florida

The rest of us enjoyed watching all the different kinds of remote controlled aircraft in the building. There were some pretty interesting ones that ranged from tiny as a mouse to a huge one that took off like a space shuttle but then flew around like a plane. Chris and Cole enjoyed playing pool and Chris made the winning touchdown pass in the family football game.

Christmas in Florida

Chris and I spent Christmas day with Kurt and Madelyn. Here they are with the Christmas tree! Rusty got to open his stocking first. Chris was a little jealous.

Christmas in Florida

Chita got lots of presents for Christmas, here I am with some of them. She was so happy when we got back and gave her the gifts! Chris, Cole, and I made road signs for Mom & Dad’s Georgia hunting property.

Christmas in Florida

Cole got a tea maker for Christmas and decided to carry it on the plane since it was fragile. Security in the airport didn’t like it to much and unpacked his carry-on, took the tea maker out of the box, and re-scanned it. We headed back to Kansas and miss our family and friends in Florida but were very happy to see Chita when we got back in Lawrence!

Christmas in Florida

Madelyn - January 11, 2012 - 4:37 pm

We were so glad to see you at Christmas time. It was like having a FBC Youth Choir night…good memories. Happy New Year.

twenty twelve

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Natalie - January 9, 2012 - 11:16 am

Thanks for the card! So cute! :) Miss you guys!

Jon and Donna - February 12, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Thanks so much for including us on your Christmas card list. We loved your card and hearing what’s going on with y’all. Happy New Year!