Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Caboose

Saw this yesterday while coming home from the north valley. I took the next turnoff from the freeway and went back to get this picture. Cabooses haven't been around, here at least, for at least 20 odd years! It took me back for a brief moment to my childhood days and camping at Mt Shasta! Ahhh...good ol days!

Hey...look!! I saw U.P. on a caboose!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


To all fathers, best wishes!
To my hero, my best friend, my dad, I miss you and love you. Thanks for being, MY dad!
Angus M. Smith 1921-1985

Friday, June 13, 2008


I really married up!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Today is the last day of school and like many parents, I don't look forward to it too much. My reasons may be a bit different. My daughter Cheyanne finishes grammar school today while oldest son Archie becomes a high school senior and youngest son Clayton has completed pre-school. The one that effects me the most is Cheyanne, for different reasons. I remember her first day at kindergarten seven years ago like it was yesterday. Her mother had made a point that she was going to attend Cheyanne's first day of school back then, but died two weeks before that day. Cheyanne has always had a tough time on her first day of school, even as recently as this school year. I walked her to her class at the start this school year. She was in her glory, ready to rule the school! As we came close to her building she slowed up and I saw my baby girl's eyes start to water. At that moment she wasn't a big sixth grader, but a little girl that was scared and wanted her daddy again. I hugged her and we stood there for a moment until she was ready to complete the final few steps into her future. This school year has flown by for me, and as I write this on the morning that my children all finish another school year, my heart is heavy. Another step into adulthood for them, another step in growing up and away from me. As they all face new challenges, it's just another day for them and the end of another cycle for me.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

End of Another Season

Today ends another softball season and it couldn't come a moment too soon for me. I've been doing softball, six days a week for the better part of four months. I am ready for it to end. I'm the head coach for Alexis' team and asst coach for Cheyanne. Alexis' team has done much better than Cheyanne's but both girls had fun. I was blessed to have some wonderful girls on the team this time, as opposed to last year. My girls have played well and had a lot of fun! My sons, Archie and Tyler were my assistant coach's again this year and we all had fun. BUT, I'm ready for it to end. We play 2 games today, then we do like all ballplayers do in the off season "get to know the wife and kids again, do some personal appearances and go fishing".

Extra points if you can tell me what movie that was from!!