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School, Birthdays, and General Insanity

Ok so I really am a little bit busy and not just slacking by posting every 45 days or so.  This has been an insane last month and half. 

First we started school.  Turner is in the 2nd grade and Shelby is in Pre-K.  Mack is also attending Mothers Day Out.  Am I just partial or is this a great looking crew?

Then Shelby Kate is following in her mothers footsteps as a cheerleader.  And yes Mom is a coach too.  SK’s favorite cheer is Squeeze the Orange, it really doesn’t translate on a blog. 

Then my little Tman grew up all of the sudden.  He turned 8 years old earlier this month.  Turner I am so proud of you.  You are the glue of our family and I don’t think God could have given Mack, Blane and most especially Shelby a better brother.  Try and slow down the growing up just a little.

First I need to apologize to my buddy Jake.  Unfortunately for him he happens to live down the street from us and have two very cute little girls.  The youngest one, Eliza, seems to have her eye on Mack (yes this is Backpack Girl).  I see this scene replaying itself in a few years just with a motorcycle.  I like to think that I can kind of judge what kind of general direction my kids lives are going to take.  (I am sure I am wrong so humor me a little) Turner will probably be an analyst of somesort (maybe an engineer) and a tremendous family man and husband. Shelby Kate will have a job that brings joy to everyone she comes into contact with.  With Blane its a little early, but he has the patience of Job.  I am thinking/hoping maybe a Doc or a teacher of something.  But Mack, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit for him to become Nuclear Physicist or a fry cook on Mars (try and name the movie) or anything in between.   Mack turned two today, and yes contrary to my thoughts about a year ago we are both still living.  I love you Mack. 

I recently received an email from a friend that had a bunch of quotes of speeches from Steve Jobs.  I am a fan of his so I always like hearing what he has to say.  This was my favorite part.

Never fear failure – Jobs was fired by the successor he picked.  It was one of the most public embarrassments of the last 30 years in business.  Yet, he didn’t become a venture capitalist never to be heard from again.  He didn’t start a production company and do a lot of lunches.  He picked himself up and got back to work following his passion.  Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he only had a few weeks to live.  As Samuel Johnson said, there’s nothing like your impending death to focus the mind.  From Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech:No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.