Nicolai took this photo of me this evening. In thirty years of playing soccer, it is the only one that exists of me scoring a goal (despite having scored hundreds over my lifetime). I received a nice pass in the middle of the field and crushed a full volley into the lower left corner. You only need one shot like this every couple of years to keep you wed to the sport. That perfectly timed shot, struck with authority, that finds the back of the net in the air. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Posted by Picasa

I just returned from a 2-day Avid meeting held in Manchester, NH. After introductory comments from our CEO and new GM to the entire organization, teams of 30 attended 45 minute breakout sessions. My presentation covered Engineering and I gave it a total of 16 times over the 2-day event. I normally do not talk this much in an entire month and will need about that long to rest my vocal chords.

Posted by Picasa

Maya was in charge of breakfast this morning and prepared French toast for the family. She has turned into quite the little chef.
Later in the evening, her father prepared pork loin cutlets for dinner using the “Baby Bam” mix she made last week for seasoning.

Posted by Picasa

At one point, Kyle juggled the ball in the air and off-his head traversing 2/3 of the field before laying off a pass.

Posted by Picasa

Kyle’s indoor soccer team was in action this evening and turned in a very one sided victory.

Posted by Picasa

Nico was quite dapper sporting a button down shirt (tucked in, after a very long discussion about whether this was stylish or not), cranberry tie and nice sweater.

Posted by Picasa

This evening we enjoyed hearing the 6th grade Concert Band in which Nico is one of the percussionists. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a photo of him while he performed because the drummers are behind so many of the other musicians. Nico’s performance was flawless and the band has reached that point where you actually enjoy the music.

Posted by Picasa

Maya looks through the trivet she made for her mother’s Christmas present.

Posted by Picasa

Jeanine has recuperated sufficiently to make her first excursion from the house today. Her crutching techniques are no match for Nico and she wisely chooses to go up and down the stairs on her backside.

Posted by Picasa

For those wondering how the Colts could come from behind to defeat the Patriots in such dramatic fashion they need only study this photo for the answer. At crucial moments of the game, Kyle would pause to kiss his Colts door mat which he places strategically in front of the TV. Each kiss was followed by a Colts touchdown or Patriots turnover. The Pats got their early lead because Kyle was attending his Owl program and did not start watching the game and making out with his carpet until the end of the first quarter.

Posted by Picasa

Nicolai rips his entry during diving practice. I have a feeling Nico could become a very serious diver if he stays with the sport.

Posted by Picasa

The screened in porch area of the deck project is starting to take shape. As you can see we had a small amount of snow last night although it is not expected to last.

Posted by Picasa

Jeanine had her second bunionectomy (left foot) this morning. Having forgotten her own reading material she was left with the magazines I had brought along. Here she is reading about how to build your own scroll saw while we wait for the antibiotics to be administered.

Posted by Picasa

The kids did not have school today in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Jeanine took them all (for the first time) to the Ikea store where each one purchased something to embellish their room with. Maya chose this chair and helped with all aspects of its assembly.

It has been a while since I took a portrait of Kyle. He sat for exactly one photo and only because I was setting up for a photo of one of his classmates for a school project.

Posted by Picasa