A Nothing Day

DAY 13 -- I love lazy summer days. But there's a big difference between a lazy day and a nothing day.

 Today was a nothing day.

 Naps. Laundry.

 That's about it.

 A nothing day.

Field Day, Mental Floss, Pastor Andy

DAY 12 -- Three more Lybargers head into summer break leaving only one left longing to reach the final goal -- me. Amy and the girls wrapped up today -- the girls much in the same fashion as last year with a field day at the high school (for Anna) and a water gun fight at a local park after school.

Mason tagged along for this year's water gun fight although at times he was a little outmatched by the big kids who kept squirting him in the face.

The water gun battle has become an annual event organized by two of our district's bus drivers who bus their kids to the park for a good soaking to start the summer. The girls have been lucky to have Ms. Linda as their bus driver. It's not often you find a bus driver caring enough to make phone calls when kids forget their library books at home (or need to remind their parents to show up to a park with water guns).

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With the Mister Rogers marathon continuing on Twitch, I've made another mark on the Mental Floss landscape with a new article that showed up today.

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Tonight we joined together with our church family for a Friday night farewell to Andy Adams, our beloved pastor and friend. With Andy's recent reassignment to a church near St. Louis, we will be saying goodbye to one of the most humble and authentically caring families I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

[Photo credit: Melinda Miller]

Looking back over my 40+ years, there are countless people who have had a positive impact on the growth of my personal faith. That said, while I appreciate each and every one of those people, there are maybe a half-dozen who come to mind as having had a significant and direct influence. Along with names like Keith Graham, Bruce Hough, and the Roberts family, after fourteen years of friendship, leadership, and example, Andy easily finds himself added to this list. I'll never find the words to thank him enough for the influence he's had on my family.

We'll miss you greatly, friends.

Toy Surprise 2, Graceland

DAY 11 -- He did it again. My friend from work brought me more toys! This time a healthy dose of Fisher Price Adventure People...

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Friday is the release day for the new Justin Townes Earle album but I have to admit I was more excited for the 7" single I got in the mail today.

The B-side is an amazing cover of Graceland -- one of my favorite Paul Simon songs.

Listen for yourself...

Kindergarten Tour, Mr. C, Toy Surprise

DAY 10 -- As I mentioned a few days ago, we’ll finally have all three of our kids in school next year. I had the pleasure of taking Mason for an introductory look at his new school today. I know he’s more than ready for kindergarten … but I’m not sure that kindergarten is ready for him!

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The principal at the elementary school in town -- affectionately known to the kids and the community as Mr. C -- is retiring at the conclusion of this school year. Mr. C is like no other educator I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’ve often said that it’s impossible to leave a conversation with him -- no matter how short or long -- not feeling as though you are the most important person in the world to him in that moment.

I’d love to know how he does it.

The students -- including Anna -- celebrated their beloved principal today with “Dress Like Mr. C Day.”

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Walking into my office this morning, I was surprised to find that my friend and coworker Neal had keyed in and left me a gift on my table.

Neal is a much more seasoned junk collector than I’ll ever be and he knows my love for these old toys. He’s been cleaning out some of his own stuff and apparently thought this stuff was better in my collection than his own.

I didn’t argue.

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I guess Amy had a pretty busy day at work today. Maybe that explains her lack of appreciation for the picture I texted her from my office this afternoon.

Flip-Flops, Maria Tallchief

DAY 9 -- I'm so ready for summer. I feel like I'm running a race that I'm clearly going to win, the finish line is in sight, but I can't do anything to speed my victory along.

I won't officially win until next Wednesday when I take off my socks for the last time until August. But the end is in sight.

Okay. Full disclosure. I've been wearing shorts and flip-flops to work for the past week.

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I visited Charlotte's class today for their "wax museum" presentations. I got to hear from famous individuals like Usain Bolt, Helen Keller, Julie Andrews, Kris Bryant, and (Charlotte's choice) Maria Tallchief.

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Seven. More. Days.