Category Archives: life

An All-American Christmas

Ludi got her first taste of the theater this year. We enrolled her in a new program at church called “Miss Kathey’s Academy for the Performing Arts.” She spent the last several months learning dances and songs in preparation for … Continue reading

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K’nex armada

Last year, I built Joseph a U.S.S. Enterprise from K’nex pieces. He played with it a lot, and oftentimes the ship would crash or be destroyed.

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Dozens of monarchs

Today we released 20 monarch butterflies that emerged from their chrysalises. The season started off seemingly slow. We weren’t finding caterpillars like we had at the same time last year. I guess they just got a late start, because eventually … Continue reading

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No training wheels!

I can report that today Ludi finally learned to ride her bike without training wheels. She is the first of the kids to do it. I am a very proud dad! UPDATE (Sept. 20, 2016): I was so proud that … Continue reading

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Trip to San Antonio 2016

Here are a few scenes from our recent trip down south to Texas.

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Finding Fire Capt. Frank J. Becker

My great-grandfather Frank Becker was a fireman. I knew that he had been promoted to captain at some point, and some relatives had once told me they thought it had been covered on TV or in the newspaper. I wanted … Continue reading

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Viper Bots go to the Capitol

On March 3, Jadzia and her Viper Bots teammates joined the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for a STEM expo at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

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Jadzia: District spelling bee champ!

Ferguson-Florissant, there’s a new champ in town. Jadzia won first place in the district-wide spelling bee!

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The Viper Bots

This year, our elementary school introduced a new Girl Scouts robotics team. I was asked if I might like to help out. I like programming and Legos, so I thought it sounded like it could be fun. I didn’t realize … Continue reading

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Our great summer: San Antonio

What would summer be without a trip to San Antonio to see all our family? Evenings spent swimming in Nan’s pool, the buzz of cicadas, the tinkling of wind chimes, the dry heat.

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