Jack is 6 years old!

Today is my son’s birthday. Time seems to be speeding up the older I get.
2008 seems like such a long time ago.
Jack is in kindergarten now. Watching him learn new things is quite amazing.

I can’t believe how good he is at reading.
I laugh at how juvenile and boyish his humour is. I can’t imagine what he’ll be like in jr. high.

He makes me want to be better for him.
I often feel like I am too hard on him.
He pushes me to be a better dadeven though I don’t always know how to do that.

I can’t wait to see what adventures life takes him on.
Happy Birthday Jack. I love you. -Dad

Here are some of my favorite pictures of me and Jack.

PT Test

A new fiscal year in the guard and that means it’s time for a pt test at drill this weekend.

Success! I passed. I’m proud of myself for never having failed one in my almost 5 years in the army. Although for some reason I always get nervous about them. This one I was a bit more nervous about since Caroline was just born 3 weeks ago and my training for the test took a serious hit due to taking care of a newborn.

But I got over 75% in each category for a score of 236. I’m happy with that.

On a side note, I don’t understand how some of these kids continue to fail. You know the test is coming and you know what is required to pass. Just google it! Do the math and put in some effort for a month or two before the test. It’s not rocket science. I’m old and body parts hurt, but I can still pass them.

Ok rant over.
Bring on the holiday food.

Derek

My Growing Family

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures on my blog or website. Mostly because I’m lazy, and with facebook and Amy’s blog, it’s usually easier to just link to those galleries. However, in the spirit of blogging more (even though I don’t expect any high amounts of traffic, I thought I would post some pics of my Family which recently got an addition of Caroline.

The photos were taken By Nicole Gillihan. She is a friend and an awesome photographer. You can check out her work on facebook https://www.facebook.com/NicoleGillihanPhotography or her website http://nicolegillihanphotography.com/.

Sweet Caroline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precious Isabelle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brother and Sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Caroline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My beautiful wife Amy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now. Later.

Derek

 

Slight Delay

So I’ve been slightly delayed in updating the old blog. I just spent over 2 hours trying to figure out why apache kept railing my server. I tried migrating it twice. I switched between php as an apache module, fastcgi, and fpm. I switched back and forth between apache and nginx. Turns out the likely culprit was over 10k spam comments on my blog. guess I should have updated wordpress and my anti-spam plugins more often.

In the mean time, I’ve disabled comments completely site wide. So hopefully that should help. I’ll say I’m going to try and update the blog more, but who knows if I’ll do it. I need to redesign my whole site and my blog. Maybe in my free time between grad school, 3 kids, army, work, and stress.

But progress is progress.

Derek