Not the Best Start

Well unfortunately for our kids their first start to school hasn’t been the best experience for them. It is really hard to get into a routine when you go a few days and then get sick and have to miss several more days. (or a week and 2 days for Halee) It was pretty rough for the kids going back to school today after missing all that time being sick. Halee actually did pretty well today once we got to school, but getting her ready to go was another story. Gavin on the other hand was opposite, he was easy to get ready for school, but once we got to school he broke down into his crying when we got to his room.

I hope and pray that they aren’t sick any more for at least a while so they can get into the routine of going to school. I know that over time they will get use to it and it will be easier on them and us, but we need for them to be healthy. Hopefully all the sickness is gone. All 3 of us had the same exact thing and it seemed that we went through all the same symptoms, but in different order. Kristee diagnosed us as all having the adino virus. But we are all in the clear now, minus a little cough the kids have right now which is the way that mine ended.

Pray for the kids to get back into the routine of school and start getting excited about going. I am looking into getting a job at the Independent school as a Computer Lab Teacher and should know something about the job by next week sometime. I will keep everyone posted on our progress.

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From the Mouth of a 3 Year Old

“I want my life back!” That is what Gavin said to Kristee while they were on their way to school this morning. As you know the kids have started going to preschool since returning to Wichita. They are both enrolled into their respective age groups. Gavin missed 3 days last week and Halee has now missed 4 days of school due to sickness. This week has been extremely tough for Gavin in the morning, he acts excited for the most part while on his way to school, but then when we are dropping him off in the class he starts crying. It really is hard for both Kristee and I and we know it will eventually get better. No one likes to see their children upset and each morning this week we have left Gavin at school crying. We do know this is the best thing for him right now and can’t wait for it to get better but it is rough.

One other possibility is the fact that he knows that Halee has been staying home all this week while he is at school by himself. We are both hoping that when Halee gets to start going again he might do a little better knowing that his big sister is there at the school with him.

I couldn’t get over the comment that Gavin said this morning, it really sounds so grown up. When you really think about what he has gone through recently with us moving back new home, Sunday School, church activities and preschool, it is easy to understand. But for him to come up with that phrase all on his own is very funny, but yet sad in a sense. He realizes that it is tough right now and it use to be so much easier when he got to stay home with his dad everyday.

Please pray for both the kids as they are going through these tough transitions in their young lives. Pray that Kristee and I can say and do the right things to help them both cope with the new things that are happening in their lives.

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3 New Photo Albums

I have added 3 new photo albums today, but for some reason I am having problems with all the photos showing up in the browser. What is weird is that they are showing up in the mobile version on my iphone so I don’t understand. Hopefully Google will get the problem fixed in the next day or so.

The first I uploaded were photos taken at Kristee’s Graduation dinner, graduation and after her graduation with some of her friends and teachers.

The second album was of our trip to see Santa today at the mall where we got Gavin a haircut. He has been wanting a Mohawk ever since seeing this little boy that had one. I was all for it from the beginning, I thought it would look awesome. Kristee on the other hand wasn’t that excited at first, but decided today to let him get a mohawk. She loves the way it looks on him, he looks so different to me, it is kind of funny. Yes it is for real and there is no photo editing going on.

The third album was taken today after the blizzard like conditions that we experience today. It was crazy out with all the snow coming down along with the high winds. It is tough to say just how much we got due to all the drifting. Some areas were as high as my knee and other spots looked like it got a trace. It was definitely beautiful.

Picasa Web Albums – JoshandKristee

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Moved

We are officially moved and it is a good feeling, now only if we could sell our home. We got moved in this past weekend and are for the most part unpacked minus a few items in Kristee’s car. We also still have some outdoor stuff up in Lees Summit, that just wouldn’t fit on the truck. Kristee has to go back up in January so we will get the rest of that stuff when we go back. Since it is only backyard stuff it really isn’t that big of a deal.

Kristee has gone to the clinic three times this week to start meeting and seeing her new patients. It is exciting to see her getting to go to work and start using everything that she learned in her own clinic. It is weird to think that we are not going to go back to Lees Summit, but it is a good thing because now we can start this next big step in our lives.

Big thanks goes out to Jon for all the help that he provided in moving the big stuff couldn’t have done it without him. I appreciated the help from Kamra, Ian, Bill, Nancee, Bill, Dana and Andrew. It definitely made the move go a lot quicker having so many people to help us.

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Final Day

Kristee just checked out this morning, meaning she is completely done with school. She now only has graduation coming up on the 14th. She is glad to be done with all the work and is excited about moving on to a clinic situation. But, she is also sad about this part of her life coming to an end. She has made some good friends and I know she will miss them for a while.

I am extremely excited for her to have completed Chiropractic school it doesn’t seem like it has been 3 years. We are both excited about getting back to Wichita and starting the next phase of our lives. Now only if we could get our house sold. We have had several showings recently which is a lot better than during the first month, but no one interested in making an offer yet.

Pray for our whole family as we make this next transition in our lives.

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In Remembrance of Kobe

Unfortunately Kobe has passed away. While we were in Wichita this past weekend we got a call from the people that are renting Bill & Nancee’s old house letting us know that Kobe had died. Bill & I went over to the house to remove him from the dog pin where he had been staying with Bill’s dogs for the past 9 or 10 months. After Tess passed away Kobe was different without having another dog around so we had him stay with Bill’s 2 dogs.

We aren’t exactly sure what the cause of his death was, but he was 8 years old and for a dog his size that is about the extent of their life. We are honestly happy that he lived this long because anyone who saw him even as a young dog could see that his hips were in awful condition. One of the neighbors saw that a dog had not been moving for a couple of hours and that is when they were notified. It was extremely sad to see him laying there, but I just hope that he laid down and fell asleep without any pain. I would have posted sooner, but thinking about it was just too hard. While we didn’t have him up here with us we still considered him a great part of our family. We have a lot of wonderful memories of Kobe growing up and being in our lives for the past 8 years. He was an awesome dog, although he is gone he will always be in my memories and will be greatly missed.

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Site Revamp

The other day after putting together the video from Halee & Kristee on Kansas City Live and trying to add it to our site I realized just how long it took for me to post a quick video to the site. It took way to long. The main problem being that I don’t have a .mac account in which I use to host our website which would make it faster to post items through iWeb. I love using iWeb for building the site, but for posting quick photos and videos is way too time consuming. Hence my recent decision to post all photos to Picasa Web Albums. But going to .mac isn’t something that I want to pay for since I already have awesome hosting from Godaddy.com.

I found blip.tv, some may have heard of them before or maybe not. In a since it is like youtube, but way better. First off it is completely free and they look at everything in terms of being a tv show. Naturally our tv show is called JoshandKristee TV. They offer free hosting of your videos that you want to share along with the ability to offer alternative versions for viewing on their site. Such as the original quicktime file that I upload to the site. Everything is converted to flash for use, but the original copy is kept for viewing on the site and even for download. They also integrate with iTunes podcast, which means that those who are subscribed through iTunes will need to subscribe to the new feed in iTunes. They also provide a regular RSS feed for any news reader. I can also simultaneously post a video to blip.tv and our blog at the same time which is awesome. (Which is what I did with the Halee & Kristee on TV video.) All of our videos are available through one player and all videos load extremely fast. One other big benefit is that the size of the player is bigger than any other video hosting site that I have seen. There video quality is awesome. All videos that I post from now on are going to be higher quality which you will be able to view if you would rather not view the flash version. I am going to go into greater detail about all the features on my blog in a day or two.

If you go to our video page on our site you will see one video player there, but you have access to all of our videos from that one player. Right now they are not in order and I don’t think I can rearrange them, but the newest video added to our tv show will be the first video that pops up. (That isn’t the case right now, but will be in the future.) You will see at the bottom of the player a guide button click on it and it will bring up a 3 tab guide menu. The first thing that shows is the description for the current video playing, at the bottom you will see 3 tabs. An about tab, episodes, and hot blip.tv episodes. Click the episodes tab and you will see all of our episodes, click the more button to get more older videos. It is very slick. The hot blip.tv episodes are just videos that are getting a lot of hits on blip.tv right now. Next to the guide button on the bottom of the player are share and then full screen view, this allows you to blow the video up to your full computer screen. The quality isn’t the greatest, but it is full screen. In the future when I produce more content at a higher quality I would imagine that the full screen will be better quality.

Click on the J&K TV on the bottom of the player and it will take you to all of our video post. From there you can click on an individual video and get access to the alternative video source, download the quicktime version, the subscription buttons, tags and this also where you can leave a comment on any particular video. There is a lot that we can do with blip.tv.

I am very impressed with their service and very excited about what I can do in the future. As said early I am going to do a fuller review about everything you can do with blip.tv on my blog, joshmetts. There is just so much to talk about, but feel this blog isn’t the place for it. (This post is getting long as it is and some may be bored already.)

I also changed the photos page. I have broken down the old photos into 3 different categories so it doesn’t take so long to load the albums. But again there will be no more photos or video added directly to our site, but you can still get to all the videos and photos through our site. Having a quick and easy way to add photos and videos to our site is important and Picasa Web Albums and Blip.tv are by far the easiest and fastest way to share new content. As for our rss feeds you will need to update your readers, if you subscribe, and below are the new feed links along with a direct link to the JoshandKristee Show.

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Clinic Update

I guess I can go ahead and expand on a earlier post. We have been offered a chance to work at Kamra & Ian’s clinic in Haysville. We are really excited about this opportunity, it will really give us a chance to learn the inner workings of the Chiropractic office without having to find a place to practice and then go through the process of getting a loan. We are really excited about it and the other benefit is that Kristee will be able to start practicing a couple of months earlier since she will be allowed to practice under a licensed Chiropractor. So tentatively she could be practicing by December. We are both excited about this opportunity and look forward to moving into the next phase of this change in our lives. We appreciate all the prayers and please continue to pray for us in hopes that we can get our house sold.

Again Thank You!

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Pray With Us

Although I don’t feel I can reveal anything about the decision we are needing you to pray with us about. But I just wanted to ask for prayer. It is involving our future clinic and what we are going to do when we move back to Wichita. I will update everyone once we have made a decision about the situation, shouldn’t be too long.

Thank You!

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Gavin’s Wierd

Gavin has some very funny things that he does that I just have to write about. It is all rather humorous or at least I think it is. First I will start with his problem with Kristee and her wearing a pony tail. He for some reason doesn’t like it and will let her know. He will even go to the extent of getting behind her when she is sitting down and pull it out. Then he will say, “I don’t like pony tail in your hair!” It really cracks us both up. What we can’t determine is where he got this from. Kristee has worn a pony tail for as long as I remember so it isn’t a change that Kristee just started. There is no doubt that he has something against pony tails in his mommy’s hair. When asked about other girls and pony tails he is fine with it, it just seems to be Kristee.

The other thing that is funny, but strange is his desire to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants during the heat of the summer. He has been doing this all summer long. He will wear short sleeve shirts and shorts when I pick out the outfit, but if he picks it out he will either pick athletic pants or jeans and then a long sleeve t-shirt. He has even gotten mad at me when I insist that he wears shorts and a short sleeve shirt when it is 90+ degrees out. As a matter of fact he would not change clothes when we were going to Costco the other day. He had on jeans and a long sleeve shirt with his “motorcycle” boots. It was one of those situations where I determined that this was not a battle I cared to fight on that day. Yes he has played outside in the heat of the day in athletic pants and a long sleeve shirt, he is a little crazy if you ask me. When I ask him if he is hot he replies, “Nope I am cold!”

He sure is a funny little guy. And trust me these 2 things are even funnier when you see him in person reacting to either situation. He sure does crack me up!!

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Family Update

Things are going well for us. The kids and I just got back from visiting my family in Mississippi. Unfortunately Kristee was not able to go with us since she has started seeing patients she has to spend her time off up at the school seeing them. We decided to go down there while she was taking her finals so that we would not be bothering her while she studied. She did extremely well in all her classes and his excited to be done with the school work at least for a little while even though she still has to see patients. It is an exciting time for her since she is going to be starting her last trimester of school and almost all of it is going to be working in the clinic.

We had an awesome time in Mississippi and it was a blast getting to spend time with my family. The kids had fun swimming and spending time with everyone. Unfortunately there was several days that Gavin wasn’t feeling the greatest and he was a little more of a Daddy’s boy than usual. I got a chance to go on many motorcycle rides and experience everything from highway riding to traffic, twisties, and night time riding. It was a blast. I just recently went through a motorcycle safety course that was a lot of fun. I can’t explain the absolute enjoyment of riding a motorcycle.

We ended up driving down there instead of flying since it is getting too expensive to fly now that we have to pay for both kids. Believe it or not I was looking forward to the road trip with the kids. We made it in about 13 hours of driving in 1 day. The trip back was a little faster due to not stopping for meals, we just had some good snacks that we ate while we drove. (Gavin had the runs and I didn’t think that it would be good to eat at fast food restaurants with his stomach situation.) We made it in 11 hours and were able to beat Kristee home from school and surprise her. While we had a lot of fun there in Mississippi it was very nice to be back home with Kristee, I really missed her a lot.

Now that we are back we are really going to need to buckle down and get serious about finding a place to open our practice. Today I was browsing the net looking at properties and discovered that the place we were really interested in before was back on the market. It was the original place that we really wanted but decided it was time for us to make a deal on due to our time frame. It went under a lease contract pretty soon after we decided not to do anything about it. When we made the decision, we said that if it was meant to be God’s will in our life to practice at that location then it would be available when we were ready to start a contract. Sure enough it went back on the market just recently. We can really only see this as sort of a sign. We are extremely excited about this particular property because we haven’t found another place that we have been as excited about. We really hope that this is the location of our future clinic. Please Pray with with us as we start the process on this property.

We are also going to start the process of putting our home on the market. There is a chance that we can move back to Wichita in November sometime and really need to get this home sold. Pray that we can find the right real estate agent to help sell the home and also that we can sell it within a good time frame of when we need to move.

We are extremely excited about this time in our lives, but also a little nervous due to the life changing experiences that we are about ready to go through. Please keep our family in your prayers during this time of transition.

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Parent Child

I had one of the smallest but meaningful things happen tonight. The kids and I are down in Wichita right now while Kristee is still up at Kansas City going to school. We came down to help Kamra and Ian move into their new house. I have been really busy helping get everything over to their new house working till 11 or 12 each night. (Sunday and Monday) The kids have gotten the chance to spend a lot of time with Nana and Papa while I have been working.

Anyways since I am the only parent here I have noticed Halee coming up to me and grabbing my hand or asking me questions a lot more. It isn’t that she really does that all the time with Kristee around, but I think she realizes that I am her only parent right now. I have just noticed her wanting to be a little closer to me than usual even when we are around her favorite person Kamra.

Bill and I went down to Belle Plain to shoot sporting clays this afternoon/ evening and when we got back we noticed that Nancee and the kids were gone so we went over to Kamra and Ian’s place to see if they were there. While we were over at Kamra and Ian’s new place hanging around and Halee came up and sat next to me. She said that she wanted Nana to leave a note so that I would know where they went. I asked her if she was afraid that I wouldn’t know where they had gone. She replied, “Yes.” Then I asked her if she wanted me to be there to spend the evening with her and again she said, “yes” with a big smile on her face.

It may not seem like much, but with the way she has been acting and when she came up and sat down to have that conversation with me, it just struck me. Even though she loves being around Nana and Papa, Kami and Ian, there is really no comparison when it comes to that parent child relationship. I could just tell that she has wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going anywhere and that she had the security of her daddy. It are moments like these that really put a smile on my face and give me that wonderful feeling of being a parent.

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Photos on Picasa


Picasa Photos Post

I have made the decision to go away from uploading our photos to our website and strictly upload them on Picasa Web Albums. I have been extremely happy with the service, it is very clean and simple to use with very nice slideshow, commenting, and tagging features. It is very fast and simple for me to add the photos to our Picasa Web Albums and I find that it is pointless for me to continue to add them to our website also. I will leave all the photos that are already on our website, but those that are there are also available on Picasa. I will continue email everyone when I have added new photos and I will also post on the blog when new photos are added.

This will be a lot easier for me because as soon as photos are taken and put on my computer it is pretty much automatic that they will appear on Picasa. In the past I haven’t ever added them as soon as they were taken because of the amount of time it could take to get them on the website. I couldn’t ask for an easier method of adding photos. I hope all that do look at our photos enjoy the experience of viewing them on Picasa.

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Not Much Going On

Well I haven’t posted in a while, but really there hasn’t been anything really going on with us. Kristee is doing a lot of work with school. She has now started doing more clinical hands on type work and stays pretty busy doing that type of stuff. It is hard to believe that we only have about half a year left here in KC. She has only 1 trimester left of school after this one. We have been continuing our search for a place to practice, but have nothing set in stone as of yet.

We had an awesome time last week when my parents and my brother came up to visit on their motorcycles. They were here for a week and thouroughly enjoyed having them up and I know they had a really good time relaxing and playing with the kids. I got a chance to hop on their motorcycles and cruise around the neighborhood, and now I am hooked and hope to get a motorcycle sometime in my future. (And yes Kristee is open to it, she is even interested in learning to ride.)

The kids are doing really well, they are continuing to grow like crazy, not just size but develop their personalities even more. They both get along wonderfully and have a blast doing all different kinds of things that most of you know about. Halee really enjoys playing momma with 10 babies, yeah they keep her quite busy. Gavin’s big thing is sports, you name it it is interested in playing or watching. Halee enjoys playing all the sports like Gavin, but she doesn’t enjoy playing them for as long. I remember I posted a while back about the kids excitement for going to church, now they have both done a 180 and now neither of them are excited about going to church. Gavin has done pretty good, but says that he doesn’t want to go all Sunday morning, while Halee gets into the same thing, but then decides she wants to go, but then comes time for her to go to little church and she starts crying. It is just funny to see the phases that they go through. I have started working with Gavin and trying to get him to not wear a night-night diaper, he does fine and wakes up in the middle of the night. But when morning comes it seems that he needed to go again, I know he will eventually get it, but as of right now he has had a few accidents.

As for myself, nothing really new going on here. Play with the kids, mess around blogging on the web, reading books, playing video games, that is what I have been up to for the most part. Within the past few months I set a goal to read straight through the Bible from cover to cover. Even though I have been a Christian for most of my life and been in church for all of it, I have never actually read the entire Bible. (I have always had the notion that it was a little boring.) I really can’t believe how much I have enjoyed reading it, I am not using any types of study guides just reading it straight through. I have learned that in the past the reason I found it a little boring was because I was trying with study guides that bounce all over the Bible and you never really get to follow the story line. In doing this God has really started to work in my life and I have renewed my relationship with him and he has really started to bless me in all areas of my life. I know we as Christians can get caught up in our busier than ever schedules and lose track of our relationship with God and how important that one on one time is with him. I am really excited about what God is doing in my life and the life of our family, I pray that he continues to work with me as I am still a “work in progress”.

I hope that all are doing well!!! God Bless!

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