i live like a king

it’s 6.17a as i begin writing and the house is quiet, except for the lonely cry of one baby. everyone else is calm, peaceful, warm, safe, and at rest. (deb’s with the crying baby so maybe she’s not completely at rest – but you get the picture.) we ate a great meals all day yesterday, and the day before, and the day before, etc. and today we’ll eat well again … and tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, etc. my children are clothed and lack nothing. my wife is beautiful, looks great in her clothes. she’s a devoted and loving mother to our children. she loves me and takes care of me. she goes out of her way to give things her personal creative touch. she’s the other half of our “family brain”. in other words, she remembers to think of things that i never would; like bringing water bottles and cereal for snacks in the van on vacation. and most of all, she loves me. we’ve paid for everything on this vacation in cash. cash that we’d saved up for specifically for a family vacation. it’s nice to think that when we go back home we won’t have the credit card bill of the fun things we did following us home. i may not have all the luxuries of life, i guess i do have a Macbook Pro now, so that counts as a luxury. i don’t drive a car that has less than 100K miles on it, but they both run great and are “new-to-us” (oh yeah, and they’re both paid off). i don’t have servants waiting for me to mention my every whim, but i have kids and a wife love to spoil the only “man of the house”. i don’t have a legion of armies fighting for my behalf, but i have the God of the universe on my side. yes, i live like a king. i live in the blessings of God. i live in a house of love. —————————- // today i’m thankful for: 1. my uncle rey’s hospitality 2. debbie woolsey’s hospitality 3. my MBP not being stolen when i accidently left the sliding door of the van wide open with my computer bag in plain site while we went to the “family fun center” in tuckwilla, and we didn’t realize it until about an hour or more later when julia had an accident, and she and deb went to Target to buy her some new clothes. 4. the great carne asada we had for dinner last night 5. having a home to go back to after a vacation

this is what the Laras call camping

the girls had their last day of school today. i drove them to school and then had the great idea of going and getting churros (a mexican pastry – cinnimon stick). then i went back to the school to give the girls one before school started. i knew that the first thing they do is go to breakfast and then go out to the play field. i figured they would have eaten while i drove to get the churros and would be out on the play field by the time i got back. so since i work at a school i knew the “right” way of doing things would be to go to the front office ask them to send a note for my kids and then they’d come to the office and i could give them their churros. but i also know since i work at a school that “recess time” is the worst time to try to find a kid since there’s so many of them running around. so i thought it would be just as easy for me to try to locate them by sitting in my car looking out onto the field. but honestly, the parking lot doesn’t have the best view of the playground so i went to a “back alley” parking spot behind the school playground and just parked, looking for my daughters. in my mind this whole process would take maybe 3-4 minutes and i’d spot them, call them over, hand them a churro, and look like the best dad in the world on the last day of school. instead i sat there for 15 minutes or so scanning back and forth trying to distinguish them from all the other girls on the playground wearing pink sweaters. i began to wonder if maybe they were just taking their sweet time eating breakfast and wouldn’t come out before the first bell. and maybe they were just cold and were standing by the building where there was less wind, and where i couldn’t really see them. finally one of the “duty” teachers sent out a guy (i think he was a janitor- since he was dressed in a grey shirt uniform) to my car to see who this stalker was. i explained what i was doing, he wasn’t really sure whether to believe me or not. for all he knew i was some pedophile trying to lure sweet innocent children into his car on the last day of school with mexican cinnamon stick pastries! … oh well, that’s that and now it’s behind us. our initial summer plans have changed. since monday we’ve been planning on going to seattle tomorrow (wednesday). we were going to leave around 8am and then meet the guy i’m buying my Macbook Pro from at around 11.30. then on the way home we were planning on going camping at Cooper Lake near Cle Elum. well, that was at least until this afternoon when it was still raining, cloudy, and COLD. we decided that maybe this wasn’t the best time to go camping. it wasn’t really the cold that was keeping us away (contrary to what my mother might think – we do know how to keep the kids warm in cold weather, even the babies). it was the fact that it was raining so much. we have a tarp to lay down under our tent but our tent is bigger than the tent and we didn’t want to chance waking up in a puddle. we’ve got more plans to go camping later this summer anyways, so we’ll just wait. but now we’re leaving at 6am to be to seattle around 9-9.30 to meet one of deb’s old drama directors (bruce and debbie woolsey) who now live in seattle. debbie’s home alone right now because bruce and their 3 boys went to disneyland. so deb and our girls are going to spend the morning at debbie’s house. i’ll go meet “the guy” at the south seattle costco around 11. then i’ll probably head to the Apple Store to buy a new case for my computer and play with the new iPhone. 🙂 then i’ll go back to the woolsey’s house and we’re gonna hang out till we can go to our hotel. can i tell you? we scored a great price on a hotel via hotwire.com . if you’ve never used the site it’s AWESOME. you tell it where you want to go, the dates, and then it gives you a list of prices of hotel and their “star” rating. the only thing is they don’t tell you the name of the hotel until you’ve booked. they don’t tell you the address, so if you have to be within walking distance of some convention center or something it might not be a good site to book your stay. but otherwise they do tell you what neighborhood the hotel’s in so you (with a map) so you can get generally close to where you want to be. anyways we picked a “3 star” hotel in the pike place market neighborhood for $109+ tax ($130 total), put in our info, clicked submit and waited for the name of our hotel. the Crowne Plaza – Downtown Seattle . i went to their website and tried to book a room for the same dates and type of room. their “discount” price was $237+ tax ($273.97 total!!). we saved over $140 with this site. and by the looks of the pictures on the web, it’s a really, really, really nice hotel. we’re gonna feel like kings and queens and princesses tomorrow!