Friday, December 14, 2007

My First Blog

Well, here I am writing my first blog. I'm glad Lori sat down and set up the site with the help and direction of Cara. Maybe this will get me to write a little more. I've wondered about blogging for a long time and I will use this site to explore if I have any desire to write.
Since opening the Allstate office in August I have had a lot more time to breathe. Working doing property management for Brewer Caldwell was a blessing and a curse. I'll be eternally grateful for the opportunity that they afforded me to learn real estate and to get to the place that I am in my life now. I couldn't have done it without that opportunity. On the other hand, I dumped way too much of myself into a business that was not mine. I was really dedicated to the business and no matter how much I put into it, I wasn't going anywhere. It took me a while to figure it out, but this opportunity to put energy into my own business selling insurance is another great chapter in my life. It is definitely a different pace and it doesn't hurt that my office is less than a mile away. I was just telling Lori how "awful" my commute was today. I did learn pretty quickly that I enjoyed property management a lot more than I thought and so a friend, Emet Soqui, and I are doing a little property management on the side.
I also have the opportunity to coach the JV Baseball team for Queen Creek High School. This upcoming season will be my second season coaching. We were 19-3 last season and had a great group of kids (including the one that got kicked off for failing a drug test and the one I lost because he got suspended for fighting). They really were all great kids and they were successful in spite of the coaching. Believe it or not they are actually paying me for coaching which makes it all the more unbelievable. It is a large commitment in terms of time, but I am grateful that I am in a position to be able to do it. It is a dream come true.
Lori and I, Lori especially, are also busy raising the kids. It is amazing how fast they grow. I love them with everything I have and I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to have wonderful children and a loving wife. They are all great students and strive hard to do well in everything they do. I have seen first hand how they try to set good examples for their friends and they are a huge help to me to keep me doing the things that I should. The boys are currently playing basketball. Tomorrow is their second game. Last week they both did very well. Bubba scored at least eight baskets. It was incredible how well he played. Tre' also played well in his game, but running full court caught up with him pretty fast. I'm sure he would have rather been playing baseball. He is quite the baseball player. Tatum is doing cheer and loves it. We really don't know how to react to it, but we think she will grow out of it. Once she can play volleyball and softball the pom poms will be thrown away. We'll keep our fingers crossed anyway. She is such a girly-girl. I really thought she would be a tomboy, but she is not at all.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Jared and I were married on Feb. 9, 1996. How time flies. We have 3 children - Tre (10), Tucker (8), and last but not least Tatum (5). She keeps us all on our toes. We live and work in the Johnson Ranch area. We own an Allstate insurance office and do Real Estate. I am also a sucker for network marketing. I enjoy having lots of projects going on. I am currently selling Scentsy wickless candles. I am also a certified Travel Agent. If anyone wants to travel let me know. We like our little home a lot. The kids enjoy being here. Tatum started school this year and what a journey that has been. She loves it. The boys are busy with school, sports, and scouts. Tatum took up a cheer dance class this year. She just performed in a cheer competition and received a trophy and ribbon which she carried around all day. It is such a joy to watch them grow and learn. Drop us a line some time.