Saturday, November 29, 2008
After 7 weeks of training this is it! It was an amazing day! Here are the pics! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
The day started at 6am for us. We decided to take the rail train all the way to the Convention Center instead of driving. We figured it was going to be cheaper on the gas and we wouldn't be paying parking. Here's Sofia all prepped up for the run. It was chilly in the morning so, I had to make sure she was comfortable. She was not happy in this pic, I woke her up! yep! pay back!
We arrived at 8:30am and it was a sea of people we couldn't see the starting line.
My Coach Larry (he's 72! and runs faster than me!) and Cathy, one of my running buddies.
The crowd at the run.
at the end of the race...notice the Dallas Reunion Tower in the back!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
By Chuck Colson
Talking Points on 'Twilight'
The movie Twilight made a staggering $70.6 million at the box office in its opening weekend. To give you some perspective on that, that’s the fourth highest opening weekend for a movie this year. The film website Box Office Mojo reports, “According to distributor Summit Entertainment’s exit polling, 75 percent of Twilight’s audience was female and 55 percent was under 25 years old.”
So chances are if you have a teen or preteen daughter, she’s already seen Twilight. And if she hasn’t, she will want to. That raises some questions for parents: What kind of values is this movie promoting? And how should I talk to my daughter about them?
If you remember Mark Earley’s “BreakPoint” commentary about the Twilight books (which form the basis of the movie), you’ll know that the question being raised here about Twilight’s values is a tricky one. That’s because, as Mark explained, on the surface, this love story between a vampire and a high school girl looks like it’s selling a pro-abstinence message. And several Christians and conservative commentators have bought into that image and are enthusiastic about it—which isn’t hard to understand.
If we had found a book or a movie that really offered a healthy, chaste, chivalrous vision of romance that was attracting teenagers by the millions, well, that would indeed be cause for rejoicing. And I’d be as eager as anyone to climb on the bandwagon and help promote them.
But unfortunately, I can’t do that this time. Because underneath the surface, there are some truly disturbing themes and ideas in Twilight. Chief among these is that old, dangerous idea that a “bad boy” can easily be won and tamed by a “good girl”—an idea that has brought heartache to untold millions of good girls. As a Christian, I obviously believe that redemption and change is possible for sinners. But I also know that human beings alone cannot change each other.
So when you’re talking to your daughter about Twilight, here are a few points you might touch on.
It is not romantic, or safe, when a boy spies on you, follows you, and sneaks into your room without your knowledge (and especially without your parents’ knowledge).
It is not romantic, or safe, when someone tells you he’s dangerous and he’s killed people, to give answers like, “It doesn’t matter,” and, “I’m not afraid.” Again, I’ve worked with repentant murderers in prison. I know firsthand that redemption is possible for them. But that doesn’t mean that what they’ve done doesn’t matter.
It is not romantic, or safe, to try to see how close you and your boyfriend can get to the edge of danger without going over.
And it is not romantic, or safe, to offer yourself up for a boy to do whatever he wants to you—symbolized in the movie by the young heroine asking the vampire to bite her so she can become like him.
I know that Christian parents already have to spend a lot of time undoing the damaging lessons that their children are being taught—by the culture, by their peers, and even by their schools.
But it says something very sad about our culture when we have to argue that a young girl dating a dangerous killer is not a good role model, even if they are being abstinent.
If I were a betting man, I’d wager my wallet that many of you—or, dare I say, all of us—are worried about America’s future. And, for many of us, this worry is starting to feel more like fear.
How quickly the world has changed in just a few months! By and large it’s an attitude shift, from confidence in our continual and gradual development as people and as a nation, to uncertainty on both accounts.
Attitude isn’t everything. But in this case, it teaches. Our greatness as a nation has relied on our unrelenting hope. If we’ve been good at facing foes, if we’ve been unafraid of work, if we’ve had big ideas and the will to make them work, it’s because our hearts have been accustomed to believing in things unseen.
Some have said this hopeful USA is a product of American “exceptionalism”—a belief that our country is destined for global leadership and exceptional success. Hogwash! Our real success has less to do with national pre-destination and more to do with courageous Americans who dared to believe in every man and woman’s, God-given capacity for greatness, and with wise Americans who rejected its many counterfeits.
Fill a country’s borders with such heart-driven, truth-driven people, and that country will excel.
But now we see the lighthouse of hopeful America shining considerably less bright. What do we do? Is it too late? Are the walls of this exceptional nation about to come tumbling down?
Oh no. I don’t think so. At least not the walls that count. We are entering prime time for real growth. We are reaching a tipping point where America may come face-to-face with the cause of our dwindling hope. With a little more time on our hands and a fewer comforts we may have the presence to recall that never did our hope rest in ourselves. No, the audacity of our hope was not brazen self-confidence. Nor was it confidence in government, politicians, or political parties.
In God we trusted.
Remember? Hopeful America always liked dollars and cents, but the strength of its workforce was not its passion for money. Its power was its purpose—to live and love today as a worthy preparation for an eternal tomorrow. Yes, our strength was hope in things unseen.
If we don’t go back, we will look like old, cold Europe very soon.
Father Jonathan Morris is author of the new book, “The Promise: God’s Purpose and Plan for when Life Hurts”. For information go to http://www.fatherjonathan.com/
Monday, November 24, 2008
My sister Yesenia was honorably accepted in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Richland College yesterday November 23rd. Congrats Sis! Sofia and I couldn't take pictures with her after the ceremony. Sofia was not in the best of moods so I left before it ended, nevertheless it was a nice ceremony.
The guy to the right with the gray hair is Professor Polk, my Speech Professor.
My goofie brother Carlos with Sofia at the Ceremony.
This pic was before she got all moody, sleepy and hungry.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The Mavs aren't as hot as they used to be, but they still got some star power, and there is always hope that they will do better than expected. So far they have won four in a row... so there is a cloud of optimism. They did break my heart a couple of times, but I still love em. Check the video at the end pretty cools!!
The fabulous home of the Mavs and the Stars.
Me and my main squeeze... hmm after looking at this pick I need to get back excersizing... maybe the upcoming Turkey trot is a good place to start again!!! Groan.....
Mavs shoot around
Wendy and Andrew
Friday, November 21, 2008
The clock is ticking and I'm getting nervous about this Turkey run, which in fact is next week. I think to myself, "what have I gotten myself into?" So here's the rundown:
It has been getting colder...Texas colder but we runners are only cold the first 15 minutes after that it gets to feel pretty nice. Running with the Dallas group on Sunday mornings has been an uplifting experience. It is so nice to meet new people who love what you do as well. The only draw back is getting up so early and leave my warm bed and I have been having issues with my left side of my lower back, which in turn gives me issues with my hamstring on my left leg. I have been streching that muscle like crazy, I stopped streching it for several weeks and now I'm paying the price. My left toes get numb after running for 45 minutes and it is no fun, so i'm streching the heck out of it, last night my leg felt good so maybe i'm doing a good job.
I am also getting sick of eating pasta every Saturday night, but John is mixing it up alot so that helps.
I have already sign us up for the Turkey Trot run...yes, us. John and Sofia as well. They are doing the 3 mile run and Sofia also gets a bib and her Tot Trot T-shirt which I'm sure it won't fit but it will be her first T-Shirt run from many more to follow.
Our Coach Chrissy told us last night that we are more than ready for our Turkey run...but my nerves are getting the best of me. I have never ran in such a big event. I hear there will be thirty thousand people. But luckily, I don't have to cook, well, besides our famous pies that we will be cooking the night before.
I have also sign up for the 5-person Relay run in Dallas, December 14th. Our team is call: Lani's Warriors. How did we come up with the name? Well, it seems that I'm the only one that has a child still living at home, and no one wanted to use their childrens name, so I threw out Sofia's name and they said, well, yeah, that's cute but we need something else...so, I'll threw out Sofia's middle name, Lani then I said "How about Lani's Warriors?" and they loved it! More about this team in the weeks to follow.
Anyhow, in regards to weather it will be a nice day on Thanksgiving day, it'll be 68 degrees, and our run starts at 9am. It will still be in the 50's in the morning so I have to make sure that Sofia is very well cover; we'll take some photos and we'll share them with you. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
But anyways, Sofia’s attitude changed the minute she saw Dr. Poter come in. She became serious and aware of him and it was so funny to watch, I think she’s getting familiar with him. Her progress is pretty good. Dr. Poter is very happy that she’s crawling and standing up on her own, he’s giving her 6 to 8 weeks to walk, he states she’ll definitely walk before her first birthday.
She’s also now moving on to more solids. That means more poop on her diaper. We did noticed last night that her diaper genie gets full a lot sooner than before, John states that is because her poop is getting bigger, I say it definitely smelling different too.
Now, Sofia got one shot on her leg and a poke on her middle finger to test her levels of iron. But the Evil Nurse Shot Witch was all business again. Sofia doesn’t like her; she’s not much of a talker and sometimes wears earplugs, she states some kids scream too loud, I think she just doesn’t want to talk to the parents, but whatever!
The Good Nurse Poke Witch was nicer. She was talking to Sofia, prepping her for the poke and very soothing. Sofia did cry but not as much as she did with the Shot Witch.
Sofia is growing at a good rate at the same time we are growing older at the same rate…my patience is growing too…funny how that happens.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sofia got a big suprise today. Mima gave Sofia her first doll. I love it! It is so cute and huggable.
Sofia was very impressed with the dolls eyes and ears. Thank you Mima, you are so thoughtful and awesome! We are blessed to have you part of our family!
John, Sandra and Sofia Seaman
Before it was Ninja Baby...now it is Kung Fu Baby. You be the judge!
P.S. Don't try this at home with your own children...notice that John has been practicing chinese techique since who knows when and he is best when sitting on the couch...note previous Ninja Baby footage.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This week was an up and down situation starting with the vote on Tuesday which was pretty dissapointing but I am satisfied that Texas is still a red state with common sense and that other things were banned in the West coast was enough to keep my running going! So, here's the rundown:
Monday, November 3, 2008
I suspected a small turnout when there was alot of houses that did not deck out for Halloween; maybe Obamas promise of redistributing wealth caused the Treaters to go to more well established areas outside their neighborhood to go trick or treating and load up on the bounty, or maybe the ones that normally pounded down the doors getting that candy feared that it would taken away and given to others, who maybe only knocked on a couple doors, for the sake of fairness??? Ok enough political sarcasm.
It was her first year and we didn't plan to take her out because she was still too little and what would we do with all that candy...pshh we are adults and don't touch the stuff...well...maybe butterfingers, ohh and Baby Ruth those rock, yeah.. and skittles...ok ... I admit... I took all the left overs to work!!! We did dress her up which was alot of fun and made it all worth it!
The above picture is how the Trick or Treaters were greated " Yes.. What do you want??"
Our little Pumpkin!!! Que pasa Calabasa??
The only living pumkin in my pumpkin patch :(
Daddy " leaf me alone" ok! I'm not trying to be like everyone else, I dressed this way first and they copied me, these are my henchmen!!