the green machine

noah traveling on the green machinethe great thing about having kids is that you get to live vicariously through them. when i was a kid we had a neighbor who had a green machine and i loved it when ever he would let me ride it. it is kind of like a big wheel but the steering has been moved to the back of the vehicle. this makes it where the rear will “sling around” quickly. in other words, you “spin out”. it was always a blast. unfortunately i never actually had the opportunity to have my very own green machine.

since, i am the proud father of an almost eleven year old and a recent seven year old my wife and i now get the opportunity to get things for them that we always wanted for ourselves. of course, it is always nice if they like the things that we want to get for them. this year “santa” brought my youngest child a green machine. we have spent about half of the day outside in the freezing cold, sleet infested weather. the boys have been sliding all over the road. the funny thing has been watching all the neighbors come outside and watch the boys ride on the green machine. i had a conversation with one of our across the street neighbors earlier today about how he had a green machine as a kid. he was surprised that they still make them.

adam collapsing on the green machinethe great thig is that they have actually improved the machine. it used to be made almost completely of plastic and it wore down pretty quickly. the new model is about 85% metal and can support up to 180 pounds. it can be stretched out to the point that i think i can ride on it. i probably will later today. i’ll just do this for the sake of testing the safety of the device. these are my children and i have to protect them. 🙂

merry CHRISTmas

merry CHRISTmas to all. i hope that your CHRISTmas morning has been wonderful. mine has been great. full of family, food, and remembrance of our LORD. for us it all started last night with pam’s parents arriving. they joined us for our church’s CHRIISTmas eve service (which was wonderful because it was full of people that i love). we then came home to the terrell family tradition of an hors d’oeuvre supper – basically this is where we make all of our favorite appetizers and eat all of them for supper. then came the CHRISTmas prep, including smoking a turkey, and then bed. this morning was full of the normal stuff – opening gifts, giving thanks, eating breakfast, cleaning up, and finally playing with the gifts. it’s been a blast. the best part was probably adam and noah with the gift of “yaconelli” – our basset hound. we won’t actually pick her up until monday so we printed pictures, wrapped them up, and then made a series of clues to lead the kids to the pictures. the boys got into the hunt. it was quite fun to watch. we are presently waiting for my parents to arrive in baton rouge for “round two” to begin.

the post-unwrapping lull has started to occur around here and thus i have started surfing the net a little. i found an interesting article on the new york times magazine’s website (via jordon cooper’s blog). the article is “2004 in ideas“. the story is a list of articles on the year’s most fascinating and revolutionary ideas. there are allot of them and i haven’t read all of them yet but i have been amazed, surprised, and bewildered by the ones that i have thus far read. i figure it is only appropriate to post an article on revolutionary ideas on the day in which we remember when the WORD (logos) came and tabernacled (dwelt) with us and changed everything forever.