This gigantic Lego castle was a fun little project that the girls and I tackled on a cold winter night. The girls didn't even realize you could do stuff like this with Legos. Shame on me for not showing them earlier.  The bad news is that Dylan took all of the Legos over to his apartment. So we can't do another project until I buy a whole new set of Legos -- which I think I'll do very soon! … [Read more...]

2011-01-26 – End of 2010

I put up a bunch of family photos from the holiday season through the end of 2010. If you haven't seen the kids in a while, check it out. … [Read more...]


I take the girls out every year for a little father-daughter time. We usually will blow off school, get lunch, and then I take them for a manicure and acrylic nails.This year (2010) we went to the wonderful restaurant, Ms Scarlett's Tea Room. Very foo foo, but hey, I'm secure in my masculinity. And, most importantly, they had a ball. … [Read more...]

Some Miscellaneous Pictures

Yeah, I know. I've been terrible about keeping this up to date. So here are some pictures to catch you up on activities at Kline Manor. So here are some fun things to see, grandma and grandpa, that we've all been up to.At left, speaking at the PASS cloud computing seminar in Seattle.I did a huge amount of traveling and speaking at conferences in 2010. It was a good year and all indications point to 2011 being even better. But I'm also trying hard to keep my travel in check and spend lots of time with the kids and with Rachel.At right, the Chihuly Art Exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical … [Read more...]

Beautiful Girls!

Look at this two pretty girls. They don't get much more pretty than that, do they? Ava (on the left) do anything to get into a bathing suit. Any excuse will do, even in cold weather. And just in case you're wondering... The girls really love dress up and high heels. So, while they're sometimes a pill to get out the door to church on a sunny Sunday morning, they usually don't mind putting on a nice dress and shoes. Rachel did a nice little SmileBox photo album on the dress-up morning from the photo above on the right here. And yes, Katie (on the right) has a band-aid on her nose.This … [Read more...]

It’s Birthday Season at Casa De Kline

Professionally, summer is one of the busiest times of year for me since there are multitudes of customers to visit and conferences to speak at.Personally, summer is also very busy for me because it's a parade of birthdays and other significant dates. It's hard to keep up with all of it!Dylan Turns 19It's always a bit of a shock for me when I compare where Dylan is at his age to where I was at the same age.At 19, I held two part time jobs (one was selling shoes on commission at the wonderful but now defunct Castner Knotts department store and the other was running my own computer pc-clone … [Read more...]

Little Lady Anna

Anna Lynn (on left, above) turns 11 today.A blessing and a joy, in every way.She's a senorita locoWhen she puts on a birhtday sombreroHAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETHEART! … [Read more...]

Surprises from Katie

We had a little cook-out today for the family to celebrate the birthdays of Savannah (12), Kaylee (11), and Anna (11, and 3 days younger than Kaylee). Rachel's folks came over, plus a couple close cousins and their families. It was great to have a wide variety of kids of various ages in the house.Something happened, however, which really surprised me. Katie (8) has never paid much attention to kids littler than her. But somehow, for some unknown reason, Katie was really taken with tiny little Erlin and pre-kindergarten Ben. I'd never seen maternalism in Katie before. But again, much to … [Read more...]

Lotsa Snow in Feb

2010 has been a pretty unusual month, weather-wise. Although the temperatures weren't all that bad, we had more snow that I can remember in years. It seems like the girls didn't go to school on a Monday or Tuesday for the entire month of February, maybe even January too. On the other hand, I got to teach Savannah, Kaylee, and Ava how to sled. They'd never really done that before and it was great fun seeing them get the hang of it. … [Read more...]

Stretch! Girls at Gymnastics Practice

The gymnastics studio were Katie and Anna have gymnastics every Thursday night has a weird sort of loft where all the parents can look down on their girls at play. I've had plenty of laughs up there and a few uh-oh moments. But mostly, I'm really impressed with the progress Katie and Anna have made. … [Read more...]