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Valentine's Day 2019

The Hampton/Doyle families got together for the 11th annual Valentine's Day Dinner.  This year it was our turn to host the meal, so we kept it fairly simple with some spaghetti & meatballs, and some cresent rolls.  The kids played video games and hung out in the basement while we chatted at the dining room table and got caught up.  Always a fun evening!
Here is a collage of some photos we snapped...
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Star Wars Puzzle "You're all clear, kid."

We're working on a new 1,000-piece puzzle called, "You're all clear, kid." It's a Star Wars puzzle that prominently features the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader, the Death Star, and all the primary characters from "A New Hope."

It's been a difficult one so far because of the number of black pieces with "stars" on them, along with the number of white Falcon pieces. But we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Here is a picture of where we are now...

Minivan Era Over

It's official. The minivan sold today!

A very nice older couple bought it. The husband is a carpenter and plans to take the back seats out of the van and turn it into a work vehicle. Hopefully it will serve him well for years to come.

Cameron 3-on-3

Cameron won this cool sweatshirt when his team was the second-place finisher in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament today!

Cameron's Basketball Team 2019

Two or three players are missing, of course.



End of an Era: The Hampton Minivan is For Sale

Back in November of 2003, we welcomed our first children to the world, our twins Dillon and Jason.  Within a couple of months we realized that loading two car seats in and out of our sedans was a pain in the butt.  Angie wanted an SUV, but we figured that it made more practical sense to go for the minivan.  So after a month or so of research and test drives, we purchased a Chrysler Town & Country in March 2004. 

The van has served us well for almost 15 years.  We have had minimal issues with it, and it has taken us to places as far away as Orlando, FL.  It welcomed our next two sons into its cabin as well, Adrian and Cameron.  It also got us safely to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, the Jersey shore, New York City, Washington D.C., Maryland, Busch Gardens in Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, and more.

But after all of those trips and many years of service, we have decided to part ways.  Angie finally got her dream car: a Chevy Tahoe LTZ.  White, of course.  We bough…

IPI Keynote Speaker 2016

Dennis Snow was the keynote speaker at this morning's Welcome General Session at the IPI Expo in Nashville. He is an ex-Disney executive who got his first job at Walt Disney World in 1979 driving the submarines at the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. Fast forward a few years and he is a top exec at the happiest company on Earth.

I thought his speech was very entertaining and informative. He focused on customer service and its importance in any business. He started off by asking the room full of hundreds of people to shout out their answers to this: "What stands out to you about your trip to Disney World? What does Disney World do well?" First answer? "It's very clean." Next? "Very organized." "They call you by your first name." After a few minutes he said, "Notice that no one said 'the rides'?! Even though that is kind of the point of Disney World." All these little things that the employees do for you while you are v…