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They (whoever “they” are) say that it takes 30 days to build a habit. I tried to post a picture on my blog every day for 2011, that lasted 19 days, and I didn’t even post every day of that 19 day stretch. So, needless to say that project is dead.

I do have quite a bit on my mind this evening, so this will be old school, like I used to do, just straight up blogging, about whatever is going on in my life.

Tonight Jen has Maggie at a craft night. Miles and Macy are in bed. The house is quiet.

I can’t remember the last time the house was quiet…

It’s a good time to reflect.

Last week was the culmination of a ton of work. It was Rancho Christian School’s Vision 2011, where we celebrated the grand opening of our High School. For those who’ve been following me for a while, you know that one of the biggest projects I’ve been working on for the past couple years is helping the school re-brand itself. I feel like the school has finally begun living into the new brand, and the new brand is becoming iconic for the school. We had some signs installed on the buildings at the school and it felt almost like putting that last screw into the project that you’re building, standing back and being able to enjoy what you built – in this case what has been being built for 30 years.

Here’s a couple pictures of the campus.

All in all, I had a hand in the following projects for the school over the past few months:

  • New Academic Logo
  • New Sports Logo
  • Football Helmet design
  • Business card design & print
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Magazine Ads
  • Mailers
  • Campus signage
  • Print materials
  • Shirts
  • Hats
  • Decals
  • Ties (!?)
  • Banners
  • Website

And those are just the hard deliverables that we’ve been working on at the school, there’s so much in the way of training, leading, re-thinking, and moving forward – mainly led by my good friend Mike Johnson. There’s just A LOT going on at this school, and it’s all very exciting and a TON of work.

But, now that we’re past Vision 2011, I’m hoping things might be a little more normal. I’m not sure what that “normal” looks like – which brings up Maggie (who is that cute baby in the featured picture). Maggie has been pushing the limits of how much sleep one can live without. We’re in the process of trying to rule out allergies and other possible illnesses – maybe she just doesn’t like to sleep. Anyhow, that’s been pretty rough on the whole family. Last night she slept for 9 hours – tonight, we’ll see.

Looking Forward

I don’t see things slowing down much, just normalizing  a little. Less, last minute projects. Less dropping everything to tackle a huge project. I’m looking forward Maggie sleeping more. I’m looking forward to spending more time on the other side of my job – leading the Worship Arts teams at Rancho Community Church. I’m getting to know the team and the culture, and looking forward to moving things forward with a new campus (Murrieta).

I’m looking forward to Summer coming. Looking forward to Miles growing older and turning into a young boy – he’s not a little kid anymore. I’m looking forward to Macy entering Kindergarten – she’s going to LOVE it. I just got done giving Maggie a bath (was interrupted while writing). As I was looking at her, I got so excited that I get to watch her go through the same stages of life that Miles and Macy already have gone through; I’m looking forward to that. And I’m looking forward to a vacation with (just) my wife, sometime soon!

So I know this was kind of a random post. That’s what you get tonight.

2011 | 365 Day 10

Today was an “office day”. Lot’s of emails to answer, meetings, things to get done, deadlines to meet & create, meetings to plan, information to pass along, etc.

As I drove into work today, after dropping Miles off at school, I was reminded how blessed I am. Blessed just to be working, and not simply working, but doing what I love and being able to provide for my family. It hit me hard as I drove through Old Town Temecula, passing about 50 men on the side of the road, just hoping that someone might need them to work today.


One of the teachers at our school is posting a picture at day on her Facebook page. I think that’s a cool idea, so I’m going to *try* and copy her, here. I’ve got a little catching up to do – 8 days to be exact. S0 here goes:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

snow in menifee for new years?

We spent New Years Evening at our friends, the Literals, where we had real snow for the kids!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Worship at RCC

I get the opportunity to lead this team of talented and humble people at Rancho Community Church. I love my job.

Monday, January 3, 2011

new teaching series graphic @ranchocommunity

This is our new teaching series at Rancho Community Church. Istockphoto & some copy work.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Worship Planning White Board

We’re currently doing some restructuring of our Worship Arts ministry at Rancho Community Church – here’s some of the brainstorming we’re doing.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Miles says the American Pledge

Miles led the “Pledge of Allegiance” today at Rancho Christian School. There’s a video here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

this was the view in #temecula this am "His mercies are new every morning"

We get the most amazing sunrises and sunsets in our neck of the woods.

Friday, January 7, 2011

5th place winner at the Lego contest!

Miles entered a Lego building contest at Pennypickles Museum and won 5th Place!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cafe Bravo Guatemala Blend

Chocolaty | Peppery | Sweet. Get yours at Cafe Bravo.


About a month ago, in all my spare time, I partnered with @wireddaniel on some work for an interface design for a company that shall remain nameless (per their request). The order was for a grungy, military-esque touch-screen control panel to control a high-end audio/video show-room. Each element/control was custom designed using Photoshop. I used a lot of grunge brushes & textures from Brusheezy. I did all the design & Daniel made it all work – what a team.

Here’s some screen shots:

And here’s a little video of the design brought to life: