Balch Springs Police Officer Matthew Garcia

Dec 11, 2011 by

I was saddened to hear the news today of the death of area Balch Springs Police Officer Matthew Garcia who died in a motorcycle accident off duty this morning.

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To make things worse, Officer Garcia’s wife was following behind and has to endure life with the memory of having actually seen what happened to her husband.

Please remember the Garcia family in your thoughts and prayers.

Here’s a link to The Dallas Morning News‘ accounting of the story.


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The snows of Christmas Eve in Balch Springs, Merry Christmas Y’all!

Dec 24, 2009 by

I've spent nearly 24 hours during the last month sitting out in this sleigh.  Never did I expect there to be snow out here on Christmas Eve! 

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Is Santa’s Sleigh ready for Christmas? Find out the latest here!

Nov 16, 2009 by

We're getting closer to being ready for the Nov. 27 arrival of Santa Claus at our house in Balch Springs, TX.  This weekend, Ashleigh, 5, spent a good amount of time with me doing retouches on the sleigh we built last year.  We've got a lot of work to do to be ready for the 27th, and we're also starting a new workout program with EA SPORTS Active using "More Workouts," their new product that goes on sale tomorrow, Nov. 17. EASACTMWwiiBoxPFTfront

It's a busy time at our house.  Which is keeping things fun and the excitement is building.  This weekend, I also was able to put up a canopy of lights over our swimming pool and do some festive decorating in the backyard.  More videos are coming. 

And a reminder of our big priority for 2009–supporting the Balch Springs Police Departments 23rd annual Santa Cop program, where we're encouraging those who come see Santa to also bring an unwrapped toy, gift certificate, etc that can be presented to the police department and then given to boys and girls in the city whose parents simply cannot afford Christmas presents for their children this year.  Last year, they were able to help 150 families.  We're hoping to reach more in 2009. 

Stop back soon.  There will be a new video by week's end of the Sleigh and the beginning decorations of Santa's Workshop and landing pad in our front yard. 

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