Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Said mug has a tiny little hole that lets tiny little amounts of coffee out if tipped over.
Helpful hint: it only takes a tiny amount of coffee to fry a motherboard and transform a previously useful IBM laptop into a less-useful IBM doorstop.
Let me pause to acknowledge that my wife has willingly and cheerfully accepted my work computer hand-me-downs ever since she left the paid workforce 9 years ago. When my employers (may they ever be blessed!) deem it appropriate to upgrade my 2.5 to 3 year old laptop, she gets the rode-hard, put-up-wet cast-off. Hey, free (or practically free) is always nice. I thank her for never complaining.
Unfortunately, I'm not due for an upgrade for at least 6 months; maybe a year. Trust me when I tell you that she won't last that long.
If anyone knows of some great PC deals out there, beloved internets, please let me know. I'm now in the market.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
This is how most kids spend their summer vacation, right?
UPDATE: here is Belle's butterfly (on a flower) as drawn on the white board in the school room. She was the teacher; Tink and The Boy were the students.
Hence, we up and headed out on Thursday for a last minute beach trip. Two night in Savannah; one night on Hilton Head Island. Sweet!
- wife and kids playing on Tybee Island, learning about coastal animals and such
- a tasty dinner on River Street
- a Dolphin Cruise Saturday morning where we actually saw real, live dolphins cavorting in the ocean (how cool were they?!)
- a beachfront hotel on Hilton Head for one night
- lot's of sandy oceany fun for all
- the tiniest "suite" ever invented that barely fit 3, much less 5, in Savannah
- ten million people at the beach and pool in Hilton Head (it's summer; who knew so many people wanted to go to the beach!)
- we forgot the camera, so the only pictures we got were from my Blackberry (quality TBD)
All in all, the highs definitely outweighed the lows.
Hey, these blackberry pics aren't too bad!
The Three Amigos scoping out dolphins
Actual dolphins swimming in actual ocean water near our actual boat!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
- staying home (no travel allowed);
- going to the Bicycle Parade to watch the kids ride in circles on their bunting-covered bikes and then get a medal;
- going to the soccer field to play games, watch the kids bounce on the bouncy inflatable castle thingies, and agree with the other parents that they really should have one of those set aside for the grown-ups. Along with an ambulance;
- have a picnic dinner at the playfield with lots of friends and let the kids run and play until it gets dark, and then . . .
- watch fireworks surrounded by friends and family.
This year, we invited some of our oldest friends to spend the weekend. (BTW, it's the friendship that's old, not the friends) We met while we were DINKs (double income, no kids) working in Atlanta and ended up working together in Birmingham where all of our respective chilluns were born and we became SINMs (single income, no money). They also have three kids (2 girls, then a boy, the copycats!) that are close in age to our three. They have visited us before, but this was their first July 4th trip. We're hoping to make it an annual event.
New additions to the list of traditions based on this past weekend include:
- not playing golf (WAAAAAY to crowded on a holiday weekend);
- not going to the pool (ditto);
- eating chocolate cake until it oozes out your pores;
- turning July 5th into an 18-hour board-game-apalooza;
- letting the kids play to their hearts content and entertain themselves (ie: making them leave the grown-ups alone!)
Item #4 was particularly awesome. Blockus, Rummicube, lots of card games, Boggle. We played them all, then we played them again. We didn't move one car from the driveway all day long. We cancelled evening plans in order to keep playing games. Fueled by #3 (a ginormous chocolate cake), we were game-playing machines.
When was the last time that any of us did that?!
Looking forward to next year!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I omitted one critical event from the weeks chronology in that last post. Monday was my Dad's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad! The big celebration will come in late July when most of the family will come to town for a weekend of fun. (note: when you're dealing with 4 sons, 4 daughters-in-law and 12 grandchildren, it's hard to get everyone in one place at the same time). Some of that celebration will be held on the golf course here in the mountains; fun and hi-jinks are sure to ensue. I'll report accordingly.
1) Fitting 5 days of work into 3 days (tomorrow is an "official" holiday for us!) is painful, especially when last week was basically a write-off due to the funeral and summer camp for the girls.
2) Summer camp for the girls: 3 days and 2 nights at Girl Scout Camp; a GREAT time was had by all. Next week they both want to go for a whole week. Yikes! More on that later.
3) Last Friday we stopped at Costco en route to pick up the girls from camp. While trying to get the top close tightly on the cooler, my wife banged down on it with her left hand. "Snap!" We're still waiting for the results of the X-ray; hopefully her wrist isn't broken but it sure feels like it. Like we have time for that! Please pray for a quick recovery and lot's of patience.
4) To keep from getting bored, we got two new kittens on Sunday afternoon. MUCH more on that later, but boy are they cute!
5) Close friends from Birmingham are coming for the holiday weekend. The house is still a wreck. Plus, see numbers 3 and 4 above. Yikes!
6) As a result, you can just strike the "school" part from the title for this week and just call us "The Mountain Home", 'cause there sure isn't any schooling going on right now!
Anyway, lot's to do. Have a great 4th of July!
Oh, one more really important thing. One of my regularly-checked bloggers is another home-school Dad. Fletch, over at themangotimes.com. He and his wife have eight (double-yikes!) kids, the youngest of whom is less than two weeks old and is in the hospital with some wierd random virus. Check Fletch's or Kendra's blog for info on Mighty Joe and please remember him, Fletch and Kendra, and the rest of the family in your prayers!
OK, I really need to get back to work.