Monday, March 26, 2007

Science Project

J-man got a 4 on his science project!!! I am so proud of him. I have to admit, when that assignment came home I was a little annoyed. It was titled a "Family Science Project" and is a huge part of his science grade. He is in first grade for goodness sake, he doesn't really get "grades", he gets numbers. Anyway, the assignment was to do a poster, book or model on our planet earth and then he had a big list of vocabulary words that he had to try and fit it. The "family" was supposed to work on the project at home and then J-man had to present it in class. They even video taped it for us (for $1). It took J-man more than a week to even pick a subject. That was painful. We went through his huge collection of science books in his room to help him pick something. Then we made him write some stuff up that he wanted to talk about. It took forever and we had to help him spell everything. Mitch and J-man did some Internet searching for supporting pictures and printed them out. J-man and I made a poster with the printouts and then Mitch had J-man type in his "report", it was painful to watch J-man type, LOL. Mitch made J-man practice his presentation a million times and, wow J-man got a 4 - the highest grade a teacher gives out - EXCELLENT!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pinewood Derby

It was a crazy morning at the Pinewood Derby. Our pack was up and weighing in their cars at 9am. After some last minute adjustments, everyone was ready to race. Look at all these cars!

I was impressed with all the hard work and imagination these boys put into their cars. The races were fun and surprising. J-man's car did pretty well some of the time, but the wheels weren't stable so it was kind of slow at the end. Everybody got a ribbon for participating and of course a segment to put onto their shirt, too bad his Mom is one of those that can't figure out where to put the patches, so hasn't bothered to add them. Hey, he's got the shirt though. It should have come with put badges here markings so I could figure it out. Maybe I'll study the pictures I took today an look at the other scouts shirts and figure out where to put the stuff. Maybe I should just go plan my next den meeting...................

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to me....

Me and Cheryl
Jason and Daniel
Kristie and Frank
Christine and Ryan (and baby, LOL)
We had a good time at dinner last night! We went to Bucca de Beppos. Dinner for nine, with no children in sight. I drank way too much, but it was good to spend time with friends and laugh. I obviously brought my old camera so some of the pictures, well they are crappy. Oh well, good time had by all. Just took me a long time to get moving this morning..............or should I say afternoon?

Today T-man had a special Birthday surprise for me. As we were driving down the freeway to go to Grammies house for dinner he decided to throw up all over himself and the back seat. Yuck. We pulled over on the side of the freeway and striped him. I put J-man's coat over him and had him wait in the front seat while we attempted to clean the yuck out of the car. Luckily J-man doesn't need a booster any more (technically, although we are going to do it until he turns 8) so we switched T-man into J-man's and let J-man ride with just a seat belt. Grammie still wanted us to come, so we swung by Target real quick and picked T-man up some new clothes and also stocked up on car cleaning products and Lysol. I also bought some new Rubbermaid containers - 2 big ones - just in case anyone else wanted to throw up on the rest of the car ride.

We survived dinner and got everything else cleaned up and laundry going when we got home. Now we just have to wait and see if T-man makes it through the night with out getting sick again and decide if he can go to school or not. Can't wait til tomorrow...............

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Pineapple Express is Here

I guess I would rather get my weather from Hawaii than the Alaskan cold. Rain and lots of it is falling and more is heading our way. At least it is warm rain and I can take the liner out of my coat. Boots and raincoats are standing by in case of the garage flooding again.

Spring has sprung here and the trees are starting to flower and bud, it is great. Now we just need to get the pineapple express out of here so we can enjoy spring!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Swim Meet Camera Test

Happy Birthday to me, I got a Nikon D50 SLR. I can't think of a better test for a new camera than a winter swim meet. Low light and action shots, if this camera can take good pictures here, well then its a keeper. It is not the latest and greatest, but its good and I could afford it. It was nice today taking pictures of the kids swimming and not missing shots. Some were blurry, but that was probably me, maybe I should start bringing a tripod with me (would that be too geeky??). Anyway here are some shots from the meet today and J-man had not one but TWO first places, one in backstroke and one for freestyle. We get the ribbons on Tuesday and he is so excited!! He has a second place ribbon, but no first places, so this is HUGE! Go J-man!Oh yeah, I had to include this one of T-man, he is the goofball of the day.