Friday, November 06, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The book is full of puzzles to complete as you read.
Aimee was having trouble with a puzzle and didn't want to mark up the book, so we scanned the page and printed a few out. Min, Aaron, Aimee, and I worked the puzzle out individually and came up with same answer... WE WANTED TO DO MORE!
So Aimee and I were preparing to scan the rest of the puzzles when Min had a brilliant idea: "See if there is a website with them."
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
So we downloaded them, printed them out and will work them out throughout the day!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
My sister-in-law Jill asked me to convert a blogger account into an online store so that she can sell these crocheted hatts that she makes.
She's my sis-in-law, I couldn't say no.
So after spending some time over two weekends Pratt's Hatts is open for business.
Please check it out... and maybe buy something.
According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.So in honor of the holiday, here is a guide of simple pirate phrases:
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and "viral" growth.
Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
So with your new vocabulary in tow... start talking like a pirate! Arrrrr!
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saw this trailer over on the Apple Trailer page:
I'm not a huge fan of Mormon-Cinema, but this movie looks like one of the better attempts at capturing the spirit of the church.
Take a look at the trailer.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
... and I'm not paying for another ER visit.
After breakfast, Alex was running through our room on the way to the stairs when he did a little spin move through our doorway and smacked the jam.
The result: a split lip that bled worse than the others.
So we calmed him down, got a wash rag, stopped the bleeding and surveyed the damage: two cuts on this lip from where it curled up over bottom teeth and got punctured by the top and bottom teeth and a small tear to his top gum.
Alex has asked that we not take pictures of it and put it on the blog... and Min agrees.
We don't need CPS knocking on our door.
With this being Texas, I should be able to go to Academy Sports and get a junior sized football helmet right off the shelf, shouldn't I?
The Shockwaves is the name of our local swim team. Aaron has swam for them for the last three years and Aimee swam in 2007 and 2009 (she skipped a year because she didn't want to do it).
As a member of the swim team, you practice every morning (Tuesday-Friday) and have Swim Meets against other local clubs on Monday Nights (and yes, it does count for Family Home Evening... at least for us - HA!).
Aimee and Aaron really enjoyed doing it this summer, and we are so proud of them.
Here is Aimee accepting her participation trophy for swimming with the 7-8 year-olds. This year she overcame her fear of the "Deep End" and swam the Freestyle and Backstroke events at the meets. Aimee surprised us... and we couldn't be more proud.
Aaron swam with the 9-10 year-olds this season and learned all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke, and freestyle. He competed in the butterfly and freestyle, and along the way participated in the Team Medley and the Individual Medley.
Aaron was also awarded the "Most Improved Swimmer" in his age group. He was worked very hard this year and we are quite proud of him.
Here are our two goofballs with their trophies (they spin this year... oh joy).
They can't wait for next season!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Each summer I teach a 5-day workshop at UT Austin for DMA, and its far easier for me to make the drive from Pflugerville than from San Antonio everyday.
- San Antonio to Austin = 73 miles each way
- Pflugerville to Austin = 23 miles each way
So thanks for letting me sneak out in the morning and walk in in the evening.
... and a special "Shout Out" to Isaac for giving up his room for the week.
Thanks a bunch.
... and hopefully we'll be coming up later this next week.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
There were some Disneyland exclusive "Star Wars" themed ones that came out a few years ago, and I managed to get them off eBay (for a ridiculous price).
Well, there are three more coming out in October '09: Mashter Yoda, C-Three-Potat-0, and Chipbacca (seen below)
If any of you California cousins -- that plan on going to the Disneyland this Fall -- that would be willing to pick these three little guys up for me, I will pay for them and shipping and a little extra for your love and hard work.
Please let me know in the comments and we can work out the details.
Thanks in advance!
#3 - Don't Hold Your Breath.
We've had this up for about a week but forgot to post it.
When all the votes from email/Facebook/comments were tallied it was a tie between #1 and #3.
Min and I broke the tie.
... but the pic doesn't really match the shadow/lighting for the others, so we are rethinking it.
We counted 16 fish this time (we've lost two in the last six months) ranging from a 3" goldfish to an 11" koi... that we have dubbed "Mr. Fish".
Now that the water is clean, we can actually see them swimming in the pond.
Mr. Fish is the orange fish with black and white spots (in the middle). He started growing the barbs on his mouth about 9 months ago. He was about 7" long when we go him in February '08.
But so that you know... it's healing (CLICK TO SEE HOW IT'S HEALING...).
Monday - Before the swim meet, Min notices that the wound is open at one end and is bleeding. A little pressure stops it.
Tuesday - The wound appears swollen and opens at the top and start to ooze (and it don't smell pretty).
Thursday - I take Alex to the doctors and then say that it is indeed infected and put him on a strong antibiotic (Cleocin) that tastes so bad it is recommended that we mix it with chocolate pudding. Alex likes this prescription. The steri-strips come off and we clean the outside of the wound. We are told to use hot compresses twice a day as well.
Friday - I take Alex back for a follow up and the infection is going away and the swollen brow is returning to normal...
Friday night - ... but it appears that the wound starting to separate and open up. A call to the ER asks us to come back in that night (this is around 11 PM) or come in the morning.
Saturday - I take Alex to the ER and the same doc that glued happens to be there and inspects the wound and announces that it "looks great" (that's doctor "looks great" as compared to parents "looks great"). I guess it's suppose to open up as it heals since wounds like this heal from the inside out. She prescribes a bacterium ointment to help dissolve the glue and help in the healing process.
Sunday - Alex is feeling great... but is getting sick of having chocolate pudding three times a day.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Last time it for the cut across the bridge of his nose. This time... the right eyebrow.
I had just gotten up to give Min the phone when I heard a WHAPP and a SCREAM.
Alex came around the corner holding his eye, and I moved his hand, saw the gaping wound, and yelled: "MIN! WE'VE GOT A BLEEDER!"
So she hung up (sorry Susan) and quickly called a friend to watch the other three as we went the the ER.
Since our house is "on the market" I sat and applied pressure to Alex's head and she and the others tidied the house up and cleaned up lunch.
Then we were off.
We were the only folks at the ER this time around, so we got in and out really quick (less than an hour).
Here's the beautiful wound:
REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF GRANDMA DEBI
They put some medicine on it to numb it and covered it with the gauze and a netted hat. Alex isn't asleep, the netting just hurt his eyes.
Once again, no stitches required. It was a clean "pop" so they Dermabond-ed this one too. For good measure, the doc put steri-strips on it too.
Hopefully this is the last time this summer that we make a visit to the ER. *knock on wood*
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Now that Austin is here, Min wants to update the photos and replace Jesus with the new addition (sacrilege... I know).
She has all of the other pictures chosen... except for Andee's.
We can't decide... so we'll put the power in your hands.
Please vote for one of the four images below.
Voting will be tallied this Sunday Evening (June 7th) and we will print the winner and reveal it on Monday (June 8th).
Thanks in advance.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
For his birthday he wanted Pokémon Diamond (for the DS), but instead we got him some Number Busters!
Alex is our little whiz with numbers and love Pokémon type things... so naturally, we knew he would like these.
These are little dinosaur/monster/creature figures that come with a random number on their feet that you use to play a game that's kind of like War. They also come with a set of cards that you can use along with the figures to add points to their number and alter the outcome of the battle.
The trick with these is that you need to have more than one of each kind or else you can memorize the number and know which one's to pick... so we'll have to get another set soon.
So... the cake held up the party.
Alex wanted a cake like Andee's, but green... so I trimmed the ears and made a Green Puppy from the Blue's Clues pan (Andee had Magenta for her cake).
He loved it. He wanted an ear and the eyes.
Andee got an ear. Aimee got the hat. Min got the back leg and rump. Aaron got the face. I took the present.
Alex loved and was happy his birthday was extended two more days.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Here's Alex's wonderful injury. A nice split right across the bridge of his nose:
After about an hour, they called us to the back where they accessed the wound and numbed it with some "cold stuff" on a cotton ball taped to his face. Here he is watching "Martha Speaks" on my iPod while he waits for it to numb the area.
The nurse had to clean the wound with saline solution. Alex did very well... but got soaked.
The doctor said the wound closed very well and in lieu of stitches she opted to superglue it together. She said it would start to fall/peel off in 10 days... the day before Alex's 5th Birthday!
Good job Alex!