Aug 24

About a week ago, Josh made a robot using a box he found in the trash. He did get in trouble for two things:

  1. Using Leann’s craft ribbons.
  2. Making the below video on Leann’s iPhone 3Gs without asking.

I didn’t even know he knew how to use Leann’s iPhone video capability.

Aug 21

For those that don’t know, almost two months ago a girl ran a red light and hit my car, totaling it. I was grateful that she didn’t hit the car in front of me, which had Leann and the kids in it. But it was definitely inconvenient.

We rented a car for about a week, but then were fortunate enough to have friends to let us use their cars for several more weeks. (Thanks, guys!) Finally, about three weeks ago, we bought my new car.

It’s a 2006 Hyundai Accent. No power windows or automatic locks or anything like that, and it is a standard. But it’s a definite upgrade from the old ’95 Saturn that served me well for about eight years. It’s the newest car I’ve owned, and it’s a four-door, making it much easier to tote the kids around.

Aug 17

When we first moved into our house back in 2006 (or was it 2005?), our fence was almost complete. We were the last people on our street to move in, and our backyard was up against a major street. So the builders built the back fence, and the neighbors built the side fences. All we had left was the four foot sections on either side, at least one of which needed a gate.

Fast forward to last Christmas. Apparently my dad was tired of us not having the fence finished, and gave us a gift card for him to finish the fence. He came up for my birthday at the end of June and redeemed the gift card while I was at work. It was a surprise to me. I should have realized what he was doing when he called me at work to ask where my circular saw was, but I was so busy that I didn’t give the request a second thought.

Thanks, Dad!

Aug 12

A couple weeks ago we managed to pick up an old iMac for $15 at a garage sale. Despite the fact that it’s around 7-9 years old, Brent helped me upgrade it to 10.4. We installed a Sesame Street game on it, and changed Firefox’s home page to PBS Kids, and it was good to go. The kids love it, though Jackson has trouble understanding that it’s for both of them. He keeps calling it bubba’s computer.