Sunday, August 21, 2011

Our own ROCK BAND!

We had fun with the boys – and Kathleen and Mike – playing a little Wii Rock Band.  We rented Beatles and Country.  We may have to go buy Beatles.  Ross really liked it.  Anyway… we had a blast. 

First, you must remember to check your camera setting!!  I had mine on manual and took some really good DARK pictures.  I have edited them but they are still not great.  Darn it.  At least you can see the boys.

07-31-11 family rock band 01 And that mic stand – it’s my camera tripod slightly altered!07-31-11 family rock band 04 Don’t they look like a couple of professional singers?07-31-11 family rock band 07 Moving those arms and head fast.  If you could see his face, his tongue is out.07-31-11 family rock band 09The rest of the band. Yeah, they are not nearly as cute.  :)07-31-11 family rock band 12From now on the pictures of the boys will be sparse.  They start back to school Monday and both will be full time students.  I better start exploring more photo ops!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Nope, it’s a rocket. A kid’s rocket that needs lots of adult supervision and NO Russian Olive trees.  They have spikes that can destroy.  You guessed it.  Our first flight sent the rocket into one of the Russian Olives.07-18-11 rocket launch 01Fill the water container.07-18-11 rocket launch 03Pump, pump…07-18-11 rocket launch 06and pump!  (And check the wind direction!)07-18-11 rocket launch 11It’s off!07-18-11 rocket launch 15And over the trailer, into the trees.  Boy was the wind direction wrong!07-18-11 rocket launch 17It had a huge tear down the side (which we did finally fix.  Have not flown it again.)  We decided to try a balloon.  It worked!  Sort of.07-18-11 rocket launch 1907-18-11 rocket launch 20Ready to go!07-18-11 rocket launch 23Blast off.  And up.  But not too far.07-18-11 rocket launch 26Hopefully soon we can try the original again.  When the wind is right.  It was cool.  Oh, we looked for a replacement rocket.  Not luck – yet.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer activities

It has been a hot, very very dry summer.  So many things we wanted to do are closed in the morning and it was just too hot to go in the afternoon.  Such as playing putt putt.  Who wants to do that in 105 degree weather!  Some of these places need to realize that and try to open in the mornings too. 

We did go to Lights Off Golf in Westgate Mall.  At least it is cool there even if it is a bit overpriced.  Good thing we had coupons.

DSC_2608DSC_2610DSC_2613DSC_2614Both boys had fun.  Zachary is pretty patient but Zane just gets up and hits without really looking at the hole. Gotta work on that!DSC_2615DSC_2617DSC_2618DSC_2619DSC_2620DSC_2621DSC_262207-22-11 Lights off golf 14We also went bowling.  I think we need to do that again.  Everyone had fun! 07-14-11 bowling 0107-14-11 bowling 0507-14-11 bowling 08Look at that form!07-14-11 bowling 18Not sure if you can see that tongue, but I know sticking it out helps.07-14-11 bowling 2007-14-11 bowling 22Take a look at those shoes!  Stylin’!07-14-11 bowling 2407-14-11 bowling 2807-14-11 bowling 3307-14-11 bowling 40Oh yeah!

And of course summer would not be complete without a trip to the zoo.  We decided to go early one morning and  hope the animals were active. Sure enough, most were being fed.  07-11-11 zoo 1507-11-11 zoo 1707-11-11 zoo 1807-11-11 zoo 1907-11-11 zoo 20Silly pronghorn! He was really playing with his food.07-11-11 zoo 2607-11-11 zoo 2707-11-11 zoo 2907-11-11 zoo 3307-11-11 zoo 3807-11-11 zoo 4407-11-11 zoo 4807-11-11 zoo 5007-11-11 zoo 54More to come.  We launched a rocket and played Wii Rock Band.  Not sure what next week will bring.  It is the last week before they both start school. 

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Our own ROCK BAND!

We had fun with the boys – and Kathleen and Mike – playing a little Wii Rock Band.  We rented Beatles and Country.  We may have to go buy Beatles.  Ross really liked it.  Anyway… we had a blast. 

First, you must remember to check your camera setting!!  I had mine on manual and took some really good DARK pictures.  I have edited them but they are still not great.  Darn it.  At least you can see the boys.

07-31-11 family rock band 01 And that mic stand – it’s my camera tripod slightly altered!07-31-11 family rock band 04 Don’t they look like a couple of professional singers?07-31-11 family rock band 07 Moving those arms and head fast.  If you could see his face, his tongue is out.07-31-11 family rock band 09The rest of the band. Yeah, they are not nearly as cute.  :)07-31-11 family rock band 12From now on the pictures of the boys will be sparse.  They start back to school Monday and both will be full time students.  I better start exploring more photo ops!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Nope, it’s a rocket. A kid’s rocket that needs lots of adult supervision and NO Russian Olive trees.  They have spikes that can destroy.  You guessed it.  Our first flight sent the rocket into one of the Russian Olives.07-18-11 rocket launch 01Fill the water container.07-18-11 rocket launch 03Pump, pump…07-18-11 rocket launch 06and pump!  (And check the wind direction!)07-18-11 rocket launch 11It’s off!07-18-11 rocket launch 15And over the trailer, into the trees.  Boy was the wind direction wrong!07-18-11 rocket launch 17It had a huge tear down the side (which we did finally fix.  Have not flown it again.)  We decided to try a balloon.  It worked!  Sort of.07-18-11 rocket launch 1907-18-11 rocket launch 20Ready to go!07-18-11 rocket launch 23Blast off.  And up.  But not too far.07-18-11 rocket launch 26Hopefully soon we can try the original again.  When the wind is right.  It was cool.  Oh, we looked for a replacement rocket.  Not luck – yet.

Summer activities

It has been a hot, very very dry summer.  So many things we wanted to do are closed in the morning and it was just too hot to go in the afternoon.  Such as playing putt putt.  Who wants to do that in 105 degree weather!  Some of these places need to realize that and try to open in the mornings too. 

We did go to Lights Off Golf in Westgate Mall.  At least it is cool there even if it is a bit overpriced.  Good thing we had coupons.

DSC_2608DSC_2610DSC_2613DSC_2614Both boys had fun.  Zachary is pretty patient but Zane just gets up and hits without really looking at the hole. Gotta work on that!DSC_2615DSC_2617DSC_2618DSC_2619DSC_2620DSC_2621DSC_262207-22-11 Lights off golf 14We also went bowling.  I think we need to do that again.  Everyone had fun! 07-14-11 bowling 0107-14-11 bowling 0507-14-11 bowling 08Look at that form!07-14-11 bowling 18Not sure if you can see that tongue, but I know sticking it out helps.07-14-11 bowling 2007-14-11 bowling 22Take a look at those shoes!  Stylin’!07-14-11 bowling 2407-14-11 bowling 2807-14-11 bowling 3307-14-11 bowling 40Oh yeah!

And of course summer would not be complete without a trip to the zoo.  We decided to go early one morning and  hope the animals were active. Sure enough, most were being fed.  07-11-11 zoo 1507-11-11 zoo 1707-11-11 zoo 1807-11-11 zoo 1907-11-11 zoo 20Silly pronghorn! He was really playing with his food.07-11-11 zoo 2607-11-11 zoo 2707-11-11 zoo 2907-11-11 zoo 3307-11-11 zoo 3807-11-11 zoo 4407-11-11 zoo 4807-11-11 zoo 5007-11-11 zoo 54More to come.  We launched a rocket and played Wii Rock Band.  Not sure what next week will bring.  It is the last week before they both start school.