Sunday, March 27, 2016

What-What?! Week of March 27th

Happy Easter everyone!

We're having a good Easter so far.  The kids were up early this morning, then we spent half an hour (?) searching for eggs in the house.  It's a good thing there were no eggs outside, because it is raining cats and dogs out there.

Yesterday, we decorated eggs.  For this, set up a table outside because it was lovely, and just better.  The kids had a great time:

And because the weather was so lovely yesterday, I made the husband open one of his birthday presents early:
Yes, a football.  I thought it would be good fun with the kids, especially since we have the big backyard now.  So then we played with it:
The throw!
The catch!
Teaching the kids how to throw a football.
And they threw it!
Unfortunately, I didn't take into account how large a standard size football is, so it's absolutely huge in the kids' hands, and kinda big in mine as well.  Either way, I'm glad we got it out and were able to play with it.  Later today we're going to celebrate the husband's birthday and do general family stuff.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Art Thursday -- March 24th

"Tea at the Cottage"
This is Osric's picture, with lots of stickers.  Because he likes stickers.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

What-What?! Week of March 20th

We have survived another week!  I swear every time I get to Friday it's like "Where did the week go?  What the heck did I do?".  The answer to that is, of course, sit in traffic.

...Wait, I mean test software.  Yeah.


Home Depot:  Do-It-Herself Workshop

Osric asked to be in the picture, but then discovered that there was a goodie bag.
So just like Lowe's has children's workshops, Home Depot actually has workshops specifically for women.  This past Thursday, I went to one right after work.  The project for this month was to build a little vegetable shelf out of a crate.  There were four other ladies there that evening, and it was a pretty good time.  Definitely going to sign up for next month's.

I took it home, and yesterday the kids and I (mostly the kids) painted it with watercolors:

We got Saffron these pants, and her hands basically live in the pockets.  Maybe because it has big pockets?
The finished product.
It's not exactly the most beautiful thing in the world, but the kids had a really great time.

This coming Tuesday is my ninth wedding anniversary.  It has been nearly a decade, and we're now nine hundred miles away and three kids later, but the husband and I are still very much in love.  I look forward to many more years with him.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Art Thursday -- March 17th

"Tea Party"
Just a tea party.  The kids seem to have taken a liking to them.  Little Oz even had one by himself yesterday.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

What-What?! Week of March 13th

This week was terrible.

A good friend passed away on Wednesday, so there's been all that.  Then work was pretty awful the entire week as well -- nothing was working like it was suppose to.  I spent two and a half days testing a feature that should have taken no more than a day to do.  Granted, it involved 7 browsers, 3 data sets, and 4 tests per set for a total of 84 individual tests, but it still should have been faster than that.

Lowe's Build and Grow:  Monster Truck Series

So by the time the weekend came 'round, we needed something else to do.  The husband and I took the kids to the Lowe's Build and Grow event, where they made themselves monster trucks.  We actually have another monster truck set that we still haven't put together, but that will happen... sometime.  For now, they have these to play with.  The kids all did a good job building them and seemed very into it -- sometimes when we sit down to do these, they'd really just rather play than build.

This coming week, I'm going to a Home Depot workshop and building a two shelf vegetable holder thingy.  I'm looking forward to that -- it'll be a weekday evening, so a bit crazy to get to, but probably a nice break from the grind.

That's it for this week.  Next week the weather's suppose to be good, so we might go hiking or out to Marysville's 125th anniversary festival, but we'll see.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

What-What?! Week of March 6th

This week was long, and I didn't do much.  Work was pretty busy, since things are now getting fixed, which means things have to get tested to make sure that the fix actually fixed things (sometimes it doesn't) and that it didn't break anything else (sometimes it does).

Lego Myths

Recently, we've been watching old seasons of Mythbusters, which has been enjoyable, and something nice to watch with the kids.  This week, we watched the Youtube Special, which features a myth where a giant (seven foot diameter) Lego ball rolls down a street and into a car.  An edited version can be seen here:

So that evening after I got home, I challenged the kids to see who could make the best Lego ball.  We each made our own design (though poor Oz needed help, since his was just a square), then rolled them down the hallway to see who's would roll the farthest.  The husband won overall, but Ozzy got the award for toughest, since my ball hit his and left it completely unscathed.  This was a fun activity that got the kids thinking, and everyone had a good time.

Not Hiking

Yesterday, we were supposed to have people over, but then that fell through.  So we decided to go hiking...  But then we went to the park.

Whatever, we had fun anyway. :P

Mostly I took pictures of Osric, because he was the only kid who wanted to stay with me.
But sometimes other kids are snuggly too.
I love this picture because none of the children are looking at the camera.
Tried to take a picture of the plants... kind of sucked at it. :P

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Art Thursday -- March 3rd

"The Style Whacker"
A different kind of art.  This is Corwin's entry into the Lego Lloyd vs Lasha contest, where kids have to design a vehicle that Lloyd (a ninja) can use to catch Lasha (a snake guy).  The Style Whacker is a hopping mech with a tail that it uses to balance and fight bad guys.  Corwin really hopes to win, and I hope so too; he spent a long time designing this.