Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of school with Grandma and Grandpa

(Photos taken 2015-08-24.)

Tommy's turn to drive

(Photos taken 2015-08-24.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Animé Overload

(Photos taken 2015-08-15.)

June Peanuts

  • I pulled something in my lower back. Sitting is painful. Walking is painful. Rachel: "You didn't go to the gym today, did you?" Me: "No. My back hurts." Rachel: "Well, that doesn't mean you can't work on your arms."
  • Matthew is at band camp this week. He was supposed to Skype us from his laptop, since he couldn't find his phone. He left a message with a friend's phone that he was sorry but he couldn't get the wifi to work. Today we dropped off a cheap tracfone because Rachel was getting frustrated that he didn't call. Serious nerd points deducted.
  • Matthew: "The food at camp was better than I expected. Yesterday I had 2 cinnamon rolls and cheesecake for lunch. And another cheesecake." Me: That was lunch? Matthew: And a coke.
  • Matthew: I learned something important at band camp. People are crazy impressed if you can solve a rubix cube. Me: Girls too? Matthew: Sometimes. But the boys were more excited about it honestly.
  • Matthew beat me at Carcassone. Playing during church is our new tradition.
  • Rachel: "Jonathan would have looked good in the 1920s." David: "Because everyone wore hats."
  • Rachel: "Corinna, don't pull your pants down in front of your brother while singing, Butt butt butt butt."
  • Tommy threw a tantrum because Mommy wouldn't give him more medicine.
  • Isaac (almost 7) had a hot dog, potatoes, and fruit salad... then he ate about 10 ounces of steak. While eating he treated me to an extended discourse on how he likes steak best because of the juices, and how his Mommy makes the best steaks.
  • Tommy (15m) brought me a diaper. I put it on my desk. He squatted down and pooped. Then he handed me the diaper again. I got the message. He might be our youngest to potty train by a wide margin.
  • Helped Mom and Dad move into Austin. Mom said to leave access to the phone jack in the office. Then she had to explain land lines to Matthew.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tommy likes to drive

(Photos taken 2015-08-16.)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tommy tries some unsanctioned salsa

Unclear if he's a fan.

(Photos taken 2015-08-10.)

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Isaac's birthday, day two

Pokemon cards from Mom and an Android - enabled camera spy tank from Dad. The pokemon is a huge hit with Isaac. The tank is a huge hit with Matthew.

(Photos taken 2015-08-09.)

Thursday, August 06, 2015

May Peanuts

  • OH: "I'm having a good laugh thinking of Jonathan in Sales. Putting the cold in cold calling."
  • Rachel: 'Why are you in your swimming suit?" Corinna: "'Cause I can't find my 'jammies. But I can find my swimming suit!"
  • I'm pretty allergic to fire ants and got stung several times doing bear crawls with David in the park yesterday. Looking up treatment. Lots of advice on "don't go near fire ants if you're allergic." Thanks, Captain Obvious. (Ended up going to the doctor the next day. He said the swelling on my wrist was probably a spider bite and gave me cephalexin.)
  • Four months ago, I got a new guitar. Corinna came with me to the store and the bright pink guitar on the wall stole her heart. I told her she wasn't big enough for a guitar yet. Today she came over to me. "Papa, regarde!" She demonstrated how she could buckle the toddler leash on herself AND unbuckle it. "I bigger! I have pink guitar now?"
  • Tommy (14 months) understands "put this in the trash can." But he has only about a 20% chance of remembering what he's supposed to do by the time he gets there. (Rachel adds, "Sometimes he likes to make withdrawals from the trashcan instead of deposits.")
  • Matthew (12) has his first zit.
  • It is 4:30. Isaac is practicing the violin. Matthew is practicing the French horn. This would have been a good day to commute to the office.
  • Rachel and I saw They Might Be Giants with Joshua and Jeni Slack.  Fun show.
  • Me: "Your new washing machine is nice, but maybe we should get a smaller model. We can't close the door to the laundry room anymore." Rachel: "If you think about it, the problem isn't that the machine is too big. The problem is the room is too small."
  • "Jonathan, we just added a movie you might like: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast." Looks like it's time for another talk with the kids about logging in to the right Netflix account.
  • Had a floor-spinningly good workout with David today. 240 lb "farmer carries" followed by sprinting and battle ropes. Been a while since I felt that out of shape. Bonus: Christine was showing me up too. Nothing like panting on the floor while your little sister does recline rows and pull ups.
  • I'm not sure what they were fighting about, but I called Melissa to the kitchen to unload the dishes and now she is humming through gritted teeth, "Matthew is a carrot. Matthew is a carrot. Matthew ... "
  • It's hard to find the right words to describe how epic Monday's workout was. Let me put it this way. I've gone 38 years more or less oblivious to whatever muscles control your ankles. I did my job, they did theirs, and that was that. Today, my ankle muscles are sore. They would have felt left out otherwise, because everything else is too.
  • Corinna: "I want two babies. A pink one, and a black one."

April Peanuts

  • Buick had major engine problems. Bad rod bearing or something similarly catastrophic. Under warranty, but the dealer we took it to said we didn't have sufficient documentation of oil changes (we let it go about 10k miles without a change at one point) and wanted $7000 to fix it.  Fortunately we tried a second dealer who just fixed it for free.  (This took weeks from start to finish.)
  • Melissa just absent-mindedly called my sister Christine "Dad." At least when I mix up my kids' names I keep it within gender boundaries.  Update: this has become something of a habit.  She slips up about every other visit from Christine.
  • Dad is in town. That means he's fixing things.  Up first: new in-wall microwave whose mounting kit didn't quite mount it. I think the remediation plan involves an angle grinder.
  • Dad: "Why is your internet so slow?" Well. Time to upgrade.
  • I spent way too much time this month playing Dungeon of the Endless.
  • Took family pictures in a fire-ant infested clearing. I woke up at 5 AM the next morning because the dozen ant bites on my feet itched so intensely. Next year: indoor pictures.
  • Ate ramen every day on my Tokyo trip. I call that a success.
  • Also in Tokyo: There was no gym in the hotel, and it was a small Japanese-style room with not much room to exercise. There was barely room to get down and do push ups, but not enough to do sit-throughs. So I asked myself, "What would David do?" And I put the desk and chair on the bed to make room.
  • Corinna, 3, likes to sing along with the Teen Titans theme song. I think she knows more of the words than even Let it Go.
  • How to stop smoking, according to Melissa (10): "Keep a lollipop in your mouth."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Band Camp

The first week of this summer I got to stay at UT over night for five days during a band camp. On Sunday I didn't play much , but I auditioned for which band I would be playing in. I got second chair in 4th band. Because I stayed over night, I got extra free time with the other people and signed up to go to the museum the next day. I was a little cautious, because the museum costed money, but when I asked, the Counselor said it was free..........

Monday we practiced with our band and got used to our schedules. I met a new friend named Adam, and I had found out that a friend of mine was going to the same camp! His name is Eddie, and we lost contact several months ago.
Coincidentally we had signed up for the same thing! So after five hours of practice, we went to the museum. The camp director was there. After role call, he announced that unfortunately the museum DID cost money. So instead we got to tour the Longhorn Campus. -_- After 15 to 20 minutes, we just went to the dorms because it was to stink'n hot.
When we got there (another 10 minutes) Eddie then showed off that he can solve a Rubik's cube, and I got little jealous. So I asked him if he could teach how to solve one. He said yes, but we didn't start until Tuesday.
Each night there is a special activity (except for Tuesday, and if there was one it wasn't very memorable.). Monday was "dorm night". We went back to the dorms early and stayed there the rest of the night. Lights out at 10:30. I goofed off with some friends on another floor. But some boys had some of that spray ax deodorant stuff, and became known as the Ax bombers. They sprayed it EVERYWHERE, and it continued thought the week. One guy duct taped it open and through it in the elevator on Wednesday.

Tuesday was more or less the same, except Eddie and I signed up to go to the dorms where Eddie taught me how to solve a Rubik's cube. I got pretty far, and stayed up late that night to solve it. However I still didn't have all the algorithms memorized.

Wednesday was the same as Tuesday, Eddie taught me more on how to solve a Rubik's cube, so I could do it faster. That night was movie night. We watched Big Hero 6, and the mess afterwards was ridicules. After it was picked up, the camp director got up and told us that the girls could leave, and that the boys need to stay. About 10 minutes later when the girls finally left. The director addressed all the ax bombing that was going on, and told us that we weren't allowed to go to anyone else's floor. Period. Darn it. Eddie's is on the 3rd floor, and I'm on the 1st. Then he said that everyone on the first floor needed to right an apology letter to a person staying at the dorms with a dog who was scared to go out. All throughout the week my counselor kept on telling us how great we were (We were being pretty good), ESPECIALLY when you compared us to the other groups. And remember, we where on the first floor, so you can hear the floors above us. I asked my counselor, and he said that he had no idea what that was about. And the girls were also misbehaving a little. They were just smarter about not getting caught.

Thursday. All the new rules were in place. They didn't make much of a difference to how I did things, except I couldn't see Eddie. After practice I made the mistake of sighing up for extra practice time. I literally could not get a nice sound out, so I was very glad that I had borrowed Eddie's Rubik's cube.

Friday instead of free time we went to some sort of concert that the UT band was putting on. That night was the dance, and all the kids who liked Rubik's cubes gravitated to one corner. I hung out with them for a while, and then with Adam.

Saturday was the concert, and I overslept 5 minutes and missed breakfast, which was at 6:45. Thing is it wasn't my fault that I overslept, because when we got back from the dance it was 11:00. >:(
Dad came to watch the concert and picked me up. We had bar-b-q for lunch, and I went to bed extra early.