February 13, 2010

Another post, wow!

I know, two posts in a single day. Hard to believe. But here's the deal, I have a story that I want to tell, and it happened after the first blog, so here I am again!

First up, here's another tree that Ian did in art class. Nice job Ian!

In the afternoon today Holly reminded us of a page a day calendar that was related to paper airplanes that we got from Molly and Rick. Holly thought it was time for some good clean family time and so we'd have a paper airplane race. Not on speed of folding, but on distance. We each chose our plane from the many days that we had available, it was just discovered so all the January planes were available. We snipped and we folded and we taped and we worked and within no time flat we were working on a starting line to "make the event fair". And so we threw, youngest to oldest. Spencer laid out a great flight and it's within reach for all, but not to be. Ian created a backward flying plane. Holly had a looper that did the loop de loop very well, but got no distance. My plane, a ring model, failed as well. Spencer won! It was awesome. But...

Well, we don't like to be out done, so we'd do it again, with our own planes, any design we chose. Basically, a no holds barred event. We all went to our own corners again and began to create. Spencer, tracking on what had won in the past, followed the instructions on the page he chose and flew well, almost as far as last time...Great, the window was open.

Ian, having been quiet for several minutes, stepped to the line with a "ninja star". It looked awesome. It was 8 sheets of paper folded together. He heaved it and had the counter not gotten in the way, would have handily smoked Spencer, but as it was, he just edged him out. As you can see, it was a piece of art!

Holly was up next and she followed another set of instructions and had a pretty cool looking missile, sorry all, but the photo didn't turn out. Anyway, it was very cool looking, but backward flying. She wasn't in the running this time. Tough break, especially for my Valentine. I stepped to the line. I had folded two different models, a missile style and a raptor style. Both very capable planes. But I knew all along, that my next toss would be with a wad. Yep, I took the missile plane and wadded it up and then threw it the length of the house. Ow! They called foul. We discussed the rules. Nothing was stated that it couldn't be a wad. I was the winner! Not by popular vote, but by distance for sure!

Later, at the store on a milk run. I scammed him again and he was amazed that I was that on top of my game to beat him twice in a day. Not sure if I can keep up the pace, but today was indeed a good day!

Here's the winning "paper airplane".

Have a great day!

Happy Valentines Day!

The first order of business is to say "Happy Valentines Days!" Here's an older shot of me with my favorite Valentine, Holly. You can tell it's old since my hair isn't very gray.

I spent the first half of the week up in Onekama Michigan. If you click on the link you can learn a bit about the little village. Anyway, myself and two others spent a few days up there helping a supplier set up a kanban system help cut down on the crazy order patterns. We stayed at Portage Point, a pretty cool, in a old school way, resort. The first night we got done before sunset and so we went to the channel that connects Portage Lake with Lake Michigan. We walked out on the ice on Lake Michigan, as shown in the first photo that's me and Bill about 400 yards out from shore. It was awesome!

Next we walked out the pier. Well, I only went as far as the handrails. After that it was too icy and common sense got the better part of me. It was a beautiful sunset though. The channel marker on the left was totally coated in ice. Very cool.

Here's another shot, this time it's with Hung and Bill.

Finally, here's a bit of art created by Ian in art class. The photo doesn't do it justice, we're considering having it framed, it way better than the old refrigerator art that he used to produce.

Well, that's it for now.

Have an awesome Valentine's Day and President's Day.

February 7, 2010

Catching Up

I know it's been awhile since I've updated you on all the stuff we're doing so here's a quick recap for Jan/Feb.

Let's see, first off, here's our own personable teen boy

And then we have the one that thinks Mom's the best, no matter what!

Spencer was one of the popcorn selling winners. Thanks to everyone that bought on line, that's how he won, everyone helped him earn a week of summer camp for free!

This weekend Spencer and I went to the Klondike derby. Here's our team at lunch, having of all things, HOT DOGS. Let me assure you that at 10 degrees with a below zero wind chill, Hot Dogs, are really cold by the time you get them to your table. As for the bananas, they were suitable for carving.

Here's the team and the sled. It was a great day, cold, but really fun.

The finale was a sled race, pulled by the boys. Here's the starting line.

And their off! I didn't get the shot at the finish line. We had a tangle at the start and the adults went and performed a bit of first aid. It wasn't a big deal, but added to the drama.

Here's Spencer showing the effects of wearing a stocking hat all day!

Finally, here are some shots from our Chaffee Cabin Camp Out. Those with a NASA mindset might remember Roger B. Chaffee as the pilot on the ill fated Apollo 1, where fire erupted and killed all three astronauts. Since Roger was from the Grand Rapids area, we have many things with his name. Here's the montage in the dining room.

Here's the upper bunk room. It holds about 20 Scouts. Downstairs the adult leaders slept a bit more peacefully than this room with snowball fights and peanut fights and all night Euchre.

At the lodge we taught Nuclear Science for a merit badge. As you can tell, the scouts were totally into this... NOT!

But we adults with a science bent sure were!

The balloon, with only static electricity charging it, caused the small foil in the jar to move and demonstrate polarized effects. It's so cool when you can see science!

This is an electron detector, a cloud chamber. It worked, but was hard to see.

Well, that's if for now.

Have a great day/week/month!