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Andrew Rides New Bike

Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Myself

Andrew Rides on his own!

See that bike?  That is Andrew riding his new bike for the first time.  April and I had been trying to convince Andrew we could take the training wheels off of his bike for a while.  Well last week April found a bigger, better 20" bike at a garage sale, it even still had the price tag still on it!  We told Andrew that there would be no training wheels on this bike so if he wanted to ride it he was going to need to learn to ride with out them.
So the first time I take Andrew over to the park, he starts riding on his own after only a couple of trips across the ball field with dad holding on to the seat!  After that he rode for about 15 minutes, got a couple of comments that they could not tell it was his first time, then we went to A&W for dinner and 90 cent root-beer floats.
I am really proud of Andrew, and look forward to many nice bike rides this summer.  
Here is a video of him riding at the park http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4cFDHxcUvI

New phone, with new chances to get updates

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by Myself

So I got a new phone. With it I can upload pictures more easily, and probably other stuff too (like this blog post). For now, be sure to check out the june 2010 folder for some pictures from fathers day. We went for a bike ride from Fort Snelling State Park to Minihaha falls, then visited my dad for dinner and playing at a park in Burnsville.

What have we been doing - April

Saturday, May 09, 2009 by Myself

We started out the month by using the Benihana gift certificate we got for Christmas a while ago. The kids were really good, and thought the food prep was fun. Our Chef made both the onion volcano and a fried rice Mickey Mouse. What was almost more funny was that I had to explain Mickey Mouse to the kids, we just don't watch that much Disney.

The next weekend, April and Andrew went to a birthday party for one of his classmates. I don't have any pictures of that (since I did not go), but Nick and I hung out. We needed to run some errands and get lunch. As you can see lunch also involved dessert.

Here you can see how fast a kid can move when all hopped up on sugar. We were busy as usual for Easter. April sang in Choir and played trumpet. After Church we went over to my Aunt and Uncles for Easter dinner. There was the usual Easter Pinnata, that I did not get any pictures of (with my phone).

The following weekend, we went down to Mankato for an ALS walk to support April's aunt. It was a 3 mile walk, Andrew ran most of it, Nick got the easy ride in the stroller.

After a nice walk we visited the Happy Chef. It is really too bad that the speaking does not function anymore. It is also too bad that they do not have pudding pops. After getting home, we went over to a friends house to disassemble a playground he gave us. He moved into a new house that had a wooden playground, that he did not think a full grown man needed to play on. I have to adjust some of the parts to fit our yard, but the kids will really have fun once I finally get is rebuilt.

The next weekend, I got some project work done around the house and some work on the playset. As you can see I put up a magnetic knife bar, I also had to repair the towel bar in the bathroom. Since I fixed it, it has been pulled down again, so I think it will need to be replaced with something new.

Finally, we had a our annual Pinewood derby race at church. Andrew and Nick helped design their cars and did the painting. dad did the sawing and the sanding for Nick. Andrew was really excited too since he won every race including the race between the 3 winners of each category. I tried something on both cars, Nick's got an extended wheelbase. That caused a bit of a controversy, in regards to the rules. in the end I pointed out that there is nothing in the rules that states you cannot.
On Andrew's car, I adjusted one of the front wheels to not touch the ground. Effectively, Andrew's car was a tripod with 4 wheels. The reduced friction really made Andrew's car keep its speed on the last 1/3 of the track that is flat. Andrew was so proud, that was all he talked about the rest of the day.

Thursday, October 16, 2008 by Myself

The more thing change, the more thing stay the same.

New River crossing

Saturday, September 20, 2008 by Myself

We needed some concrete to stop some future mice from entering our nice, warm, food filled house. So we went to Menards (it was close and the one on University is nice) They do not carry the cement I needed, the type that is better for vertical surfaces, so I needed to go to Home Depot. We figured we would take a slightly different route and test out this new bridge. It is a good thing it has those sculptures to let me know I am crossing a river, that thing is so wide that I might not have realized that I was indeed crossing a river. I was really disappointed that they did not make a way to go from 94 west bound to 35W north yet though. Oh well maybe they will do that next time.

Vacation #2

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 by Myself

We had a busy couple of weeks (kind of). The week of the forth we went up to Hideout Resort to visit with Dan and Nancy. The kids had a blast. Andrew even made some friends up there. They caught frogs like the one to the left. Dad made them let them go or put them on a hook and fish at the end of the day. I don't think it was a popular rule, but better than cleaning up dead frogs. I don't have a picture, but the turtles were laying eggs around the resort while we were there. Every night they would leave the lake an go inland to lay eggs. Almost every night, Nick and I would chase the turtles while nick yelled "tur-tle". He still will point out the turtle in is animal picture book.

I guess July is the parade and fair month. We have now been to 2 parades and the Ramsey county fair. Look at the July album for pictures of the fair and the first parade. The Rice St. parade was last night. I did not bother to take any pictures, since it is really similar to the Ramsey county fair parade. At the Ramsey county fair, some chiropractor rented several super heroes and the bat mobile. Andrew got his picture with Spiderman. Although, I guess he may not know exactly who spiderman is.

Jeep, Jeep, Jeep

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 by Myself

Since the engine swap, the Jeep has been running well (not to jinx myself). So I am starting the planning of swapping for the non rusty body. I have some of the parts, but I need to line up some welding services. Till the jeep moves into dry dock, we have been enjoying the jeep. I took the top at the begining of May and drove to my Dad's in Savage to celebrate Trevor's birthday. The kids loved it, Andrew especially. It might have been a little windy for Nick at first, but he got used to it. Now he calls for the Jeep all the time. He is even yelling "Jeep" whenever he sees another CJ or Wrangler.

As you can see, Nick is thrilled with the idea of the Jeep. I need to find a couple of parts for the soft top to make that work. Actually I have found them, but I don't really want to part with $75. Also the Jeep has started to use less dinos to get me to and from work, thanks to a tuneup. I have been averaging between 19 and 22 miles per gallon. Not bad since I drive the crosstown parking lot every day. Well I need to get this published so I can write about our last couple of weeks. So read the next post

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