Saturday, January 3, 2015

Freestyle Fred

Justin had been asking for a skateboard for about three years, and I think we dismissed it (ignore might be a better word) for as long as we could. But finally, this past December, he took everything else off his Christmas list and said that a skateboard was the single solitary thing he wanted.  Nothing more, nothing less.  So what do you do with that? After a 3 year wait, he turned the tables and backed us into a corner; and suddenly there was nothing else we could do.  He was 3 years older, 6 inches taller, and drooling from both sides of this mouth at the thought of getting this skateboard. So we did it.  We caved.  We got the boy a skateboard. And knee pads. And elbow pads. And a new helmet.  And we look away.  And cringed.  And doubled our health insurance premiums and started making down payments on a leg cast.

But then a funny thing happened.  Our least coordinated child shocked the world, took the nation's third most dangerous toy (as judged by to the number of emergency room visits per capita, surpassed by only darts and trampolines)...  and actually got good at it.  In just a week.  I looked up the other day and had to do a double take once I realized that, "this boy's got tricks!". Who knew? Well, I guess he did.  Three years ago. Go figure. 

2015 Unboxing

We're coming out of our shells this year.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mustache Cam

Mom and Dad always come through with the good stuff... even when you're 40.  After they watched our video of Jasmine's maiden voyage, I guess they identified a need; and then they delivered with a GoPro in my Christmas stocking.  Awesome.

Well, it's been a while (i.e., 3 kids ago) since I've had a fancy new gadget, and it's funny because now I find myself asking: Where do people find the time to figure out how to use these things? Truth be told, that's probably a product of my lack of free time these days AND my age.  Wow... It's amazing how quickly we become that grandparent we used to make fun off because they wouldn't use a cell phone or a microwave oven.  I would make a joke here about needing help programming the VCR clock... but I don't think they even make those anymore.  Wow.  I'm old.  Okay... back to the point.  Our birthday bowling trip gave me my first opportunity to take the GoPro cam for a test drive.  In case you're wondering, it's the contraption strapped to my head in the image below this paragraph. I've included a video sample too in order to give you a glimpse of how it went.  In short, let's just say that I may need a few more minutes with the instruction manual. But I'm getting there.

Four Decades

It's that time of year again. Birthday bowling with daddy.  Once again, we had a blast.  So much so that you'd think we go a few more times during the year... but then what would we do for my birthday?!  Funny enough, Venesa would be the first to tell you that I hate traditions (one of my 3 million pet peeves, I guess)... but between this new habit, and Chuck E Cheese for the kids, I guess I'm learning that peeves don't make good pets anymore. Rack 'em up, knock 'em down! We'll see you in 365.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Spa Day

I think we've found our niche.  We've got a make-up artist, a hair stylist, and a receptionist.  Evidently, Naomi also doubles as the accountant and on-site chef.  I think we're ready to franchise.