Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Questions of the week

This is just a small sample of the questions I have heard this week. Feel free to answer any you might know.

What does business mean?

What does sense mean?

How much money will I make if I invent flying cars? $5 million?

Have you ever gotten carsick?

When was the first time you remember getting carsick?

Have you ever thrown up in the car?

What does 88 dot 99 ($88.99) mean? I don't get that.

What's a Polaroid?

Is there such thing as seasick?

How much blood does someone have in their body?

Can a cavity eat through your teeth?

Can you get on a rainbow?

What would happen if you didn't have any lips?

Why do people bite their fingernails?

What does re-finance mean?

What is this called? [crosses eyes]

How is a tornado made?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Legos for Dummies

I seem to think I'm a relatively smart person. I know how to do "stuff" on computers and read a roadmap. So how is that I don't understand how to put together Legos?

I know what you're thinking. "They just snap together."

They do...but I don't know how the pieces WORK.

I played with Legos as a kid. In the box I had were big rectangle bricks, little rectangle bricks, square bricks, long bricks, a door, a couple of windows and four wheels. Maybe 100 pieces.

My boys have this:

With pieces like these:

Pulleys. Rods. L-shaped pipes. Things that look like a mechanic would use to fix a garage door.

"Play Legos with us," they said.

"OK, what are we building?"

"Cars. Or whatever you want to make."

Easy enough. Or so I thought.

"How do these wheels hook on to this?" I ask.

"You have to find one of these, and one of these, and then go like this."

"Mom, do you want a trailer? Find one of these pieces and then it hooks on like this so you can drag a trailer behind."

"Do you want this windshield? What about these lights and vents?"

This is the car I made. Actually Adam put the wheels on and Zach put the windshield and hood of the car on. So really all I did was snap a couple of bricks together and add headlights.

These are the boys' creations:

Do you think carries "Legos for Dummies?"

To see more Lego creations, visit Adam and Zach's Lego gallery. My favorites are House on Fire, Christmas Candle, and Blanky.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fourth of July

Lots of activity on the Fourth of July this year.
Sherry, Matthew and Jake arrived Thursday night. Katie and Steve were following the next day.

The boys played with Legos much of the weekend. And they even made their way into the bathroom.

July 3: Rain
Grandma's 98th birthday party included lunch, cake and presents. A private concert was held in honor of Grandma.

July 4th: Rain

Again, our plans for swimming were foiled. So we went bowling instead.

To pass the time until the festivities began, we took pictures like this:
Scott got the grill ready.
And there was even a little golf playing...
It did clear up enough to have our Fireworks finale.

July 5: Rain

Adam and Zach had art class in the morning. During the hour long class, Sherry and I slipped into Ann Taylor and did a little damage to our pocketbooks...the good news is everything was on sale!
I even talked Sherry into buying some clothes that weren't practical. That's the biggest news of all.

Then afternoon indoor swimming at the Y.

Movie night finished off the day. Ice Age.