Activities.. lots of biking.

September 15th, 2014

Melinda wanted to go to Charleston to go surfing.. but she looked at the surf forecast, and everything was less than 2 feet.. No surfing going on in that. So then she wanted to go biking in Charleston, but we had to go to the soup kitchen Sunday. So we would have little time to bike. I talked her into going to 5 points in Columbia near USC campus. We rode around there, then we rode through USC’s campus to the Capitol. I had not been through the campus.. pretty nice!
Here are the couple of pics we got. Here is Melinda in front of the Capitol building.



And here we are in the back of the building at the Strom Thurmond Statue.
For those of you not framiliar with Good Ol’ Strom, He was our senator for a LONG time.. He actually ran for president in the 60’s and created the “Dixiecrat” party.. a pro segregation/Anti Civil rights party.
Here is the little plaque on the side of the monument… Hmm.. Some things seem to have been changed.. was that “Bessie Mae” added later?? LOL.. why yes it was. Bessie was Strom’s half black Daughter by a house servant when he was young! Do with it what you will.. Bessie kept her mouth shut until after he died. and to his credit, Strom Mellowed out when he got older.

So, I had a couple observations. College kids don’t ride bikes any more. I was really disappointed to be honest. I thought 5 points would be crawling with them. Not even close. But it as crawling with college kids. I guess they walked or drove.

We also stopped at an antique store and wandered about.

Over all, I thought my idea of going to 5 points might have been a failure at first.. but then after riding through the campus, and going around the capitol, It turned out to be fun. I’m looking forward to going to Charlston for a bike ride.. Perhaps we could talk Aunt Christine into going also.

A couple weekends ago, we went to Rock Hill SC. to the grand opening of their super cross BMX track there. Rockewell even got to race on the track.. He did not do well, considering He did had a flat and did not get to practice before the race.. (Insert sad face here..) But the facilities are AWESOME.

There are only two supercross tracks in the US, Here in rock hill, and in California. This place is amazing.

Two more random Pictures.. Another cool homework poster by Melinda. She is taking advantage of the big ol’ printer.. :) She hand colored and lettered it)

And a pic of Rockwell manning the (new) cotton candy machine at the church Rally Day. I think he was about to stick his finger in the floss to see if it was hot (it’s not too hot)…

Rockwell Helped the young makers work at fixing up a Haunted house tfor this fall. (actually, Melinda did too, and this is the same place Hannah helpd Charles do a photo shoot at before she left) But here is a parting shot with one of the actors.

Melinda Homework.

August 21st, 2014

I realize this is simple stuff.. but I am still impressed. This was a project for English.. Melinda had to compose a 6 word “story”. Hers was: “I’m a lion, hear me ROAR”. But the cool thing is, she used a picture from when she was 6 years old. She actually went to the blog and searched it out and found it.



August 21st, 2014

Melinda and lil’ Hannah are going to race the fall BMX series! We have been practicing and everything. This is going to be fun to watch.

Action shot! Hannah is ahead, but today at practice, Melinda beat Hannah’s best time, so she better watch out!

Hannah notes from the second day of School.

August 19th, 2014


  • She has to take public transportation to school each morning. The busses run off electricity, with wires above for them. All of the kids take public transport.
  • She has 15, 20 minutes between classes.
  • They have almost 2 hours for lunch. Evidentally, even though they have a cafeteria, they often leave campus and go to a cafe or grocery.
  • Some kids even take the bus back home to eat.
  • Her maths look framiar. She might be repeating a little.
  • Music class was also framiliar. That seemed like it might be comforting.
  • She is behind on German knowledge, but does not feel too behind, and endevors to catch up.
  • The Maths teacher says they will be learning some Python at the end of the year! I thought this was genius, and very smart of the school.
  • She has an “IT” class.
  • The school is BIG. 4 floors. “Oh, I am sorry, 3 floors above the ground floor” lol. Multiple buildings.
  • ~1500 students in the school? But her class size is ~20 people, and they all attend the same classes thougout the day. (? not sure how that works)

First day of school 2014-15!

August 18th, 2014

For everyone..
Here is Hannah’s first day at school in switzerland. Here she is meeting the Principal, Herr Schmid and her homeroom teacher, Herr Speigel.

Here is Hannah’s first day minus one. The day before she vistied the treeline in the alps with her Uncle and cousins! Her Uncles name is Jeurge, and her Cousins names are Liv and Lars. Remember that, you will be seeing a lot of them for a while.

And here is Rockwell and Melinda.. Not quite as excited about school this year. I’m happy in that they got excellent schedules, Both of them are in all the best classes. Melinda was even included in the Spanish class. If I’m not mistaken, they only had 24 spaces, and they only took the top 24 people in her grade.

Here are their schedules for this year.



Hannah has left the building.. er.. Country.

August 13th, 2014

My sweet Daughter is on her way to Switzerland as I type this. I already miss her dearly. Sunday we invited some of her friends over to say goodbye. They had a really good time. Hannah was glad they came over, even if she was annoyed we surprised her and invited her friends over unannounced… Here is a cool thing; Everyone in this picture is in the top 10 of their graduating class.. Hannah has good taste in friends.

Here we are the night before At McDonalds.. She wanted to Have 100 Mcnuggets as a send-off.. Figured my nephew Greg might approve..

Hannah the night before playing with Rockwell.. this was a selfie that just showed up on my camera.

So, there where a LOT of changes in the flight plans, because of weather on the east coast.. she was rescheduled to go through New Jersey, then Dulles, then finally Chicago. It ended up Chicago was the winner, but it was a day late!.. Next time we will go though Atlanta for sure. grr. But in the mean time, the kids and Cousins got to play around. Here the girls straightened Rockwell’s hair.. (I know, my manual redeye removal leaves something to be desired.)

Finally! At the Airport! Love You Hannah, Have a great trip!

Summer activities

August 4th, 2014

Melinda, Rockwell and I took a nice ride yesterday afternoon. Hannah was disappointed that I waited until she got out of the shower to ask if we wanted to go for a ride… Oops. sorry.



Yesterday morning we went to the Zoo in Columbia.. It changed a LOT in the last couple years! We met Christine there and dropped Ethan off.. We also had a lot of fun checking out the “new” zoo.




Cool Nannyrama shot in the penguin house.




Saturday Melinda and I went to the Paddlefest. Its a river event that benefits the Savannah River Keepers.  It rained half the way.. but it was still fun. Couldn’t get any pics in the rapids… because…




It looks like she is not paddling, but for some reason that is how she held the paddle.




Rockwell attended his first Hackathon. He and a friend built a “voltorb”.. Did not quite compete it unfortunately. But He got some time in with a razor knife!




Some interesting cleanup from when the girls plasma cut out the letters for the Little Library.




And someone added some books!




Melinda’s first time at Soup Kitchen… The other girls (Hannah and Amber really) gave her cruddy jobs.. so she did not enjoy herself… I guess it was a initiation.




Last weekend we went to the Saturday morning street fair in Augusta on 8th street.


Little Free Library Complete!

July 8th, 2014

Walking it out from the shop! I gave them no quarter.. lol.

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Tori just manhandles stuff. She is going to make a great boss some day.

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Attaching the “Little free library” sign that they made yesterday.

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Mounting it onto the post! They did it all.. I did not even help them carry it over. I was too busy taking pictures and

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Screwing it in!

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Proud Accomplishment!!

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Almost done with the Little free Library!

July 8th, 2014

Meredith designing the sign.

Tori was the first to try the Plasma torch! The others where a little leery, but Tor just jumped right in. To be honest, I was wondering how they where going to do.. but they were Awesome!

Melinda’s turn. They actually enjoyed doing it.

Mere’s turn. tehy all got to practice before they cut.. but they hardly really needed to, the really did well right off the bat.

Rockwell’s turn!

Rockwell grinding the excess off of the nuts holding the hinges. I smithed the hinges.. I meant to have the girls do that also, but we did not get a chance.

Here it is! I think it’s Awesome in all its rough beauty!

Summer activities! Catching up, and a “Little Library”.

July 5th, 2014

We started out the 4th Holiday weekend with seeing Hannah and Sterling off on an adventure to RTX, (Rooster Teeth Convention) Hannah has really been working on improving her Cosplay of Yang. (Check out the chain mail)

Oh, the day before Hannah left for RTX, she was interviewed as the “Fox 54 Kid of the week”!

The kids love Swimming over at the banks.. This picture is almost in the dark, sorry for the poor quality.

The SnoCap drive in had a car show on the 4th. Check out this crazy custom!

Had to get my picture with it..

End of one of the pool parties at the Banks.

So today I recruited the Girls and Rockwell to help Build a “Little Library” for the park out in front of the house! They really got into it! More Young Makers!


Gluing as Nailing. The nailgun does really help.



I think they were enjoying the nailgun a tad too much. That little library is built like a tank now!








THe only thing I did was cut the wood.. the kids put the whole thing together.. For real, it was all on them.



And they did a great Job too!





Painting is next!



It’s going to look great! The door and the roof goes on tomorrow, and then we will mount it in the park!



Melinda got to ride the Motorcycle for the first time this week. She is a natural.



I kid you not, she did not even stall it once. She asked to go to Arthur’s to ride in the woods.




Last weekend was the Pride Parade in Augusta. Wow, I was impressed with the size, and also the participants. Lots of Businesses where represented.




Big Parade! And there was a party in the park across the street afterward. Fun!