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Building Computers.

So, Hannah and I have a friend (Charles Gantt) that evaluates electronics, and gets all sorts of stuff free in the mail. He surprised Hannah with all the makings to make a gaming computer, but the stipulation was she had to put it together. We helped, but she did it!

Here she is getting the processor ready to mount the heat sink.


Here she is organizing the wires getting the case ready to mount the mother board.




Putting the mother board in.



Connecting the hard drive.



We loaded up Windows 8, and she was pretty much done! A job well done. Now she just had to get it set up at home with a couple of monitors and she will be all set!

Posted on 23 May '15 by , under Activities, projects. No Comments.

Prom and a dance

Hannah got to attend her High school prom this year!

So beautiful..





She invited Amber as her date. Amber did not get to go to her HS Prom, so this was a first for both of them.




The tickets! It was Vegas themed.




Turns out she made the front page of the local paper the next day.. She is the one walking out of the building with a giant Die.. lol.


Melinda went to the 8th grade dance with her friends.

She wont admit it, but I can tell she is popular.




Group photo!



I volunteered to make cotton candy at this dance, so I got an insider view. Rockwell did not get to go to any of these.. He was disappointed.



Posted on 23 May '15 by , under Activities, Events, Friends, kids, school. No Comments.



This is just a BMX post.. I will post the dance and prom pictures next post.

These pictures where taken by Debbie Gill, a BMX parent. Her husband races in my old man cruiser class. Wish I had video saturdays old man race.. we “did good”.

Rockwell at the gate. He does well too.. but he has a WEIRD QUIRK he desperately needs to get rid of.. he slightly back pedals when the gate goes down. don’t know why.



Here is Rockwell in first place! he sandbagged a bit, and ended up in second place at the end.


Melinda at the Gate!


Wide shot of Melinda at the gate 13 yo/girls/intermediates.. three guys, two girls.. and the girls were not pushovers. The other girl is a expert class.. she can beat the guys regularly. Melinda is getting there!


All of the nights racers!


Melinda near the back.. that said, she was in front of the boy in front of her by the end of the rhythm section.


Posted on 18 May '15 by , under BMX. No Comments.


The trees in the Highlander patio coming down. Things are changing quickly down town near the river. It’s a sign of things to come methinks.


Rockwell and I messing around while we are out and about on the town on the bikes. (actually, this was a grocery trip)

Posted on 24 April '15 by , under Activities, sports. No Comments.


Melinda wanted to try fencing.. hey, why not? Its pretty interesting, an with all the rain we have not been able to race at all lately.. (sad face)
Hannah decided to try it to, so that is what we do on Monday nights now. My kids are turning into those over scheduled kids!!(not really).

Anyway, check out the beginner class.. they have been attending for about a month now.

Posted on 20 April '15 by , under Activities. No Comments.

Special gift

I found a huge collection of Calvin and Hobbes books. About 12 of them. I wanted to give them to Hannah and I was thinking about how awesome it was. I was hoping she wound just say thanks and blow them off.. After all, it’s Calvin and Hobbes, right? 

So I walked in to her room and asked if she had any homework to do. She replied “no, why?” And I have them to her, and said, “they are Calvin and Hobbes.. ” and she replied incredulously “All of them??” And when I said yes she began crying a little. And so did I to be honest. It was really a pretty special exchange.


Posted on 1 April '15 by , under kids. No Comments.

Academics and BMX

Not combined, just in the same post.. although.. It could be combined! There is a lot of physics going on in BMX!!

This week, My BMXers Melinda and her friend Hannah were inducted into the Jr BETA club. A club for academic excellence.


Melinda, accepting her award.

Here we are heading for the BMX track! Melinda’s bike is on the left, Rockwell’s is in the middle, and Hannah Jr’s is on the right. I think the bikes on the back are probably more valuable than the car they are mounted on! Interestingly enough, I can put two more bikes on there..(between the other ones, with the front wheels up on the car itself.) I want to get Hannah out on the track.. That would make 5 of us! then all we would have to do is to squeeze into the car! lol.

We went to tacobell recently.. Rockwell managed to win free food three times in a row. Quote: “Heck, I can do this professionally!”.

Melinda won second place in the REGION for her Science fair project on Sugar and rockets. Impressive!

And We had ULTIMATE Pi day this week! cant forget that!

Also, I did a Science and Math day Demo at North Augusta Elementary school. I did a demo on coding and “robotics”. I had the kids change things in the code, and then we watched what happened to the game we were working on, or the “robot arm”.. sort of neat. Worked out well, and the 3rd graders soaked it up!

Posted on 20 March '15 by , under Activities, Awards, BMX, school. 1 Comment.

Melinda and the Regional science fair.

Melinda got second place in Chemistry in the regional science fair, which included over 20 middle and high schools. The over all winner (A high school student) received an all expense paid trip to the international science fair in Philadelphia. Really good work Melinda. She is already contemplating what she is going to do next year!

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Posted on 16 March '15 by , under Awards, school. No Comments.

Barnum and Bailey Circus.

They announced that they will be retiring their elephants.

It’s probably a good idea.

None the less, the kids are going to say “Back in my day, they had elephants in the circus.” some day, to someone.



Posted on 5 March '15 by , under Activities. No Comments.

Melinda in DC with GT

Melinda went to Washington DC with the 8th Grade GT kids. What an opportunity! I posted a couple pics of her leaving on the bus in the last post, but I will keep adding pics here about the trip as I get them.

I can’t wait to hear about the trip!


Posted on 27 February '15 by , under Activities, school. No Comments.