Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bowling as a family

David's new glasses

David is wearing glasses again. He did not have them for a wile because he didn’t need them from the last time he went and he we were having a hard time keeping them on him. This year his astigmatism was spotted and he now needs them. Our hope is they will help him in school now that he has clamed down a little this year.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

One of the funniest things I have seen in a long time

up first is Boston Dynamics video of their Big Dog on ice and snow, and also demoing its walking gait. very cool see it first so you can get the next video.

And now the hilarious, somewhat flawed predecessor to Boston Dynamics' infamous Big Dog Robot.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Up in Travers City for Easter

For Easter we went to Travers City, to visit Amy’s Family. We stayed at Amy’s Grandfather’s Farm House in Empire 20 minuets out side of Travers City. The Boys were very excited to stay at their Great grandpa’s, so much so they wanted to bring him home with us to live here.

On Sunday the Easter bunny came and the boys got lots of eggs, their Easter bunnies, and new kites. Rodney said that great grandpa must have a different Easter Bunny then we do. We spent the rest of the day at Amy’s parents home near down town Travers City, and had much fun.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday the Boys got to sing in front of the whole congregation at church. Both boys were very excited and could hardly contain them selves.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring Thaw Out

These are photos of the family out side for a day of 50+ degree weather. Still some snow but not for long

Our latest Card Game: Gloom

Gloom is a gothic card game that reminds me of the Lemony Snicket books, Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies or the Adams Family, the objective is to make up miserable things to happen to your characters, and the one with most miserable wins. The object of the game, in fact, is to make your characters as miserable as you possibly can. Each player has a family, a group of misfit characters that they then play event cards on.

The really interesting thing about Gloom is the story-telling aspect of game play. When you play an event card such as "Terrified by Topiary," or “Was Mauled by Manatee,” you may explain how this event occurs. Each character develops as more and more event cards are placed on it, so the character’s life story becomes increasingly unfortunate and, well, abnormal. Your opponents then can cheer up your characters with happy occasions. The card are clear so you can see your characters and any effects that have been played on them. Rodney and David really love coming up with their stories. Sometimes they even became a little too long and had nothing to do with their cards. But it was good for them to play a game the really gets them thinking about what they are doing and get the creative juices going.

The game is for 8 and up and takes about an hour to play. You can play it simple or with the more complex effects on the cards, so adults will love it to.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rodney's Sing along and Book fair

On Thursday March 13th Rodney had his sing along at school. The them was on the planets and space. It was very cute. After ward we went to the school’s book fair and spent a little to much, but it was for a good cause and a good thing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


The Game we have all been playing lately as a family is Munchkin. Munchkin is a card game designed by Steve Jackson that "simulates" (well, sorta') a fantasy-themed RPG (oh, ok, D&D) in a simple, card-based game that's chock full o' silliness. Everyone begins the game as a 1st level Human with NO Class (heh-heh) and via cards, they acquire Classes, Items, Armor, Potions and more that they use to combat hideous monsters The object of the game is to reach Level 10 and levels are acquired via the slaying of monsters and the selling of acquired treasure (1,000 Gold Pieces equals 1 Level). Very silly and a lot of fun!

Munchkin Cthulhu is a the version of the game we have been playing in the Munchkin line, this version lampoons H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and the horror gaming that surrounds it. The boy’s really love it. Some times they just can’t stop laughing.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Uncle Rob’s birthday

On March 9th was my brother’s birthday. We took the boys to my parents for lunch and to send time with Rob. David who has been really started to read in the past month, thanks to his reading recovery teacher, was reading to everyone who was there. We all had much fun

Friday, March 07, 2008


I once again am unemployed. For right now I’m just going to be a stay at home dad. Basically I lost my job due to someone else making a mistake and one of the guys who lived in the group home got hurt. So the State and Recipient Rights came in and cleaned house. My boss fought to keep me, but in the end had no choice. So I’m going to start looking after Easter for a new job, and then in the fall I will go back to school.