Friday, November 30, 2007

Last Pack Meeting

We have hit a milestone in our lives this week. This could possibly be out LAST PACK MEETING. Yes, I know, it is hard to believe but Andy is now 11 and he earned his Arrow of Light. So, he is now officially out of the Cub Scout program.

Although there are some real positives to Pack Meetings, I am finding that I like the idea of not having to carve a pine wood derby car. It was always depressing to see the sad look my boys gave me as the block of wood that I slaved over just hours before the event, slowly hobbled down the race track at snail like speed. My pine wood cars were never flashy, always had a residue of wet paint and almost always lost a wheel on the way down. I am definitely not good with wood, paint, or art. For the longest time I didn't even own a power drill. So, it did not have the skills nor the tools to produce an award winning pine wood derby car. So, in some ways, I am glad that era is behind me and I hope I didn't do too much damage to the ego's of my two boys.


Monday, November 19, 2007


Have you ever had a weekend where it felt like all you did was work? Well, Sunday night I felt like I had been through "The Wringer". (I am guessing that this reference is to the old fashioned way of washing clothes where you stuff wet clothes through two rollers called a "wringer") if this is true, that is how I felt, like someone took my head, stuffed it between two rollers and cranked away until I was squished out the other end. This whole weekend was so full of activities, meetings and parties that I don't know if I can even list them all. Let's see; Andy's Birthday Party (Lan Party), Court of Honor, Camp out, Scout Meeting, Coby going to NYC, Church meetings, Priesthood Preview, set up, take down, Stand up Sit down Fight Fight Fight!


I guess, if you really look at it with a positive attitude (which I don't usually do because I am a pessimist), you would see that I was living life to it's fullest. I really gained some valuable experiences and made some awesome memories. The Pessimist in me just wants to take a long nap.

BTW, I wanted to report that the LAN party was a huge success and over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I'm planning on taking my game on the road and setting it up at Melinda's house. I don't know if she will hate me, or thank me for it. At one time I think we had 7 computers going. Everyone was shooting everyone else. I even jumped in the middle of the battle to see how I would do against these intimidating 5th graders.

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I hope I get plenty of nap time, I mean, I hope I live life to it's fullest.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Ball of Light

I finally made my first "Ball of Light" ornament. It looks really cool. Here is a picture of one that I found on the internet since I haven't been able to take a picture of the one that I made, yet.

Anyway, I'm planning to go to my sisters for Thanksgiving and while I am there, we will make a bunch more and maybe even put them up somewhere.

I talked to my mother and she would like to put some up on her big evergreen tree. I think it will look really cool.

I now have it to the point that I can make one in about 15 minutes. Once I start put them up on some people's houses, we will see if I can get a small business going by selling them to people.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Coby had to write an essay for one of his 8th grade classes. We found out that the teacher allowed him to read his essay for the whole class. After he read the essay aloud the teacher said she was glad that he presented his essay because she really loved it. So, I am going to post his essay on my blog. Ok, I'm not posting the essay, I am posting a link to his essay.

Coby's Essay


Sunday, November 11, 2007

getting closer

I can tell that Christmas is getting closer. I received 3 orders on my web store today. The shoppers are starting to ramp up their purchases. I guess it will really start to hit after Thanksgiving. I have 10 boxes going out tomorrow morning and about 5 orders sitting in the Queue. Our little web store usually makes enough to help pay for most of Christmas, so, we keep it round all year.

Shameless plug for my web store:

I am working on a new product for our store. Deanna doesn't know about it yet but I am trying to put the resources together to start selling a large Christmas ornament. When I have all of the details worked out, I'll post a link on my blog so that you all can be the first to make a purchase. :-)

Friday, November 09, 2007

LAN Party

This next weekend we will be celebrating Andy's birthday. He has invited 9 boys over for the party. We have come up with the idea of having a LAN Party. A LAN party is when you hook a bunch of computers together and play a video game where they can all participate.

So, this will be my first LAN party that I have put together. I am a little worried about it but I think I can pull it off. My main concern was what video games they would play. Andy and his friends are only 10 and 11 years old so I don't want anything to harsh. Most LAN parties are based on some very graphic images with a lot of blood and gore. So, I hunted around for some "tame" LAN games that we could use. I found two that we are going to be playing that night.

Motocross Madness

Nerf Arena Blast

Both of these games are multi player so they can all be playing at the same time. The Motocross game is just a motorcycle game and the Arena Game is a shooting game but instead of shooting bullets and granades, they will be shooting each other with Nerf guns. It is really pretty cool. No blood, not gore, just clean Nerf guns. It is pretty cool how each gun really shoots like a nerf gun would shoot. Nerf balls, nerf disks, nerf darts. Anyway, I hope I can make it work.

Now all I have to do if figure out how to get 9 computer together in the same location all talking to each other. That will be the interesting part.

"This note is for my sisters!"
Please don't mention this stuff to my boys because if this doesn't work out, I'll be giving these games to them for Christmas. So, PLEASE KEEP THIS QUIET. Shhhhh!

Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

No hits

OK, so I am not getting many hits nor comments from talking about my venture crew, so, as of today, I am officially changing the topic of my blog. It will no longer only discuss the adventures and mishaps of my venture crew.

I will now talk about anything I want. That shouldn't be hard.

So, from now on, I'm just going to ramble on about what I have been thinking about, what I have been doing or just random stuff.

Fasten your seat belt. I could go out of control.