Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tennis Camp

When we were getting Carsyn lined out for school this year we saw a flyer for a Tennis Camp put on by Josh Bosen, a Nampa High student, for his senior project. We've been wanting to buy tennis racquets and take the kids to the tennis courts to hit some balls and thought that this would be a good excuse to buy the racquets. I got him a cool yellow kids racquet and while looking I found an adult racquet for on clearance for only $10, it was originally almost $40. Yesterday was day 2 of the 7 day camp. He says that he is having fun. He loves being at the courts with all the other kids. Another perk from him going to this camp is that he will earn his tennis belt-loop and pin in Cub Scouts. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My $300 Kia is no longer mine!

Well a few weeks ago my $300 Kia died on the Freeway on my way to work. I got it towed home and didn't even feel like trying to fix it. So it sat here in my back yard until today. I debated selling it on Craigslist to someone who might want to fix it. Before I went to all that work I called one of the auto junk yards here in town and Pacific Recycling to find out about selling it to them. Pacific Recycling told me that they would give me $300. I got all my stuff out of it, loaded it on a dolly, and took it right over. Sure enough they gave me $300 cash money, Hundred Dollar bills. What a great deal, I probably wouldn't have gotten that much off of Craigslist. 
End result is that I got to drive the car for 3 months and then essentially get a full refund.
Not to bad of a deal. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dog water, an iPod touch, and side of rice

Yesterday my 21 month old boy put the kids' iPod touch in the bowl of dog water. I had an Otter Box on it, but I think all it did was hold the water in. When my nine year old boy brought it to me it was dripping. The  screen was on, but with no brightness. Then it went blank. For how wet it was I figured that it was toast. I took the Otter Box off, shook the water out, dried the outside, and put it in a bag of rice. I left it in the bag of rice for the rest of the day and through the night. This morning I tried to turn it on and nothing. I pugged it on and on it came! 

So the bag of rice trick saves another electronic device in our home. 

Fires in Idaho

There have been and currently are quite a few fires burning in Idaho. Just to give you a visual, here are a couple of pictures from my commute to and from work, just a couple of days ago. 
 This isn't fog or clouds that you see.
And these fires are far enough away that I can't see the flames during the day or the glow at night. When I finally get to work I have the campfire smell stuck in my nose and am unsure if it is just in my nose or if my clothes smell like campfire too. I'm very thankful that the fires aren't anywhere near my home and that my family isn't in danger. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My new Apple

A couple months ago I signed my son up for a kids iMovie camp at the Apple Store in Boise. Today was day two of three. When the kids finish putting their movies together the instructors saved their movie on this cool Apple Camp bracelet flash drive. I asked Laurel if I could buy one and she said, "They aren't for sale". I wanted one and knew that my son didn't have much interest in it. After we left the camp I offered to buy it from him. He said he wanted $1000 for it. Um, no. I offered $10. Then my wife suggested a trade for a Skylander. My son liked that idea (as long as he could save his movie on my computer) so, we went to Toys R Us and bought a Skylander. I gave him the Skylander and he gave me his super cool Apple Camp bracelet flash drive!