Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Big News Up Here

While Aaron and Justin were at Scout camp, Amanda FINALLY lost her first tooth! I say finally because she went through kindergarten feeling pretty sorry for herself because everyone else had lost a tooth and not her. It didn't help that she was in a k/1 split. But, happily she was able to pull her first tooth out and now she looks a little holy!

It keeps kids keep growing up!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday Projects

Every once and a while I figure that I (Aaron) need to provide a post that summons a few Tim Allen ape-like grunts. Last year I inherited my grandfather's Craftsman tablesaw. He took great care and it was in good shape. Since we moved into our new home and I have captured the third bay of the garage as my workshop, I have had the opportunity to do a few upgrades to the saw. I picked up and installed a new fence (that's the part that slides back and forth on top of the saw and helps make nice straight cuts) that extends about 3 feet right of the blade. I also built an extension table with a formica covering that sits between the rails for the fence. I initially planned to just put two legs, but the plans changed and the two legs morphed to four and I ended up with a cabinet for my router. I still need to cut a hole in the table top for the router, but that is a job for a different day.

(Do you like the pink legs on the cabinet? Leftovers from a girl's bunk bed)

This transformation has taken a few months and my wife informed me that I need to get some other things built. So this last Saturday I was in hog heaven working in my shop while it rained outside. I built two projects to help organize the garage: a bike rack for 6 bikes and a sports ball holder. They were pretty simple and used up a lot of my scrap wood. I had to buy 8 2x4's, a box of screws, and surgical tubing. Candace is happy.

The bike rack I built from plans I found on the internet and tweaked to fit most of the bikes in our garage. There is even a spot for scooters in the middle!

The ball rack is something that Candace had seen in a store and we just made it up as we went along. It started a lot bigger, but ended up being about 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. I added some dowels on the side to hold some of the raquets that we have. Below you can see both of the projects in use and how neat and tidy this corner of the garage is for the moment.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Whistler and Scooters. (Justin)

This is Justin
After getting home from Utah. We left for Grandma's camp at Whistler!
Grandma came to our house Thursday night and we left Friday.

After we got there on Friday afternoon we went to our room, unpacked, and then went swimming. Yay. I really can't believe that this is the second time that I have been to Whistler, and I haven't gone either mountain biking, or done any snow sports. The main extent of my Whistler vacations have been hanging out at the resort, shopping at Whistler village, watching movies, and lots, and lots of swimming.
This year wasn't any different. Except we did Cricut, and a cricut play.

Sorry about the lack of pictures from Whistler, we never really took out the camera.


Darren loves riding his scooter. He always sneaks out to ride it and just goes up and down the sidewalk.