Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2010 will go down as one of the most relaxing weekends of my life. We went absolutely NOWHERE!!! It was brilliant.

We woke up every morning without an alarm. Had a relaxing breakfast, read the paper, put on some grungy clothes and worked out in the yard. Worked hard - filled up four garbage cans and got my much neglected garden back in shape.

While we were gardening, we found some cool critters. The boys have an old aquarium that we used to capture and cage those cool critters. The boys had so much fun creating the perfect habitat and finding plenty of food for these guys.

The first was this huge, hairy caterpillar. I mean this thing was so big you could feel every step it took on your hand. It was kind of freaky.

We also caught and captured this sweet little frog. We named him Mr. Lippe. He was terribly cool to look at and the boys spent a good long while gathering little bugs for him to eat. It was a bug buffet the likes of which this guy had never seen. He must not have liked the selection though because he busted out over night! We were planning to let him go yesterday, but he didn't stick around for any goodbyes!

We did turn the caterpillar loose! But not before Chip let him crawl all over his hand! It started heading up his arm and it was game over, caterpillar in the grass!

In addition to our outdoor critters, we are babysitting this indoor critter. He is a guinea pig and his name is Vince. His people went to Disney World and all he got was a trip around the corner to our house. We are enjoying him though. He probably hasn't had this many people watch him eat in a while. He is ravenous over his veggies!

While yard work was being done, the boys played in the hose. They spent an hour filling up these squirt guns and blasting each other.

I am sure the neighbors would have appreciated a little less screaming, but summer fun is hard to keep quiet!

Chip loved this!
After gardening and lunch, the Clampetts spent the afternoons at Beth's house and acted like the rich and famous. Beth's family is out of town and she invited us to use their pool while they were gone. And boy did we ever. We loafed around there for 3 hours every day. It was just like being at a resort.

These yahoos never got out of the water. They played Blind Man in the Water, Water Baseball, Jumping Contests, and we had team swim relays.

We broke out the underwater camera and took loads of pictures.

There was jumping and jumping and jumping and jumping. Then they jumped just a few more times for good measure.

There was some splashing, floating, swimming, dunking and hand standing. We were on vacation in our own neighborhood! It was awesome! Both the boys were water logged and wrinkled.

We came home, cleaned up, grilled out hamburgers Saturday night and pork loin Sunday night. Why does food on the grill just taste so darn good?? We had some yummy grilled asparagus and corn on the cob too! Chip ate a piece of asparagus on a dare! Harold passed on that dare!

We also made margaritas! Yummy, refreshing margaritas. They were awesome and perfect for a little refreshment on a summer evening.

The margaritas also helped rejuvenate us for a weekend of competitive ladder ball in the cul-de-sac. It was me and Harold against Chip and Dad.

Can you tell who won? Here's a clue: It wasn't Chip. I am just going to say it here - I am not good at very many things, but I ROCK THE LADDER BALL!!! Put it on my tombstone - She Rocked the Ladder Ball.

To wrap up the weekend we went to the local sporting goods store so Chip could spend the last of his birthday money. Look what this boy came home with! A headband and a shooting sleeve. Is this kid cool or what? I know you are probably thinking "or what", right? Can't wait to see him bring this look to the rec ball league in the fall. They better watch out!

It will be so awesome to crawl into bed tonight knowing that we spent this weekend just being a family. We talked, played, laughed and got every moment of joy out of this weekend we could manage. I wish every weekend could be just like this one!

One closing thought as this holiday weekend comes to an end. We are always aware that FREEDOM is not free...thank you to those who have served and those who are currently serving our country! Our blessings are many and we thank you for your courage and bravery and personal sacrifices so that we can live in this outstanding country! Happy Memorial Day to all!

Pure Bliss

Lots of moms take their camera to school on the first day of school, including me! This year, though I also took mine on the last day of school. If you want to capture, pure joy on your child's face, be there the minute the last bell rings for the school year. It is right up there with Christmas morning.

Here is Chip, loaded down with all the contents of his desk and every project he did during the year. Even weighed down with all this stuff, he was walking on air.

Yes!!! SCHOOLS OUT - it is summer! I waited on the front porch for Harold to get off the bus so I could capture his expression! As soon as he saw me he started a backward jog of joy!!!

Kid has moves when it comes to celebrating the end of 8th grade!

Look at his face - Pure Joy I tell you!

Oh yeah - no more Algebra - no more Spanish II - no more homework - no more bedtimes - no more early mornings - no more crummy lunches! Bring on summer fun!

He calmed down enough to show me the Top Actor trophy he got on the last day of school. His class voted and he came home with the hardware. He posed for me just momentarily and then was off to change into his swim suit.

He and his buddies were having a swim party to celebrate the end of school.

He was off on his bike to Jack's house and the beginning of an awesome summer! Me and a few of my friends took the younger kids to see Shrek - The Final Chapter in 3D. It was really, really good! Then we grabbed some dinner and came home to collapse! Great day in the life of a school age kid! Makes me wish I would have appreciated it more when I was a kid! I do enjoy getting to live it through my kids again! Not quite as good as living it myself, but not bad!
More to come with our Memorial Day Weekend! We have had one of the best, most relaxing, enjoyable long weekends in family history! It is exactly what I needed!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Technical Difficulty

This is my 130 post since the inception of this blog. Hard to believe isn't it. As with all things computer related, a technical glitch has me sidelined a bit. I can't get the pictures off of my camera. It has worked perfectly since it came out of the box. It worked great last week - but today not so much!

I have some great pictures of our luxurious three day Memorial Day weekend and all the activities we have been doing. I can't wait to share them with you! I will drag out my camera manual tonight and see if I can figure out what is going on.

In the meantime, please say a prayer for my brother-in-law Kevin. His Dad passed away on Friday morning after a lengthy battle with numerous health issues. Kevin and his entire family could sure use your prayers of comfort as they make the final arrangements for their beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was loved, that is for certain. He will be missed, also for certain. It is never easy to say goodbye to someone that you love and it could not be more true in this case.

More to follow as soon as I figure out my problem!

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Last Day of School

I will be waking my boys in about 15 minutes for the last day of school. Goodbye Middle School, Harold is outta there. Goodbye 2nd Grade, Chip has had enough of you! It will be a great day at school today. More for Chip than Harold. Chip gets to play kickball all day and Harold has to take two final exams. Regardless though, they will both have a spring in their step and a smile on their face. I envy them, to have two solid months off to just play. Too bad that when you are young, you just don't appreciate how very awesome that deal is!

For me, here are the best things about summer:

No bedtimes.
No schedules.
No overloaded calendar.
No homework.
No hectic mornings.
No studying for tests.

Here is the worst:

I'm bored.

Personally, I love to be bored. Bored out of my ever loving mind. So bored that watching paint dry would seem like a Broadway production. I LOVE BORED. I could curl up with a good book and nothing on my schedule every single day and be happy as a clam. It doesn't even have to be that good of a book, it could stink and I would still be happy.

I hope we at least make it through the first week without hearing those words!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

First Swim of the Year

I took the boys to the pool after school yesterday and I got in for the first time of the summer! They have been in several times already, but I have just been a lifeguard. It took me a few minutes to talk myself into it. It was scorching hot outside and I thought I was good and ready. That is, until I touched the actual water and it was so cold. I waffled back and forth, but in the end decided to man up and get in.

It helped that Chip was beside me the whole time with this dialog running:

Are you getting in Mom? It's not that bad once you get in. Do you want me to splash you? Do you want me to go under? How long is this going to take? Why are you getting in so slow? Just jump in. Watch me. I will jump in and show you. Do you want me to do a cannonball right by you? Want to see me do a hand stand. Here, catch this ball. Why didn't you catch the ball. Watch how far I can swim under water. Count how long it takes me.

Very relaxing to be peppered non stop with questions while you are trying to get your privates acclimated to the chilly water. I would have clamped his mouth shut if he would have swum a little closer to me!

He was right, though. Once I got in and moved around a bit it felt down right yummy! We stayed for about an hour and I got a little pink on my back. I know sunscreen is where it is at...but I just love the feeling of getting a little sun. It will be SPF 50 from here on out!

So after our swim, we came home to get ready for Chip's baseball team party. Bathing suits, goggles and towels are everywhere. I need to come up with a better system this summer for drying out suits and towels. I think I might get one of those drying racks to set up in the garage. It will be so much better than having wet suits hanging on bike racks and off of golf clubs!

I am so happy that we have only two days left of school - BRING ON SUMMER!!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's All About Chip

My baby turned eight this weekend and we partied like there was no tomorrow. We kicked it off with a little celebration at school on Friday afternoon.

I picked up a yummy cookie from the Cookie Company and some drinks and went up and shared that with his classmates. He loved when they sang Happy Birthday to him and threw in lots of "cha-cha-chas". I checked him out of school a little early and he loved that even more.

On the morning of his actual birthday we kicked off the celebration with a Scavenger Hunt.

I hid ten little presents around the house with a clue for the next one. It ended with him outside getting his most eagerly anticipated present out of the car. Ironman 2 for Wii. He was thrilled.

Later that morning it was out to the ballpark for Closing Ceremonies. He got his trophy and who doesn't like getting some hardware.

Then he was happy to find out he got picked to play in the Player's Choice game. It is exactly what the name implies. The kids on each team vote for two kids to represent their team in the Player's Choice game and Chip was one of the them.

It was a nice group of kids and Chip's team played really well.

They were nice and weird. Later that evening we went to Chip's first love's wedding to another man. Our sweet babysitter, Brittany got married to a great fellow named Rick. The wedding was lovely. During the reception Brittany and Rick had the DJ announce a special guest in attendance who was celebrating a birthday. Chip heard his name and his arms shot up in the air like he just won the lottery. The bride and groom brought out a piece of wedding cake with a candle and the whole place sang Happy Birthday to Chip. It was so sweet and thoughtful and he loved it!

The next day we squeezed in his actual birthday party with his friends. Bowling fun for everyone.

Bowling makes Chip happy.

His brother does not always make him happy.

Presents....ALWAYS make him happy.

Cool new Red Sox hat really made him happy.

After school yesterday we went to Ms. Beth's house and she bestowed two Iron Man toys on him. She gave him the light that goes in Iron Man's chest and he is obsessed with it.

After that, I realized that his birthday money was burning a hole in his pocket so we had to urgently go to Target to spend every penny. We currently are the proud owners of the entire line of Iron Man toys available for purchase at Target. I have Iron Man crap from one end of this house to the next. He loved his birthday!

Chip, I hope you have many, many more happy and wonderful birthdays in your future! I love you like crazy and can't even think about how fast eight years have gone by. If I do, I might cry! You are a wonderful part of our family and a supreme blessing to this lucky mommy! I love you to the moon and back! I get to have the last word on this blog and I LOVE YOU MORE!!!

P.S. Bonus happiness around here is that there are only three more days of school remaining! Hip, hip, hooray!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Many Hats

I thought it might be fun and terrifying to see the many different hats I am wearing during this crazy busy month of May:

Wife/Coaches Wife: Can you pick up my dry cleaning? Would you put my Coaches shirt in the dryer when the washer stops? If you go to the store we need Gatorade. I think we are bringing snacks for the game tonight? Bring the camcorder/camera and try to remember to take some pictures? Are you keeping score for us tonight? What are we having for dinner? Coaches gifts - Team Mom gift - Closing Ceremonies 9:00 a.m. on Saturday - Player's Choice Game after - Order cookie for end of season party next Tuesday.

Mom/Maid/Cook: Wash Chip's uniform for third consecutive game this week. Make sure Harold has what he needs for his field trip on Friday. Coordinate Chip's 8th birthday celebration at school (pick up cookie, drinks, napkins, plates). Coordinate Chip's real birthday party (call with final numbers, find a damn Iron Man cake somewhere in this town, finish treat bags, figure out what to buy the child for his birthday, make it fun, magical and all that an 8 year old would want!) Make sure Chip has a good bathing suit to wear to the 2nd Grade end of the year party. Get check to PV for Bible Study leader gift. What is for dinner? Do not want to eat out again.

Pet Owner: Get Astro to the vet for Bordetella shot before we leave for vacation. His has expired and they won't let him stay without it. Try daily to not wish harm on my cat.

School Volunteer: 8th Grade Dance Raffle Co-Chair (make posters, paint sign, buy pens, set up at 2:00 on Saturday, bring ladder, print master list of prizes, print schedule for announcements of prizes, bake 2 dozen cookies for dessert) 2nd Grade Award Breakfast (bring juice, napkins, plates) 2nd Grade End of Year Party (teacher gift, official photographer for the Hawaiian photo booth, print pictures at Walgreens on Thursday night and send into school on the last day of school)

Personal Shopper: Graduation Cards get them in the mail, Wedding Card, What are we wearing to the Wedding?

Team Captain: Send out Training Schedule to 3 Days 4 Hope Team, write some kind of inspirational message to get folks to donate money, chase down corporate match and figure out when it is going to hit my 3 Day account, get to Wal-Mart to set up dates for the Adopt a Duck fund raiser.

Employee: Issue new subcontract award, work on status of 14 subs submitted on recent proposal - need to be ready to award immediately if we win, finalize audits for six files, continue to upload all electronic files into our new shared database (painful and slow and confusing), issue mods, pay invoices, weekly report, log mods into database, and other duties as I remember them!!!

Other than these few things, I have very little going on at the end of May! The good news is that my June calendar is blissfully bare!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Well Checks

I took both my boys to the doctor yesterday for their well check-ups. Remember the days of monthly well checks for our babies? Seems like so long ago! Here are their stats:

Harold - 170 Months Old (or 14 years and 2 months)
Height - a smidgen shy of 5' 3" (50 - 75%)
Weight - 92 pounds (10 - 25%)
Eyesight - 20/20
Hearing - Excellent

Chip - 96 Months Old (turns 8 years old on Saturday)
Height - 4' 6" (95%)
Weight - 97 pounds (well above 95%)
Eyesight - 20/20
Hearing - Excellent

No shots required for either! High fives all around. I won't even go into a description of the fiasco that was peeing in a cup for these two boys. Let's leave it at "They both really, really, really had to go and there was some serious hand sanitizing that took place after their specimen was captured.". Is that too much information??? Probably, and I am sorry for that!

After a general exam and routine tests, Dr. Turner deemed them both healthy and fit. After the exam he asked Chip to step out into the waiting room so he could talk to Harold. He gave Harold a quick talk about S.E.X. and told him things would be changing with his body more than they already had. Told Harold not to listen to his friends because they will know nothing. He told him his friends were going to be making choices and that Harold would have to be ever vigilent about who and what he surrounds himself with. He told him High School was a whole new world and he was going to see and hear things he had not seen or heard before. Then Turner told Harold that his door was always open. Harold could call, write a note, or a letter and that he was there to answer any and all questions Harold might have. Turner suggested we get Harold some good books on S.E.X. (Do you like how I am spelling that out? Makes me feel like I am talking in code!) Turner said his philosophy is that information is knowledge and will help protect him and give him the information he needs to make informed, adult, decisions. He said, from the doctor's perspective it is all about safety.

Obviously, it goes without saying that should be accompanied by open, honest discussions with his parents. WHO EXACTLY IS GOING TO FIELD THESE QUESTIONS????? I am all about some open, honest, discussion with my kids, but the last two or three questions Harold has asked me about sex have left me a bit red-faced and mumbling and stumbling through a response. Hubby stepped up like he had fathered fifteen teenagers before Harold and talked S.E.X. with them like it was sports scores on ESPN. Now me, I am going to study the books before I give them to him and take some serious notes! Maybe I could have him write questions down and I could take a day or two to research and get back to him. That would give me time to compose myself, get the facts and present them to him like the adult that I am!

Can I get a rewind? Can I go back to colicky babies, endless reruns of Barney, pokemon and yu-gi-oh. I thought that was tough. I had no idea.

The best news of the day is that my boys are healthy and I am beyond grateful for that. The rest of this we will just get through together!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Back at Full Pressure

Had a super nice plumber come to the house yesterday to check out our water pressure situation, or more correctly stated, our lack of water pressure situation. He assessed the problem, corrected the problem, charged me half a regular house call fee and in short order we were back in business.

I had the sprinkler system running, a load of laundry going and we still could have showered.

YEAH for water pressure - we missed you around here!

WatchDOGS on Patrol!

We have this great program at our elementary school called WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) where Dads volunteer for a full day up at school. It is a national program that was started in 1998, but our school has only been doing it for about three or four years. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Our school has had an exceptional turnout of Dads and have at least one WatchDOGS at school most days of the year. They are like Rock Stars! They have to wear a WatchDOGS shirt or vest so all the kids know they are WatchDOGS. During the day, the Dads have a schedule and basically help out where ever they are needed, with chunks of time set aside to work specifically in their own child's classroom and also patrol the school grounds.

Yesterday, it was Hubby's day and Chip was beyond thrilled. During the morning announcements, they announce over the intercom who the WatchDOGS are for the day. Then the student gets to go meet their Dad in the library for a photo shoot. All the photos of WatchDOGS are posted in the school foyer - it is so cute. They get to have lunch with their Dad and have them come into their class for a part of the day.

Hubby helped out in the Library, worked some PE with the Structured Teach Kids, helped in the Science Lab with a couple of 5th grade classes, had lunch with Chip and then worked lunch room detail, helped Chip's class during Math, picked up recycling paper for Kindergarten and even watered the flowers in the Courtyard. They worked him hard but he loved it. Well, maybe he didn't love opening all the ketchup and mustard during lunch, but he did have fun.

Chip thinks his Dad is super cool and to have him at school all day was just the BOMB! If you don't have this program at your school, you should look into it. The kids love it, the Dads love it and the school benefits from having an extra set of hands to help out. It is a win-win for everyone!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Is It Really Only 10:00 a.m.??

Good Morning Harold. You slept in until 9:00 - I bet you feel great. What's that? You have some homework to do today. Okay buddy, what do have to do? WHAT? You have a Poetry Book you have to put together with 10 poems and illustrations and you only have three drafts completed? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You're not kidding me? Well, get going on it.

Only took him a couple of hours.

Then....What is that racket? You guys did what?? You threw a ball into the curtain and the whole curtain, rod and all, collapsed to the ground? Seriously, just a ball hit it and now the entire bracket is ripped from the wall? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You're not kidding. Well, see if your Daddy can fix it.

I hate to say "miraculously" he fixed it - BUT....miraculously, he fixed it. Hubby has never been mistaken for a Handy Man, but today he did good.

His Dad working with tools threw Chip into a manly tool frenzy. At 9:30 a.m. he is beating the life out of this poor piece of wood in the garage.

At 9:35 a.m. he has beaten the hammer into submission and it breaks in two. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Who breaks the head right off of a hammer. Chip does that is who.

What did you do before 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning???

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Best Homework Assignment EVER

Today, we got to help Chip with a special homework project he has to do for school. The project is about learning about his community. One part of the project was to eat a special treat that is made in your town. So, we were all over that and headed to the local donut shop and had a hot donut - all in the name of school work. Those calories really shouldn't count.

Chip was super excited. He doesn't like school so much, and most definitely does not usually like homework, but DONUTS. Now you are talking his language.

Chip looks at me and says "Mom, this is the best homework ever!" I must say that I agree with him on that one!

Poor Harold couldn't eat his fast enough before the vultures started circling.

Speaking of Harold, earlier this morning we went to watch the last Vikings game of the season. I would like to say it was a good game, but it wasn't. Vikings were out of it early and just couldn't get anything going. It has been a fun season though and Harold and his buddy RV add more hardware to their trophy shelves.

My internet services was out for six hours yesterday. I was like a caged animal pacing back and forth. I had so much work to get done and impending deadlines hanging over me and no possible way to work. Frustrating. I did however get some laundry put away and accomplish a few other household chores that have been needing some attention while I paced. Not all bad. In fact, by the time I got logged back in the work assignment I was sweating had been handled and it turned out to be a pretty good evening!

So, we have a busy couple of weeks ahead and then school is out for the summer! Can I get an AMEN!!! I am looking forward to it more than you can imagine! Random Conversation in the car today:

Chip: Dad, is tonight a school night?
Dad: Nope.
Chip: Yes it is.
Dad: No it's not.
Chip: Yes it is.
Dad: Chip, today is Saturday and it is not a school night.
Chip: Yes it is.
Dad: Okay, it is.
Chip: WHAT??? Why did you say that (on the verge of tears). Is it really a school night?

Seriously. We need a break.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

10 Totally Random Tidbits

1. This is my second post in one day. Call the press. Alert my mother, she will be so happy. This number 1. really shouldn't count as a Tidbit, because it is really just tooting my own horn, but I could only come up with nine random Tidbits. Had to throw it in!

2. Second round of Spanish Pork Ribs are finished. Now maybe we can just let Friday be Friday.

3. I want to win the lottery. Badly. I must play the lottery to win the lottery.

4. Chip is having an Iron Man Bowling Birthday party. Does Iron Man bowl? Doesn't matter. Chip bowls and he will have fun. My baby is going to be 8! WHAT???? How did that happen?

5. My cat gets on my last nerve. Greeted this morning with cat litter from one end of the laundry room to the other. Bought a new litter box with really high sides. Doesn't work. She hates me.

6. May has officially surpassed December as the busiest month of the year. It is absolute insanity around here with all the coming and goings. Come on June!

7. I lost about 40 hours of my life last week that I will never get back. I spent it looking for the perfect lake house vacation home for my family. It ended up being a futile search and we are going back to our original beach plan. Hardest assignment I have had in a good long while. Was never more thrilled when the search was called off.

8. I went to a Carrie Underwood concert the other night. It was awesome. I cried - real tears that had to be wiped away - when she sang "Temporary Home". That girl has an amazing voice and it was joy to hear her sing. I could have stood for the volume to be turned down a little and for it to have started a little earlier. You can tell I am old when a concert is too loud and too late. Did not get home until midnight!!!

9. I have to start training in earnest for the 3 Day 60 Mile walk in a couple of weeks. That means long walks on the weekends! I am looking forward to it! Hopefully I will keep up my walks during the week once school gets out and will be in pretty good shape!

10. What is up with Dell dying on Private Practice?? Should I have seen that coming??? I was not prepared.

Have a great weekend!

Friday That Feels Like Monday

Just woke up this morning, ready to hit the road for my walk. As soon as the alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. I realized I had made a huge mistake. Harold has to bring a Spanish Dish to school today for his Spanish II class. He researched Spanish recipes and found something he thought he would like - Costillas. These are basically barbecued pork ribs. So, not cheap and not easy.

Yesterday, we went to the store to get all the ingredients. He made the sauce all by himself, squeezing oranges, measuring out all the ingredients. Then he floured each rib and dipped it in the sauce. We cooked them last night for a little over an hour and I was to just reheat and deliver them to his class this afternoon.

What I realized as soon as my eyes were open and I was mentally running through my list for the day was that those ribs were still cooling on the stove from last night. They came out of the oven at 10:00 p.m. - I sent Harold to bed at 10:30 and told him I would let them cool a bit longer before putting them in the fridge. Then, I completely forgot to actually PUT THEM IN THE FRIDGE.

I mentally kicked myself all the way down the stairs, hoping against hope that I was just sleep walking when I put them away last night. I wasn't. There they sat - getting all good and rotten from sitting out all night. Dang it, dang it, dang it.

Now I am waiting for the grocery store to open at 6:00 a.m. so I can jet over there to pick up the ingredients AGAIN!

I have a million work things to do today and I really don't have time to add recreating this recipe to my list. I do not like Friday's that feel like Mondays. Not at all.

Here is a bit of good news I need to share - The Phone Works! Hubby took it all apart, shook out a few stray grains of rice and it turned right on. All Harold's contacts, pictures, etc. All there - all works fine. YAY! I shouldn't even celebrate, I will probably jinx it and drop it in Pork Rib Sauce.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

High Tech Solutions

What is the life span of a typical cell phone in the hands of a 14 year old boy? On Monday, Harold came home from a canoeing/kayaking field trip completely soaked from flipping out of a canoe. He, of course, didn't take a towel or change of clothes so he was a shivering, stinky, damp mess after sitting on the bus in cold clothes for the ride home. I see him get off the bus and he looks like a drowned rat, walking all funny because his undies are damp and cold. He is smiling and laughing until he sees me. Then he holds up his hand and in it is his new cell phone, purchased just six short weeks ago with his birthday money. It was safely contained in an airtight ziploc bag in case this very drenching thing took place. MEMO TO FILE: Ziploc baggies are apparently not air tight and are no help in keeping electronic items bone dry under water. What does work?? Anyone???

Harold said the kids on the field trip all said to put his phone in a bowl of dry rice overnight to let it dry out and that it might turn on the next day. We tried it. Didn't work. Heard you could try putting it in a ziploc bag with a slice of bread. We tried it. Didn't work. I am guess this is a pretty common problem since so many folks had heard of and used the rice and bread technique with some success.

He thinks he has enough money left to buy a new phone. Not one as nice as the one that took a swim in Barton Creek, but it will still be plenty nice. I think I am going to go against all of my father's teachings and have Harold buy the extra replacement insurance this time. I never, ever, ever buy the extra insurance for anything. BUT, in this case I will assume that the minute he pays for the replacement insurance, it is a sure guarantee that he will never need it. Phone will last him through college.

Not sure why this cell phone technology is so dang sensitive to water. We need to get Nintendo involved for a better solution. I have washed a couple of Gameboys in the washing machine. They go through an entire wash cycle and those babies come out sparkly, shiny and STILL WORK! That is the perfect electronic device for kids!

Anyway, taking any and all tips on how to keep a cell phone dry in the hands of a 14 year old boy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smile for the Camera Boys!

Geez - that was painful.