Monday, April 27, 2009

April Showers

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Today marks the first time that the twins actually opted to take showers instead of baths. Our experiences with the shower in the past were never successful, but the twins had to put up with it when we stayed in Ocean City last year because once we came off the beach we would stand in the shower outside the room to get the sand off. You would have thought we were murdering the two of them with all the screaming that went on.

So tonight I happened to mention the option to take a shower because Dillon didn't want his bath to "take too long." Well, he and Jason both scoffed at the idea. But after Angie gave Adrian his bath, I heard the shower running upstairs. I walked up, and lo and behold, there were Dillon and Jason standing in the shower washing their hair! I couldn't believe it. No crying (well, not much anyway), and they seemed like they didn't hate it!

Wow, who would have thought that we'd get them to take showers BEFORE getting them to brush their own teeth! (Yes, we still do it for them.)

Sold! to the lady in Cherry Hill, NJ

Posted the high chairs on Craig's List yesterday afternoon, got an email asking about them around 9pm, sold them tonight at 6:30pm to a woman who lives in Cherry Hill. Not bad.

Know anyone who needs a crib/toddler bed??? We're asking $175, but we'd be happy to talk "Friend Prices." :-)

CRIB

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Yard Sale

The yard sale was a success (I guess). We sold a bunch of stuff and came out with between $30-$40 and some free space in the house. Paul, Carrin, Paige, Connor, Aunt Terri, my mom & dad, Aunt Ann & Uncle Seth, and Angie's mom all stopped by for a visit and/or to sell some stuff or shop around the neighborhood.

Of course, you can't participate in a community yard sale and not replace your outgoing junk with new junk. I ended up buying a 7-in-1 Sportcraft game table from our neighbor across the street. It's a small table with air hockey, Foosball, bowling, backgammon, checkers, chess, and something else that we've yet to determine. Couldn't pass it up for 10 bucks. Especially since he also threw in a brand new unopened movie poster frame. I spent $30 at Kmart for one of those about 2 months ago.

I was also eyeing up the neighbor's little "junior" drum kit, but it sold before I even had a chance to ask him what he wanted for it.

By 1:30pm the 'crowds' had died down so we packed up our stuff and called it quits. Terri ended up getting some stuff from our neighbor to our right, so Paul and Carrin's cars were pretty loaded up when they left.

The two things that I expected to sell right off the bat (the kids' high chairs) didn't sell for some reason. Only one person even asked about them. So they're up on Craig's List now. We'll see how it goes.

We also listed one of the cribs on Craig's List just to see if we can sell one of them. I just posted this stuff today (about 15 minutes ago), so I'm hoping someone sees them within a few days.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Garage Sale

Our neighborhood is doing one of those "community yard sale" things tomorrow from 8am until 1pm. So tonight I'm going through all of our "stuff" and getting some of it ready to put out for sale. We've got high chairs, a bouncy seat, a bunch of toys, knick knacks, old video games, speakers, etc. Clutter, basically. Hopefully our clutter is another person's treasure.

The twins also have another t-ball game at 10:30am so one of us will have to leave the garage sale to go to the game. I'm guessing that will be Angie since she doesn't really want to have anything to do with the garage sale (searching, moving, pricing, and placing the items).

We finally bought a new video camera to replace the one that was stolen back in October. Maybe Angie will shoot some video tomorrow so I can try to remember how to transfer it to the computer and get it ready for Internet posting...

Until next time, I leave you with today's song selection... on vinyl:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday

Our Maple Shade house is back on the market, officially. Right now it's listed with the same photos that we were using last year, but we've taken some new ones that need to be posted so we can delete some of the old ones. Don's (or was it Cyndi's?) decorating skills are much better than ours, so we've taken some updated photos of the living room and kitchen that we'd like to use. We'll see how it goes this time. We'd really like to have it sold by August 1st, if at all possible.

Angie's mom took all three kids yesterday after the t-ball game and she kept them overnight. This was the first time that Grandmom had Adrian for an overnight visit. She just brought them back around 8pm tonight, and everyone had a great time.

Angie and I used the opportunity to get some stuff done around the house(s). I went to Maple Shade first thing in the morning (after breakfast) and mowed the lawn there. It was getting pretty unruly. Then I had to fix the shutter that blew off the house about a month ago; luckily it was on the ground floor and fairly easy to get to. I moved some crap from the front of the house to the back and took a new picture of the house that we'll use for the MLS web site. With my dad's help, I packed the mower into the trunk of my Maxima and used bungee cords to hold the trunk lid down. Once I got it home, I mowed the Mt. Laurel house's lawn, too. It was a lot of mowing, that's for sure.

I did a lot of yard clean-up at our new house after I mowed the lawn, and I also used the seed spreader to throw down some insect control stuff. We'll see how it goes - it's supposed to get rid of lots of pests, like ants, ticks, fleas, grubs, crickets, etc. I'm mainly trying to do two things: kill the grubs so that the moles stop burrowing all over our property; and keep the pests away from our house. Since we saw some "camel crickets" after we bought the house last year, we're just hoping to at least kill those damned things off!

Some of our flowers are starting to bloom already, but we can't wait to see Spring time finally be in full swing. After having such a nice weekend with 70-degree temps, these next few days of rain and cold are going to suck!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

More T-Ball this weekend

Tomorrow night (Friday) we have T-ball practice at 6pm, which usually lasts about an hour. So we'll come straight home and have a late dinner of burgers on the grill. Then on Saturday we have our second game of the "season" at 1:30pm at the Timbercrest field (right next to our neighborhood). The weather is supposed to be gorgeous on Saturday, so I'm looking forward to this one. Last I heard, it could be in the mid-70's and sunny!! Woo-hoo!

But then it dips back into the 50's and the rain comes back on Monday... Oh well. We're almost there!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter

Angie and I were awakened bright and early on Easter Sunday (around 6am) by the twins. I kindly asked them to go back to bed and "try to go to sleep for a little bit." That lasted about 30 minutes, so who am I to complain? So around 6:30am, we got Adrian out of bed and walked downstairs to find that the Easter Bunny had left three Easter baskets on the kitchen table! Everyone was excited, to say the least.

Then around 10:30 or so, my parents came over and dropped off three huge Easter baskets that the Easter bunny had left at their house! Holy smokes!

I checked out my parents' new used (2008) Chrysler Pacifica, which was really nice. We had a nice brief visit, but Angie and I had to get the kids on the road by 11:30am so we could go pick up Angie's mom and head down to Wildwood for an early "dinner" at 1:30pm at Menz's restaurant. We met up with Uncle Seth and Aunt Ann at the restaurant and had a very nice dinner. It started off a bit rocky with the kids, but once everyone got situated, they were all right. The Easter Bunny was walking around, so I think that helped keep them occupied (well, that and the endless supply of mini-crackers, muffins, and rolls).

After "linner" we drove to Ocean City and walked on the boardwalk. According to the temp reading in the mini-van, it was in the mid-50's. But the wind made it feel a bit colder. We parked around 9th Street and walked down to Gillian's Wonderland pier so we could buy some 1/2 price tickets. I spent $20 and used almost all of the tickets so the kids could go on some rides. We picked up another block of tickets on the way out, and we'll probably use them over the summer.

Everyone had a really nice time - we even got some ice cream at Kohr Bros. before we left and sat on the Music Pier for a little while. Around 6:30pm, we got back on the road for the long ride home. We dropped Grandmom off at her house and were home by 8pm, which isn't so bad. The kids were all in bed by 8:15.

So that was our day... Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

iPod Battery

I own a 5th Generation iPod Video (30GB model) that I bought at least 3 years ago (Christmas gift to myself). Over the past few months I've noticed that the battery lasts about 5 minutes and then conks out - even after being charged for hours. My brother had told me his started doing this months ago (his iPod is about a year older than mine).

It's not such a big deal if I'm in the car because I can plug it in, but the whole point of the thing is to be "mobile" with it. And right now, I can listen to about a song and a half before it quits, which isn't so great.

So I had read an article in a computer magazine (geek alert!) that said you can either send your iPod back to Apple and have them replace it (for about $70), or you can order a kit and do it yourself for about $10. I figured for $10, it was worth the risk. If I broke the thing, I'd just have to buy a newer, better one. :-)

Well, I got the kit today in the mail (I ordered it through an eBay auction for $11 with shipping). I had a little difficulty with getting the case apart, but then I checked out a YouTube video on how to open the case (using the tools that came with the kit) and it was pretty simple. You basically just pry it apart by pressing in the little plastic clips inside using the "pry tool."

Once it was open, I disconnected the old battery, pried it loose from the metal case (it was stuck in place with some paste), removed it, popped the new one in, connected its ribbon cable, and popped the case back together. I turned on the iPod and it powered right up! Of course, the battery icon showed that it was almost dead, so I hooked it up to the charger (they recommend a full 3 hour charge to fully power up the battery).

We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I'll be happy if I can get 10-12 hours out of the thing again. I've got a trip to Denver coming up in May and I gotta have my iPod fully functional for the flight!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Long, long Saturday

We got up bright and early yesterday for the start of a really long day. We got all of the kids ready for Mt. Laurel Baseball Opening Day and hit the road around 7:30am. The wind was already kickin' pretty good at that time, so it was rather cold standing outside. When we got to Laurel Acres Park, the twins played with the other kids on some of the jungle gym stuff they have set up there, which passed the time. Once the "parade" started, we walked with the other teams/leagues to the area of the park where the baseball fields are. There, all teams lined up around the outer edge of the infield, spanning from first base to third base, and most parents took a spot in the outfield.

Dickie Noles (pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies from '79 - '81) gave the opening commencement speech, which was really nice. During the ceremony, Dillon and Jason were miserable. The wind was really firing up at this point, and they were just ready to go home. I spotted tears at various times, so as soon as the ceremony ended we made our way back to the van through the worst wind of the morning (it would literally take your breath away).

We went home after stopping at Dunkin' Donuts for hot chocolate and donuts, and we had just enough time to take quick bathroom breaks and jump back in the car for the first T-ball game. Of course, we were late as usual (Jason spilled hot chocolate in the car, forgot his baseball hat in the van so we had to run back for it after walking to the field), but we managed to get the kids into the outfield for the other team's first at-bat.

In the Instructional League, each team bats through the order and then changes sides. They only play three innings, so things move fairly quickly. The whole game was over in about an hour. No score is kept and no outs or strikes are counted. Every kid gets a hit and then gets to run to the next base when the kid behind him hits.

After the game, we came home and had lunch with Uncle Ryan (who had come to the game, along with Mom Mom and Pop Pop). Adrian took his nap while the twins watched "Bolt" again and mommy and daddy got everything ready for the Timbercrest Easter Egg Hunt. Mommy had to go there at 2pm to prep the field and help the other moms get everything set up. Daddy woke Adrian at 2:45pm and got all the kids ready and drove the van over to the field for the 3pm start time. All of the kids had a great time. They had a guy there making balloon creations for all the kids, Mr. Softee stopped by to dispense ice cream treats, the Easter Bunny made an appearance and posed for pictures, and prizes were awarded to kids who found the special Easter Eggs with the "Prize Winner" papers inside. Oh, and there was a "Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar" contest, too. Prizes were mostly store-bought Easter baskets with lots of goodies/toys/candy inside. It was really nice, despite the gale force winds that blasted through the field and more often than not blew balloons everywhere.

When it was all over, one of the moms invited us across the street to her house for a barbecue. Since there were lots of kids there, we figured it would be a good opportunity to let the kids play and talk with the neighbors. I think we stayed from about 4pm until around 7pm. They had wine and beer for the adults, and plenty of juice boxes and soft drinks for the kids. They had lots of food, too, which was really nice. We felt guilty since we didn't bring anything. But it didn't stop me from enjoying lots of snacks, two burgers, three beers, etc. And it was nice talking to the neighbors and hearing about the rest of the neighborhood.

The kids were exhausted when we got home (and so were we). The kids were all in bed by 8pm, but Angie and I stayed up later than we should have, talking and watching TV.

Enjoy the pictures and videos from the past couple of weeks. The new pictures are in our Picasa web albums (the link is on the top right side of this blog's main page).

Dillon Hits (gets RBI)

Dillon's first at-bat in the Instructional T-Ball League. He makes it to first on an error (basically), but manages to bring Jason home. You'll notice that Jason also snubs the older kid who was helping out at home plate by leaving him hanging with the high five. Oh well. We can only improve from here!

Jason Hits

Here's Jason's first at-bat in the Instructional T-Ball league. He hits the ball, then attempts to field it himself. Once he finally takes off for first base, the other team tries to bean him with the ball! Classic 5-year-old T-ball follies. Enjoy!

Goodbye, So Long, Farewell

The twins and their fellow pre-schoolers sing "Goodbye" to the congregation at St. Andrews Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, last Sunday, March 29th.

You Are My Sunshine

The twins sing "You Are My Sunshine" at church with some of their pre-school classmates, Sunday, March 29th.

If You're Happy and You Know It

The twins sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" and one other song at church with some of their pre-school classmates (last weekend).

Adrian playing in his wagon

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Game Day

Friday, April 3, 2009

Mt. Laurel Baseball Opening Day - April 4th

Tomorrow is Opening Day for Mount Laurel Baseball and the twins are pretty excited about playing their first T-Ball game. Well, they're also excited to wear their new uniforms and walk in the parade, too!

Here’s a link to the official Mt Laurel Baseball web site:
http://www.mtlaurelbaseball.org/

Here’s a link to the Laurel Acres Park web site, where the parade will be held:
http://www.mountlaurel.com/recreation/laurel_acres.php

Here’s the address to the location of the parade site:
1045 S. Church Street, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Opening Day festivities at Laurel Acres Park include music, food, prizes, entertainment, the parade, and five little league games at 10am!

The twins' game will not be held at Laurel Acres Park, so after the parade and opening day festivities come to a close, we'll have to leave to head back to Timbercrest (our development) for their game. The Timbercrest field is located right at the stoplight of Creek Road and Masonville Road - you can't miss it, really. We can walk to it from our house.