Monday, July 20, 2009

Boat trip photos

Here's a couple more photos...

Jason's flounder

Jason was the only one of us that caught a fish this morning (it was a small flounder). Angie and I both hooked crabs and threw them back. Jason's fish flopped off the hook onto the boat before Grandpop could get it, so Jason dropped the fishing rod and ran to the back of the boat as fast as he could! He stood at a safe distance while the fish flopped around on the deck, until Grandpop got him under control...

We're on a Boat!

After our 2-hour boat ride/fishing trip with Grandpop...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Feeding the seagulls

Here's Angel (Angie's cousin Chad's wife), Jason and Adrian feeding the seagulls some bread. They had lots of fun doing this!

Jason in Ocean City

Jason pretending to be a seagull.

Ocean City

Here's Dillon, Sophia and Olivia in their own private 'hot tub.'

Adrian at Ocean City

Here's Adrian on the beach at Ocean City, NJ.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Balloon Tag

This was a game where the DJ tied a balloon around your ankle and you had to try to guard your balloon while popping the other people's balloons. Dillon lasted a few minutes and then had to go sit out the rest of the game. That's him running off to the left.

Water balloon toss

Getting ready to start the water balloon toss game (you throw the balloon to your partner and if he catches it, you're still in the game). Dillon and Jason were out after the first throw.

Dillon and the little red-haired girl

Taking a break from the festivities at the block party.

Block Party recap

We had a really nice time at the block party tonight. The kids had an absolute blast, of course. The DJ was great; he did all kinds of games for the kids, and he brought a ton of water balloons for games and a giant sling-shot that he brought with him; he also used hula-hoops and regular balloons to play some games and he had all of the kids do some group dancing. All the neighborhood kids seemed to have a great time.

People were hanging out in front of various houses, and most of the older kids were playing volley ball or dodge ball for a while. After the party got going, most of the smaller kids made their way over to the "Tot Lot" to play in the little park on the jungle gym.

It was really nice getting to meet more of the neighbors and to talk a bit more with the people we had only met briefly before. There was a lot of food there (tons of hoagies, hot dogs, desserts, snacks, etc.), and everyone brought their own adult beverages. I didn't notice any trouble at all, everything seemed to go off without a hitch. It was a lot of fun, and I hope it's made into a yearly thing.

Here's the video from the pie-eating contest

You can tell Angie has really done a number on these kids... They're so afraid to get "messy" they won't even dive into a bowl full of whipped cream! Eventually, Jason gives in though. Dillon just has a melt-down and quits (he took the hot dog from my hand and finished eating that instead).


video

Whipped cream pie eating contest

Timbercrest Block Party

Angie's helping get everything ready for today's block party in our neighborhood. I think we're up to about 33 families that are participating. There will be things for the kids (a DJ, a balloon guy, games, etc.) and food/drink for everyone (hoagies, hot dogs, snacks, etc.). It should be fun, at least as long as it doesn't rain. Weather forecast is calling for clouds to roll in around 8pm. The party starts at 4pm, so that should be plenty of time to hang out, meet some neighbors, eat some food, drink a beer or two, and let the kids blow off some steam. I'd think we'd be back home by 9pm at the latest.

A full report will follow... :-)

Monday, July 6, 2009

More from Seaside Heights

About to board the Jungle Safari Train in Seaside Heights, NJ. Dillon and Jason.

Dillon at Seaside Heights

Greetings from Seaside Heights NJ!

Dillon and Jason

Synergy

This one's for all the geeks out there with two or more computers...

I read about this program called Synergy that allows you to control two or more computers on the same network (connected to the same router) with one keyboard and one mouse. You don't have to use a KVM-type of switch and there are no cables to mess with. It takes a few minutes to get the software configured, but once it's set up you'll be able to control 2+ computers with one keyboard and mouse. If you have more than one monitor, this software will let your mouse pointer cruise from one monitor to the other, too. You can't drag and drop files or move application windows from one screen to the other, but it lets you regain some desk space by removing a keyboard/mouse.

I have only one monitor, but it has two video inputs so I was able to connect two computers to the same monitor (I just press the "Source" button to switch between the two computers). But now when I do, I just move my mouse pointer "over" to the 'other' screen and start controlling the other computer. Previously, I was using Tight VNC and/or LogMeIn Free to control the computer, but those required me to have to put in a username and password to remotely control the desktop. Don't get me wrong, those are cool free programs, but now I just press "Source" and start working.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July Holiday Weekend

Recap:

FRIDAY:
Even though I was off from my day job, Angie and I spent the entire morning doing landscaping/yard work at our Maple Shade house (still on the market, interested?). I picked up 5 bags of mulch and 24 impatiens from Lowe's early in the morning and then met Angie at the house. She dropped the kids off at Mom Mom and Pop Pop's first, of course. I cut the lawn, did the weed whacking, cleaned the front-right gutter, replaced the light bulb in the porch light at the top of the foyer, and planted the impatiens in the front while Angie pulled a lot of the weeds out, swept up the scrap and bagged everything up. She spread out the mulch and we smoothed it out with our rakes. It looked really nice when we were done (which was about 11:40am and we had someone coming to look at the place at noon!).

After that, we ate lunch at Mom Mom and Pop Pop's house with the kids and then headed back to Mount Laurel where Adrian took his afternoon nap.

Uncle Ryan stopped by later that night for some musical noodling (me on drums, him on guitar). It was Van Hampton reunited! ;-)


SATURDAY:
Spent the morning doing the yard work at the Mount Laurel house and while I was mowing, I noticed that our neighbor's kids were over in our yard playing with Dillon and Jason. Angie came out back at that point with Adrian and started talking to the neighbor. They agreed that all of the kids could play in our yard for a while, which was nice (the boys loved it). They even ended up staying for lunch and playing inside for a while). They ran around outside with water pistols and Super Soakers for a little bit, too.

Uncle Ryan and Mom Mom & Pop Pop stopped by later on and we threw some meat on the grill for dinner. It was nice - some of us ate outside since I had the tiki torches going with the citronella fuel in them. They work well, but they aren't 100%, of course. Since we live "in the woods" there are lots of mosquitoes around. I'll have to pick up a bug zapper at some point.

After the kids went to bed, we launched some remaining fireworks from last year that our friend Steve had left behind. The kids watched from their bedroom window. Then Uncle Ryan and daddy played some PS3 (MLB '09 demo, and Star Wars Unleashed demo - I rarely actually buy games, but the SW Unleashed game is pretty cool).

Sunday: Lazy Sunday!!!

Currently listening to: Girl Upstairs (I was in the mood for some homemade original music!)