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June 14, 2009

Noah Rides Without Training Wheels

Noah can ride without training wheels! It was a lot of work, and Noah wasn't always the most cooperative, but by 3:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, Noah was riding on his own! YAY! :-)

Tumbling Emily

Emily's tumbling class had a recital last week. Here's a compilation of a few clips -- my digital camera went out of focus for the best runs, so this is all I have left. Then, before Em could do somersaults, the music ended and she had to wave goodbye. In case you can't tell by the poor video quality (and the poor operator technique), Emily is the one in pig tails. :-)

June 8, 2009

Weekend Project -- Electric Train Table

Back before Christmas, Kris' sister Tiffany (aka 'Aunt Tiffany') gave us a Seattle Mariners Express Train set for Noah. We felt that we had enough Christmas gifts for him, so we decided to save it for another time. Well, Noah has recently been watching electric train videos on youtube, and one day lamented the fact that he didn't have an electric train -- so I took him out to the garage and we opened the styrofoam packages for the first time. Needless to say, he was most excited. :-)

I didn't want to run something as delicate as an electric train on the ground, so I told him we would need to build a train table for it before we could set it up. I told him him maybe Saturday we could build one, not real sure how I would build it, and of course Noah set the event in stone. Nothing could be scheduled on Saturday because we were building a train table!

Saturday morning came, and we ventured out to the garage to look for supplies. I had one L-shaped piece of plywood, 21 feet of painted 3/4" MDF trim board, and about 15 feet of 2x2. I really didn't want to have to run to a lumber yard, so I did some thinking, and figured out that if I cut off half of the long leg of the "L", and flipped around to fill the gap, I would have the 48x60 table top I need for the train set (a little trimming was required, of course). I had just enough MDF for the main frame, and the 2x2's would work for the table legs, and for the cross-pieces to go underneath the plywood seams.


Aerial view -- you can see where I had to join the two scraps of plywood together to make the table top.

By mid-afternoon, the table was finished and Noah was driving his train like an experienced engineer. :-)

June 5, 2009

Goodbye Old Friend

Today we did one of the hardest things we've ever done. We took Barney in for his final trip to the vet.

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Barney in his younger years, smiling for the camera. :-)


Gray mug -- showing his years. From Christmas 2005.

He lived a good life as far as dogs go, but at close to 14 years (or older, we're not sure), and with the health problems he was having lately, it was time to go. Almost 13 years to the day that we brought that short-legged, good-natured, stray dog home; we took him in to the vet and put him to sleep. Goodbye old friend, we'll miss you. :-(