February 20, 2010

Introducing Frank Holyfield

Father/Daughter Dance

Josh and the girls had the opportunity to attend a father/daughter dance at the girls school. I had never heard of such an event before but I was very glad they were able to participate. They all had a great time letting their hair down and learning how to attend a dance.

February 15, 2010

Would you swim in these???

Josh came across these pictures while he was doing a search for Murphy's. I wondered if I was alone, or if others would feel a little less than relaxed swimming in these.

February 8, 2010

Square foot gardening - phase two

We finished the "installation" of our square foot garden this weekend. It turned out GREAT!
The individual boards - 2"x12"x8'
Frank helping out with his rubber mallot
Gelsey getting her garden on
The kiddos all helped out
We used the lasagna method to get rid of the grass under and around the planter boxes
In order to do the lasagna method we dug up about 4" of grass and dirt, made a layer of about 12 sheets of newspaper, and then topped it with mulch
The boxes went in the middle of the mulch and were filled with the standard square foot gardening mix: 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 coarse vermiculite
ta da
I've already planted all of the vegetables that I had germinated - keep your fingers crossed that they all love their new home and decide to play along : )

February 7, 2010

The Uglies/Pretties

Notice anything unusual? These pictures have been altered to make all of our faces symmetrical. I did this just for fun after reading the Uglies series. In the book, at the age of 16 everyone undergoes a huge plastic surgery to make them beautiful, part of which makes them symmetrical. When I did these pictures of us I was a little surprised at how different the two pictures of the same person looked, all of us have a skinny side and a wide side. I think Josh is the most symmetrical of all of us. I won't go into all of the details but I enjoyed reading the books and also read the companion book that talked about where some of the ideas came from. The "maglev train" in the book is based on a real train that levitates and can go over 350 mph using magnetics. I want one of those built between my house and ABQ so I can go over for dinner : ) Pretty neat concepts with regards to the technology in the books, but wouldn't it be weird if everyone became beautiful at 16. In a way no one would be beautiful because we would all be the same. Anyway, hope everyone is doing well.