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This afternoon, Skyler and I spend a few hours in the backyard and Renea went to a school district board meeting to speak about the potential cuts to her position as a counselor. He was in the sandbox, while I was working on setting up a couple hanging tomato plants (I'm not a gardener). It was so nice out and it felt great working in the soil. I feel so blessed with our home and neighborhood.

After I was finished, I let the dogs out and took some photos of them.


Hanging Out With Family

Yesterday, I took Skyler to spend time with his cousin, Lukas, while I helped Chris with some computer issues. They had fun playing in the dirt and feeding the koi fish. Today, my parents and brother came over and everyone enjoyed watching me complain about the Nintendo Wii and my iPod not working (I tried!).


Building Together

Tonight, Skyler and I built some Lego spaceships and robots from a couple of sets that arrived today. He had fun creating his own masterpieces, but when I needed a particular piece, Skyler put up a good fight, not letting go. Mommy had to intervene and distract him for a little bit, so I could steal the piece back and finish another section. The time brought back a lot of fun memories, like following the instructions and building spaceships.




Skyler's spaceship from a small set that has a picture of a garbage truck on it
(Daddy will make that one tomorrow).

Legoland: The Return

Yesterday afternoon, we arrived back from our weekend jaunt to Legoland in Carlsbad, California. We survived the long drive (6 hours each way) in my very cramped Mustang. Tickets were cheap (zero)! Last fall, when we were there, we talked with someone who was there for Teacher Appreciation Day. So, we signed up and went during another one.

The beach was Skyler's giant sandbox and it took some encouragement to get him to even go towards the water. He ended up getting soaked and went through a couple changes of clothes (including daddy's button-down shirt).

Skyler had fun with the twins and everyone enjoyed the time away from the desert. It was a little cold, so we didn't put the top down at all (but, one of us really wanted to)!

Check out the photos.


This is a frame from a video I took during one our roller coaster rides.

Statistics Finally Over!

The degrees of freedom for determining t-critical is...
Using alpha at .05 (two tail), t-critical equals...
The value of Chi Square obtained is...


Those are actual questions from my last test. I can't believe I got an "A" in the class! The sad thing is my $100 textbook is now worth only a couple of bucks.

My Album Cover

I followed these instructions from the internet and came up with something pretty cool.

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "random quotations"
or click
http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.


Here is the album cover that I made from the instructions...

Catching Lizards and Curling Tongues

This weekend, Skyler and I caught a gecko (lizard) from the bottom of the pool. Swim time was over for this little fella. Last week we caught one at the top of the water and realized he was still breathing. I also got a new t-shirt that has impressed everyone so far (my wife is the ultimate judge). Skyler just wanted to get in the picture, too, and show off his tongue-curling skill (which I can't do).



The t-shirt reads: bipartisan - Retaining the ability to blame the Republicans when the world realizes your stimulus plan was an epic FAIL.

Chuck E. Cheese

Memories came back to me yesterday when I visited Chuck E. Cheese for a school fundraiser with Bronson's family, after our weekly music class trip. I worked at one in the mid-nineties, hosting birthday parties and occasionally dressing up as Chuck himself. He and I got our photo taken and "drawn" by a computerized Chuck and played lots of games. He's pretty good at the car driving ones.

Facebook

I finally set up my Facebook account after much prodding. It actually seems pretty cool. I found a lot of high school friends and some have already added me to their links. The whole thing is super easy. Here is my page:

Jeff Herold's Facebook profile

Take Off Your Coat

This morning, Renea and I heard at really inspiring message at church. The speaker, Pastor Mike, gave a sermon based on Jesus healing Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). This is the only time a name was revealed to a person asking for a miracle in the Bible. The significance is that we need to get uncomfortable once in a while and take off our personal shield to listen to God and do what He says.

On the way to Sunday School, Skyler sang a song about coloring a blue Jesus (his papers he gets during a lesson). Today, he used purple, which was much noticed.