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Captions are coming along… slowly

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I have finished the first draft of the first year of captions.

I will need Mom to take a look at them.  (she has better memory than me)

I would love to get this finished by my birthday!


The book is coming along nicely!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Around 380 pictures made the final cut.

I created a rough draft of the first three years.  It is already 129 pages!

I decided not to “instagram” every picture.
(add all kinds of cool textures and effects)

It would be nice, but with over 380 pictures, it would never get done.


End of OATS

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

For various reasons, this will be the last year
for daily postings of SnapOATS.

While it has been fun, I need to focus on new
skills that will help my career.

Facebook has replaced this site as a way to
communicate with family. 

Besides, five years is nice round number.
(Yes, SnapOATS has been around for 5 years!)

If anyone is interested, I will make a retrospective
coffee table book of these amazing 5 years.

 Love you all!


May 27

Monday, May 30th, 2011


We went camping!  It was a Girl Scout camp in Brown County.

Little Lady hold the lantern while we get ready for bed.

March 5

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Here’s how a little thing can snowball into something
much bigger…

This toilet was running.

 The mansfiled flush valve was shot.  I have repalced it
before, no problem.

The kids and I went to Home Depot and bought the $1.50 part.

I replaced it, no problem.

I adjusted the float.  SNAP.   Problem.

I had to rig the toilet in this manner to keep
it from running.

We went back to Home Depot and bought a
replacement for all the “guts” in the toilet.
(I never liked the Mansfield design anyway)

I got back home and tried to turn the water off
behind the toilet.


The water would not turn off.  The valve was stripped.

I consulted with a friend of mine and he said it was not
hard to replace the wall valve.

The next day, I got all of my tools ready.  I got bowls
to catch water and towels to clean up the mess.

I went to go turn of the master water valve, but it
would not turn off the water to the house!

I turned off ALL of the water valves and still the
water would not turn off.

I even wandered the neighborhood, looking for someone
else with our house design.  I checked with them, and sure
enough, I turned off what should have been the master
water valve.


What started out as a $1.50 fix will require a plumber to
come to our house and figure out what is wrong with
our system!



Friday, January 1st, 2010

Thanks to all those who take the time to be a part of our life!

We have been sharing our joy for two full years now!



July 22

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Sorry I got behind in SnapOATS.

I got sucked into the Twilight series.  I read the first
book in a couple days.  (which is fast for me)

 Julie said Stephanie Myers posted a new version
of the first book on her website.  This version is
from Edward’s perspective.

The author sent advanced copies of the first few
chapters to several friends.

One of her “friends” leaked it on the internet.
Stephanie was so upset that she stopped writing
the book.

She published the few chapters so that no one
else would profit off of it. 

Comments are a go!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I figured out how to approve comments.

Please feel free to send some!


p.s. one of the fields asks you add two numbers, you have
to put the correct total for your comment to be submitted.
(then I have to approve it)

Little Lady’s Big Weekend (with a Juicy Hotel)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

It was a big weekend.

Mom and Little Man went down to Evansville to help Grandma & Grandpa
pack away all the Christmas decorations.

Little Lady had a big party to attend.  She got invited to a birthday party
at Build-a-Bear in the mall.

We arrived in style, 30 minutes early.  (Little Lady was sporting
her silver sparkle shoes)   Little Lady insisted we trekked to 
Build-a-Bear to prove I know how to get there.

Before the bear, Little Lady partaked in one of her great loves… pizza.

The hosting parents served mall pizza in the food court.  It actually
worked out really well.  The kids were loud, but it didn’t disturb the
ambient noise of the mall.  After dinner, they played tag around
the tables, and several rounds of “Ring Around the Rosie”.

At Build-a-Bear, each of the 15 children got to choose one of
three bears.  They then marched in line yelling “STUFF MY

(The Build-a-Bear workers asked them to be loud… and they
were more than happy to comply) 

By 7:30pm, most of the kids were starting to fade. 
Little Lady almost fell asleep on her bear. 
(BTW, the bear’s name is Princess)

The kids rallied for a group picture outside
the store.  (see January 17)

Sunday was another big day for Little Lady.

With Big Brother gone, she got to pick which
Wii games to play.  (Lego Star Wars and Disney

She also got to pick the audio (Mamma Mia soundtrak)
and the video (Mamma Mia movie).

 What could be better than pizza, bears, wii, and Mamma Mia?

A Juicy Hotel!

(Little Lady loves staying in hotels.  A few months ago, we
stayed at a Drury Inn in Cincinnati.  Little Lady loved it
so much, she declared it a “Juicy Hotel”.)

In the hills of Brown County State Park lies the Abe
Martin Lodge.  This state park property offers 2 for 1
deals in the winter.  Since the kids had Monday off,
we headed for the hills!

Mom and Little Man met up with us in Bloomington.
After a wonderful dinner at Trojan Horse, we set a
course for Brown County.

(BTW: Mom’s car is “Air Force One” and my car is
“Air Force Two”)

The big draw of the Abe Martin Lodge is the indoor
water park.  It’s not a big water park, but it was
perfect for our kids. 

Mom bribed Little Man to go down the slide ($2).
By the end of the trip, we went down that slide
over 20 times!

Over the course of two days, we spent over 6 hours
splashing and playing.  (January 18 & January 19)

In between swimming, we shopped in the ultra kitch
Nashville, IN stores, and  Little Man learned how to play
ping pong. 

On the way home, Little Lady passed out.  We stopped
in Bloomington for pizza.  ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz…..
The long wonderful weekend finally caught up with her.
She fell asleep at 6:00pm and slept through the whole

Tuesday, I asked her what she thought of the Abe
Martin Lodge.

“It was a Juicy Hotel”

Pinewood Derby

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Tomorrow night is Little Man (and mine) first Pinewood Derby race.

Going into this, I kept telling myself, Little Man would do all the
work.  (except for the band saw)

Little Man picked a NASCAR design out of a Pinewood Derby book.
I didn’t think much of it at the time.

When I showed the veteran Cub Scout dads the NASCAR plans,
they tried to talk me out of it.

Desperate to win my boys love, I stuck to the design.  They said
it was the most complex body shape any of them had ever seen.

The other men took me under their wings and let me fly.

The Troop Master let me use his power tools, wood glue and
sandpaper.  After 6 hours of work over the course of two
days, the body was finished.

I also made a car for Sissy and myself, but the crown jewel
was Little Man’s NASCAR.

But just before I left the Troop Master’s basement…

You see, Pinewood Derby cars can weigh no more than
5 ounces with tires and axles and paint.

The NASCAR weighed 6 ounces… without tires or axles!

I had to lover weight to make to car legal.  (the other Dads
have never had this problem.  Typically, you make a little
car and add weight UP to 5 ounces)

The next night, in our freezing garage, I took my Dremel
and gave the NASCAR liposuction.

After spending 8 hours on the three cars, I was infected
by the infamous “Pinewood Derby Dad” disease.  There
was NO way I was going to let Little Man paint MY

I kept my decision to myself, but my wife saw right
through me….

She insisted that Little Man paint the car, otherwise,
it wouldn’t be HIS car.

Like always… she was right.

I watched as little man painted his car.  Copper
base coat with a red racing stripe, glitter headlights,
with a windshield and side windows that don’t match.
I gave advice, but he was always in control of the

In the end… it was not the way I would have painted
it.  But it was beautiful.  And it was HIS car.


p.s. in the end, I was glad m’Lady got rid of the
“Pinewood Derby Dad” disease.   The 8 hours of
work did not include the wheels or axles.

The other Dads said, “…the wheels and axles are
the time consuming part…”.

There are dozens of little tricks the serious Dads
do to squeeze every little ounce out of the car.

After I “let go”, the tires and axles got the bare
minimum attention.  (I stopped being stressed,
and started having fun.)

I told Little Man, “If you ever doubt that I love, you
I have 5 ounces of proof.”  (well, 4.9 ounces actually)