Monday, June 30, 2008
I don't pretend to understand what exactly "It" is. It has something to do with quantum computing (which again, I don't really understand) and making small chips with tiny wires that require multiple steps described with words I hear thrown around including: acid, etching, masks, clean room, fab, etc.
I do know that my husband is rather excited and has been working himself ragged trying to get "It" to work and today it did!
But "It" has yet to proove itself in the refrigerator (that isn't a refrigerator but supposedly a little box with vacuums that can get colder than I can comprehend). Our fingers are crossed that "It" will perform well this coming week when it is cooled down. If anything amazing comes of "It" I'm sure you will hear about it. Here's hopin'!
So, just so you know-
I 'm keeping up and I enjoy reading your blogs!
But there are some good things happening with potty training too. This morning when Josh got up (at 4:30 am to get to work early, the poor guy is working so hard to get his chip working and it is not cooperating) he found Elijah curled up on the bathroom rug again with his pants down. Who knows how long he slept there. The poor boy made it to the potty but was too tired to pull his pants up and make it back to bed.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
The 1880 census is an exception. It is available for FREE through Ancestry and also through Familysearch.org
What will you find in the 1880 Federal Census Records?
You will find full names of all people living in the household, their relationship to the head of household, their marital status, race, age, birthplace, occupation, father's birthplace, mother's birthplace, who their neighbors were (this is useful for establishing family relationships) and more.
1930 Census of Arthur T. Daniels and family
Have you done any tree climbing lately (that is family tree climbing)? I would love to hear what you are doing and/or if you've found anything in the 1880 census etc.
I've mentioned before that I am trying to find all of my ancestors in as many census's as possible. I have a few that are still proving elusive but have found a majority of my ancestors in the census records throughout their lives. It has been very interesting to see where they have moved (which proves very helpful when looking for other records) and what occupations they have held as well as what children were living in the house and when. Census records are an easy door for opening up other research possibilities. I'm excited about the many leads I have found. There's always something more to do.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have had the camera a few days now and I am still learning how to use all of it's many features. I'm excited about all of it's capibilities (and sad I didn't have it last weekend for all our fun excursions). So far, I'm liking the camera a lot and happy with my purchase. I find myself taking the same pictures over and over with different settings trying to figure what exactly they do. It's been great fun! I can't wait to take it to Southern Utah for our anniversary trip next month.
This afternoon Elijah and I pulled it out and actually played the game. It was a great talking game for Elijah and watching him think and make connections was so interesting. We ended up with a big line of objects circling our living room. Great fun! I'll be looking for a zipper bag, preferable clear (like a large makeup bag or something) to keep all of this fun stuff contained and mobile.
Thanks Grandma Strong!
I changed his diaper this morning and he was fighting me so I grab a pair of Elijah's underwear that was close by to distract him. When I was done throwing icky diaper away I noticed Sam walking into the room wearing Elijah's underwear haphazzardly. Obviously he did it himself and he was rather proud of himself. I couldn't help but capture it on camera. He was distracted watching his favorite show Curious George so I was able to get a good number of shots of him in his big boy pants. He is Elijah's little shadow and wants to do whatever he is doing. He even wants to sit on the potty! They grow up too fast!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
a baby cucumber!
I'm very excited. I've never grown anything that lived long enough to produce anything. There are now flowers on our zucchini too. Everything is looking big and healthy (if not bigger than expected).
It's probably a little early to be patting myself on the back. But the signs are lookin' good!
Monday, June 23, 2008
The pavilion also has a hands on play area. They boys had great fun climbing around the huge honey comb, doing crayon rubbings of bugs, watching other kids climb the spider web, playing with microscopes and mechanical representations of various bug functions (chirping legs, mosquito and butterfly noses, termite talk etc.) They also have huge, larger than human robot insects. Elijah steered clear of them but Sam would stare and point at them.
We finished the pavilion trip by watching one of their daily butterfly releases. The pavilion imports cocoons from around the world and then release the butterflies into the garden when they emerge. It was pretty cool to see the new butterflies up close, learn a little more about them, and see them flutter away when released.
After our visit to the Butterfly Pavilion we went to see the new animated movie Kung fu Panda. We had all heard great things about it and were not disappointed. The story was entertaining, the kung fu was amusing and silly, the music beautiful, and the message was good. A great movie for the entire family (though Sam did get a little bored in the middle, but Elijah was interested the entire time).
With all this playing the boys were exhausted and the rest of us were hungry. We decided to take the long road to an amazing resturant in Golden called Ali Baba Grill. It is probably a good thing this resturant isn't closer to home. I dream of this food! They serve middle eastern cusine, have the most heavenly hummus, excellent kababs, and fresh pita bread. Oh my, my mouth is watering! It is well worth the trip to eat there.
Overall it was an amazingly fun day spent as a family. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa we all had a great time!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Does anyone have any child approved music they enjoy listening to?
I absolutely love family history and the amazing application of history and people combined in one. I love a good challenge and checking off all the possibilities. I love the thrill of finding something I didn't know and putting records together to bring people alive. Our ancestors are not just names and dates on a page, they lived full, happy and often challenging lives and I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together and seeing as much of the picture as I can find.
Doing family history with children has proved a little challenging. It tends to be all engrossing (at least for me) and Josh will come home to dirty kids still in their jammies and the house a disaster because I've been on the computer finding dead people. I'm doing better at finding a balance. Someday I dream of traveling to the locations where my ancestors lived and diving into the old libraries and court archives but for now I spend time gleaning stuff off the Internet (there is new stuff just about everyday, it's amazing) and cleaning up the files I have; making sure all the information is correct and citing sources where possible. Ancestry.com has become my number one source for finding information from the comfort of my home.
Ancestry is adding new records to their online database regularly. Many of them include images of the original records. Lately I've been doing extensive census searches (more on that next week) and ancestry has all of the years available with multiple options for searches and viewing. Most of their databases are available to members only but a few are available for free.
A year ago I bought the Family Tree Maker 16 Collectors Edition (FTM) which is a computer program for compiling all your family history information (similar to PAF with more capabilities). The program came with a 366 day trial membership to ancestry.com and only cost me around $30 (if I'm remembering correctly with rebate). It's a total steal when you calculate in the fact that a year membership to ancestry.com costs $155!
Well, my days are numbered, my account is due to end, and I'm not about to spend $155 though it really could be worth it. I went on a hunt for another version of FTM specifically for another trial membership. FTM 2008 costs more and doesn't come with a huge trial membership. I ended up finding the same version 16 in a standard edition that includes a 6 month trial membership for $15.00 on eBay. Thanks to my amazing husband and his new log in I now have another 6 months of ancestry.com.
Anyway, the point is if you are in the market and interested in family history buying the 2006 version of FTM (which I am very happy with) with the trial membership is definitely the way to go. If you aren't sure if you would use it much or are curious what ancestry has to offer this is well worth the money. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I went in to get Sam to find a naked bum and a poopy diaper and sheets. oh yay! Sam ended up in the bath tub while I attacked the poopy laundry. I went back into the bathroom to find that Sam had discovered the nasty toilet brush and was swishing it in the toilet water. Fun! So I had to drain the tub and lather him down for a good wash down from his bath.
Shortly after that, while I was getting breakfast done and cleaned up, Sam comes up to me with liquid all down his front and on his hands (he's still only in a diaper). Turns out the liquid is not water and has a cleaning smell. He had discovered the Shout bottle I used to spray down his sheets and blanket before throwing them in the wash. Oh goodness!
This is all in a matter of an hour! Currently he is emptying the dishwasher and playing with the dishes. Luckily I have already pulled out the knives.
I have a feeling it's going to be a mess of a day!
I thought the kids were well and safely distracted so I jumpped in the shower. When I got out I was greated by this scene.In case my new garage sale rug hides to mess too much let me describe the scene for you. Sam climbed up on the brown chair and reached onto the ledge where I keep a tall glass jar full of spaghetti noodles. Before I got in the shower I found him with another jar full of cornmeal, luckily I caught that one before he spilled it. With the spaghetti I wasn't as lucky. Just imagine hundreds of noodles broken into various sizes all over the chair and floor.
Anyone want a 19 month old for a few days/years?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
So what drugs to you take to help control the uckiness without getting knocked out?
Friday, June 13, 2008
The plan is to drive out to Utah July 16th, drop the kids off and spend the 17th and 18th at the Slot Canyons Inn outside of Escalante. I'm very excited about the inn and their property and I hope it is not too hot for us to enjoy the great outdoors, just the two of us. After that we plan on spending time with our families and staying through the 24th, probably leaving Saturday the 26th.
It's still a month away, but I am so ready and very excited! I know that the grandparents are building up lists of what they want to do with the kids while we are out there and Elijah and Sam are excited to see family.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Mind you this might not be terribly interesting to most of you, but I know that my immediate and extended family also read this blog and might enjoy seeing some of what I've found.
The state of Missouri has a project to get a lot of their death certificates available online. Their extensive database includes images of death certificates from 1910-1957 and is easily searchable. If you happen to have any Missouri ancestors be sure to check it out. They also have an incomplete birth record database and pre-1910 deaths but they do not include images of the original documents (which is the really cool part).
Last week I found some death certificates for Condon's and Corwine's living in Missouri (St. Louis and Jasper County) including the following:
Charles Everette Condon (my great-grandfather)
Margaret Ellen Short Condon (wife of Charles)
Jacob Condon (father of Charles)
Sarah Alice Corwine Condon (mother of Charles)
Paul Corwine Condon (brother to Charles)
George D. Corwin (brother to Sarah Alice)
Charles W. Corwin (brother to Sarah Alice) his wife's is also available
Bertha Condon Budlong (sister to Charles)
I love it when I find death certificates. A lot of times it will give birth information, parents, informant, addresses, occupations, cause of death, etc. Just a load of interesting information.
Unfortunatly I can't easily share all the census information I have found. It is not all freely accessable online. The 1880 Census though has been made readily availible to everyone. I am not done with my census searches but will include links to the 1880 Federal Census in a post to come. If you are interested in all of my family census images I can burn you a CD (or it might take multiple CD's) and send it to you, let me know.
If anyone has any family information or questions (pertaining to my family or your own) let me know. I love a research challenge!
Happy tree climbing!
Oh the curse of being indecisive!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I love you, Josh! Happy Anniversary!
Monday, June 9, 2008
We immediately pulled it out when we got home. Josh, Elijah and I played it together. The game is good for 2-4 players. The object of the game is to get as many of your 21 pieces onto the board. You can only place your pieces off of ones of your own color already played and none of the sides can touch, only the diagonal corners. The strategy comes in when you try and block the other players from putting their pieces down and try and sneak your way into their territory while defending your own. At the end of the game you add up how many squares of area you have played. Each is worth a point, the player with the most points wins and you get extra points if you played all your pieces.
The box suggests it for ages 5 and up but Elijah was interested in the game too. It was actually a good game for him. He understood how to place the pieces on the corners and he did a great job taking turns. The game is excellent for spacial awareness and figuring out how the pieces can fit together- great skills for a three year old to learn. And after we finished playing the game Elijah spent a good while placing all the pieces on the board in a big puzzle.
Josh and I played it alone, without Elijah, last night. With two players you play two colors each. I really enjoyed it. It was challenging, but not complex. It made me stretch the way I look at the board to try and figure out new ways to go and place my pieces. I'm excited to play it again and figure out the strategy even more.
This game deserves all the awards it has received and I would recommend it to old and young.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thank you again Angie!
Apparently Elijah did it all by himself. As much as I dislike cleaning up all the wood blocks, they are wonderful and keep Elijah occupied for many,many hours. They make trains, words, food, boats, rockets, etc.. Elijah is quite creative with them.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I'm excited to play around with it some more. Last night I was dreaming about sketches I could do and then paint. We will see how it goes!