We survived xmas. Kids were up at 5AM, but I made them go back to bed and read books until we were ready to go down. Benji had a new bike down there and we wanted to witness the moment, you know.
Incredibly, that WORKED and they played and read books up there till 745!!! Ok, they tried to sneak down a couple times but I caught them.
So, lots of fun toys for the boys. Their Oma and Opa in Germany got the DS’s so they were video gaming non damn stop for two days. That led to gaming in bed under the covers, etc. etc. which led to video game hangovers. Ahh, the firsts, its so special to witness your children’s first moments, isn’t it? First hangover is especially touching.
I am not really getting back into work yet, taking it easy thru the 1st. Mommy had to go in, so she took Noah with her. He, of course, grabbed all the DS games and took them with him, so Benji had none to play with. He got a sweet motorized Lego set for xmas, though, so we had to tear down the initial build and tackle something else.
Since we had the time, we decided to try the hardest thing in the “constructions”, which is what he still calls the “instructions”. This ended up being a ridiculously complicated truck, with steering wheel, roll cage, operable hood (front hinged, just like the real thing). This took us a solid three hours to complete. It was impossible. He was particularly happy with the result, though, and I guess that makes it all worth while. He is quite a stickler for following the directions explicitly, but we did ad lib some at the end with roof lights. Big trucks need lots of roof lights.
As for me, I scored some nice old man gifts. Wifey got me a damned Snuggy (hardy har har…) and a heated vibrating back pad (SCORE!). Here I am excitedly telling all my tweeps!
Joke is on Wifey, as the back massager has a heated testicle mode (FTW!). Yah, married guys, take note! All of woman kind just lost a little of their man control…and we just got a remote control!
On Saturday we all headed out to take the boys to the Chipmunks the Squeaquel. God, that was punishment. I survived, but it was touch and go. On the way home I had to stop by the beer store for a reward. I broke my own “only one $7 beer and the rest $4 and under” rule, and loaded up with THREE spendy beers. I promptly drained one, it was yummy. I have one left, but as soon as I push publish on this update, I am headed right for the beer fridge.
Sunday, we all sat around and watch CYCLOCROSS LIVE on my giant 50″ plasma TV! YES! I finally tried outputting the VTR4 feed to my TV via the HDMI cable, man, that worked awesome! The feed quality has gone way up, must be HD over there now. The larger picture was not grainy at all, it was so awesome. Noah and I loved it, and even Wifey followed the action. Cross is freaking MADE for TV, and they do a great job in Belgium with the cameras, covering pretty much the whole darned race. I will never be able to watch on my laptop and be satisfied by that again. Ruined.
Ok, that is about all I have. Hoping for some decent snow one of these days, as winter without snow is A DRAG. I just picked up some tele gear on craigslist, which I hope will get me out more with Noah. I am sort of over clomping around on the board while trying to “ski” with a 5 and 8 year old. Of course, while a great deal, the gear is over in NH. If anyone reading this is headed to VT any time soon, I will give you my gas money if you want to shuttle my shit!
Happy New Year, and remember, while 2009 was the year of LAME, 2010 is going to be the year of BADASS!