There’s been tons of stuff on this site about Holly’s athletic accomplishments, but she is also a very good student. On Friday she was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Because of the lighting, we couldn’t get good photos of the ceremony itself, but we’ve got some gorgeous photos of Holly both before and after. Click here for the gallery.
Fri 30 May 2008
Tue 20 May 2008
We’ve been promising the kids for several years that we would get a dog. Andrew’s 16th birthday turned out to be the occasion for finally making it happen. Michelle and Andrew drove over two hours into East Texas to pick up “Scout”, a pure-bred Border Collie. We’re looking forward to years of fun with him. More photos are in the Scout gallery.
Sat 17 May 2008
This is a project we’ve planned for years. There is an area in the front yard where several trees produce enough shade that bermuda grass won’t grow. Whenever I mow the weeds and undesirable grass that does grow there, it is always a dust storm. Finally we have gotten this project underway. We have created a stone border around the shaded area (Thanks for the help, Bobby!), placed several limestone boulders about (Thanks TJ!), and planted several dozen decorative plants (Thanks Tristan, Junior, Leigh, and Dave’s tractor!). Finally we covered the whole thing in with red mulch to match the landscaping in front of the house (Thanks Erick!). More photos are available in the gallery.
Tue 13 May 2008
We had a hail storm roll through this afternoon and I was able to snap some photos and get a short video. The hail stones were between “quarter sized” and “pingpong ball sized”. The storm was quite loud, but didn’t seem to do any damage. There’s a small album with a few photos and a low-quality video on YouTube.
Fri 2 May 2008
For my birthday, I got a new bag and more importantly, some new clubs: The TaylorMade R7 Draw irons (4-SW), and a TaylorMade R7 Draw Rescue 3 Hybrid club. I’m finally done with my 13 year-old “free” White Bluff irons!
I’m really digging the new irons. Definitely easier to hit and more forgiving of off-center strikes. My next purchase will probably be a R7 Draw Rescue 4 Hybrid to replace the 4 iron that came with the set.
My full kit is now as follows:
- TaylorMade R7 Draw irons (4-SW)
- TaylorMade R7 Draw Rescue 3 Hybrid
- TaylorMade V Steel fairway woods: 3, 5, and 7
- Orlimar Arctic Chillzone* Cart Bag
- Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade Putter
- Mizuno T-Zoid T3 Titanium 9.5° Driver
- Short Game System 60° “High Wedge”
- Whatever balls I found in the woods last time I played
*aka the “Beer Smuggling System”
Thu 1 May 2008
For a 3rd grade science project, Holly had the choice of doing a video demonstration or an in-class demonstration of anything at all “scientific”. I’m so glad she chose to do a video, because it is so much fun to watch, even four years later. Some of you may already have seen it on boomsmith.com, but I just now uploaded it to YouTube and it is being well-received. Here’s the description:
This is a “How Boomerangs Work” video from the perspective of a 3rd grader. The video discusses some boomerang flight science, shows construction, throwing, and catching.
This video was done for Holly’s 3rd grade science class and was so well-received that it was shown to all the other classes as well.
And here’s the video: