Monday, November 30, 2009

Matthew is Here!

He was born at 8:19PM last night.  He was 19 3/4 inches long and weighed 6lbs 15oz.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's That Time of Year

It was that time of the year to make a hosting change again.  I think that I have made a hosting change around this time during the past two years.  So, I figured that I would continue the tradition.  I renewed my domain registration for two years and paid for a year of hosting.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Back to School Time

Madi started first grade on Thursday, and Lexi should be starting preschool very soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

VBS 2009

Madi and Lexi both performed the songs that they learned at VBS.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Solar Panel

I made a solar panel from cells that I ordered from ebay. It is pictured below charging a 12 volt battery.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Congrats to the Blaske's

Congratulations to the Blaske family on their new arrival.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Madi's Injury

Cass was opening a dresser drawer to get Drew some clothes, and Madi leaned down at the same time and caught the corner of the drawer with her forehead. It wasn't a bad cut but was enough to bleed a little. So, I fixed her up. Maybe it was a little overkill.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The President and Vice President Spotted in Golden Valley

Who says that the President and Vice President are rarely seen in the same place. Amanda (President) and Cass (Vice President) were both elected to serve on the Manzanita PTO next year.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Madi

Another birthday for my oldest daughter.

We didn't have a big party for her this year, but we did make something that she had been wanting for a while.

It also only took Drew about ten minutes to begin trying to destroy it.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Chicken or the... Dog

For those of you that don't know the pet situation of the Mobley family, we have 2 small dogs, a medium sized aquarium with some small fish, and a chicken. When Cass first brought the chicken home, Levi made a habit of attacking the chicken. For those actions, he spent some time out of the yard, but he was recently allowed back into the yard allowing the following to transpire.

The chicken begrudgingly eats his scratch, but he would much rather eat the dog food. We occasionally break the dog food into smaller pieces in order to give them to the chicken as a treat. Originally, it was the only way that you could get him to eat out of your hand. So, we've established that the chicken would prefer to eat the dogs' food than his own.

On Friday, I grilled some steaks and the scraps were sent out to Levi after dinner. The chicken decided that he wanted to try a bit and apparently liked it. He and Levi did a little squaking and growling back and forth and came to a draw. After eating the leftovers for lunch on Saturday, the alpha animal status swung into the chicken's favor.

Again, the scraps were sent out side for the dogs. I went to the door and threw the bone into the yard. Levi was the first to reach the bone, but the chicken ran across the yard and leaped at Levi with his claws prepared to make the attack. Levi tucked his tail and ran. A second bone was tossed a little later. With Levi's chance to hold onto his alpha status, he stood his ground as the chicken approached. The chicken walked confidently towards the bone as Levi was holding his head low over the bone growling. The chicken stopped immediately in front of Levi and the bone and slowly leaned down while holding a stare into the dog's eyes. After a couple of intense seconds of staring, the chicken pecked Levi between the eyes and the dog was conquered.

Now the chicken has gained alpha status among the animals. Levi will climb upon a chair, and the chicken will jump up on the chair just to make Levi move. You may be wondering about the other small dog. She has never had any chance to gain alpha status. When she is in the yard, she usually runs to a corner and yelps as the chicken taunts her. We'll have to see whether Levi will make an attempt to topple the chicken from its perch of power.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lexi's 4th Birthday Party

We had Lexi's 4th Birthday Party today at a park. We ordered pizzas and Cass made ice cream cone cupcakes. It was in the mid 70's and a slight breeze on and off through the afternoon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Lexi!

We had a small family celebration. We're planning to have a Birthday party this weekend.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Daddy's Sun Glasses

The kids found an old pair of my sunglasses. Each of them insisted on having them on.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Shayna!

It is also my Uncle David's birthday today. So, happy birthday to him as well.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

It's Almost Spring

It is getting warm again in the desert, and our yard is turning green.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pow Pow PowerWheels

The battery in the PowerWheels Jeep has been dead for quite a while. We finally replaced the battery. The kids, mostly Lexi and Drew, now have a renewed interest in the Jeep. Actually, it was Drew that prompted us to get the new battery. He loved sitting in it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Rooster

Grandpa was asked by one of our neighbors if we would like a chicken. Apparenly, they had too many roosters, and they were picking on one another. So, Cass and Grandpa decided that a rooster would make a good addition to the family. Hopefully, he'll eat some of the grasshoppers that keep eating the grass during the summer.


The kids and the rooster.

Andrew and Cowboy often disagree on which is in charge.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Madi's Teeth

Madi lost her first teeth!

And some bonus pictures.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The End of the Albuquerque Challenge

Thank you to everyone that participated. It was an interesting expiriment. Here are the results.

  1. Tommy 120%

  2. Sara 42%

  3. Dee 23%

  4. Brandon 22%

  5. Tony 19%

  6. Jerimy 18%

  7. Debbie 12%

  8. Jasmine 12%

  9. Justin 8%

  10. Cassie 8%

  11. Hailey 6%

  12. Mary 6%

  13. Sammie 3%

  14. Russ 1%

  15. Nicole 1%

  16. Denise 1%

  17. Rachael 0%

Friday, January 9, 2009

A New Job for Me

I was officially named the Network Administrator for the school district today. I have been the acting network admin for about a month now, but now I'll have the title to match. If you're thinking, "Good for him. He'll be getting a good raise!", you're wrong. I'm not actually getting much of a raise, but I am getting a title that will hopefully help me down the road.

Monday, January 5, 2009

My Kids are Home

I knew that it was going to be a rough week and a half the day I got back from taking them to the airport. I stayed at work longer than I needed to stay, and I watched a lot of Bowl Games. Here is a picture of some of the family that Cass was able to visit.