Monday, July 27, 2020

Tucker's raisin story

Here it is: Hello, I am Harris the grape. I am about to tell you all about my dehydration. It was a hot Summer's day when it all started. Me and my family were at Raymond Beach, and I was lying out in the sun. It was so nice that I didn't notice anything at first, but when we got up to leave, my skin felt tingly and a bit mushy. I dismissed it as a bad sunburn, but it kept getting worse. Finally, we went to the doctor, who told us, "He has started the process of dehydration. He will be a raisin in two weeks." Naturally, my parents were very proud, as raisins have been in the family business for centuries. Over the next few weeks, I could feel my crunchy, grapey texture turn into sweet, sugary mush. By the end of the two weeks I looked like the oldest grape in my neighborhood. That's how I felt, too. Weak and old. Anyway, That's it, folks!

drawing by Andrea Surace

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pioneer Day at Anita's house

Anita invited Tucker and Savannah to participate in their Pioneer Day celebration yesterday - it included wearing some pioneer clothing, a trek with a handcart, leather crafting, pioneer games all the while learning about some of their ancestors. 

Chad gave some instruction and information about the handcart before the kids started on their trek

they pulled and pushed the cart to the neighbor's house

they got to hold one-day-old baby bunnies

then they kept going on their trek that would end at Anita's house

they went up Wedekind Road

then back to Anita's for some games

and then later they had some lunch. Everyone had a great time learning about what the early pioneers went through as they traveled west. 

Carson's RC car

Carson and Ryan did some time trials with their RC cars

Ryan and Jess came over for church last Sunday and spent the day with us.

Tucker turns 12

Tucker got a circuit board.....

some money.....

a watch....

some Werther's caramels, and a strawberry cake from Safeway. 

Our new home in Galena


We just got the keys to our new house last Tuesday. 
We are now at 14147 American Pillar Ct. , Reno, NV

our new fridge has a computer screen on the front

Airpod case under the electronic microscope

notice the small dark smudges on the lid and right in front of the airpods

My airpod case has magnets in it that keep it closed. These images show the erosion from opening and closing the case for a couple of years now. 

Above shows metal shavings that are attracted to the magnet. I can sweep those away with my finger....

but with erosion like this, I can't just clean it away. 

You can see some metal pieces in these holes that have worn away at the plastic and caused the erosion. It's amazing what you can see under a microscope! 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Fourth of July Family Gatherings

Knight cousins got to spend some time together this past week as we all gathered in Sparks for the 4th of July holiday.

We met up at the park

We celebrated the 4th of July by gathering in the Knight treehouse to listen to family history stories from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.