Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Rilianne’s Last Day of Pre-K

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Today was Rilianne’s official last day of Pre-K. For the last 2 months, Pre-K has taken place over Zoom. This evening, they did a slideshow and presented awards online. She received the “Deer Award” for being a gracious friend. We enjoyed reminiscing over the year with a slide show while also silently grieving for the moments that were lost. I guess we officially have a kindergartener now!

Her teachers: Mrs. Merrell and Mrs. Willis.

And her spring school photo turned out really well!

Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Kimberlie and the kids were happy to get new phones and Rilianne was happy to finally have her own suitcase.  We also continued our traditional Waffle House Christmas brunch.

Atlanta United Flag Kids

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Today, we went to the Atlanta United game. First we watched the players enter the stadium and Mackenzie signed the golden spike.

Rilianne met a fan dressed like Santa Claus, which was the highlight of the day for her.

The World Cup final was also today and we were able to watch it on the halo screen at Mercedes Benz Stadium. It was really cool.

Mackenzie and Tristan along with some other kids from Mackenzie’s soccer club were chosen to be “flag kids”. They went out on the field during the national anthem and held the team’s flags.  This was the highlight of the day for Mackenzie for sure!

Screentime Sisters

Friday, September 8th, 2017

These two are the best of friends. Rilianne is always interested in what Mackenzie is doing. Mackenzie isn’t always thrilled about that, but she still loves her.

13WMAZ Junior Journalist Tryouts

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Mackenzie tried out this evening for 13WMAZ’s Junior Journalist program. Tryouts were at the Museum of Aviation at the town airport (air force base). If selected, she would be a young reporter for the local TV station. We were surprised to see two other girls from her soccer team at the tryouts.

After sign in, we went into a holding auditorium where they began broadcasting a live update on the evening news. Here is what it looked like from my perspective. You can see Mackenzie on the far left.

Here is what it looked like on TV from Kimberlie’s perspective. You can see Mackenzie looking over the reporter’s shoulder on the far right. I’m in the center in the yellow shirt.

She went through a short interview and then a headshot.

After the interview, she got to check out the station’s mobile Storm Lab.

Westin Peachtree Week

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

I just got home from being in Atlanta for work all week.

This time I stayed at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, which is a 72 story hotel.  Here is what my 48th floor room looked like:

Here is a view of the Mercedes Benz stadium under construction. It will be the home of the Atlanta United soccer team and the Atlanta Falcons:

From my hotel, I could also see the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals:

Of course, any work trip requires lots of Facetiming.

Here I am ready to go downstairs for three days of IT conferencing.

On the third day, I ate really good. I had lunch at the Sundial, which is a rotating fine dining restaurant on the 72nd floor. While we ate, we ate unobstructed 360 degree views of Atlanta.

Later that evening, as we were getting ready to go to dinner, we saw a production company shooting a movie on the sidewalk outside of our hotel.  Georgia is the new movie capital of the world so its common now to run across productions.

I had dinner at Mac Lagers, which is a local brewpub. The food was fantastic!

Westin has a program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings where running concierges will take you on a running tour around the city.  Here is a picture of our group taken at 6:30 AM. I was less than energetic.  I found the picture had been posted on the hotel’s instagram.

7th Annual Joshua’s Birthday Bash

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Last night, we all got fancy and went to the 7th Joshua’s Birthday Bash. I can’t believe we’ve done this for seven years!

I really wanted to bid on driving this Tesla for 24 hours. But, I have these things called kids. But one day, I’m going to own a Tesla!

It was an easy night this year. All of the videos that I prepared were well-tested in advance and turned over to the D.J. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy ourselves.

Drone in the Neighbor’s Tree

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Tristan and I continued to enjoy his new drone . . .

Until my flying combined with the wind got it stuck about 80 feet up in the neighbor’s tree.

We have friends in high places who sent the fire department to try to shoot it down with a high pressure hose, but that didn’t work out.

Finally, some inclement weather brought the drone down. Here is a photo I took from the drone while it was in the tree. You can see the neighbor’s roof, my roof, and my pool.

Drone Flying

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Tristan and I have been spending time flying the drone that he got for Christmas. Here are some photos from the drone:

2017 Walt Disney World 5K

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Yesterday, I drove solo to Walt Disney World for marathon weekend. Because school just started back, the kids couldn’t miss too many days.  Instead of missing yesterday, today and tomorrow, they will join me this evening and only miss tomorrow.

When I arrived, I went to the health and fitness expo and got a temporary tattoo as well as my race bibs, shirts, and my annual Mickey.

This morning, I got up really early and ran the Walt Disney World 5K — the first of four races in the Dopey Challenge.

After a nap, I chilled by the pool for most of the afternoon.

My hotel is across the lake from Disney Springs. Disney is still doing the Christmas drone show over the lake. Here are some images from the show. Each “light” is actually a drone.  Pretty awesome technology!