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June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Joann

Filed under: Family,Gaba Insight — alaboutnothing @ 9:31 am
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On your birthday,
I’m thinking about how much light and sparkle
you freely dispense wherever you go,
how your sunny smile lights up any gathering.
Every birthday marks another year
of you radiating positive, happy energy,
contagious happiness
that infects all who come in contact with you.
May your next birthday find you the same–
glowing from within,
beaming bright joy on everyone you meet.
I feel blessed to know and love you.

Nothing compares to love you radiate and the dreams you inspire.

I love You

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May 26, 2009

Candy Land Marathon

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 10:42 pm
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Candyland delux

 This Memorial Day weekend Discovery Channel had their “Deadliest Catch” marathon, History Channel had their “Band of Brothers” marathon and we have our 1st annual Candy Land marathon.

  A few months ago we purchased Candy Land for Gaba and she took to it immediately.  She not only wanted to play the game every waking moment, but after three days she wanted to change the rules. 

  The basic point of the game is to pick cards with color pictures and move your marker to the next matching color square on the path to the Candy Land Castle at the top of the game board.  If there are two colors on the card you pick, then you move to the first color square and then on to the next color square along the path. Then there are “gift” cards that have a picture that match strategically placed squares with the same picture on the path.  If you pick one of these then you move your marker either forward or backward to the matching square of the picture on the card.  The “gift” cards are Gaba’s favorite cards even if it means going backwards on the board.  As each card is used it is discarded in to the used stack and not used again unless s re-shuffle was required to continue the game.  Click here for full description.

  The rule change Gaba wanted was the “gift” cards went right back in to the “picking” stack and were not discarded.  So we tried a few games and we found that it increased the game completion time buy about 80%.

  The marathon however was played under the original Candy Land rules.

  Each of us picked our playing piece (marker) and I used the King Kandy, grandma used Mr. Mint, Gaba’s mom used Lolly and Gaba used the Princess Frostine.  We started Saturday morning at 9:00 AM and continued on until 8:00 PM.  Then started again Sunday morning about 9:00 AM and finished at 5:00 PM.  We played 96 full games, only stopping for food, potty, and sanity breaks.  Of the 96 games Gaba won 30, Gaba’s mom won 25, grandma won 23, and I won 18.

  A good time was had by all and first thing tomorrow morning we are teaching Gaba how to play the card game “war”.  With the fourth of July coming up soon another marathon may be in order and we want to keep it simple and numeric.

 I have nothing more to add except that I now have a craving for Gum Drops.

May 11, 2009

Wheel of Fortune Challenged

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 9:40 pm
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WofF

 We have been watching Wheel of Fortune for many years and still watch it almost every day. When I watch I am usually watching with my wife and she is a word “guru”.  My wife has been known to solve the word puzzles without any letters posted on the board.  She did this just last week on a final puzzle.  This totally amazes me.

 Now I sit there and struggle with every puzzle even though once in awhile when the wife is out of the room, manage to solve the puzzle before the contestant.  Sometimes when I am watching alone and getting close to solving, my wife will walk in to the room, glance at the TV screen, pause for two seconds and she solves the puzzle.  Ugh!

  So in order to “beef” up my word association I secretly started playing “Text Twist” on Yahoo.  In this game they give you several letters and you move the letters to boxes to make words.  In order to continue your game you need to make a word that uses all the letters.  The other words are just bonuses to your score.  It has helped, but just last week I was playing and my daughter just happened to walk by and as she passed she told me the answer without missing a step. Ugh!

  So now when we watch the “Wheel” I sit quietly and listen to my wife and daughter verbally working out the answer.  If for some reason the answer pops in to my head like a flash from divine intervention, I will blurt out the answer.  This doesn’t happen very often but when it does it makes my day.

  I will continue to do the “Text Twist” if for no other reason than to beat my high score of 38,000.  I don’t remember how I did it, but can only assume a computer glitch had something to do with it.

  At this point I will stop at “nothing” to continue my pursuit of learning more words. 

May 3, 2009

A Gaba Morning

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 7:25 pm
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 Almost every morning when I am starting my day I get a cup of coffee and sit at my P/C to read the news and check my email.  As I am sitting at my P/C focused on reading the events of the day I hear a voice say “Papa, are you busy?”  The voice is from Gaba (My 3 year old grand-daughter) and I think she knows that even if I was doing heart surgery I would put everything on hold to answer her question.  I turn to Gaba and say, “I am never too busy for you.”  Gaba the says, “Can we go see The Puppy of the day?”  I say, “Sure.”  Then I get up off my chair so Gaba can sit in it and kneel down next to her.  I minimize the screen I was just looking at and then bring up my “iGoogle” .

 

 The theme on my “iGoogle” is a park and Gaba likes to see what’s happening in the park.  This theme changes depending on what time of the day you are looking at it.  In the morning there are joggers, in the afternoon there are children playing, and at night the sky is dark and the park is empty.

 

 Then on my “iGoogle” I had three “Apps” just for Gaba.  The first one we visit is “The Daily Puppy”.  Gaba moves the mouse to the picture and clicks on it. (Sample click here) A new window opens and she maximizes the window and I tell he the name of the puppy and read the description to her.  We then scroll down looking at all the pictures.  The, on the same window, Gaba clicks on “Today’s grown up puppy” and we go through the same process.  When we are done, we close the window and return to the “iGoogle” screen where we visit the next two “Apps” “My Pony” and “My Pig”.  On both of these “apps” there is a little box at the top of each and when you click on the box it places a piece of food in that box.  The “Pony” trots over to the food and “eats” it and the “Pig” flies over to the food “eats” it.  Then we are done and we close the window.

 

 Now we move on to “Word” so Gaba can do some typing.  I set the document format to “Arial” and the size to 72.  Gaba then makes sure the “Caps Lock” is on because she likes only capital letters.  I must say that when we first started doing this she would randomly hit keys on the keyboard, but now Gaba will say “I want to spell my name, Gabrielle”.  I then say the letters out load and she types each one. When she is done I say “next line” and she hits the “Enter” key.  She will then ask for other words and we go though the same process.  Just before we are done, I point to some of the words she has typed and ask her what it spells.  She usually correctly answers on each word I ask about.  When she is done, she clicks on the “printer” icon and prints today’s entries.  She then goes over to the printer and gets the print out, then takes it and hangs up with the others.

 

 Gaba then will say “Thank you Papa.” and go about her day with her mom.

 

Nothing can replace this time I spend with Gaba.

March 28, 2009

Gaba saves the day…

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 6:35 am

 Gaba, my 3 ½ year old granddaughter, and her mom were at the park today.  Gaba was riding her new bike when she suddenly stopped.  Gaba was looking down and said to her mom, “There is something down there.”  Gaba’s mom looked down and saw something moving in the grass.  Gaba and her mom took a closer look and saw that it was a baby Hummingbird.  It could not fly because it was so young, so Gaba’s mom found a small box and Gaba went and picked some flowers to put in the box for food.  They both admired the baby bird for a little while, then Gaba’s mom called the Animal Welfare office and report what they had found.  The Animal Welfare folks came to their location and thanked Gaba and her mom for reporting the baby bird.  They said they would take it back to their office and they would take care of the baby Hummingbird.

 When Gaba and her mom were telling us the story I could see that Gaba was very proud of herself.  Both grandma and I told her how proud we were of what they had done.

Nothing compares to the smile on Gaba’s face when she was talking about today’s event.

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