Our vacation started out well, we got the car packed and out of the driveway by 7 oçlock. It rained really hard all morning. We saw a couple of wrecks in Jacksonville. We almost made it to Madison, and then blew a head gasket. It was raining. We called AAA, who towed us to Madison, sat in a repair shop for about four hours, and the checked into the local Super 8. Our really good friend Cliff came and rescued us the next day. Here are a couple of pictures that I took at the hotel, and the ride home.
Today's my 31st birthday. Thanks to my kids and all my friends, it was a really nice one that I'll always remember. When I got home from work, there was a florist at my front door with a Poinsette from my really good friend Traci. And then I went inside and found a surprise party waiting for me. Juliana, Erin and Kayla brought me lunch and made me a cake. It was so nice to sit and chat with them. I love good friends. Thanks! When Corbin got home I was able to open my present, and I love it. It was an all around good day. (Don't worry Mike, I bought myself a present from you. It is on it's way to Texas right now.)
Corbin's homework tonight was to write a letter to a friend. Corbin wrote this to Caden:
In case you can't read the faint writing, it says "Dear Caden, I like to go on the boat with you. I like to swim with you. It is fun!"
Corbin has been such a big help since Mike left. Today for example, when I got home he had build a tent out of a piece of tarp, and the kids were pretending to camp. Then they came in and played in the garage for a little bit before dinner. They didn't fight once (which is a BIG accomplishment). Corbin willingly did his homework, and we were able to spend some one-on-one time after the others went to bed. It was a great night with Corbin.
On Wednesday, October 28, America once again showcased its dominance in space technology to the world, as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration successfully launched its Ares 1-X Rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. Such an achievement augurs well: The new moon program is a shining rebuttal to detractors of America’s math and science programs as well as a promise for progress in American space exploration in the future. To begin with, the rocket’s technical specifications are astounding. Thirty-two stories high, the Ares 1-X towers as the tallest rocket in the world. And the sight of the launch was no less spectacular than the rocket itself. The first stage of the engine brought the rocket 25 miles into the air until its fuel ran out and parachuted it into the ocean.