Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baby Update

Merek is walking.  I've been ordered to take a video, so someday I'll post that when I take it.  He is so funny about it.  Still not very sure, so he walks about 4-5 steps, gets down crawls for a couple feet, stands back up and walks 4-5 more steps.  He is most likely to walk outside.

I missed a great photo op today.  I took the kids to the park, Tyler and Rylan were blowing bubbles (soap kind) with the cutest little girl.  They were being so sweet. Rylan did have a major meltdown when I took the bubbles away from him to give back to the little girl. I also got to see Corbin interact with his good friend from school. Very interesting.  When he first noticed him, he came straight to me to report that he was there. Then he would run past where his friend was playing.  When his friend, Alex, talked to him, Corbin would keep on walking.  He kept Alex in  his sights.  It took about 30 minutes before they started to play together.

X-37B Launch

X-37B launched tonight.  Here is a little info about it...

Rocket Carrying Test Spacecraft Launches
Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:40:11 PM  
Reported by Margaret Kavanagh and Greg Pallone
CAPE CANAVERAL -- An Atlas V rocket carrying a new test spacecraft blasted off Thursday night, but what exactly it will do remains a secret.The Air Force has called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle its newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft.The test vehicle remains shrouded in secrecy regarding exactly what it will do once it’s in space.
The Orbital Test Vehicle is nearly 10 feet long, has a wingspan of nearly 15 feet, weighs 11,000 pounds, and is the world’s second reusable spacecraft. Compare that to the first reusable spacecraft, the shuttles: Each shuttle is 184 feet long, has a wingspan of 78 feet, and weighs 4.5 million pounds. Shuttle payloads can go up to 64,500 pounds, while the OTV can only handle up to 500 pounds.
This “new” vehicle is not completely new. NASA laid the foundation back in the late 1990s, and handed the reins over to the Air Force in 2004. It was originally planned to launch from the payload bay of a shuttle, but that changed after the Columbia disaster in 2003. Tests were done in the mid-2000s, leading up to Thursday’s launch. The test vehicle is just like a shuttle in the way it returns through the atmosphere, descends and lands on a runway, but instead of astronauts controlling it onboard, it’s controlled remotely from the ground. In the future, planners said they hope to conduct experiments and rendezvous with other spacecraft, and stay in low Earth orbit for up to 270 days. This test falls under the Air Force umbrella, which means it is classified by the military. With that, much of the mission is secret, with no word on where the space plane is being controlled from, nor how long it will be in orbit until it lands in California.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today's Landing

Monday, April 19, 2010

Trip to Dad's

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy Birthday Merek!

I can't believe he is one already. Time really flies. Merek is such a super sweet baby.  He is always full of giggles and smiles.  He is very independant, and does not what to be held much at all. His favorite thing right now is to climb the ladder to Corbins bed. He giggles the whole way up. He loves to be outside and will crawl to the door and try and open the door knob.  If Opie is on the otherside barking, then he will sit there and bark back at Opie. Right now his only word is mama. I'm sure many more are coming, because he is always chattering at you. He loves his brothers and actually plays with them. He will eat anything that I put in front of him without complaint. When he crawls he doesn't like his knees to be on hard surfaces, so a lot of the time he crawls with his behind in the air.  He has gotten really fast at that method.  He can stand at will anywhere, and does frequently.  He considers stepping, but never does. He only has 4 teeth, and has found many uses for them.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Daddy's Here!

We took the kids to the river for some fishing (i.e. exploring).

For Merek's birthday next week, we had a party. We had a few friends over, and had a great time.  We had food, cake, presents, balloons, and an easter egg hunt.