Monday, February 8, 2010

Media Room Remodel

We're trying to decide if we want to move our media center upstairs into the formal living room and turn it into a home theater.  Over the past 4 years, we've upgraded all of our electronic equipment; I have a 7.1 Channel Receiver/Amp, 60" HDTV, 8 Bose Speaker system, DTV-DVR, a Blu-Ray player, and a PS3 I can stream from my computer.  So thankfully, all the electronic gear is covered.  If we do, it will require a new set of furniture for seating, drapery, a rug of some sort, and more than likely the walls and ceiling will have to be ripped out and redone.

We're estimating the project to run about 10 grand for everything, but we think it will be good in the long run because most families are putting home theaters in their homes anyways.  Since we'll be redoing the walls and ceiling, I'll be able to run HDMI, Ethernet, and all the other speaker wires necessary for it.

We're just testing it out right now.  The entertainment center is way to large, so we left the towers and bridge downstairs for now.  We jsut moved the TV, the TV stand, PS3, and DVR upstairs.  For seating, we're just gonna grab 2 futons from Target since they are cheap, and when we're done with them, well then we have extra beds if need be.

Very exciting!

 (The room in it's current state)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Family Photos

Over Christmas when I was visiting my dad, he started showing me all these photo albums he's been putting together.  Now that the kids are out of the house, he's been moving stuff around and organizing everything.  I told him I can take them all home with me and scan them all, this way we have a digital copy of them and we won't lose them.

I think I scanned just over 4,000 photos, documents, report cards... anything that was in there.  I found birth certificates, wedding announcements, baptismal records, all sorts of stuff!

I went through and cropped most of them and did some touching up using Photoshop on quite a few of them.  Some of these photos are 5 decades old, hell, some aren't even photos they are so old, they are actually paint on canvas.

Well, now I have them all Photoshopped as much as I am willing to spend time with doing that, now I have to figure out some way to organize them all.  I'm having a difficult time trying to wrap my brain around that task.  For right now, I am just splitting them up by my immediate siblings and their families, then I will go from there.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


I was out doing errands today and I was getting kind of hungry, so I stopped by McDonald's and got myself a Mighty Kids meal and I got Dexter a cheeseburger.

In the summertime, he normally gets a vanilla baby cone from Dairy Queen, during the winter though, he'll get a cheeseburger.

Lately we've been trying to make him wait to eat his treats until we say it's ok for him to eat them, so we'll put the treat in his mouth and have him sit for a moment.