Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Paint a Basketball Court (at someone else's house!)

Jenna came up with the idea that for Abram & Leigh's anniversary we should clandestinely paint a basketball court on their driveway. It's something they always talk about doing, but it just takes time -- something they don't have between flying, cycling, kid taxiing, overly-aggressive adult soccer leagues, etc.

I was totally game. The best kind of home-improvement project -- when you're learning on the job -- is at someone else's house!

The weekend of their anniversary, Abram & Leigh were off in upstate New York, but unfortunately, it rained all weekend. Luckily the following weekend they were once again in New York (at a wedding), and the weather was perfect.

Finding all the online basketball-court templates wanting, we decided to just do it ourselves with the power of geometry and duct tape. Here's how you do it:

1. Drop a plumb from the hoop to determine points A, B, C and D. Draw lines AB and CD. The intersection is K, the origin.
2. Extend line CD to EF with segments EK and FK each being 5'10". If I were doing this again, I'd also drop the plumb from the ends of the backboard to ensure that EF is in parallel.
3. Geometry baby! Triangles EFT and EFU both have right-angles and two dimensions are known. Use this info to make arcs G, H, I and J. The arc intersections give you points T and U. Note that each painted line has a width of 2" and the inner foul line should be at 13'7".
4. LE = 21", LM = 12", MN = 36", NO = 2", OP = 36", PQ = 2", QR = 36", RS = 2". All blocks have an 8" depth but we decided to offset them 2" and have a 6" depth.
5. To make the three-point arc, measure 19'7" from K with a non-stretchy line. We just used the tape-measure and rotated in sync.
6. To make the foul-line arc, measure 5'10" from the center of the foul line.

We were originally hoping the A&L Dancy kids would be around to help entertain the little ones. Fortunately, Aidan had fun with the lawn mower and Sierra could be corralled for minutes at a time.

All our measurements were to the inside of the line, then we used masking tape of the correct width (2") to create a placeholder for the line. Then we used duct tape to mark the outside of the line. I was sore for 4 days from all this bending over -- that's what she said! Topic for discussion: when did I get so old?

We couldn't NOT do the semi-circle at the top of the lane. This tight circle was a little too much for the duct tape, as it kept folding and occasionally not bending well enough. I used a knife to create the intersection between the two arcs.

We originally intended to paint with rollers, but it bled. Instead we used my paint sprayer. For paint we're using latex zone-marking paint.

Even though it looked like we had enough buffer around the lines, there was a clear halo of paint from the sprayer. We tried scrubbing it off, but our kids woke up from their naps. We'll correct this in v2.0.

Still, it looks pretty good!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sierra @ 1 Year

Ooops - 10 days late on Sierra's last monthly update! I feel like I'm behind on everything right now! Anyway, now that Isaac got our computer working again, here's what Sierra is up to:

- still only takes 3-4 steps!
- loves playing the binkie game and puckering up for kisses, and does it with the cutest look on her face
- says "cat" and "AJ" and does some signs
- loves to play catch with balls and cars on the floor
- always wants to eat with a utensil
- is a real mommy's girl
- She's 22lbs, and about 2'5". She eats twice as much as Aidan does, so she's catching up quickly on weight!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Our 3-year-old Dell computer just died. Blogging will be on hiatus until I can get it running again.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sierra's Birthday

After the big Luau party the week before, Sierra's birthday itself was a fun, low-key day. Carmen and Rachel were staying over, and Sierra opened a few presents first thing in the morning.

The kids were so excited to climb into the wagon, it was almost impossible to put it together! There seems to be a theme for my parents - Cozy Coupe, PowerWheels, RollerCoaster, Radio Flyer...

Later on I took the kids strawberry picking at the local farm - but Sierra fell asleep on the 5 minute drive there! So, Aidan and I picked while she snoozed in her new wagon.

Sierra woke up and enjoyed some strawberries while Aidan fed the goats.

Later on, we played at Abram and Leigh's house and made strawberry shortcake.

Sarai said it was the best ever! She was hungry after playing 7 basketball games in 2 days!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Family Weekend

My parents and my great aunt Kathleen flew in for the weekend when we had the party. The kids loved the extra company, and it was great to have some help too!

Aidan loved having the bouncy castle all weekend.

We all had fun jumping!

Sierra figured out how to drive Aidan's car.

But she decided she loved riding on the front even better.

"What are these things Kathleen put on my feet?"

Isaac got a Tesla hat and shirt for his 30th - he can buy himself the actual Tesla for his 40th!

Another great shark shirt for AJ!

I'm not sure how we missed getting pictures of Kathleen with the kids, but here she is with my dad!

Gummy playing "turtle" with Aidan.

Thanks Gummy, PopPop, and AK!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Aidan riding solo - at 2.5 years!

Aidan continues to amaze us with his riding skills. I don't even need to chase him anymore!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Big One & The Big Thirty Birthday Luau

Last weekend was the big Luau I'd been planning for ages! As soon as I realized Sierra would be turning One and Isaac would be turning Thirty only a week apart, I knew we'd have to have a big party. I decided to make it Luau themed, so we had Leis and Hawaiian food and lots of tropical decorations, plus a bouncy castle just for fun. Luckily the weather cooperated and we had a wonderful day with family and friends.

It's hard to choose just a few photos, so there are more in this album, and even more on my computer! But, here are some of my favorites:

Posing with my beautiful little girl. It's so much fun dressing her up - crazy tutu, personalized shirt, lei, bow... I loved it!

The birthday Duo.

My mom and great aunt posing near the bar - Mai Tai's, girlie drinks, and a keg!

Dolphins in the fruit platter!

Isaac was happy to see some old friends too.

Aidan loved the bouncy castle - I think everyone did! People of all ages were in there at some point.

So cute in his Hawaiian outfit!

Sierra loved being in the castle too.

Sierra was excited t clap at the end of her song.

Cutting the cake.

I made her a doll cake to match her outfit!

Cake face!

Even after eating Sierra's cake, Aidan couldn't wait to try Daddy's ice cream cake!

Can't believe my honey is 30!

Sierra tried on some new shoes.

And then smiled for all the cameras.

Such a sweet little face.

Sierra and her little boyfriend Josh. Sierra loves boys!!

I'll miss my baby, but it sure is fun watching Sierra become more of a little girl every day.

Happy Birthday Isaac and Sierra! Thanks to everyone who shared the day with us - especially those that traveled far!