Sunday, January 30, 2011

Round Rock Racing

Aidan's First Pinewood Derby

 Just got back from a weekend in Round Rock, Texas attending Aidan's first Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, held in the gym of Aidan's elementary school.

Rules are fairly simple. Each scout must use the official Boy Scouts of American car kit which is nothing more than a block of pine wood, four plastic wheels, and four nails which serve as axles. The Scouts are free to carve, cut or sand the wood into any shape they wish, paint in any color, add stickers and other attachments. When completed, it must weigh no more than five ounces. Since the track is all gravity based, the closer a car is to max weight the faster it will go, all other things being equal. Aidan's car weighed in at 4.9 ounces.

Measuring about 40 feet in length, the track was machined aluminum, allowing two cars to run side by side. Cars are released simultaneously; this track had electronic timing which automatically posted time and winner of each heat. Each pair of scouts got five rounds of two heats each, for a total of ten runs. Aidan's car won 8 out of his ten heats.

Even though trophies were awarded for first, second and third place, it isn't about winning or trophies. It was about having fun, being a team, planning a project and executing the plan. That's what scouting teaches in its various activities. In this activity, they also learned about gravity, momentum, weight, balance, and friction.

Proud to say that my son, Adam, is assuming the role of scout master for Aidan's den. Adam's uniform includes a woven red, white and blue patch directly over the pocket, which indicates that he is also an Eagle Scout.

What a great weekend! Pround of my son and grandson.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Knot Dot Com

...recognizes LoveNotes

The premiere website for brides planning a wedding is . Over the years many brides have found LoveNotes via The Knot. The site has a wealth of
resources for just about any need a bride might have for that big day.

We were recently notified that LoveNotesWeddings ( has been awarded a "Best of 2011" seal by The Knot.

It's gratifying and we're proud; but it's also humbling to be given an award for doing something that we love to do.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Two Boys...

...Two Girls

Adam & Heather Byrd Dec 2010

Ian & Alyssa Byrd Dec 2010

Two of our Christmas presents were the latest portraits of our boys with their spouses. The one of Adam and Heather was taken at the company Christmas party for Adam's employer, Blizzard Entertainment. The one of Ian and Alyssa was shot by their close friend, Amy Grebe. She's the shooter who takes all the great pix of Henry and Liam.

Donna and I are being completely objective and unbiased in the belief that these two couples are the finest looking on the planet. Easy to look at aren't they?

btw, a behind the scenes tidbit. If you could see the left side of Heather's stunning red dress, you'd see the damage done by a doofus who spilled a cup of coffee on her just before the pic.