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Leo, Tingting, Thomas, Amanda and I went to the Gathering Place in Tulsa yesterday. It is such a cool, beautiful and fun place. Paid for in all private funding, it is the best public park I have ever been in! The park is free to get into and took about 2 years to develop. There are at least two restaurants, tons of children playgrounds, splash pads, small Lakers for paddle boating, gardens,… Read More

We made it safe and sound to the USA last night, and Leo got to meet his grandparents, aunt Marianne, and of course his big brother Thomas for the first time. 19 years apart, and everyone says they look-alike. Overall, Leo did such a great job on the flights. Our first flight was nearly 13 hours long, and he slept at least 7 of them. I watched a couple of movies, but… Read More

We came, we saw, we accomplished! Our rush to the embassy worked out great! We got our papers and I even got 25,000 steps in today as I explored Guangzhou on foot. I walked along the Zhujiang river, explored the Guangdong Museum, and did some luxury shopping at the IGC mall, though I bought nothing. Tingting had to work, so she spent all day Tuesday doing that….. 😦 anyway, it was still… Read More

Tingting and I came to Guangzhou today. We have a bit of snag in our travel plans to the USA and we’re hoping the US embassy here can help out. Otherwise, we took the evening and walked around our hotel tonight and enjoyed a bit of the local atmosphere. we found this old building / temple, but Tingting said it is not old, just built in the old style. Inside was lovely,… Read More

Just having a bit of fun with the laser cutter, and making example resources for my design classes.

I have been improving my CAD and 3D printing skills! Haha I started with a finished model that I downloaded from ThiniVerse, but had to modify it for our school’s printers which could not handle the job. Had to rebuild a couple parts from scratch. Then I built the stand also. It’s been fun…. Unfortunately the PLA material shrank during the process and several parts don’t fit right, but I’ll try to… Read More

I added a blue acrylic window and a wood frame. I’m debating on a few more exterior changes or additions, not sure yet. Again, I “found” the house online, but made the rest. I easily could have designed the house, probably should have, but I was in a hurry! Lol

Been building a LED light box with a Halloween them. So far, I’m pretty please with it, though it’s far from done. I was inspired by some the great work my 7th grade students have made in their design class. I’m also hoping that this Light box will inspire them next year to make something even better than what they did this year.

We celebrated her big 40 yesterday! It was great. I custom designed a nine piece heart shaped puzzle, and laser cut poems on each piece. Then I hid the pieces around the house and each one had a clue to help find the next one. The first piece was presented to her by Leo. The second one was attached to some chocolates, the 4th one had an iPhone case on it with… Read More

Tingting, Leo and I had a great day walking along Huhui Binjiang in Shanghai. It’s a really fun place, and great for kids. Tons of interesting spots such as a long public climbing wall with arches, retired shipping loaders that are converted into observation platforms, and much more. There’s also a museum or three along the path and several cafes, a couple that are really good! Xuhui Binjiang is a rapidly growing… Read More