Saturday, August 2, 2008

iPhones, tomtoms and the Fonz

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. . . Janet and Dean (along with Tom) were very gracious with a gift of a tomtom GPS system so I could navigate my way more easily when I have to go to Boston and unfamiliar places. Thanks!

Also, Tom was in the need of a new cell phone and has been eyeing the new iPhone since it came out a couple of weeks ago. We were planning a trip to Braintree anyway, where there just happens to be an Apple store, so we checked them out and before we knew it, we left with two iPhones (I had to get a new phone too if we were switching services). Here is a picture of the girls in matching dresses (thanks to Janet too!) and matching iPhones. What a rough life!

The iPhone is great. It has an iPod, calendar (syncs with my calendar on my computer), email, text, internet, youtube, weather reports, etc. Now if it could just do my grocery shopping we'll be all set. We had fun playing with them this week. It is a little cumbersome to make a call - you have to push about 3 buttons no matter what to call someone when we were used to just hitting one number on speed dial. I'm sure they will make improvements to it as time goes on. You can download new applications once they become available.

This has been a crazy, busy week. I've worked more this week to cover a vacation, Melanie has had drama camp everyday, both girls have swim lessons three days a week - Melanie's is at 1:00 and Kylie at 3:00, so we are forced to stay at the beach for 2 1/2 hours those 3 days : ). Melanie finished up with her jump roping class on Tuesday, so that's one less thing to do.

Since it was so busy and next week is equally busy, I was ready to shower and get in PJs after yesterday's swim lesson, but friends of ours were going to see Henry Winkler at a book signing in town and I decided to go. Who could pass up seeing the Fonz? I was glad I went. He has co-authored 15 children's books about Hank Zipzer, a boy with dyslexia who struggles academically. It is based on Henry Winkler's own childhood where he suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. He gave a speech to the audience before the book signing that was funny and engaging. He really pointed out to us as parents that we should not berate a child for not being able to learn the same way or pace as we think they should. Also he stated that how you learn does not have anything to do with how brilliant you are. The girls enjoyed it as well. The signing itself took a long time because of the crowd. We weren't able to chat with him. He just signed quickly and we got a quick pic.


OConnellFamily said...

It will do your grocery shopping... you just have to use peapod! LOL....

Kelli said...

I was thinking barcode scanner on the end of the phone that you scan your items you are running low on, it sends the message to the grocery store and the items appear on your doorstep. Why not?