We went camping this weekend – even though it was 95 degrees! But we avoided the heat – we brought the inflatable boat and spent all our time in Lake Jordan.
I did my best pirate impression and kept the girls on the run – including Sparrow (Wren), Calypso (Scarlett), Starfish (Savanah), Spongebob and Patrick (Olivia and her friend), and my arch-enemy, Rat (Reiley). We rafted, they rafted, we captured, they walked the plank, they stowed away, they abandoned ship, they stole our oars, they captured the treasure from us, they buried the treasure, they swam right past us with it without giving it away. They did a fine job of keeping Captain Jack (Richard) and me baffled as to the whereabouts of the rare and valuable green sword for most of the time at sea. Scurvy little sea scum rats!
We had a nice campfire with dogs burgers corn beans and smores, classic. Cameron drew the lucky straw and came with us, he was a darling. And the new tent is fantastic.
It was a compact and fun trip, and we made it back in time to relax, watch more World Cup (go US!), and celebrate Father’s day. What a life. :>
We took some soil samples from some land we were looking at, NC has a nice soil testing service through the Agronomics branch of the Agriculture Department. You just drop off some soil and they send you a report, awesome! Takes about a week…
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What a fun day, two games on Saturday, taking the team to the winner’s circle! Gary, Randy and I have coached these girls for years, and watched them come together as a team. I’m like a broken record, but I’d rather see the girls play as a team, with great crosses, using the whole field, leading passes to open spaces, etc., even if it means losing to the poorer strategies of teams that leverage one kid dribbling the length of the field, or the whole team playing packball. The beautiful thing about this tournament was the fact that our team-based effort is now officially blowing the doors off those strategies, with the kids’ constantly-improving level of play taking them to a coordinated effort that is truly a beautiful thing to watch. Every kid is a contributor, and they were on FIRE on Saturday. Way to go, Allie, Brooklyn, Chloe, Dania, Holly, Jennifer, Jessica, Kylie, Olivia, Syndey, Wrenny, Zoe!
My bro is constantly trying to fight the right-wing hate machine that lives and breathes through all the bitter old people that use the internet (read: forward junk mail). He does a beautiful job of debunking the bs, but it always falls on deaf ears (and minds).
So… I am reposting his inspired responses so they aren’t lost in the bottom of an overstuffed inbox. All in good fun.
Fourteen, holy cow. We went to PF Chang’s, had cake, opened presents, and stayed up ’til midnight watching Woody Allen’s Manhatten Murder Mystery, fun fun! The highlight by most accounts was the news that Reiley is in line for a puppy – let the next great search begin. :>
I was pretty nervous about my mom and dad coming to visit, didn’t want them to have to make the long trip. Sure glad they did, though – we had a blast. The main event was Reiley’s confirmation, a big day for all of us. Along the way we managed to…
- go out to Mellow Mushroom, order Thai Thai…
- have a cookout with dogs, brats, corn, s’mores
- fix up pop’s boxcarkid.com website
- watch Sherlock Holmes (aaaawesome!)
- explore the garden, walking CAREFULLY down the steeply sloped back yard
- invent a great new family game, GRAB BAG! :P
- have a ton of laughs :>
What a great time we had in DC last week!
Any time you want to take a “walking vacation”, I heartily recommend DC. There are more sights to see than you could cover in a week of walking.
We hit museums, monuments, the White House and the Capitol Building in two days, and it was quite a fun workout. Absolutely gorgeous weather, joggers everywhere, people playing soccer on the green. And just walking the streets of Washington provides a wealth of architectural delights.
We stayed in a DoubleTree hotel just off of Dupont Circle, right in the middle of the action. It was maybe a half-mile walk to the White House. We got really good at running across 5-lane intersections with 12 seconds on the pedestrian clock!
At one point, strolling a block off the National Mall, Wren and I are pretty positive that we passed Adam Young, eating a chocolate ice cream cone. He had big sunglasses on and a hoodie, but I swear it was him. And Wren backs me up: “he loves sweets, it had to be him!”
But a word of warning: don’t pet the squirrels! Reiley, ever affectionate towards wildlife, was instructed on this by Chief Headmaster Squirrel, who took a big chunk out of her finger following her third attempt to “pet” him. Fortunately squirrels don’t pass rabies to humans, so treatment centered around preventing infection and tendon damage (once Andrea got her to the emergency room – Wren and I were busy listening to Adam). She’s recovering well. :>
On the last day, before heading out of town, we meandered in the car over to the Georgetown area, where hip restaurants are lined up in long rows, with wait staff loitering on the sidewalk ready to pull you inside. We found a nice-looking Indian restaurant, and shared 4 delicious entrees. After 2 days of walking and quick lunches and dinners at Subway and Johnny Rockets, it was a satisfying end.
Wren and I have been looking forward to this for months, and last Thursday it happened. It was absolutely perfect. We were far up and above the left side of the stage for the first half, then moved down to a few rows back from the stage on the right. Sounded great, the stage lights were great, and Adam kept us jumping and singing and shouting all night, playing keyboard solos, flinging a guitar around, and generally dancing about. Woohoo! Wrenny and I had to wait outside for Ma and Rei to get out of the emergency room (!) after, and we spent the time outside the tour bus, waiting to spot Adam, but we were denied a third sighting. :>