Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer fun with friends

Sheila E. brought her 3 boys up for a few days in early August.  They 5 boys had a great time swimming, playing and bowling.  It's tough to get 5 boys to smile on cue.  Kudos to all you photographers out there who do this for a living!
 Bowler Jarin
 Justin bowling
 We got such a kick out of Cayden.  He is Mr. Personality.  He had the best score out of all of us in 2 games.  First time bowling and I think he needs to sign up for the league!  WTG Cayden!
About 1/2 way through they turned off the lights and we were able to bowl neon style.
 Bryce, Cayden, Dylan & Sheila
Thanks for coming Sheila & boys!  Come again!  We enjoyed it!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fall Court of Honor

Justin was the emcee at the fall Court of Honor for his Boy Scout Troop.  The COH is the twice a year awards ceremony for all the boys who have earned their merit badges.  Justin added several more badges to his collection.  By being emcee, he earned his Communications Merit Badge.
 Announcing some awards
Mike hands out some awards
 Summer camp awards
Even Mike got some patches for participating in the Death Marches (long hikes) at camp!
 More awards

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

HMNS Scout Summer camp

Jarin spent a week at HMNS doing a Webelos Summer Camp and earning 5 pins.  A couple days I spent the day just reading, taking in an IMAX or two and his instructor let me go into the butterfly garden with his class.  They had to identify 5 different types of trees.  My favorite in here was the guava tree as it brought back memories of Hawaii.  
 Butterflies are everywhere!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tennis Anyone?

Part of Jarin's Sportsman Scout Pin involved getting two new sports belt loops.  He chose bicycling and tennis.  We spent some time going over the rules and scoring with him, then went out to practice and play.  Imagine the boys surprise when they realized that this old Mom could really hit the ball.  It's been ages and I can't say I hit all of them, but it was still fun to play.  I anticipate more tennis matches in our near future.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

We spent the day at Schlitterbahn having fun in the water.
 The boys got the nerve up to do the skycoaster

 It's akin to a giant slingshot.

 They crank you up...
 As far as you can go.
 Then you (Justin) pulled the ripcord and down they came!
 Speeding by us like a couple boys in Superman capes

 Video of the trip

 Jarin loves this water challenge

 We spent 8 hours just playing in the water.  A long, fun filled day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

San Antonio trip-July 2012

In late July, we enjoyed a weekend trip to San Antonio and Schlitterbahn
 We had dinner along the Riverwalk
 Beautiful hibiscus
The Alamo

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tennis Camp

In mid-July, Justin spent a couple hours a day doing "Tennis Camp".  So as not to embarrass him, I snapped a picture from the car.  He enjoyed it and hopefully he has improved his skills too.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fast Cars

Jarin has always been "car obsessed".  When he was little, he played countless hours with his Matchbox cars and one of his first words was "Hummer".  
A couple weeks ago we stopped in at Office Depot to pick up a few school supplies that were on sale.  When we came out the door, this was parked there.  "It's a Lamborghini Gallardo", he exclaimed!!  He was so excited to see one and insisted I take his picture with it.  I googled Hum Tum and it's a radio station here in our town.  When we left, I asked him how he knew what the car was.  His explanation?  "I know my cars, Mom!"  Truly he does!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This little girl

This little girl (Maddie) has a pretty good life around here compared to the life of a stray she had before we got her.
To say she's spoiled would be an understatement.
Justin really loves his dog and I'd say the feeling is mutual.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Swim Time!

While we had the 2 extra boys, we dodged some rain storms and headed to the pool.  Weldon and Jarin having fun.
 Justin B. and the rest of them in the background
 When the lifeguards took a safety break, the kids played in the kiddie pool.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer Fun

The boys had a couple boys from the North side spend a couple nights in July.  Their cousin, Weldon came, as well as Justin B.  We spent the afternoon at the HMNS in Sugar Land.
 Watch out for the big dino!
 Jarin read a story to this therapy dog.
 Weldon checks out an experiment
 Jarin and Weldon try to lift a planet
 Justin holds Mars
 And Justin B covered it up with one hand!

 Checking out the moving dinos