Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last day with the cousins

We spent one evening having dinner with Joel & Sarah.  The kids wanted to swim so they got to go for a short time before the pool closed.
 Here comes Jarin
 and Brynn!

 One last picture of the 4 cousins with Joel & Sarah's new dog, Wrangler.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Justin's 15th birthday party

We held Justin's 15th birthday party a little early due to the move.  He wanted to have some of his friends from Scouts come and join him at Main Event.

 They had fun bowling, playing laser tag, playing video games and going on the high ropes coarse.
 Mike and Mr. L got up on the thing too!
 Another cake!
 One of his friends gave him the bow tie and pocket handkerchief.  I think it's a Dr. Who thing.
Happy 15th Justin!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last day of karate

Jarin wanted to go out with a bang.  He wanted a cookie cake and a regular cake to chop in 1/2.  I found this design and they were able to change the wording to match.  We were in the apartment with limited baking pans, so I wasn't able to make it myself.
 One final chop after class
 Eating the cookie cake.
We hope he will continue here in SC, but he has his reservations.  He is only a few years away from his black belt.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Last Troop Meeting

My apologies as this picture is blurry, but this was our last meeting with the Troop.  Mr. F is pointing out that there are 5 Eagle Scouts this year (Justin being one of them).
 They also presented Mike with a framed photo of the Troop for all that he has done to help as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Field Day 2014

I realize I'm about 3 months behind on blogging, but it's taken me a good month to find my camera cord (seriously, tis what happens when you move), so my apologies.  This was Jarin's last field day as an elementary school student-May 1st, 2014
Playing knock down the cone.
 I love the look on the girl's face in front of him.  They were all really drenched that day, but none of them seemed to mind.
 Playing volleyball with the big basketball.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spring Court of Honor

Our last Court of Honor with the Troop was held in April.
Jarin got his first two merit badges!
Justin and several others won the Ben Carter award.  The Ben Carter award was an award given in memory of a Scout who passed away in the Troop years ago.  He lived the spirit of Scouting.  The leaders vote on who shows that spirit in their Scouting careers and they are awarded with a plaque.
 Mr. Serious
 Talking about Order of the Arrow
 And the Troop gave our family Miss November.  She is an inflatable decoy deer that has made it through several camps (including our last one in June).  We had a blast with her this year, even taking her to the campfire ceremony.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cullinan Park

This park was right around the corner from our apartment.  I decided to check it out one day with Maddie.  There is a nice boardwalk in which you can view alligators, although I didn't see any that day.
 Just birds

 Then I found this great walking trail through the woods and decided to explore.  I had Maddie on a short leash as I was afraid of her getting into poison ivy and spreading it around the house.
 I was glad she was on a short leash as shortly after I snapped the above picture, we came up upon this snake.  That shortened our walk considerably and we headed back to the car.  I think it might be a water moccasin (cottonmouth).  Markings are similar to the one I found a picture of online.
 Photo of one I found online when I searched.
I never went back to the park.  It was kind of secluded too, so I wasn't too keen on being by myself back there.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hunting eggs

We were invited to Pierre and Crystal M's for Easter potluck.  The kids had fun hunting eggs.