Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cassatt crew

Before our convention rounds started, we were fortunate enough to have my old buddy (& worker), Dan Mc. here for a night.  We had Merlin, Tina and Erika L. over for dinner as well, so got caught up a bit with friends.
We got the weekend of Cassatt.  This is some of the young kids there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Demorest 2014

We had a great two days of Demorest convention this year.  Justin has really been enjoying the kids his age around the area.
 And there are a lot of them at convention of all ages!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Science Center's Second Saturday

Every second Saturday of the month, the Science Center here does a theme.  Last month it was "Roman Day".  They had several artifacts from the Romans including these high pressured catapults. They would shoot arrows at the enemies for miles around.

 An old Roman pulley system
 Roman armor
 Then several re-enacted a Roman army march and call to battle

 The shields were so heavy that when in battle, if their swords didn't kill the enemy, they could push the shield down on the enemy's foot, potentially cutting off his foot to wound him.
 Marching to battle forming a human shield.  A lot was learned that day!  Even relates to biblical times.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just another fun day at the Lake house

We were invited back to Keith and Juanita's lake house in September.  It was Keith's birthday, so I baked him a rainbow cake.
I didn't get any pictures of the lake fun (I think there might be some on my phone), but we had a great time.
 All the kiddos
Justin, Jarin, Hudson, Heidi, Hannah, Hallie, Shannon, Natalie and Jacob (on the ground)
 The teens all spent the night and we met them for lunch after meeting the next day.
I guess they got up early and went kayaking before getting cleaned up.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Greenville Drive game

Our town has a minor league baseball game which is owned by the Boston Red Sox.  We went to a couple games this summer.
 Reedy (named after the Reedy River) mascot

 The field is sponsored by Mike's company.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hudson S's birthday party

Hudson S. turned 7, so we were invited to his b'day party.  His Dad is one creative guy, making a dinosaur our of a watermelon.
 The kids played mine craft "Pin the tail".
 And checked out the firetruck and got sprayed.

Monday, October 6, 2014

To Kill a Possum

In early August, the boys finally met Brandon, who goes to our meeting, but was in NY visiting family this summer.  He came to spend the night and it was an eventful one!
For a couple nights our dog, Maddie, had been barking up the tree.  Finally one night, Justin got a headlamp on and headed out to see what was in the tree.  He saw the possum and asked if he could shoot it with his BB gun.  He went in to get the gun and by the time he came out, it was gone.  Fast forward to the next night when Brandon spent the night.  Maddie went out and barked, the boys got the gun and headed out.  Only problem, was the gun kept jamming, so they went to plan b and shot it with Justin's high powered archery bow.  He missed several times so finally he dismantled his bow and swung at it.  It fell and caught itself by the tail at which point, Mike whacked it with the other 1/2 of the bow and the dog finished it off.  Brandon thought it was an adventure for sure!

 Proud of their kill

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Northern Tier and Red Sox Trophy

Here is a link to the Northern Tier slide show.  Justin is in several of these pictures.  They canoe'd 55 miles in a week in Northern Minnesota/Canada, portaging several spots.  They also visited a wolf sanctuary and the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
Our minor league baseball team here is owned by the Red Sox.  We had an opportunity, since Mike's company sponsors the field here, to come to his office and see the Red Sox World Series Trophy which was just on display for a short time that day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun on Lake Hartwell

Some of our new friends from the Atlanta area have a lake house on Lake Hartwell.  The kids and I were invited down there over the summer to enjoy playing in the water on a hot summer day.
They have several kayaks and stand up paddle boards as well as a motor boat.
Jarin and Cole B havin' fun
 Jarin, Justin, Cole, Heidi, Katie and Shannon
 Kayaking and SUP

 Jarin in the kayak in the back
 Fighting over the SUP
 Justin and Heidi play the balance game
 This doesn't look good!
 Jarin having fun

 Katie on the SUP

 A fun day was had by all!