Friday, November 17, 2017

First Buck

Grant shot his first buck last Saturday.

I think he will have to wait a lot of years
to shoot another one like this!

He was excited to say the least.

Computer not working well.
Phone not working well.
(of course)

The lack of posts is due to technical difficulties.
Hopefully, they will all be fixed soon.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Good And The Bad

John and Emily's high school graduation
brought awards in the form of
certificates, medals, tassels and plaques.

They received awards as pictures, cups, pens and even money!

But who ever heard of a graduation award
given in the form of M & M's?!
Not sure what that prize was for,
but John sure enough got a bag at graduation...

and it was the BIG bag too!

I think their favorite keepsake from graduation
was the one their parents gave to them.

Neither of them knew what their gift would be.

John received a nice watch, and Emily got diamond earrings.
I hope they can look at their gift for many years to come
and remember what a significant milestone this was in their lives.

It might not have held the sentimental significance as their gifts,
but their graduation cake was a very tasty way
to celebrate their achievements too.

This picture makes it seem as if these two actually like each other.

The best part of the celebration was being able to share it with family.
It was fun having so many here to share the big day.

After so much fun and celebration,
it was quite a sudden turn of events
when Grant stole the show that afternoon.

He was so excited because graduation day also happened to be
opening day at the pool.

After lunch, he rode his bicycle to the pool to see if his friends were there.
But he never actually made it to the pool.

Instead, a neighbor found him lying on the sidewalk after his bicycle broke.
And, sadly, his bicycle was not the only thing broken.

So was his thumb.

Grant spent the first half of summer with his hand in a cast
and unable to get in the pool.

He survived though.

 We spent a lot of time at the zoo
and at the amusement park riding roller coasters.

He said his thumb felt better when we ate at Steak N Shake.

He also mentioned that cupcakes made his thumb feel better,
so we ate cupcakes too.

But after six weeks or so of exploring museums

and other non-water places....

it was once again time to head off to the pool.
Only this time we rode in the car...
so as not to break another bone getting there!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grant - The Unvarnished Truth of the Real Boy

Somewhere in the chaos of caring for the zoo
Grant has grown into quite the grown up young man.

He has so many funny and quirky things about him.

His second favorite thing to do is mow the lawn.

His most favorite thing to do is collect money
for mowing the lawn.
If allowed, he would mow the lawn every day.

He loves to hunt deer with his dad.
More about that another day.

 Grant is the kid that lays his clothes, including socks,
on the floor in anatomically proper position.

Who does that?!

He's the one who now keeps his room as messy as all the other kids
even though he used to love a clean room as much as his mom does.

Grant is the builder of all things LEGO

Reportedly this is me driving my car.
I think I look slightly crazy here.

He's a basketball hating

soccer loving

goalie playing kid.

 "Good game. Good game.  Good game."
I love when they do this at the end of the game.

He's such an easy going independent kid.

He loves to tell jokes.

And he loves bathroom humor
way more than I think he should. (sigh)

He loves to read....BIG books...
like Harry Potter sized books.
Even though two short years ago he was barely reading anything.

And now he's working on his last year at Bowen Elementary.
Our time at Bowen has definitely reached burnout level.
For Grant.  And for me.

I don't help much with PTA volunteer work this year.
I barely make an appearance at the school.

A definite sign of parental burnout
would be the fact I forgot picture day.

This is what wore on picture day.
Yup. I'm that parent.
Grant was obviously elated with this situation.
It spared him wearing nice clothes to school.

Grant also seems burned out with elementary school.
And why wouldn't he?

He's been dragged there continuously
since he was only a few weeks old.

Grant chose not to participate in band this year
since it meets during recess.
He didn't want to miss his last year of recess time.
And we were fine with that choice.

He's not doing BETA club like his older siblings did.
He's not participating on Safety Patrol either.
Nor did he participate in the Reflections program.
Or the Canned Food Drive.

The one thing he is doing?

Quick Recall

He loves it.
They've not had a match yet this year.
They recently held try-outs and 
now are beginning to practice.

So being the fourth and last child
seems to have some definite ups and downs.
But overall, I think Grant has a pretty easy life
at the zoo.

And I think he's a pretty amazing kid.
Even if he does love his bathroom humor a bit too much.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Uniformed and Uninformed

During the Memorial Day weekend, our entire family made the trip to our local military cemetery to honor those who served and gave their lives for their country.  Even though I missed posting these pictures during my summer blog-cation, it seems only fitting to post them in time to honor all those who served as the country observes Veterans Day tomorrow...and today, if you're a bank. 😉

I would also like to honor my own uniformed son.

During my long summer blog-cation,
I don't think I ever posted the final pictures I took of him in his uniform.

His dad and I are very proud of his four years in JROTC.

And now, from the UNIFORMED
I move on.

Let me introduce you to the UNINFORMED.

Without warning,
this ragtag group of couples has somehow bonded
to quickly become some of our closest friends.

They're loud, funny, sometimes clueless, often inappropriate
and a complete joy to share life with.

One of the guys decided to snap this picture of us enjoying
a rainy Memorial Day together at the farm.