Monday, August 11, 2008

Silly boys

We had a fun weekend. The boys were out of school on Friday for Emancipation Day. Not a holiday that we ever had as kids, but in Paducah it is a big deal. Quinn and Kiersa were over for the day. They had a blast swimming and jumping on the Jump-A-Round that Kelly gave us (she doesn't have room to store it in her new house). Check out the the goofy hams that came out when they saw the camera!
We had Popeye...

some Martial Arts...

and the Swamp Things....

Caleb and Cody discovered that riding the Hot Wheels through the sprinkler was refreshing.

Jumping and flipping on the Jump-A-Round.

Up close and personal with Pig-nose.

Meanwhile, Ben and I got several small projects done around the house. A good friend of ours from college, Mike Widmann, was up at the lake with his family this weekend. Ben met up with him at Nick's Sports Bar for some game bashing and beer. Then me and the boys came for dinner downtown and a walk at Downtown After Dinner. It was a beautiful evening for it. We had a great time catching up. Haven't seen Mike in a couple of years. Caleb pointed out the gorgeous sunset (wish I'd had my camera!). Beautiful shades of red, pink, and orange. He is really noticing things like that. The night before, he was mesmerized by the moon. It was a perfectly half moon that was very bright in the sky. He talked about it and the stars all the way home.

Sunday they closed down most of Broadway for Bicycling. We met up with the Atnips and the kids rode their bikes from 16th street all the way down to 4th street, then back to 16th. The adults walked. There were several bicyclists out and lots of kids too. What a fun event! Caleb did a great job and rode the whole way with no complaints. He has only been riding on 2 wheels since this spring, so this was the longest bike ride he has been on. He said he loved it. Cody and Kiersa got tired on the way back and walked back part of the way instead of riding. Thank goodness Mark was with us to pack the little training wheel bikes like bar bells in each hand. He said it was a good work out. When we got back to 16th, we checked out the progress of the Atnip's new house. It's still coming along, slowly but surely. Once the electrical work is finished, then the contractor can finish up. They were right about adding a month or two to the completion date. Whew, I'd be so antsy to get it finished and move in.

Caleb started back to Hwang's Martial Arts today. He took the summer off, since we had other sports and camps that would overlap. This year we changed from the every day After School Program to twice a week. It was going to be difficult to pick him up from there every day and we will be saving money too. Caleb was so excited to start back. He jumped back into class like he had never left. Instructor Christy was very impressed. She made several comments about his good technique and powerful punches. At one point she brought him up to the front of the class and made him demonstrate his form with some strikes. She told the other students, "I have been trying to get you guys to do this for weeks and Caleb has been gone all summer and he hasn't forgotten." He was so proud. I was extremely proud of him too. I thought he might have forgotten some of the techniques or be a little rusty, but he did excellent. I am going to enjoy watching him with this twice a week class. In the after school program, by the time I picked him up, class was usually over. If I wanted to watch him, I had to come early. I could not do that very often. I will definitely have some photos to come!

4 comments:

The Hadfields said...

Keirsa and Caleb look like they could be related!! Fun pics and I love the frog layout!! Hope the boys do well with "back to school" time!!

Mom said...

Glad you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend. Great pics of the kids. I'm proud of Caleb finally enjoying his bike riding and doing so well with his martial arts.

Kev said...

Wow, busy busy busy! That blow up thing is in your backyard?! Wow! Looks like a circus came to town! I bet the dogs love it! I can't believe they get "Emancipation Day" off when Labor Day is just around the corner. Craziness. Can't wait to see you guys Labor Day weekend! maybe we can plan to do something fun.

Jim said...

Sounds like a great time! Wish we could have been there....