Our children are early risers, so both boys were awake before 6 on Sunday, and that is pretty standard. We cuddled in bad (momma and daddy attempting to doze a little more) then decided we had tons of time before church so we’d run out and adventure a little; we were out of the house well before 7. We went to St Simons Pier. We tossed out the crab pot and watched the sunrise. We had the most extraordinary experience of getting to watch a group of dolphins swimming and jumping. The beautiful animals were between the T of the fishing pier and the beach, so we were really close to them. One “set” of dolphins may have been a momma and baby since they swam and jumped together the whole time. We went on a tour boat to watch for dolphins but this was much better; we saw them all the way out of the water at some points.
We played on the playground and then when we were leaving, and went to pull in our crab pot for the final time, we had a crab!! He was too small to keep, so we watched him for a few minutes then happily returned him to the sea.
…and made it home in plenty of time to shower up and make it to church
Tonight Big Brother tested for the 2nd time in his Little Ninja class at the YMCA. They have their own belt systems and strive to have the kids (4 to 6) ready to enter a standard class for their white belt (real) by the time they finish the program. For their tests they break a broad with hand and with foot. The kids are always amazed when they accomplish it.
Here he is actually breaking the boards. One with a kick and the other with a palm hand.
Getting his new belt.
Daddy took the photos tonight and I had a very challengeing time choosing which ones to share here; i have at least twice as many great ones I did not share.
Our basement is unfinished, and the stairs down to it are officially “where the unfinished starts”. The walls were primed when we built, but we had never gotten around to painting them. The walls were very dingy and dirty.
The boys and I painted them! Since the area is officially unfinished area of the house, the boys got to help.
They actually did a much better job than I anticipated and did not get silly or intentionally extra messy. Nevertheless, intentional or not, boys and paint equal a mess.
Over semester break our family, and took a break to introduce the boys to KU Basketball at home, Allen Field House in Lawrence KS. Both Daddy and I are KU Alumni and there are more memories there than one can say.
More memories were surely made that day with Aunt Raymona and Uncle Mark and Grand Pat and Pa Pa. These are the things, in 12 years as Big Brother walks campus as a incoming freshman (and Little in 14 year) will remember.
Part ONE — campus ….