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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Washer and Dryer!

We were going to get a new washer and dryer when we moved in, but we kept putting it off. It was time!

The truck is here! The truck is here!

The empty room. It looks so much bigger!  Under the washer and dryer really was not as bad as I thought it would be, but Lon and I cleaned out all the dust bunnies.

Scout checking out the new machines!

He may or may not approve

Aren't they pretty?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Catholic Camper-All

This weekend was the Catholic Camper-All.  Since we are chartered through St. Theresa's and we are catholic, Lon and Mark went on this campout!
It was a camper-all so it was open to many different Troops, girl scouts too!

8 scouts from our troop went. Three adults also

Lon LOVED rifle. It was the first time he shot a rifle. He hit the target 8 out of 10 rounds.  Nice Job !

Some of the boys from Lon's troop on the firing line.

Doing his best

One of the other camp activities was building an A frame.  Since Lon was the lightest scout, he was the one to ride it

Ax throwing.  Lon hit the target.

Lon also fired a shot gun.  He did not like it as much as rifle, he has a pretty good shoulder bruise.   We will work on getting better.

The camping trip was a fun for the boys! And Mark. They had a good time.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Good Job, Lon!

Tonight was the fall Court of Honor for his boy scout troop.  This is where ranks earned are awarded and so are the merit badges.
I made a cake,  a double size cake, half vanilla, half chocolate. It was almost all gone by the end of the night.


Parents were also required to go up with the scouts as they got their ranks.

Not only did Lon get his scout rank, he also earned his tenderfoot rank!

Proud moment for all of us!

Getting his 5 merit badges from summer camp!

We found out tonight that the cards that come with the badges need to be saved. When you earn Eagle you have to have all the cards!  Lon will get a binder and baseball card pockets  to save them all in. It was wonderful someone told us that tonight.

Mark was recognized for his work at summer camp!

Lon's first badges.

Then it was time to eat and have some fun!

Very proud of Lon for all his hard work getting his ranks and his merit badges!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Boeing IT picnic!

Last year the annual IT picnic was at the Citadel Beach Club.  Sadly, the Beach Club burned down, I think they are trying to rebuild, but it was not going to be done for the picnic this year.  This year the picnic was held at Riverfront Park. On the Cooper River.

At the fountain

Too bad we did not bring change of clothes.

Lon is growing up, he only did one tour of the bouncey obstacle course

 Boeing in the 70s.  The computers were HUGE!

The map of the world, with  some of the different airline companies that fly Boeing aircraft.  The holes are for kids to fly their paper airplanes.

Making his airplane!

I could not get a photo, Lon did fly his airplane though one of the holes.

Airplane races! Lon won for the glory!

Picking out his cup and airplane for his snow globe

Coloring in his straw rocket.  The crayons were starting to melt. I hope next year they find colored pencils if they are going to be outside.
It was starting to get hot. Low 90s

 His snow globe!

Gold and red glitter

He made some baskets!

Getting ready for the photo booth!

Chillin while Mom tries the funnel cake fries

Playing with the gyro thingy.  It was getting really uncomfortably hot for us.

On our way out we got a snow cone. That was really nice this year!

We stopped by C.H.O.P. on our way home. We do not even need a menu anymore.
 It was nice to get into the air conditioning and a cold drink!

It was a fun day!  Even though it got hot, we enjoyed the picnic.

Technical Problems

I have been having computer problems, with pictures dissapearing.  I think I have fixed most of these!  Now we will keep going after this hiccup!

Monday, August 15, 2016

First Day of Middle School

I am not sure how this happened,  Lon is in 6th grade! This is middle school in South Carolina.  


He had a good morning, no rushing around.

Lon was only a little nervous, but he was happy to get it going.

The day went well, he figured out his classes and his locker.  He says he will go again tomorrow.  He even likes most of his teachers!

Catholic Youth Group

Lon is now in the Junior High Group.  The High School Group invited all the Jr. High kids for an evening of slip and slide fun before school started. It was Sunday night bfore the first day of school

Getting ready to start the game.  Slip and Slide kickball. With a beach ball to kick.  Lon told me he had played this game at a cub scout camp out. He was excited to play.  Proud of him for getting in there and trying it.

Playing in the outfield

Making it to base!

Running for third!

He did score, but I was not at the right angle to photograph it. The kids were all bunched up and you could not see him hit the home base pool.

Lon was soapy, and soaking wet on the ride home, it was great!  

Going a Bit Farther North

We took a quick overnight trip up to Connecticut from DC.

We love taking pictures of farms.

We drove up by way of Gettysburg. On the way up, in Maryland is the National Shrine.  We stopped in and looked around, we did not take photos as I forgot the camera in the car.  We will do a little more research, and go back. It was beautiful.

We got to see Godmother! and she had a wonderful box of gifts for Lon!  He received boy scout stuff, a good map compass and a knife! When Emily went to Rome, she brought Lon back a rosary blessed by the Pope.  There were also kinder joy eggs!    Lon was so thrilled!

Lunch with Godmother!  

I had just a little cash left, so I saved that and used the card. Which was one of the best choices  I made all day!

The Peep Mobile! In front of the Just Born factory.   They do not have factory tours

 I programed the phone to take us over the Tappen Zee Bridge, I did not want to go over the George Washington Bridge through New York City.
Well, the GPS does not like me at all.  We got a phone call on the way, and the GPS went back to the fastest route. Which is over the GW Bridge.  I saw a sign that said, GW Bridge 9 miles 10 minutes. I would have no idea where to go even if I could get off 95, as GPS would route me back to the bridge.  SO we did it!
And I had my last 20, which just paid for the Bridge.  It cost 15 dollars for cars, and then it put you on the Cross Bronx Expressway, which cost 1.75 to get off.   It was pretty cool, though, nerve wracking a little bit for me, but still cool.

It was not too crowded.

 Lon was snapping all the photos. I was driving!

And just like that we were in Connecticut!

Traffic was horrid on a friday afternoon.   It wsa moving though.

We had dinner with Grammalyn at Dad's Seafoods.   It was good!

On the way home, I looked at the map and wrote down the directions back to Aunt Karens!  Well, until we got into DC, then the GPS works fine. Never using it again for road trips.

The cranes at the Tappen Zee

Lon liked the way the girders looked.  He was taking the pictures!

maybe he got a little carried away taking pictures

We stopped for gas and saw this little church next door. I can not remember if this was Pennsylvannia or Maryland.

More farms!

We spent another wonderful night with Aunt Karen. I wish we could have stayed longer.

We probably should have stayed another day. There were TWO major freeway closing accidents in Virginia.  Each one lasted over 2 hours, and it was slow after passing the accident sites for a while, just high volumes.   It took us almost 14 hours to get home, gas stops, rest stops, lunch stops.  Next time I trust my instincts and stay the extra day!