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Friday, October 14, 2016


Lon started telling me day before yesterday, at bed time, his eyes were bothering him. He was getting some headaches when he tried to focus.  He could not see the board, but it would get better, right?  Sorry my darling boy, I think you got your mom's eyes.  We will take you to the eye doctor just as soon as I can make an appointment.  Which we got today at 10:15.   I picked Lon up from school and off we went!  He was a little nervous, wondering how much an eye doctor was going to poke and prod.  His eye exams had been good enough at his well child visits he had never been to an eye doctor before!

He was having fun by the time the exam ended. These were the glasses they had him wear for the bright light test.

It seems, he really does need glasses. He is near sighted, with a slight astigmatism. Just like his mother.  Sorry, son.

He seems okay with it.

He is much happier about it than this picture shows.  He was not happy with the fact I told him he was going back to school, since it was not yet even noon.

He picked out these frames.  He wanted something small and stylish, and these were it!

Next week, once they arrive, it will be full time in glasses.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

We all watch the weather closely in Hurricane season.  Hurricane Matthew looked like he was going to impact us! All the way from Florida to North Carolina.   Our governor, Nikki Haley, called a press conference on Tuesday, October 4.  She said it was time to prepare. Matthew was large and at that point a Category 4, sitting south of Florida.  She canceled school for the rest of the week.  It was time to start evacuating the coast. Mandatory evacuation orders for issued.  All lanes of I-26 were all going to go west at 3pm Wednesday.  Time to pack up and get out of town if you were in an evacuation zone.  There were evacuation zones around our house, but we were not in a mandatory zone.  We were watching Matthew very closely.  He was weakening as he worked his way up the coast.   He was still strong enough though!
We started to prepare. Mark was off work from Wednesday too.  Boeing was also not taking any chances.  Everything was taken in that we could take in. All the yard art. Mark cut the roses back and took in the trellises.

Tiki Tim stayed outside. He weighs enough that we were  sure he could not be knocked over.

Scout liked the empty screen porch

We cleaned up and brought in all we could and then we waited.  Matthew was taking his time coming up the coast.

Watching what was happening in Haiti and then in Florida.  This was nothing to mess around with.  We made chili and spaghetti sauce and a couple pans of brownies.  Ready for the power to go out.

On Friday morning, we filled up the big bathtub downstairs.  We filled all the pitchers with water.
We were as ready as we were going to be.

We started to feel the effects of the storm.  I did not get much sleep that night.  The rain was lashing the house, but it was not really awful.

Matthew had weakened to a category 2, category 1.  He was still going to do some damage.
The rain and wind continued. The worst was yet to come.  After the eye passed 10 miles off the coast, we got strong winds, sustained winds of over 60 miles an hour.
In a break in the wind, we went out on the porch to see what has happening. We heard trees snapping. One small tree in our neighbors yard snapped, and a tree in the back yard a couple houses away went down.  So far we still had power.

We did not stay out long, just long enough for a picture and to say we had been out in a Hurricane.

Then the wind stopped and the rain stopped.  Time to assess all the damage. Mark went and walked around the neighborhood.

This was a beautiful tree.  This was the biggest tree that came down in the neighborhood, it was up in the townhome section.

Not much debris on the bike path

Branch Creek was very high, and it did spill over it's banks in places.

The pond in the center of the neighborhood. It did not spill it's banks, even though it was much higher than normal.

looking down our street

This was our only damage

We were very very lucky.   We never lost power!


Earlier this summer, I noticed a vine growing beside the house. I wondered what it was, it had some little yellow flowers. I looked it up and it was a watermelon!  I remembered one day we fed Lon and his friends some watermelon and they were outside.  One of the seeds took root!

Even though it was late in the season, a melon developed!

We guessed at what the  best time to pick it was and picked it!

It was a very good watermelon.  We saved some of the seeds and I will plant it earlier in the summer next year and we will see if we can grow this volunteer on purpose!

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!