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Thursday, July 06, 2017

A Visit for the Fourth!

We had a wonderful visit for the Fourth of July. Mark's brother, Josh, and his family stopped by on their way home!
Cousins.  For Lon's birthday they got him a matchin shirt.  Boston is almost the same age as Lon! They had such a good time playing together.

Fireworks for the Fourth!

It was a nice, relaxing day, burgers on the grill.  

Mark helping Lon light off a big Saturn V firework. Lon had to get that one!

All the kids got to play with sparklers.
Lon is asking to light off a whirling flower.

Family. Except Becky and I.

 We are so happy they stopped to see us! It was wonderful meeting them.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Eagle Court of Honor

This afternoon, we had the honor of going to an Eagle Scout Ceremony.

Lon was tired, but he had a good attitude, and had a good time!

Lon was asked to carry the Troop Colors for the Posting of the Colors.   (yay Lon! )

It was a very emotional ceremony, and then some yummy barbeque.

Thank you for inviting us.

Now He is TWELVE

I am going to let that sink in.
I am going to try to enjoy each and every day and not think of the very short amount of time I have left to have him living at home.

On his own he went and found his Birthday shirt and put it on.  That made me happy. He could have continued to wear his t shirt and I would not have said anything.  My sweet boy.

This  year he wanted to have a sleep over with a few friends instead of a big party.

As soon as his friends arrived for the sleepover, he wanted to open presents. So he did.

His big present from Mom and Dad.  I told him that even though I ordered it, it was back ordered and then canceled. I would try to re order it, but I was not sure I could since it was such a popular toy.
The Saturn V rocket. The same type rocket as the one we slept under when we went to Kennedy Space Center.  The lego has 1969  pieces.  How cool is that?

Pizza! Lots of pizza!

He wanted to help put in the candles in his cake.

He wanted a glaxay cake. That is what I made, the inside was chocolate with a cherry filling.

The boys had eaten a lot of pizza so cake and ice cream waited till closer to  "bed time" .  Bed time really did not happen.

Blowing out the candles.  12 color flame candles, and a 12.  

The sleepover was a success, all the boys had a great time.  It was fun.  Slightly weird for Lon's mother, not to plan a big party, but it was okay.

Last Haircut for age 11

Lon got a hair cut on the 29th, after seeing how shaggy he looked at camp!  The last haircut of age 11.  

iTeams >>Xtreme Next Generation Camp!

That is a mouthful for a camp. Lon found this robotics camp. It is part of the Governor's School for Science and Mathmatics summer outreach camps.  Lon had to apply for the camp. He was accepted for the four day camp! I was proud of him.
On the last day the parents were invited to see what the kids were working on all week.

The Governor's School for Science and Mathmatics is a boarding school for STEM.

The kids all got T shirts on the last day.
We listened to the remarks.  It was good to see all the hard work recognized.  Lon did not get any extra recognition.
He did have lots of fun!

Lon at his work station, he did have a partner.  They had mostly fun together.
They had to make a poster for their group.  Lon and his partner. They named themselves the Iron Kittens.

They even had a flag

Lon's and his partner's project. A light that is adjustable.  they also made a photo sensative light project. A light that goes on when it gets dark, but that one would not show up very well.

Lon had lots of fun, he was learning to work with a partner, and he learned ! It was a great camp!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Golfing in Myrtle Beach

June 19, Monday, Lon and I went up to Myrtle Beach to do a little mini golf!

We were able to meet up with some friends.  We drove through Myrtle Beach looking for the mini golf we had seen before, we could not find it, but we did find this one that looked cool.
Mt. Atlanticus! They had two courses, one that went over the lakes near the road and one that made it's way through caves. I chose the one that was through the caves.  It looked like it was going to rain, that was the reason.

After a rough start and a little attitude adjustment, Lon went from last place to actually winning by two.
We found a pizza place for lunch, Lon got a pizza and I got a Gyro. I should have had the pizza

We had a ton of fun in Myrtle Beach.
But my foot was giving me fits, still. I called the Dr. on the way home. They said they could not see me for at least a week and I should go to the Urgent Care.  Which is what we did.  All our plans for the next week were put on hold while my foot rests.   I am trying to be good about staying off my foot so it does not get worse.   Lon has been a great sport about hanging out at the house.

Old Salem

On the 15th of June, Lon, one of his buddies and I went up to Old Salem for the day!  It was a fun trip!

It was not worked out in advance to be colored matching!
We went to the museum, there was so much to see.  The kids and I explained to the docent at the museum about the Haint Blue in the South Carolina room. She had not heard about why the ceilings were painted that shade of blue.  The boys and I did.  Mosquito and spirit control.

We did a little walking.  However, my foot was starting to hurt pretty bad.  We drove up to the bakery and got some wonderful stuff. The sugar bread is did not make it home. We are going to make some soon!

They said this teapot had been in Old Salem for a very very long time

Even though we did not get to walk everywhere, it was a good day!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Surprise Visit!

We LOVE surprise visits! No really we do.    It is so much fun to have guests.  This weekend, Bill came to visit.   We are so happy he did.
We hung out, and talked. On Monday we went for a ride to Folly Beach down the Ashley River Road.

Lon brought his kite and had fun flying it on the beach.  We are planning on coming back to do that again!

We then drove through Charleston.   It is always a fun thing to do

On Wednesday, we drove up to Fayetteville to deliver Bill to my brudder, Adam.  It is always good seeing him.

 We hope it is not so long between visits the next time.

I got a duck, a hand carved beauty.  I am so happy. I have always wanted a duck! Lon will eventually get it, but not anytime soon. I love my duck!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Turtle Release!

On Tuesday I found out the Charleston Aquarium was going to release seven rehabilitated turtles back into the wild.  This was going to happen on Wednesday.  We did not have anything else scheduled that day, and this sounded amazing!   We packed up the car with beach stuff and off we went. We left two hours before the event. We should have left three.  There was a big bottle neck at the paypoint to get into Folly Beach County Park.  We did make it in time to see the turtles, but we were pretty far back in the crowd.
The weather was looking like it was going to rain.

Shrimp boat on the horizon

The pelicans were flying over, in straight lines.

Dolphins came to play right up close to the shore! It was so fun to watch them

It looks like this is about to get started!

The Coast Guard even did a fly over.

The tide is starting to come in.  My pants are not longer dry.

Can you spot him? the big loggerhead turtle ? He is making his way to the water!

I did not take this photo. It was taken by a friend of a friend.  He did not have far to walk to get into the water, they might move slowly on land, but in water, they are quick and graceful.

Isn't he beautiful?

I got a much better shot of this little guy. He seems so happy to get to the water!  The next wave that washed over him, he was gone.
The last three turtles to be released

They just let them go plop into the water!

The turtle van

Lon had a great time, watching the turtles

He blew up his 4 foot donut, he was having lots of fun with it until it started raining.  We decided to head for home.  Sort of, we stopped at a few places I just don't get to very often.
We stopped by Sweet Belgium, for waffles! So good, and the Belgian Iced Coffee is amazing!
Our next stop was Euro Foods, for some yummy Eastern European treats.  Our last stop before home was Easterby's seafood place. It was good, well the shrimp were very good, the sides, eh, not so much.

It was a fun day. I am glad we got to go see the Turtle release.  They are going to do this again! Just not sure when!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Congaree is the last of the 7 National Parks in South Carolina that Lon needed to visit.  Today was finally the day!
The Park is about 2 hours from the house.

Wiki Bit: Congaree National Park, in central South Carolina, is a 26,276-acre (41.06 sq mi; 10,633.52 ha; 106.34 km2) United States national park. It received its official designation in 2003 as the culmination of a grassroots campaign launched in 1969. The park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. The lush trees growing in its floodplain forest are some of the tallest in the Eastern United States, forming one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world. The Congaree River flows through the park. About 57 percent (15,000 acres or 61 square kilometers) of the park is designated wilderness area.

Working on his Jr. Ranger Badge at the Harry Hampton Ranger Station.  We thought it might rain so we went out to the boardwalk to get that part done.  
It was about 88 degrees, overcast and cool.  A very nice time to walk the boardwalk

This is one spectacular mushroom

Checking out a spider web.

We ran into a very nice lady, she wanted to take Lon's photo when he was all kitted out with all his badges.  We said okay. She was taking 79 4th graders from Sumter to Congaree for the first time.  She said most of them had never heard of Congaree or had ever been to any national park!
She wrote a grant to get more kids into the park.  All those kids got Jr. Ranger Badges today.  They were thrilled!  The news article is in the Sumter Item. But you have to be a subscriber to read it.
On the boardwalk. There was one section that was in need of repair, so we did not do the entire loop.

Deer! We really saw a deer!  How cool is that?

And a cardinal!

So pretty, and the bugs were not terrible today

WOW.  That was the most gorgeous dragonfly I have ever seen

One of the items Lon needed to check off was a tree taller than his house. I think this qualifies.

The visitor's center is named after him.

Getting his badge!  

It was the perfect time to go to the swamp.  It was a fun day.