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Sep 15, 2018

Happy Father’s Day!!!
last update: 09/15 @ 00:10

Sarah and Robert got us tickets to see Paul Simon.

He put on great show.

Sarah was dubious about any updates to his standards; I thought they were great. If you get the chance, GO — this may really be his last tour. And if you applaud a lot, you too may get three encores.

I hope to be having as much fun when I’m 70+.

Thank you to Sarah and Robert for a great Father’s day gift!

Sep 04, 2018

High Schooler!!!
last update: 09/04 @ 18:20

Robert is a high schooler now. He reports that day one was not the best — I think that’s not uncommon. TC is much bigger than his prior school. And this is the first new school since junior kindergarten — that’s impressive to me.

Here’s the traditional look back:

Sep 03, 2018

Fun and Learning
last update: 09/03 @ 12:19

We’re back from a great trip to Bonaire.

There was time to practice underwater dabs — Robert clearly has this perfected now. See lots of cool things, enjoy a break from DC’s heat wave (it was cooler and more comfortable in the tropics) and just chillax.

And then Robert decided he was really interested in learning more skills and giving back to the diving community. So he signed up for the Coral Restoration Diver class and helped with bringing the coral back to the reef.

Many more photos from the last week in the vacations section.

Aug 30, 2018

Goofing Off
last update: 08/30 @ 22:28

Robert has always wanted to do a backflip.

It’s pretty easy and cool while you’re diving.

As long as you keep track of where you are and where other things are.

Which he did.

We’re heading back shortly and should have a few more photos to share.

Aug 24, 2018

A Tale of Two Weathers
last update: 08/24 @ 16:52

What a difference a day makes!

Robert and I had a free week and so we drove down to Grayson Highlands State Park to do some camping and hiking.

We had a lot of fun and several good hikes. But we would have liked the weather to have been more like Thursday than Friday.

Many more photos in the vacations section.

Aug 11, 2018

last update: 08/11 @ 10:14

Robert has been in a Soldiers and Dioramas camp about Stalingrad at the Smithsonian the past week. He’s been doing these for a couple years now and really enjoying them. Next year maybe as a CIT.

The Smithsonian had a lecture on the battle of Stalingrad yesterday evening.

After the lecture, guests were invited to swing by the diorama room to check out the diorama Al (the head counselor for S&D) had set up, with help from his students.

It turned out that a couple of the guests wanted to game out the battle and so Al and co-counselor Taliesin (in the blue shirt) let Robert be game master for a few turns (before the guards started to kick us out).

Jul 29, 2018

last update: 07/29 @ 16:02

Actually, we had time this afternoon before taking Sarah to the airport for a Los Tios birthday brunch. After picking up a new bike, Robert’s final birthday gift this year, he and Sarah rode over.

Of course, there had to be a sombrero picture of the birthday boy!

With that, the week of Robert birthday fun is winding down. Sarah is off to LA for a few days for work. The Los Tios sendoff is hard to beat!

Jul 28, 2018

More Tradition
last update: 07/28 @ 19:41

Back to the Lego Store with a stop at the Sushi Go-Round (Wasabi, actually) on our way out.

New this year, Robert had his birthday money to sweeten the pot. He has spent all afternoon putting together the City Ice sets we picked up for this birthday.

I’m sure he’ll spend weeks playing with them as they get merged in with the rest of his cool creations.

We had a busy birthday that included taking some schoolmates (alas, former schoolmates) to see Princess Mononoke followed by sub sandwiches, chips, cake and video games to really break in the addition to the house.

That means when Sarah gets back from her work travel, we’ll head to Los Tios for the traditional donning of the sombrero.

Jul 21, 2018

Uh… Hmm….
last update: 07/21 @ 11:00

Where have I heard about this sort of thing before?

It was late so Robert and I built the new grill in house. Something in the back of my mind made me think there may be some issue with that.

Something about building boats in garages. Oh, and smokers on back porches — way back in the last century (thank you SZap).

But this time, we have French doors to the porch so all is right with the world, or will be once it’s actually connected.

Jul 08, 2018

Fun House
last update: 07/08 @ 16:45

July 8, 2018
Another winning exhibit at the Building Museum by The Beach guys at Sharkitecture. Extra added bonus: we ran into Eleanore and parents there! More photos in the vacations section.

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