Saturday, August 5, 2017

Shoot -- Eat -- Jump!

Matt rediscovered my piano last night.

I introduced him to my Van Halen music.  He was hooked.

This morning Jacob introduced Matt to the pin ball machine.

He was addicted.

And he plays well -- he still had another ball.

The biggest draw of the day was the shooting range.

I contributed nothing to this except some $1 bills for the range fee.

My camera went and did a fine job;  I stayed home and prepared for upcoming company.

Papa Ben said all three boys did everything he asked.

One of the men under the shelter let Will shoot his Beretta.

Everyone had a good time together.

Papa Ben had an especially good time, I could tell.

Someone asked for this rifle in the will.

It's not in the will.  It's in the safe.

After the range, Jacob wanted a Bloomin' Onion from Outback.  The server told us there was nothing on the planet with more calories.  Not one bite was left.

Jacob ordered chopped sirloin.  I helped him with his fries.

Matt's steak came slathered with butter.  He ate every single bite.

Will ordered salmon and didn't need any help, either.

These are great kids and we had a fun time.

I'll be honest.  Jacob wasn't sure he liked his meal.  Papa liked it, though.  So did Matt.  Then Will took a bite.  When Jacob realized others thought it was fine, he gobbled up the rest.

There was a time when Matt was a very picky eater.  Except for tomatoes, those days are long gone.

Is this the best picture ever?

Fists get bumped when someone makes a good quip.  Lots of fist-bumping over lunch.  We had a wonderful time.

Tramping was next.  This is the point where Matt realized it had been a long time since he'd done this.

Jacob, on the other hand, has been tramping all summer long.

I have mentioned that I like the music a lot.  Matt told me I could dance.  I could even dance around him.  He even said I was a good dancer.  But when Jacob found out, he said no.

Dodgeball was next.  Are you seeing this?  They chose opposing teams!

And they aimed at each other!

However, the summer tramper had a few tricks up his sleeve.

It was a long day, and for the record, I am not the only one having ice cream for dinner.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Push Through the Pole!

Jacob has become quite confident with his pool skills.

He challenged Papa this afternoon.

This is what Jacob looks like when he's a little desperate.

I was around the corner from all the fun.  I've been working half the summer on these boxes for our family reunion.  I'm told that where we are going there won't be any food.  I hope those rumors are wrong, but I'm prepared, just in case.

Late in the day Jacob and I met Victor at the track field.

Jacob improved a lot this week.

While I show you these pictures, I want to tell you about our drive to the field.

We traveled down University Avenue amidst a rumble of motorcycles.

Maybe there were thirty or forty motorcycles.

I will confess it was quite exciting.

While stopped at a light, many of the motorcycles pulled up next to us.

Jacob waved.  The man to our right waved back, and then he waved at me.

He challenged me to a race.  Made my day!

In the meantime, Papa retrieved Matt from the airport.

Special meals call for special drinks. 
I do not know why we only have Cafe Rio when family comes.
Jacob and Matt each had a beef burrito, enchilada style.

We had a fun evening.
After dinner, we had a serious conversation with Matt about his summer, and about next summer.
Dessert was Burnt Almond Fudge from BYU's secret creamery near us. So much for any self-control around here.