I want to introduce you to Daddy's new baby. She's a big girl (we like to call her big boned) and a little challenging, finicky and hard to manage but we still love her.
We adopted her from a youth group family in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She wasn't going to let go easily, it took a whole day to convince her that living in Florida is a good thing. Hmmm...I wish it only took a day to convince us that living in Florida is a good thing but we have all agreed that Florida will be wonderful and an opportunity we will take full advantage of. :)
As you can see, SHE IS A BIG GIRL! She's a rock climbing treadwall about 10'x 8'...it will be interesting finding her a bedroom.
If you look closely, you can see that there are only a few holds and a few holes for other potential holds so Daddy came up with a plan. Two days, 369 drilled holes, 369 nuts, 2 sore backs and 2 annoyed kids, we have a BIG GIRL with lots of potential. She will not be fully tested until we get settled in Florida but she is definitely part of the family now.
Needless-to-say, we had lot of "at home" time which is very rare in this family. In between all the drilling, Daddy and Lucas worked on a very important project.
One of Lucas' birthday presents was a rocket. Daddy and Lucas (with Axel close by) assembled the rocked one evening with a launch scheduled a day later. This is a long time to wait for two excited boys but they were patient and their patience paid off.
Axel was SOOOO patient...so sweet!It was a great opportunity to catch up on park, play and bike time.
For those of you who have ever talked to Lucas on the phone, this might be what you are dealing with...
My little nail biter.
FINALLY! After waiting and waiting and waiting it was launch time. We were a little nervous because Hurricane Irene had sent some wind but we were willing to give it a try. We made sure Lucas knew the risks and the potential loss of a rocket with the wind, the trees and the roof of the high school. He was in despite the risks!This is Axel imagining what the launch was going to be like. He was half excited and half nervous.
Don't worry, Daddy has the safety key which is needed for the launcher to activate. We have a very smart Daddy...a PhD Daddy! :)
The first launch.
The parachute...this is a good sign.
And the winds were nice to us, a perfect launch and recovery.
Two happy boys!
We had to set up for a few more launches.
Lucas was even kind enough to let Axel launch the last one. We had three great launches, three recoveries and three more engines to launch another day! SUCCESS!
Sunday morning we participated in the 40th Annual Wright Wride. They had different distances to chose from 26, 50, 75, 100...so we opted for the "Anderson Modified 50 Miler." All in all, we did 35 miles with one snack shack break and a lunch in the park. It's a perfect way to do a family bike ride, the upcoming stops kept everyone motivated. We were tired afterwards but had a blast.
Yes, we had matching jerseys...soooo cute! They are the jerseys Mike, his brother's and father wore (and designed) this summer to ride the coast of Oregon. I will be blogging about this soon too. I love them and love peoples reaction too them.
What a great weekend!