We're at about the mid-point of fall and it's time
I shared some of our adventures with the grandkids.
|Brianna is playing basketball for the Fire in the|
Upward Church League.
|Hunter is playing for the Dragons in his first|
organized team sport. Did I say organized?
|They practice sometimes while they're at our house. |
They also get to practice counting by twos.
|There's more to life than basketball. How's this for cheap thrills?|
|Then there's always the 3:00 freight train.|
|Evan is back to building his dream castle and manning it|
with bold knights of old.
|Claire uses a few of Evan's left-over pieces, but she's more|
interested in her characters than the building.
|Note her army of deadly snakes!|
|Evan adds a pair of watchful guardian eagles.|
|Looks like both fortresses are secure.|
|Nice going, Claire!|
|Now that Evan has lost his first tooth, all four grandchildren|
have had that experience. Many more on the way.
|We spent an afternoon back at the old property and Bri|
brushed up on some gymnastics she hadn't done for a while.
|We soon headed down to the stream and waterfalls,|
where the kids hadn't been for months.
|While we were at the stream, we heard approaching voices.|
Suddenly, Claire and Evan appeared. Oh, what fun!
|We were all happy to see that our unusual fungus from last|
year had reappeared and even multiplied.
|Here we are at the new footbridge across our frog habitat.|
|I may not be putting miles on this '73 Mercury these days, but that's|
not to say it's not getting any wear and tear. Evan's the driver,
while the others climb-- at a safe speed, no doubt.
|It seems this would make for some distracted driving,|
but Evan is very focused.
|Next we were off to our trapeze swing that crosses a ditch.|
Everyone got in many, many turns.
|Off to the treehouse, where everybody found something to do.|
|Besides cooking and climbing, there was our outdoor "Little Library."|
|The same week, we all headed up to Morrow Mountain State Park|
for a picnic lunch and a nice, long hike. The kids were enthralled
with their natural "finds."
|It was nice to have Jennifer and Amanda along--|
especially since my camera wasn't charged.
|Back around home, we attended one of Evan's Saturday morning|
soccer sessions. Here he's sneaking up on the ball for a back kick.
|Evan's age group practices drills together, then divides up for|
a short scrimmage game each week. He is a prolific scorer
and has a real knack for both offense and defense.
|You can see the killer instinct in his eyes.|
|Six Cubes is our new favorite game. Of course it came from a|
yard sale, and that was many years ago. It may be for ages 10
and up, but that didn't prevent Bri and Hunter from trying it with us.
|You roll six dice at a time, then remove any dice that score|
winning combinations. You can continue or quit. But if you
roll and score no points, you lose all points from that turn.
|Her very first time playing, Bri scored a "straight" on a single roll.|
This is worth 1,500 points. If you've played Yahtzee, you'll
appreciate what the odds against this are. Even a straight with
five dice is a rarity.
|Here's the unique game board, with a few special spaces leading|
up to 10,000 points. You could easily create your own board and
use six ordinary dice to play this game without buying it.
I'm happy to say that Judy and I can top that
Six of a Kind.
We have Four of a Kind Grandchildren that are
What are the odds of that?!