It's hard to imagine, but sometimes Jackson gets annoyed with his little brother. So to give each of them some breathing room, attend an event that I wanted to and to spend some quality time together before summer winds down, Jack and I went out last night for "guy night."
We drove north past the airport to Platte City, an old river town and the county seat of its county. As we cruised down main street, even Jack thought this historic church looked cool, with ivy growing all the way up to the roof and birds flying in and out of the belfry.
We stopped by a Northwest Alumni Association picnic to see Coach Dorrell (the head football coach), some other friends and for something to eat.
Then it was off to see "Brave," a new Disney/Pixar movie. "Set in the highlands of 10th-century Scotland, a skilled archer defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late." It was the first movie just the two of us have gone to see together since "WALL-E" four years ago.
I let Jack choose anywhere he wanted to sit and, although we were the first ones in the theatre, he picked the very top row. I put the armrest between us in the upright position and he sat right up against me for almost the whole movie — especially the scary parts. He loved the movie. On our way out, we put a dollar in the photo booth for a special souvenir.
Because Jack had opted not to get any treats at the movie theatre (not even Junior Mints!), our last stop was at Dairy Queen so he could get the "Blizzard of the Month."
He was stuffed ... and it was a great guy night.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
About 8½ years ago, Leslie and I bought 10 acres just outside of Kansas City that we planted a windbreak on. She and the boys have been out of town for a few days, so I went up there last night to check on the trees.
I just looked at one of the plant tags from when we bought all 68 saplings, which shows they were in little three-gallon pots and 18 inches tall.
Now, most of them are taller than me!
But since I was by myself, you don't get the benefit of someone standing next to them for perspective.
Even at 8 p.m., the official temperature was still 96 degrees.
Surprisingly, this picture makes everything look pretty green.
Our future forest.
And my parting shot. Goodnight moon.
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On our last full day in Colorado, Jack actually got to pan for gold.
Meanwhile, Leslie, Landon and I went in to Breckenridge. He and I bummed around on Main Street while she got a massage.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The bikes we rented for yesterday's trail ride were for 24 hours and we kept driving by this free bike park that looked really neat, so we thought we'd all go and check it out.
We soon realized that we're more "coasting down a paved trail" than we are "BMX freestyle," so we decided to do yesterday's trail ride again.
Besides the amazing scenery and the bike ride itself, we also really liked getting to do a special activity with just Jack, that we wouldn't be able to do with Landon.
It's become our tradition that one night of our vacation is "adult night out," so Lexi stayed home with the boys. Thanks Lexi!