Dad: What did you do this afternoon? Pete: I won a game of Sorry against Sam Dad: Wow, you got Sam to make it through an entire game of Sorry? Pete: Well, he left about half-way through, but I finished the game by playing for both of us. Dad: Oh. Did you always make the best possible move for Sam? Pete: Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't.
No trip to the pumpkin patch would be complete without a run through the corn maze. Sam did a great job, walking the whole way. We did the medium of the three routes through the maze. It took about 30 minutes to make it through. Pete and Sam took turns being the "leader". Sam was the leader when we emerged from the maze. Then it was time for a drink and a gem hunt in the sandbox.
Pete took some great pictures in the maze. The second one below is one of the all-time best photos of Sam.
Here are the framed photos of Pete and Sam on the wall outside the playroom:
It may seem like a lucky happenstance that they are at roughly the same height. But in fact, this is not a random result. We used to have them staggered, but discovered that so long as one of them was one millimeter higher than the other, there was great outrage expressed by the oppressed individual.
When we heard there would be rope swings at the Pumpkin Patch, it was even odds that Pete would go head first into a haystack.
As you can see, Pete kept it pretty basic. Actually, this was before he decided to try to jump and grab the rope while it was swinging. Fortunately, we were able to convince him to go to the pig races before he started doing flips from the rope.
After years of practice, and no training, Pete is now able to do a standing back flip on solid ground. He does about 15-20 varieties of front and back flips on the trampoline, but doing it on the ground is another thing entirely. Below is a brief history of his flipping via video links:
We split up Pete and Sam for most of the day at Kings Dominion, so they could each go on appropriate rides.
Above is Sam on the carousel. This was the funnest ride of the day, because Pete waved to us each time we came around. Then he started running alongside the ride. Then Sarah and Kyle joined in. Sam was very special to have such a posse of friends running and waving to him each time around.
Pete is the daredevil, which you already know. He will ride any ride that is permitted by law and park regulations. He rode Rebel Yell, forward and backwards. He rode Drop Zone. It will be interesting to see if Sam will be willing to join on these rides when he is tall enough.
It was pretty hot for September. Pete and Kyle took a quick break for a drink. Then it was time for some more roller coasters.
Our trip to King's Dominion included a pre-paid lunch at the pavillion.
Sam had a hamburger bun and some water. If he ever goes to prison, and they feed him bread and water, that will not be a hardship for him.
Here is Pete eating a cheeseburger. He usually likes it with only pickles, but on this day he decided to try lettuce (some of which appears to have remained on the burger). He did finish the burger, which qualified him for dessert. Then it was off to the Scooby Doo haunted house ride.
Pete had two exciting developments at school recently in P.E.
First, he was selected star P.E. student of the month for the school. This is his second year in a row winning this prestigious honor. We talked to the head P.E. teacher on Back To School night. She said normally she will not allow the same student to win twice, but they had a new teacher picking the winners this year and he chose Pete without knowing who the past winners were, so she decided to go with his selection. We asked what the criteria are. She said he's just a fun kid and he has a genuine joy for all of the activities that they do.
Second, Pete almost became a Husky by doing 5 pull-ups. You need to do 6 to be a husky. There are only about 20 kids in the whole school who have achieved this. Pete can try again soon to do 6. Note, he also selected the "harder" type of pull-up, which is the overhand kind.
Here is Sam playing at a playground in Overland Park, across the street from a geocache he went to with Dad. Note that he is continuing to enjoy his favorite Power Rangers shirt. We bought him a second one, so now he actually has two of this same shirt.