Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fever Parade

Dad got the call one day to come pick up Pete at school. He had been running a fever the day before, but felt better in the morning and was able to go to school and keep his perfect attendance intact for the year. However, his fever resurfaced and the nurse had to call Dad to come pick Pete up.

Pete and Dad made up a schedule for the day to make sure Dad could get a lot of work done, but with a few breaks for lunch and play time.

Pete was sad because that afternoon he was supposed to parade around the school, to celebrate his class finishing third in the recent reading contest. So Pete and Dad decided to do the parade at home, as seen in the following video:

Note in the video that Dad changed his seat several times to simulate multiple people watching the parade.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Hike Diverted

The family drove down to DC for the Spring Cub Scout hike at Roosevelt Island. However, the parking lot was full so they had to quickly make other plans.

First, they headed off to the nearby Pentagon Memorial. Pete nearly added 1 to the victim count at the memorial when he took a header jumping over a cement pylon at the entrance. Fortunately, he escaped with just a hip contusion.

Next, they drove a few short miles up to Maryland to visit the "other" side of Great Falls. Although the scenic overlooks and trails were closed due to the recent flooding, Pete and Sam found some side trails where they got to do a lot of rock climbing, stone skipping, and looking for caves.

They will need to go back another time to do the famous Billy Goat Trail.

Monday, March 21, 2011


The family was enjoying a nice dinner at the food court in Dulles Town Center mall. Of course, the variety of tastes required visiting Sbarro, Chik-Fil-A, Flamers, and Great Steak and Potato Company. (The latter was just to get Pete's lemonade.)

Anyhow, Sam said he was experiencing chest pains, which engendered the following exchange:

Pete: I think you have angina

Sam: I am not a girl!!

Thursday, March 03, 2011


Sam's pine cone bird feeder that he made at the Cub Scout den meeting has been a big hit with the local cardinals.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


One of Sam's favorite homework assignments is finding words inside a big word. He went with Pete and Dad one night to Sal's pizza, and they worked on their homework there. Below is Sam's final list of words:

Note the section where he has the words "tender", "pen", "is". Pete and Dad had some other ideas for this, but Sam is clearly a professional with the highest integrity. Well, except for the part where he decided to add 14 exclamation points to the word "die".

It is also likely that Sam is the only person in his class who found the word "sniper".

Apparently the watering can stamp means he did a good job on the assignment.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Patriotic Program

Sam performed in his patriotic program at school last week. Mom and Dad attended the morning show, and Mom had the pleasure of attending again in the evening.

To sum up, Sam walked in:

Sam sang some songs:

Sam walked out:

A great time was had by all.