Sam's Cub Scout Den had a fun "go-see-it" excursion in November to the Oatlands plantation near Leesburg. The boys in Sam's Den are Sam, Alex, William, Ethan, Dominic, and Dylan. Dylan dropped out about half way through the year.
The PTA at Pete's school sponsors a 5th grade carnival. This is a small event where a committe of a dozen people quit their jobs for 3 months and canvas parents and local businesses to get donations for moonbounces, games, and novelty machines.
Above you can see Pete enjoying his last day of Elementary School. If you want to see more pictures, there are 540 of them on the Carnival photo website.
Pete built another contraption, this time with Corey (and some help from Sam). This one is called Contraption to Pop the Balloon. The construction on this one took place over the course of several days, but the good news is that they finally cleaned up the basement about a week later. More good news is that they were able to build this one without any help from Mom and Dad.
Pete's class was doing a unit where they teamed up to build contraptions. To introduce the unit, Pete's teacher (Mrs. Robin LaFrankie) allowed him to play one of his YouTube videos for the class on the Promethean board. It was the video he did of his New Year's Day contraption.
Pete re-recorded the video to make it "school-appropriate" and also add some new features. The new version that he played in class can be seen here. There are two funny parts if you make it through towards the end.
Congratulations to Pete and the Yankees for winning their division and making it to the World Series this year. The championship game went to an extra 7th inning, tied 14-14, before the Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks 19-14.
Pictured (l-r, b-f) are Pete, Coach Chip, Craig, Jordan, Ayush, DrewA, DrewT, Coach Joe, Jim, Colin, Quinn, Coach Paul Stromberg, Ben, Christian, and Evan.
Below, Pete collects his trophy in front of his coaches.
He still has a big wad of his secret weapon (Big League Chew) which led to his hitting prowess during the second half of the season. Pete played mostly shortstop, third base, and right-center field.
Last weekend was the big trip to Pittsburgh. Pete and Sam enjoyed spending some quality time with Charlie and Colin, while Mom and Dad caught up with Thad and Kristin. Gabe and Andy also made the drive out from Philadelphia, to make it 10 people in all.
Below are some photos from Pete and Sam's first official tailgate:
As you can see, they got to play some cornhole ("Baggo"), ladder golf, and beer pong (the non-paddle version). Also, there were very few Pirates fans to be found anywhere. Although there were a few spotted later inside the stadium.
Dad also enjoyed the break after having already walked across the Clemente bridge 3 times, back and forth to the museum and parking lot with various accoutrements for the tailgate.
Thanks to Gabe and Andy for cooking up burgers and dogs for everyone.