The family went out for a nice Mother's Day dinner at Jukebox Diner in Sterling. Sam had received a coupon from school for a free kids item. Apparently this place was a bit lowbrow for most Moms, since they pretty much had the place to themselves.
On the way there, they stopped to look for a geocache at the top of a nearby hill overlooking the shopping center:
During the week of May 17 - May 21, Mom went to the Biltmore in North Carolina with Nan and Aunt Jo, so it was a boys-only weekend.
On Thursday, Dad and Pete dropped Sam off at Lacrosse practice and played tennis with Tom and Jackson. Then they went to Fuddruckers for Dominion Trail Spirit Night.
On Saturday, they grabbed some donuts and went to Sam's all-day Lacrosse tournament in Hamilton. During the tournament, Pete and Dad looked for a geocache and played some baseball, frisbee, Lacrosse, and football - when they weren't dragging all of their stuff from one field to another.
Sunday night they went to Chuck E. Cheese's.
Monday night was Pete's ceremony at school for the literary journal. Sam was gald he came, too, when he found out there was free cake and lemonade.
Sam is playing Lacrosse this Spring for the Ashburn Bandits.
At last week's game, he got to play goalie for the first half. Sam gave up two goals, and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. The team's record is now 0-1-2.
Sam has several friends on the team, including Nick, Matthew, and William.
Sam is often seen practicing Lacrosse out on the street in front of his house, until after dark. He recently purchased a "Trick Stick" from Charlie for $5. It is a pretty cool stick, colorful and a little bit smaller than the standard stick. Note, the stick in the picture above is the special goalie stick.
Pete is playing trumpet this year in 6th grade at Farmwell Station Middle School. Last Thursday was his second concert. He was on stage in the school auditorium, with about 100 other people playing flutes, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, french horns, trombones, tubas, percussion, and oboe. The nice thing about these concerts is that they start right on time and are over in about 20 minutes.
These are the songs that Pete played in this concert:
Brazilian Street Dance
The Olympic Spirit*
* The Olympic Spirit turned out to be a bit of a disaster, with one of the drummers playing a tempo that shared no similarity with everyone else. Other than that it was a good concert.
Sam came in from playing golf outside and was telling Dad about it.
Sam: I got a triple-Eagle playing golf outside Dad: That's great! Are you damaging anyone's yard? Sam: No, I just took a few blades of grass in some cases, but no holes Dad: What balls are you using? Sam: Mason's little yellow rubber balls. Dad: Can they damage anything? Sam: Only if there was a baby sitting at the top of the lamppost. If you hit the baby and it landed on its head, it would get damaged.
Wednesday began with a brisk walk followed by a long and leisurely breakfast at the Old College Ave Diner:
Next stop was the Penn State Natatorium for Pete to do some high diving. However, the high dives were unexpectedly closed for no reason, so everyone played some basketball at the Intramural building instead:
Then everyone walked over from the hotel to the Discovery Space Museum for lots of fun activities (not a space museum, by the way).
Instead of the original plan (PSU baseball game), they went to get some candy at CVS and then to see The Hunger Games over by Nittany Mall. Dinner was pizza back at the room.
Pete and Sam enjoyed the Creamery so much, they went there twice. See if you can guess what happended just after the above picture was snapped:
(a) Sam decided that he didn't like the ice cream
(b) Sam dropped his ice cream on the ground
(c) Sam went into a rage and threw his ice cream in the trash
(d) The boys were abducted by aliens (Pete suggested that we include this choice)