Pete had some time over the summer to do some cool Pokemon drawings. We will leave it to the reader to identify the names of the Pokemon in the comments.
Pete also has a book labeled "Gotta Sketch 'Em All", which is intended to ultimately have drawings of every Pokemon. He got off to a good start with it, but let's just say that he still has several more to go before the book will be complete.
Sometimes Dad walks into the family room and notices that someone has started playing a game of Scrabble, but he decides not to ask any questions about it and in fact may choose to just pretend that he never saw anything.
Just before going back to school in August, the family started a new tradition with the first annual Ashburn Froyo Tour.
It started at 11am at Sweet Frog. Then there were visits to FrankiBerri, Zazu, Zinga, Frozen Fantasy, PinkBerry, and LuvbBerry.
PinkBerry was a bit of a disaster, so that was replaced by a final trip to another Sweet Frog. The favorite of the group seemed to be FrankiBerri. Now we will see how many of these places survive to next year for the 2nd annual tour.
There were a few visitors for Thanksgiving this year:
Pictures around the table are Sarah, Sam, Ashleigh, Stacey, Aiden, Eddie, Allen Michael, George, Vickie, Christy, [Mike], Pete, and Tori. Yes, that makes a lucky 13. Everyone enjoyed a nice buffet dinner.
The sleeping arrangements were: Nana and Poppy at the condo, Pete/Sam/Sarah/Tori in Pete's room, Mom/Dad in their room, and everyone else in the basement.
Then there was the small matter of the Steelers/Ravens game after dinner. Note a certain gender gap in the following photos:
The ladies were happy that the Ravens squeaked out a 2-point victory. A few people missed the end of the game while they were fighting out in the front yard.
On Friday, the out-of-towners headed downtown to visit some DC museums, and then on Saturday things quieted down quite a bit as everyone went to IHOP and then headed home.
This weekend also featured the installation of a new toilet, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Followed by the equally challenging removal of their predecessors.
Pete did a great job busting his tail for the "Virginia Diner" fundraiser for Farmwell Station Middle School. He went out with Dad and Sam a few times in the Fall, when Sam was selling popcorn for Cub Scouts.
These nuts (ha!) were much harder to sell than Sam's popcorn. They were overpriced and Pete did not have the cute little hat to wear like Sam. Pete did discover that when he wore a nicer shirt the second time he did a lot better. And when he struck up a conversation with the customer, such as noticing a bumper sticker on theiir car and offering a related product.
Here is all of Pete's inventory before making the deliveries:
A few deer spotted in Lansdowne during selling:
Pete ended up in second place and won some gift cards. If only he had known, he would have sold just a little more to win the iPad.