Marty left us last Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning I jumped in my car at around 6:00 a.m. and headed for Houston for a conference by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
The conference took place from Wednesday to Saturday, and it had a whole bunch of speakers. They had backgrounds ranging from psychiatry to probation to judges to social workers.
I heard some good presentations during the trip with tips on how to set target populations, administer rewards and sanctions, monitor compliance, etc. The whole drug court model is designed to reduce recidivism among defendant groups who have serious problems and who are likely to reoffend.
I'm really interested in seeing how science applies to criminal justice in terms of making the community safer and defendants healthier, so this was a good conference for me.
|I snapped this pic right when I got there. The audience was eventually|
standing room only.
|There were some perks to enjoy when the classes were over...|
I got back to Austin on Friday night just as Raylan was going to sleep.
|Texas sunset on my drive back to Austin. (no filter)|
On Saturday morning we got up and went to eat at La Posada.
After breakfast we went out to Mom and Dad's house to go swimming and to hang out. It was pretty awesome. Raylan did a lot of actual swimming. He goes to lessons with Grandma and Grandpa, and they are really paying off.
|Raylan is happy to be photographed enjoying breakfast with Dad.|
Amy, I'm told, had a blemish.
We went out to my folks' house to go swimming. We ended up turning it into, basically, a mini vacation day, and we strayed there all day. Mom and Dad fed us salmon burgers for lunch with fruit and potato salad. We ordered out for dinner.
|Raylan shows off his ability to "do a pancake."|
And also his ability to entertain his grandparents.
Thanks to Mom and Dad for having us over. It was a great way to relax after a busy week!
|finishing up lunch with Grandma|
On Sunday we got up and took Raylan over to the splash pad at Ricky Guerrero Park. It was really hot out on Sunday, so water play was pretty much the only option. There were several birthday parties going on with lots of kids around who about Raylan's age at the splash pad. He had a really good time.
|Shade under the big trees and a splash pad?!?!|
Sunday afternoon we did some shopping to look for a new bed for Raylan. Sunday night Amy made broccoli chicken calzones, and they were really good.
|Look, kid- this ain't my first splash pad rodeo...|
And that was the weekend! It was really good. Raylan asked about Marty a couple of times, but, as children often do, he seems to have mostly slipped right back into the groove.
We love summer! Have a great week!