Monday, August 05, 2019


Hey!  Hope everyone is doing alright.  It's real hot outside...
Our week and weekend was pretty good.
On Saturday, as has been our routine this summer, we went out to Steiner Ranch to go swimming and spend some time with our family.  Ryan and Jamie came out there, too, so that was really cool.  Also, Ryan just got a new job with the Provost's Office at UT, so it was an occasion to celebrate!
We got out there around ten, and stormed the gates of the Bella Mar pool.

My mom, watching Kiddo play in the Bella Mar pool.
I wonder how many total hours my mom has spent watching kids
at the pool....

On this trip, Uncle Ryan, a persistent spinner of yarns and teller of tall tales
as far as Raylan is concerned, was unable to convince his nephew that
flaying fish and sword fish were, in fact, real animals and not
make-believe creatures.
They're remodeling the bathrooms at Bella Mar, so they have bathroom trailers parked out front that have air conditioning and flushing toilets.  This was the highlight of the trip for Raylan, who has a strange fascination with urinals, in general.   
We played around in the pool for a couple of hours and then headed back to my folks' house for some pizza.  Ryan and Jamie took off after that, but our family hung out while the kids got a nap.  (well, Raylan "rested")
When the kids got up, Mom and Dad entertained them for a bit while Amy and I went for a walk. (which was nice, even though it was sorta hot out)

Grandma and Papa afternoon camp apparently involves
art and Play Dough
Later in the evening we went over to Waterloo Ice House.  We ate outside under the shade trees, fans, and misters, and the kids got to play on the playground.

Kiddo shows Mom around the Waterloo playground after dinner
Saturday was just a really nice, summer day- the kind of day that you want summer to be.  We had a great time hanging out with the family, and the kids had a really fun time.  They both love hanging out with the family.  Before bed Saturday night Raylan told me he had a really fun time at our "family pizza party".  ;-)

On Sunday, after Amy and I both worked out, we set out in search of adventure.  Interested in trying something new, we went to the Bartholomew Park splash pad.
This trip was not our greatest success.
It had been raining early Sunday morning, and it was really hot and oppressively muggy at the park.
The splash pad itself was mostly broken, with like 2 or 3 jets of water sort of feebly spraying into the air.  There was a birthday party at the park, so there were like 20 kids there, and most of them seemed intent upon standing upon the water jets so that no water would spray up into the air at all.  (I'm not sure why this was their favorite activity, but it definitely was)
The kids did play in the water a bit to cool off, and the played on the playground a bit until they got too hot and sweaty.  Overall, I guess they had a decent time (the kids really could have fun at a funeral), but it wasn't our most successful outing.

Raylan, doing what Raylan does at a playground.  Note that he's wearing a
swimsuit and is not wet
Later, in the afternoon, we went to Target.

Then I went to band practice.  It was Frank, Reed, Jim, and me.  Not sure hot it sounded, but we had a good time.

The end.

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