April 3, 2011
Owen, flying high.
Nearly three year old Abbie trying for that higher bounce.
Theo going for the extreme moves.
Anthony waits his shot at the ball in a game of driveway two-square. Whoever goes out steps aside for the next person in line. That way no one gets overly tired
Everyone wanted to take a walk and see where I heard the singing waters from a previous blog. The water is running, but without much thunder and low enough to easily cross over the washes on rocks and branches. Its fun to almost get wet while throwing rocks into the culverts. The kids fed the neighbor horses and caught a frog,, which was promptly returned to its puddle.
Before dinner, the two youngest boys managed a wobbly, high structure with stacking blocks while we got the table ready. Before dessert, we caravaned downtown Murphys to watch the Rail Jam, a new event sponsored by Bear Valley Ski Area, and the Murphys Hotel.
Snow was brought in and piled from the second floor of the Murphys Hotel into an obstacle course for skiers and snowboarders. The amateur contestants were from eight years to fourteen years old. Down the two story ramp, over the first bridge,
a sharp right and down a slippery, round pipe,
and, a shoot to the finish over the “mail box”. Some of the older boys chose to finish on the edges of the blue barrier. Either way, a challenging, fun, competitive race with prizes.
Six year old Anthony confided, “I can do that,” as he watched the boarders. In the future, I’m sure he will. On this day, it was enough to play with hunks of dirty snow. But, dainty Abbie…
stuck close to dad and bravely ventured one leg over the rope barrier.
June 29, 2010
Leaving Cape Cod we arrived at my son’s home in Ivoryton, Connecticut, Sunday afternoon. It was so hot and humid, we hung out in the back yard trying to get some shade and a tiny breeze.
My nine-year old grand-daughter Jaime wasn’t affected by the heat and humidity and was alive and animated as always. She has quite the bubbly personality. She showed me a framed genealogy document of the Jaillet name that told of us with that name as people who live in the swamp, bog, marsh and mud. I promptly dubbed her Jaime The Mudbug.
In her animated way, she presented a written invitation to her mom and dad, Mary and myself to attend Jaime’s First Annual Trampoline Extravaganza to begin at 5:45 in the back yard. She gave a great animated performance.
Here are three photos…
Jaime gave a great and entertaining performance.
She said she needed an assistant and of course, I was selected as the lucky individual. I already knew I have no business being on a trampoline!
A little later, here I am groovin’ to rocking tune on her MP3 player.
Mary flies to California for two weeks today. While she’s gone I’ll be hanging out with my grand-kids and of course, their mom and dad. Now, if it only wasn’t so hot and humid…
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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