Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pentathlon

Pentathlon means they swim five events (maybe this is obvious to you if you grew up swimming, but I didn't, so I have to explain it from my point of view.  I thought a pentathlon involved swimming, biking, running, rifle shooting, and one more event).  It's a huge meet.  They divide it over two days and Scott's day was Sunday, so he opted to not swim it.  It was over 100 degrees, too.  The kids had fun.  Kira did pretty good.  

I've wanted a Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS lens for a while, so I thought I'd practice with the lower-tiered 70-300 we obtained from Grandma.  The optics aren't bad but the aperture is limited to 5.6.  I don't know if I'd use the L lens enough to justify its purchase price, but who knows?  Maybe if I had it, I'd use it more.  











Since I forgot to post for 4th of July, I'll include some pictures here.




We went to Heather's neighborhood for the parade.  I rode my unicycle.  Those must not be popular here because one person said, "Oh!  Look at that bike, with uh, one wheel.  A one-wheeled bike."  Scott was impressed, though.





Sunday, June 25, 2017

June

I love the summer.  I love that I can wear my shorts all day, the sun's out longer, and school's out!  Plus Heidi works for Dana Hills and she and the kids seem to enjoy that.  


 At movie night at the Dana Hills clubhouse.


Mister mowing the lawn with me.  The backyard sustained some chemical burn when Mister unloaded a whole spray bottle of windex.  Plus, I haven't dialed in the sprinklers for the back as much as the front, so there are some dry areas.


At Battle of the ages.


Tara has been watching Mister on Saturdays so I can shuffle the other kids around at the pool.  I'm not a super multi-tasker, so either I watch Mister and the older swimmers have to sign themselves in to each race, or we leave Mister behind.  We choose the latter and everyone seems to be happy.


Scott enjoys socializing with his friends at the meet.


Kira prefers the older girls


Kira got 8nd for her age group in the 25 fly.

Blake dropped a lot of time in each event.  He even had good dives.


Lots of time on electronics this summer



The kids face time their friends and play against or alongside them in Minecraft.



Mister loves his baba



Spin art



Mister ended prematurely the life of the other gecko, so we got Scott another one.  He is trying to teach Mister the proper care and feeding of reptiles.


Still haven't named him, though.



I always say a bad photo is better than no photo, but a good photo is better than a bad photo.  Therefore, I'm going to bring my big camera to more events and rely on it more than my iphone.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

BBQ at the neighbors'

Andrew and Jenny invited us over for BBQ on Sunday.  Andrew had gotten a Weber kettle grill as an early father's day present and was pretty stoked about it.  I was happy for him because I'd done my time with the charcoal grill and for me, the gas grill is way easier.  I do like the smell of the coals and how the food tastes, but I could never get it just right and it ended up taking too long.  

It was a fun time.  The American Dream!  That's what I call it.  I took these with the 50 mm lens at 1.8.  I like it because of the bokeh.