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Monday, October 2, 2017

A Hard Nut To Crack

Date of occurrence:
September 5, 2017.

As Kc and I were talking, I found out he had never had a taste of a real coconut before. He loves coconut and I thought it would be a good idea to get one and let him experience opening, extracting, and savoring the real deal.

The coconut was quickly bought and now it is a matter of following the instructions on how to get the milk out. The first hole opens up real easy. The second one gives some resistance, but we finally are able to pour out the contents.

Apparently, we have the wrong coconut. It clearly says on the label that the milk is not suitable for drinking, so we throw it out and focus on how to crack the nut.

I am trying to find our machete, but realize one of our loved ones borrowed it and hasn't brought it back. Okay..., now what? Opa suggest to use the hammer. Good idea.

We get the tool and go outside to give it a few good hits. That is easier said then done, but eventually the nut cracks into several large pieces. Both Kc and I take a bite of the meat and almost immediately spit it out.

Kc: "Eww, that tastes like soap."
Me: "Yeah, that coconut is no good."

Upon closer examination I see the meat is starting to rot in a few places. Yup, it is an old one and no longer fit for consumption.

Me: "Sorry, little man. We will try again another time. At least now you know how what it takes to open a coconut."
Kc nods. He knows.

It is a hard nut to crack!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Presenting The Trophy

Date of occurrence:
August 27, 2017.

Kc has been eagerly awaiting for aunt A. to return from her work trip, so he can present her with the Hero Trophy. Today is the day and as soon as they get back from church he grabs it and goes over to his aunt.

Kc: "Aunt A., I really appreciate you taking me to church, going to the cub scout camps with me, and all the other things you do for me. That is why you are my hero and I would like to give you this trophy."

Aunt A. is so honored, tears are rolling down her cheeks when she accepts her award.

Kc gets a heartfelt 'Thank you' and a big hug in return.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that this trophy will find a great spot in her home.

A prominent and permanent one!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Eating Good In The Neighborhood

Date of occurrence:
August 26, 2017.

A barbeque for the entire neighborhood is on the menu today.

How to keeping all the children busy is not forgotten either, as you can see.

Levi, Daley, and their neighborhood friends are enjoying a jump on the inflatables.

I have a suspicion it is more then one jump. They are probably playing until their little tummies are begging for food.

That is no problem, because a scrumptious meal awaits them.

They will be eating good in and with their neighborhood!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?

Date of occurrence:
August 24, 2017.

Wink, the box turtle that made our yard her home, came out from under the storage shed this morning.

Kc had just gotten dressed and goes out with me to feed her. She loves bread and knows her tummy will be filled when we come up to her.

She even meets us half way and stretches her neck looking for her food. The first piece I always hold out to her and she takes it from my hand.

This time, I let Kc give it to her. He holds it right in front of her mouth and I warn him to pull his hand back a little, because she has the tendency to suddenly snatch it from one's fingers.

He doesn't listen and Wink makes her move in one fell swoop. Kc pulls back his hand, holds it, looks at me in surprise and says: "She bit me!"

He shows me his finger and sure enough she broke the skin. It is barely noticeable, but enough for him to be more mindful next time.

Me, jokingly: "Uh oh, you got bit by a turtle. Now you have turtle power. You may turn into a teenage mutant ninja turtle."

Kc laughs and as soon as he gets inside tells Opa Wink bit him.
Opa: "Wow. She bit you, huh? That's one for the books."
Kc: "No, it isn't."
Opa: "Sure it is. Who can say they got bit by a turtle? I don't think there are many people who can claim they have."

There is no denying that fact and we make jokes about it until school starts. I do think it would be wise to keep an eye on our grandson. I will let you know as soon as he mutates.

He already loves pizza!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Trophy For A Hero

Date of occurrence:
August 23, 2017.

We have one more cub scout elective to go and than we have done them all. This one is called 'Build My Own Hero'. Kc has chosen his aunt A. as his hero and would like to award her with a 'My Hero' trophy.

He really appreciates her putting in the time and effort to always go on the scout camping trips and outings, taking him to church, and all the other things she does for him.

We gather up some materials and paint and in no time we have an idea of what it should look like.

The assembly is done pretty quick and we finish painting. After letting it dry thoroughly, we glue on the base, plaque, and top sign.

The trophy is finished and Kc is very happy with the results. All that is left to do is presenting it to aunt A. That will have to wait a few days, because she is out of town. That's too bad, but...

A hero's work is never done!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Date of occurrence:
August 21, 2017.

Kc is excited about the upcoming solar eclipse. Unfortunately, he came down with pink eye last night.

His eye is pink, swollen, and itchy this morning and we think it best to let him stay home until we get some antibiotics. We sure don't want to spread this around.

He is not very happy about it, but he understands and is satisfied with watching the eclipse on TV.

Opa and I on the other hand saw two eclipses. The solar eclipse on TV and ...

A partial eclipse of Kc's eye!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Birthday Blast

Date of occurrence:
August 20, 2017.

Bell is having a great time at Opa's Birthday party. She almost immediately goes to play with the doll house and the other toys. And then she finds a microphone.

At first, she sings something to herself. She apparently is happy with how it sounds. She gets up, takes a stand in the middle of the living room and starts singing.

It sounds so pretty and she sure is putting on a show. She is having a blast.

And so do we! Grin.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Opa's Birthday

Date of occurrence:
August 20, 2017.

It's Opa's Birthday and everyone is gathered together to celebrate.

Well, not everyone. Lil' Lily has a cold and had to stay clear in order not to spread it around.

Kc and Bell make up for her absence though.

They ensure Opa gets his presents, cake, and Birthday dinner. They did a wonderful job.

Thank you, guys!:-)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

First Time Roller Skating

Date of occurrence:
August 10, 2017.

Kc comes home from school with a pamphlet saying the roller skating rink is open at a certain evening this week for the students.

He had wanted to attend last year, but unforeseen circumstances prevented him from going. Since school has just started and no homework has been given, this is the perfect time to correct that situation.

Kc's best buddy J., who lives next door, is joining us and off we go. It is not too busy, but the music is deafening. The boys get their roller skates, put them on, stand up and... Kc is on the floor.

It is his first time roller skating, so I was expecting he would be examining the floor up close many times. Thank goodness, the roller skating rink provides devices to hold on to and I give him one.

They get in the rink and J. rolls off. He has done it before and is quite good at it.

Kc stomps around on his roller skates, frantically holding on to his support.

As the evening goes by, he gets better at it.

After several falls, hurting his elbow and his wrist, he moves around pretty fast. He still can't do it on his own, but he is more skilled at it than when he started.

The boys had a great time and to say that Kc likes roller skating would be an understatement.

He loves it and can't get enough of it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back To School

Date of occurrence:
August 8, 2017.

Yes, it is time to go back to school again. The 5th grade presents Kc with some changes this year. He will have three different teachers for reading, math, and science/social studies and will have to change classrooms.

Even though he truly enjoyed his summer vacation, I am surprised to hear he is looking forward to starting school. He has no problem getting up this morning, is excited, in a good mood and ready in no time.

His first day went great and he truly enjoyed it. This is his last year in elementary and we have the hope...

That his excitement continues!

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