Jake, Bella, Gabi and Luke are all attending the Kammron Taylor basketball camp today and tomorrow. Kammron played his high school basketball in Minnesota and is one of the top players to come out of the state. He went on to play for Wisconsin and was a three-year starter for the Badgers. He is now playing in Europe for a team in Cyprus. Each year he returns to his home town of Minneapolis and conducts a free basketball camp as a way to give back to the community. Kammron’s sister, Krystal, played D-1 basketball for Valparaiso, and is an assistant coach for Isabella’s AAU team. Through her we learned about the camp and the kids have attended the last two years. It’s a good camp with good instructors. They provide lunch both days through local sponsors, Gatorade provides drinks and each camper gets a couple t-shirts. All free.
This summer Lydia is working at Becker Furniture World part-time and doing some baby-sitting. After seeing her sleep in until 2:00pm a few days I took action and got her a job.
Last weekend Sophia participated in a 4H horse show. This year she moves up a class and competes against older kids. She finished with 3 third place ribbons and one 2nd. Sophia loves working with horses and she does such a nice job. But, she is slightly allergic to them. Therefore her nose runs the entire time she is riding. Working with horses is a dirty job, and when she wipes her runny nose she gets dirt all over her face. After a day of working with horses you should see her. Her face is covered with dirt. She’s a real horse girl!
In the last week of school Luke was packing his lunch. He came up with a great idea. He filled a water bottle full of ice cream. Gabi, our official tattle-tale, informed me and he was stopped. I told him the ice cream would melt before he even got to school. He said he knew and that is what he wanted.
Our dog Leo is such a chicken! We put him outside attached to a rope. Our deck sits up high in our backyard, and a full flight of stairs go to the yard. The rope reaches up the stairs, and we connect him at the top of the stairs. He is then supposed to walk down to the yard. Well - a small bunny rabbit is living in the tree line not far from where Leo comes down the stairs. Leo is scared to death of this bunny. He will no longer go down the stairs unless he is forced.
After dinner one evening we were discussing what clean-up jobs each child would be responsible to complete. Someone says, “I don’t want washing. I want put-away.” Someone else jumps in and says, “I get counters.” Eli joins in and says, “I get toys!”
In Minnesota it can be minus 20 degrees, or it can snow 12 inches and they won’t cancel anything. Last week it reached 102 and they canceled baseball! If they did that in the south, they’d never play baseball in the summer.
Luke’s baseball team met at the varsity field for their team photo, and then were to immediately go across the street to play a game at the elementary school. Lisa took Luke to the photo session, then drove him to the elementary school and dropped him off. She then went to pick up Gabi and bring her to the game. She went into the house and got a little side-tracked (she left her phone in the truck). When she got back in the Suburban to go to Luke’s game, she had several messages letting her know that the game had been canceled. Lisa hurried to pick Luke up and when she got about a quarter of a mile from the school … there is Luke on the street corner. Luke was proceeding to walk the 4-1/2 miles home. “Luke what are you doing?” Luke’s response? “Walking home. I had no choice. I waited 10 minutes.” “Do you even know your way home?” “Yes, I know what I’m doing.” Pray for us!
The kids are all done with school now. They finished on Wednesday. Now we have to get settled in for the summer. It takes some getting used-to.
We have two graduation parties to attend this weekend. Also, Jake is having 6 (plus him) of the players from his AAU team staying over tonight. Lisa always feels she needs to have the house perfect for such events. Even though the boys could care less, it is important to Lisa!
I started using Facebook because I felt it was important for me to keep up on the latest trends in technology. I didn’t want to be left behind as technology moved on. When my kids told me that no one uses e-mail anymore, I knew I better get moving. I quickly discovered what Facebook was all about, and really enjoyed being a part of it. Now I keep hearing that Twitter is getting more popular than Facebook so I set up a Twitter account. So I ask you, is a tweet really a tweet if you have no followers? I’ll let you know how it goes. My Twitter account is: jrwilsonjr.
Lisa and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this week. The romantic that I am … we went to DQ! I am married to the most wonderful woman in the universe. I am blessed to be married to the woman I love, and like. She is my best friend. She is beautiful inside and out. Lisa is a wonderful mother, a wonderful person, and I get to call her my wife. Thank you Lisa for all you do.