May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 24, 2015

Blue went on his first walk on a leash through the neighborhood this week.  He did pretty good, but I think that's because he gets to follow Sunny and see how it's done.  The neat thing that happened was Blue's mom and dad were out in the yard and he had a chance to visit with them for a couple of minutes.  He hadn't seen them since we picked him up four weeks ago.  His mom was all over him for a couple of minutes, but quickly lost interest and started playing with Sunny.  It's so weird how dogs are indifferent to their children. She liked playing with him, but she certainly wasn't overjoyed or obsessed with him.  Definitely not like people.  Can you imagine seeing your 3 month old baby walking by on your street and just saying "Oh, hey.  How are you doing?"  and then just saying "Bye."?  It's so weird.

Luke had a band concert this week.  He played 4 different instruments in 3 songs and I could pick him out of the band with each one.  He clacked the sticks, shook the maracas, pounded the bass drum, and clanged the crash symbols.  He's just so loud.

On Wednesday night, we went to the end of the year banquet for the robotics team.  We spent three hours eating, getting demonstrations of the robot, and enjoying a review of all the team's accomplishments over the past year.

Luke and Avery both earned letters and received some other awards for their personal contributions to the team.  We just love this group of great kids.

We also like hanging out with the other team parents.  There's a bunch of crazy characters that support this team.

Jackson's mom, Jen, texted me this picture.  She has been taking pictures of Jackson and the boys all the way back to the 7th grade when they first were on a robotics team together and 4 years later, they're still going strong.  I'm so glad we got involved because there's been so many positive things that have happened to the boys because of it.

On Friday night, I visited with some of the Hornbuckle clan.  They were trying to give me some restaurant suggestions, but none of the ones they talked about sounded very good.

Instead we ended up going to Mystic Steak House at Mystic Lake Casino.  This always ends up being a very expensive meal even when somebody else ends up paying for it.  Darn casino.

On Saturday, we had the joy of celebrating the wedding of some of our good friends, Chuck and Clarice Jorenby.  Congratulations to the both of you!  We wish you many years of happiness and love!

When we dropped Luke off at work last night, we saw this car in the parking lot.  I had never seen one like this before, but I found myself really tempted to walk up to it and pull it backwards just to see if it would then shoot forward.  Like this:

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