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Tonight, Landon was ready for bed before everyone else and took advantage of the fact by hiding under Will's bed so that he could surprise us when we all convened for prayers.
Unfortunately for the little guy, the older boys took longer than anticipated getting ready for bed and Landon fell asleep waiting for us all. Fortunately, when we all finally gathered for prayers, we were able to locate the world's greatest hider.
Will, Drew and I attended the Fall Festival of Scouting at the Graves Scout Reservation in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Will and Drew's pack is part of the Indian Nations Council (flag on the right).
Drew and Will in front of Russell Lake.
Will had no trouble walking around on tin can stilts.
Drew was able to take a few steps on full size stilts with just a little assistance.
A little too much baseball wind-up in the boys' dart toss technique.
Will went under on the obstacle course.
While, Drew went over on the obstacle course.
Drew and Will on the slack line.
Drew and Will high up on the rock climbing wall.
Tulsa Life Flight's helicopter made a landing at the festival.
Coming in for a landing.
Posing with the Life Flight helicopter.
One of the boys' favorite activities of the day was canoeing.
Will and Drew paid close attention to the instructor before they got the opportunity to fire BB rifles.
Will and Drew did a great job their first time out BB shooting. Drew even got a bullseye!
The Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey showed off some of their handsome falcons.
Another falcon looking proud.
Archery was another favorite activity. It was a lot harder than they boys imagined but, with a little practice, they were both able to hit the target.
Another obstacle course with a balance beam portion.
Finally, we closed the day with a big hit...stomp rockets.
Will launching his stomp rocket.
Drew grimacing as he launches his stomp rocket. The boys really enjoyed the perfect weather and all the activities. As we hiked out at the end, they were already talking about next year.
We all went to see Blue Man Group this evening at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The boys really enjoyed the show as did Mama and Daddy.
I didn't take photographs during the show, so these three images are from around the interweb.
The show was more comedy and less percussion than I thought it would be, but incredibly entertaining-ish* nonetheless. [*-ish is an inside joke from the show...which cracked the boys up and we kept using days after.]
The Blue Men posed for photographs after the show.
Another Blue Man. They would sign programs and other materials by wiping two fingers across their blue heads and wiping blue on the item to be signed.
Blue Men never blink, perfect for photos, and also never smile or talk.
The Blue Man Group's supporting percussionists.
All the boys had soccer practice at Soccer City today. Our three Lil' Kickers have really improved in the past year. The coaches at Soccer City are all great and have done a wonderful job with the boys. Landon, here, doesn't even have to touch the ground when he's playing.
Landon is more advanced that his older brothers were at his age, most likely due to his having to keep up with them. This photo is from a series in which Landon approached and kicked the ball without ever looking down.
Kicking one into the goal.
Keeping control of the ball.
Making a turn with the ball under control.
Coming to a quick stop.
Will reaching out to stop the ball.
Following through on a pass to a teammate.
On the move.
Getting ready to kick a long one.
Great follow through.
Drew in between toe-touches during warm-ups.
Drew keeping control of the ball.
Stretching out his long legs while keeping the ball close.
Drew trying to keep control of the ball while Will advances fast.
Will protects his ball from Drew's attack.
Will again defending against Drew's attack.
Looks like Drew was finally able to kick one away from Will.
Landon, Drew and Will, all sweaty, at the end of their soccer practice.
These are literally my first attempts at multiple exposure photography. No photoshopping involved, except for cropping and resizing. Well, I might have shopped out my shadow in this one...sue me. My first guinea pig, Will running across our backyard.
Drew, with Amber joining in, taking his turn running past my viewfinder.
Two exposures this time. Will had the right idea, that he came up with all by himself, to change poses to make the photo more interesting.
Finally, Drew and I were sitting on the couch while I was reviewing exposure options and I snapped off two images of him. All these were just experiments to see what my camera could do. Perhaps I'll take some more carefully crafted multi-exposure photos in the future.
Amber striking her most regal pose.
Caught in mid-air, ears flopping, jumping for a favorite stick.
Drew has Amber's jumping high.
There's nothing better than a good stick.
Somebody wouldn't sit still for the group photo.
I was in Boise City today for a hearing and on the way back...the long way back...I broke up the early monotony by photographing some old farm houses. I also took the opportunity to to check out my in-camera HDR (high dynamic range) capability.
I wish I could have seen the homes when they were new. I can't help but wonder what the story is that accompanies each home.
My camera's HDR options were fun to play with and gave me a needed distraction on the first leg of my drive home. Hopefully, I'll be able to more subtlety put them to use in the future.
[UPDATE]: Had to go back to Boise City for another hearing. On the way back, I found another old farm house I had missed the first time.