Well, kind of.... ;-)
There's a joke among my exchange students that I host to have kids give Bailey belly rubs....
Well, kind of.... ;-)
On the hottest day of this summer, Connie and our dear friend Brenda came to Weld with a wicked good dinner. We had Connie's world famous chicken pie and Brenda's Maine blueberry pie. Mm Mm Mm. We were joined this afternoon by our new Finnish friend, Aleksi Pirttijoki, who will also attend Mountain Valley High School and play soccer with the boys. Thanks so much, Brenda and Connie, what great friends you are.
About 2 miles past the high school there's a swimming hole that kids frequent. The water is cold and made for the perfect pre-practice cool down. Today, we saw the temperatures hit 92 degrees F. We're looking forward to autumn... or at least Bailey and I are!
Hot and humid in Maine for the next few days... it figures that soccer starts today... 3 hours a day.
The boys put together a new weight bench so Rich can fight age! Then, we headed to Rangeley for lunch and pictures at a special view above the Rangeley Lakes. Then, on to Weld of kayaking and beach time. At night, we headed off to a soccer meeting and left Bailey at home. I left a bag of flour on the kitchen table, and Bailey decided to inspect it. I'm an idiot. Thankfully, the boys helped with the mess. We just live and learn, don't you think? Soccer begins tomorrow: 7:30am to 9am and 3pm to 4:30pm. Go Falcons!
This morning we hiked Whitecap Mountain, a local mountain about 15 minutes form our home. It's about a two-hour hike and the boys did terrific.
What thoughtful gifts I received from Denmark and Germany! Thank you so much for your kindness and special gifts from your homelands! I've included pictures from the day the boys arrived, too, including their room. Click on the pictures to enlarge and read the captions below the pictures.
In the afternoon, we drove into the local mountains and swam in the Swift River, a mountain-fed stream that is cold. After that, we drove down to our camp on Lake Webb in Weld, Maine. The boys kayaked, swam, and took a boat ride with my brothers Fred and Allen and their wives, Anna and Pam. This evening, we ate Mac & Cheese and watched the Red Sox. Bed at 9pm... the boys did a great job today and handled the jet lag really well. Great to have them here!
The boys woke up early (8 and 8:30... they're not normal!). The played soccer with Bailey, we toured the town, stood by the yellow school bus and the high school sign, met the boy from Finland and his host brother Curtis, went to Black Mountain, ate Italian Sandwiches and sampled a Whoopie Pie (described by Sonke as a giant soft Oreo cookie), waved to Jimbo (the letter carrier), and met Connie and Ben. Next? The lake or climbing or a nap?
The flight was a bit delayed a little form Chicago, but they made it! Bailey is smitten. What good kids. Thank you for sharing the boys with us, Moms and Dads, Sister & Brothers, Grandparents, family, & friends... Now, it's time for bed!