Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pinewood Derby Race

Today we attended Nick's pinewood derby race. They had a really cool race track that was super long and had a timer that timed to the one-hundrendth of a second and told you instantly which cars came in first through 6th place. We owe a huge thanks to our neighbor Mr. Jeff who helped us at every stage of this and let Nick and Jeremy use his workshop in his basement to carve out the car and drill holes for weights. Nick designed the car himself including the Alabama logo and the Roll Tide license plate. He got mostly second and thirds out of six cars in all his heats which put him right in the middle of the pack of 20 cars in his group of Bears. Two of Nick's best friends took second and third. He took losing in stride and is already talking about all the things he is going to do to his car next year. It was really fun and we learned a lot in the process.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ice Skating in Pentagon City

On Friday we took advantage of Jeremy being home for the long weekend and went ice skating in Pentagon city at a little ice rink in their outside mall. It was a little too small for the number of people they let on the rink and I would say 99% of the people had never skated before and most were foreign visitors who probably have never seen an ice rink in their life. So that makes for interesting skating environment but the kids had a great time and are getting better at skating. They both fell a few times but mostly managed to stay on their feet without any assistance from me. We skated for an hour and then went to dinner at Sine an Irish pub located right in the area. Hopefully, we will get a few more chances to skate before the year is over.

The Military Bowl Game

On Wednesday night we went to the Military Bowl game here at RFK stadium in downtown D.C. It was our first bowl game and our first college football game. The Air Force played Toledo. It started off with paratroopers jumping into the stadium and a B2 stealth bomber flying over after the National anthem which was so cool. It was a great game of all offense and absolutely no defense. The Air Force ended up losing as they choked in the last 2 minutes trying to go for the win on a 2 point conversion. It was freezing cold that night and we were all so cold it took me like 2 hours of being home to warm up. The boys enjoyed every minute and made friends while we were there. They also loved the snacks and hot cocoa. For free tickets it was an awesome experience and we would gladly go again. There really wasn't a bad seat in the house at this stadium so we may have to go see a soccer game in the warmer months.