Bugs taken care of. Shower fixed. I got some quality time with junior Saturday. Stephen was in town this weekend for various wedding tasks. Needed to meet with the minister this weekend, working on invitations. On Saturday, I offered up to take him to St Arnold's Brewery downtown. Now, for those not familiar with St Arnolds, please allow me to elaborate. St Arnolds is a local Houston brewery that has been around for about 18+ years. Started by a Rice University graduate, it has grown from a local home brewer to a regular craft brewer. I have been in love with St Arnolds ever since we went to visit Stephen in Seattle.
While enjoying the moment with my son, I was given a mission - I was supposed to work the target to explore on their wedding plans, discover where they were registered, and determine what they wanted for wedding gifts. I was able to get more intel on their plans, where they were going, where they were registered (nowhere). It was good to get a beer into him to open up for a few of the details. This is new territory for us. We have been to a few weddings, even had one of our own although it was a few
On Sunday, I drove up north of town to Rummy’s Beach Club. This is the place that I visited last fall where they specialize in water training/exercise for dogs. Lisa runs the place and built a custom pool for dogs to learn how to swim and dock diving. Despite being two full blooded Golden Retrievers, neither one of them seem to have the aptitude or inclination for swimming, so I elected to take them to Rummy’s to get in the water with them and work their skills. They did it last time, but they were very nervous. This time was much better. Claire has taken to swimming pretty well, and will swim out to the deep end, but I still cannot coax her to jump in from the side of the pool. Grayson is still uncertain about the whole deal. He did do much better this time, but needs more time in the water for practice. I am planning to take them back again this summer for a couple more lessons while the temps are warm. A number of the Golden Beginnings people have pools at home, so a lot of fosters/adoptees get to spend time in the pool.
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Yesterday we hit the dog park again, took the kids out for BBQ lunch, cleaned out the breezeway and mowed the yard. I took some time to tour the Memorial Day service at the local park where they had a mock up display of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Sobering display with lots of details/information, but it doesn't compare to the real wall in DC (seen it). Was a full throttle weekend. I need to go to work to catch up on my rest.