Weekend Update - Camping at PGE Park and Matthews’ Birthday

We had a blast this weekend. Friday night Jacob had his first official football practice Friday evening after a week of football camp in the evenings put on by Sherwood high school. This will be Jacob's first year playing football and he's very excited. Saturday morning we picked up his gear then I took Matthew and Jacob out for 9 holes of golf. We like to have little contests while we play - usually a team net score we're shooting for and a little bingo-bango-bongo competition. We missed our team goal of 160 strokes by just 1 stroke - I was happy with my play - I took a stab at playing with just a 5-iron, 52-deg wedge, and putter and shot a 34 (par is 30 on this executive course).

Saturday evening we loaded up the car and drove downtown for the Portland Beavers game for Scout Night - not just any special night, but a night where we get to camp out on the field. This was even more fun than I thought it would be. A perfect evening - the four of us were called down to the field for a promotional tug-o-war and we won some bats and balls. The game was a thriller - 4 runs in the bottom of 9th inning for the Beavers to win the game, including a 3-run smash out of the park in left field.

After the game we picked up our gear and set up camp on the field. InFocus sponsored a movie showing on the field (The Rookie - great flick written by local talent Mike Rich). The weather was so nice that we eschewed our tent and slept under the stars (the nice artificial turf in center field didn't hurt either). That's Julie and Matthew you see engrossed in the movie. Definitely a late night - the movie didn't end until 1:30am - and we had to head out early from the park since they had a day game today.

Sunday at least started a little bit more quietly - I joined the boys for a 2-lap race of Formula De and we prepared for Matthew's low-key birthday party this afternoon. We had some friends over, did some tie-dye t-shirts, and played croquet and bocce balls. Matthew is now 7, but given his penchant for dictating his personal fashion choices he feels like 17 at times.