Father’s day was spent on a river in Asheville. We were greatly looking forward to eating at a restaurant called Baby Bull but, sadly, they were closed. The little one wrote me a book with various facts about me (as written by her). She thinks I weigh 100 lbs and that my favorite drink is hot sauce. +pt
We went and watched some live music. Local band Brother Oliver was playing, of which I’m a big fan (give them a Google, if you’re not familiar). They were playing at a joint surprisingly close to where we live and it was the tiny human’s first concert! She had a good time and we even got pizza!
…park. Unity Park in Greenville. It’s only been open a month and we got to experience it for the first time. There was a splash pad, with water. It also had some umbrellas. There was as playground area, with hills and turf. It was a neat park. Definitely not your average playground for kids.
The little one got to experience her first movie in a theater. I really thought it’d be the Mario movie, but we still are not sure when that’ll be out. This one was pretty good though. Her first movie was in a clean, non-crowded theater, with reclining seats. What a great first experience!
We made another successful Carowinds trip. It was toasty but we were able to spend time in the water to cool us off. The rides were good, the water park was good, the food was good; the day was good. We’ll see you again soon, amusement park!
Yesterday was my birthday. Even though I had to work, it was nice being able to spend most of it at home with my wife and daughter. I got chocolates and the new Kirby game. Both I and the little one are excited to try that game out! We did go out for dinner with my parents and brother which is always a treat. When we got home, there was an (repurposed) electric keyboard box on the front porch. Mufflers and header pipes were inside. Although not flawless, they are way better looking than I expected.
My father stopped by yesterday to bring over a desk for my daughter. He asked if I needed help with anything else, so, of course, I took him up on that to help get the motorcycle out of my truck, where it had been sitting since I bought it, 2 weeks ago. I pulled out the front fork tubes and put on a rear shock to help remove it from my truck. We could have used a 3rd person but we managed to get it out. After getting it out, I spent the rest of the day starring at it and slightly tinkering and taking inventory of what I have and what I need (to get it running).
This little lady had her second dance recital. She did such a great job and we’re so proud. It was a great improvement over her last recital, where her dance routine was completely independent of the rest of her class’.
I have a purple pitcher plant and I’ve had it for several years now. I really don’t remember how I came about this. This year, for the first time ever, it started to grow a flower stalk. It did that and then the whole plant proceeded to just die. The flower never even bloomed. I need to do more reading, but, if flower stalks in these plants use as much energy as they do in flytraps then they can be very detrimental to the health of the plant. I probably should have cut it off. I left the plant for maybe a month or so. Luckily, I didn’t just dump it out. To my surprise, I noticed that there is a new pitcher growing.
My father’s day gift was given early. The Mrs ordered it and it arrived a lot faster than she expected. She was obligated to give it to me since it couldn’t just sit in a box for nearly 3 weeks. There were 2 different types of flytraps. The first was a “red dragon” variant. They’re supposed to be a deep red if given enough sunlight. Common flytraps will only turn red, inside of the “mouths”, if given lots of sun. The other plant was supposed to be a sawtooth variant but it looks more traditional. We’re going to let them grow a bit and see if that changes. How lucky am I to get gifts like these?