Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Foot Golf

On Saturday the boys and I decided to check out Memphis Athletic Ministries' foot golf course at the Defense Depot. What is foot golf? It's golf with a soccer ball! Fun, right?

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It's actually quite challenging. Look at that hill!

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Satchel easily won the first hole.

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Hole #2 was 200 yards further!

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Thankfully #3 had a water station!

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By hole #5, I was kind of kicking ass and the teenager was grumpy about it. "I'm not mad that I'm not winning," he explained. "I'm mad that I'm losing!" We let him sit out for a minute.

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#6 had water to drink, and to traverse.

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By #7 the heat was getting to everyone, but we persevered.

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We eventually lost track of who was winning and just tried to do our best (and not melt). I loved it. I want to go back! And I want to check out the Riverside course.

The beauty of the MAM course is that it is only $5 each in the form of a donation. And it's about 5 minutes from Midtown.

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Since it is affiliated with the church (a church?) it is not open on Sundays.

Let me know when you want to go!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Blue Hair

I have always secretly wanted to dye my hair blue--like real blue, not old lady grey haired blue. So when Jiro started asking me about dying his hair blue I wasn't exactly opposed to it. I strung him along for a few weeks thinking he'd eventually drop the idea, but he didn't.

Having never actually dyed my own hair, I didn't feel qualified to do it myself at home. No way did I want to be the target if he hated it!

So, I enlisted the help of a professional, Ms. Holly Woods. She's at Paggio's, right by Warren's house. Here's the play by play...

Before.

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During.

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After.

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He was SO happy. Holly did a great job.

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When we went to get Satchel, I thought for sure he would want to get his done next. When I asked him he said, "Yeah. Can I dye it brown?"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jun Kaneko Exhibit

The monkeys and I braved the heat on Saturday to see the Jun Kaneko exhibit at the Dixon. I wasn't familiar with him before, but I really loved the pictures I saw of the exhibit and couldn't wait to go.

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I mean who doesn't love a giant head sculpture?

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I loved the bright colors and fun patterns.



Jiro's favorite part was looking to see how much each one weighed. (Thousands of pounds!)

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Jiro was also great at reading the map and making sure we didn't miss any.

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Both boys were delighted by Kaneko's more recent work. Bears? Pigs? Mice? We weren't sure, but we loved them.

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The gardens are absolutely beautiful this time of year, and there was plenty of shade.

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It was the perfect afternoon activity. As an added bonus we got to see the gorgeous succulents exhibit too.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Oster Family Reunion

Warren, the boys, and Satsuki had the world's fastest trip to South Dakota and back for the tri-annual Oster family Reunion. Since I was not there, I am piecing this together from the photos Warren sent.

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They camped out their first night--somewhere in Kansas. There were rabbits near the campsite so Satsuki went crazy.

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The next night they stayed in Wall, South Dakota in a motel. Wifi!

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I received no family photos, but apparently they had a "photo booth."

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The kids said they had to eat mostly fast food because of Satsuki. That was not a complaint.

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They did a drive by of Mt. Rushmore before hightailing it back home.

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They said it was a fun trip and they enjoyed seeing their cousins and Oji. Too bad there are no photos!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nola

Friday morning we headed to New Orleans. It was just 50 miles away! First stop, Bouree, a new "Wing & Daiq" shack uptown on Carrollton. The monkeys were actually a little cranky about it, but I didn't let that stop us. Once there, they loved it, of course! I'll do a full review on DWM.

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The next stop was Cafe du Monde. Seriously, Jiro told me for weeks that he wanted to eat beignets and it had to be the first thing we did in Nola. Obviously it was the second thing we did, hence the previous grumpiness, but we managed to hit it when there was no line! That never happens.

We got a table right by the street, so we had excellent people watching while we waited for the dliciousness to come out.



I regret not getting a photo of the dude who was "Just Chillin with Coco." Coco was a small dog who rode on the front of the scooter and wore sunglasses. I also saw a hispter carrying a cat. New Orleanians love animals!

Satchel didn't really care about beignets, but he humored us.



We walked around Jackson Square briefly, then headed to Amy's house. It was officially Leo's birthday, so he got to open a few presents.



We hung out for a bit and then we walked over to Oaxalis for some dinner and drinks. Amy's sister, Megan, came along, as did Leo's cousin, Emily.

Megan totally forced Satchel to be sociable, which was darling.



Leo was also darling with his birthday Shirley Temple.



We had lots of drinks and lots of yummy food, including more wings!



After dinner, we were all a little beat, and buzzed, so we headed back to the house to chill. It was Leo's bedtime, and Amy usually falls asleep when he does, so the boys & I watched Chappie, which we'd been wanting watch forever.

Saturday morning, Jiro was once again clamoring for beignets. I made sure everyone had a real breakfast, and then he, Emily & I rode bikes through Crescent Park back to the Quarter.



The park is really lovely and such a nice way to walk/ride to the Quarter! When we arrived back at Cafe du Monde there was a major line, but luckily it moved quick.



We decided that beignets definitely taste better after a bike ride!

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By the time we got back to the house, it was time to get ready for Leo's birthday party. Jiro helped fill water balloons and kept Leo entertained.

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I decorated the porch and taste tested Amy's fancy cocktails.



I also taught Satchel how to do fancy streamers.

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The party was a big hit.

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It culminated in fireworks over the river. Again, no photos!

We all crashed early again--definitely not the usual for me in Nola! We had to get up early Sunday so we could make it back before the World Cup final!

Amy sent us off with some kombucha she made from Warren's "mother."



I told the boys we could get a Juan's Flying Burrito for the road, and as a bonus, we got to check out nearby District Donuts. (These were sent home for Warren to enjoy with the boys.)

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And that was it! We definitely did NOT have enough time in Nola. Guess that means we'll have to go back soon!


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Bay St. Louis

Last week, the boys and I packed up our stuff and headed to Bay St. Louis for a little R&R. We were lucky enough to have a great place to stay and fun friends to join us.




We arrived just before sunset and hightailed it to the beach before the last bit of light was gone.

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The water is quite shallow and calm.



And due to the heat? Tide? Proximity to the bay? There were lots and lots of jellyfish!



Some of us were less excited about the jellyfish than others!

After some splashing about, we went to The Blind Tiger for some seafood. (Not sure what is happening in this shot.)



Then it was back to the house for some back patio relaxing.

Tuesday, we slept in a bit, had a nice breakfast at the house, and then went back for more beaching.



Surprisingly, Satchel, who told me he wasn't even going to put on his swimsuit, was way more of a trooper than Jiro. (He got spooked by the jellyfish.) Satchel and I walked out as far as we could, looked for cool stuff on the beach, and made sand castles.

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Kylia was also a trooper.



I didn't mind having a buddy under the umbrella.



After a few hours, we went back to the house. We let the kids do their thing and the adults went back to the Blind Tiger for some World Cup and Bushwackers! Launa and I were super excited to learn that there was an outdoor bar. The US v Germany game was intense and super fun to watch.





Wednesday was much of the same, but we found a section of beach that was less popular with the jellies. And everyone else!

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Jiro was a little more participatory.



Back at the house we made an early dinner and the kids had a rousing game of Monopoloy.

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Then Launa and I went back to the Blind Tiger to watch the Japan v. England game. It was rainy so we had to sit inside, but it was still fun. Oh, and Aimee said we had to try the loaded fries, so we did.



We watched a movie back at the house and then hit the hay.

By Thursday, the kids were beached out, so we split up. Launa took her girls shopping and I took the boys for a drive across the bridge. There wasn't much to do in Pass Christian, so we went to Shaggy's to enjoy the patio and a snack. A snack for Satchel was the 20 oz ribeye.



Jiro and I had daiquiris. (His was virgin, at least we think so!)



Back in Bay St. Louis, the kids wanted to check out the playground down the street. (It had a sprayground too, but they deemed themselves too old.)



We kicked the soccer ball around for a bit, but the heat was eventually too much for us.

Satchel and I ran some errands to procure dinner necessities like olive oil and shrimp. There was actually a pretty darn authentic NY style pizza place called Brooklyn Pizzaria (or something), so we grabbed a pizza too. Somehow it escaped my lens! I think we wanted to eat it more than we wanted to photograph it. Yum!

After dinner, we headed back to the beach to shoot off some early fireworks. The kids of course loved it! And I somehow took no pictures! But here's a nice evening shot...



Friday morning we cleaned up, packed up, and hit the road to Nola! More on that to come. I'll leave you with this ginormous grasshopper that was in the front yard.



A super big thanks to Aimee and her mom, Martha, for hooking us up in BSL!
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