weekend on the coast

Libby mentors two sixth graders, only one made it for this trip, through the BOOST program at Duke. These students are those who have shown excellence in Science & Math. As part of this, they plan some related activites, and others just for fun like swimming, movies, etc. We departed on Saturday morning to meet the BOOST crew. The bus took us all to the Duke Marine Lab just outside Beaufort, NC . The lab treated us to very tasty food, sparse but homey accomodations, and a very fun time. We got to take a boat trip out in to the water, do some dredging for sea creatures, and pick through the results. On the way back we stopped at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park for lunch and a hike. We had a great weekend and took many pictures.

new dining room

Today we had our dining room floor changed from carpet to hardwood. In the past, we’ve always had the dining room blocked off with gates and x-pens to prevent the dogs from entering and peeing everywhere. The hardwood allows us to use this room full-time! It looks and feels like a new house. The wood matches seamlessly. Libby stayed home today to supervise the installation. After they left around noon, she took the initiative to go get paint, paint, and clean up before I even returned home. The room is now a nice green color. We’ve put our bookshelves and table back into the room and put most of the stuff back in as well. I look forward to making it a den where I can go and work while staying near to my dear wife who typically hangs out in the family room or bedroom. Pictures coming soon.

Pictures now up.