Monday, July 23, 2012

This weekend was kind of simple for us and for that reason it was rather pleasant. There was some bad sleeping from Hazel (she has a cold) and Meg's not feeling great, but the weekend had some great moments. For that reason I'm choosing to concentrate on those as I start another work week.

My first favorite moment was driving home from dinner at the Olive Garden. Dinner service and food were rather poor. The kids weren't there worst, but we're far from a relaxing dinner out. When we got in the van we immediately spotted a hot air balloon (we don't see that many around us). Henry and Hazel were very excited about it. It got lower and closer as we drove home. At one point I pulled the car over and Henry took a picture of it. He was great. He got out very quickly, zoomed in and took the picture below (He's UFO ready!). We then tried to see if we could find where the balloon was landing as it must have been nearby. We weren't able to follow it to its landing, but we had a good time chasing it for ten more minutes. Moments like that definitely make it all worth it. Meg and I definitely got a lot out of their enthusiasm.

The next great moment was on Sunday afternoon. After Hazel's nap we went to one of my favorite places in the world, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. Hazel requested that Henry hold her hand and off they went running together (nicely), smiling, laughing, without Henry running too fast or anyone getting hurt. At one point they even had Meg and I hold hands and run in front of them. I really wish that moment would have gone on forever. It didn't as a minute or two later Hazel and Henry weren't cooperating. BUT ... we got to experience three great minutes as parents and a couple!

I took these two cute photos after we got back.

8,000 halves turned up two 90% silver halves (2 x 1964), eight 40% silver halves (1965, 4 x 1967, 3 x 1968D) and six proof halves (1971S, 2 x 1977S, 2 x 1978S, 2004S).

19,000 pennies rounded up one hundred seventy-two Wheats, one hundred four Canadians, twelve US dimes, one UK penny, one Taiwan 1 Yuan, one Panama 1¢, one Euro 2¢, one Bahamas 1¢ and one off-center error coin! The error coin is really cool. It's definitely the most off center of any mis-strike coins I've found. I'm having a tough time estimating its value, maybe $6-12?

1914, 1919S, 1929, 1936(2), 1937, 1939(4)