When Uncle Dave isn't providing games for us to play around the pool, he does his best to provide entertainment for the humans. Having lost most of his hair at an early age, Uncle Dave is completely comfortable with his baldness. However, that fact doesn't alleviate his yearning for a full head of hair like Dad's. Being a thoughtful nephew, I thought that it would be cool to surprise him with a gift of hair in a can -- aka Good Looking Hair -- to give him a little confidence boost as he approaches his 65th birthday. I think you'll agree that he looks about 25 years younger with the hair transplant.
Applying the base coat
Perfecting the window-blind bangs
A sneak peak
Exuding a sense of confidence he hasn't had in 25 years
Unbelievable that he's old enough to collect Social Security
After thanking my Uncle Denny and Uncle Craig for their service to our country, we spent the day chillin' on the beach and around the pool and grillin' burgers and dogs with Dad and Uncle Mike. Not a bad day and one that I wouldn't mind repeating the rest of the week.
Come on! I hear the beach calling me.
I'm not sure if it's Thelma Lou's good looks or Roger's crab chasing that makes us so memorable, but we've become celebrities in the OBX with many vacationers and permanent residents stopping by our campsite to catch up on our latest adventures.
Chillin' by the Pool
While hanging by the pool we often play some impromptu game that my Uncle Dave leads. This afternoon we practiced our "leave it" commands and bobbed for bite-size Red Barn treats placed on the first step of the pool. The first one brave enough to find and retrieve the treat was the winner. Thelma Lou easily took the Gold.
Memorial Day Weekend is considered by many as "the official kick-off of summer," often celebrated by family gatherings, cookouts, and vacations. No matter what things you are celebrating this weekend, we beg of you to remember the true spirit of the holiday and remember those service men and women who have lost their lives to preserve our freedom.
Remember. Honor. Teach.
Celebrated on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a time to honor service men and women who have paid the ultimate price to give the rest of us the freedom to have our cookouts and spend time with those we love.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). Designated by Congress, NMAM gives the nation a time and place to appreciate and recognize our armed services and to remember and learn about our American military history. Thank you to all the service men and women who are currently serving.
Remember and Honor the Fallen
Once again this year, Roger, Thelma Lou and I have joined the Wreaths Across America project as a way of honoring our nation's veterans and their families by placing wreaths on fallen veterans' graves. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach future generations about the cost of freedom.
Each December, Wreaths Across America holds remembrance wreath laying ceremonies at participating cemeteries to honor both living and fallen veterans. This is an awesome way to let more people know why you care about our veterans and all they have sacrificed for our freedoms. Together we can show our veterans and their families that we will never forget!
Although once believed to be extinct, the Pennsylvania land hippo was recently caught on film while wallowing in the wild at a local watering hole in Brushtown. While typically not dangerous, the Brushtown area land hippos do have a propensity to charge anything in their path when provoked.
As the water level in the low-lying regions begins to recede, the central Pennsylvania land hippos often migrate south often showing up in the OBX, North Carolina around Memorial Day Weekend.
With Roger and Thelma being zero help in the idea department for a Mother's Day present, I had just about given up on finding a unique gift for Mom when much to my delight FedEx pulled in the driveway. The thought occurred to me as soon as Dad opened the box — instead of a Jack in the Box we decided to surprise her with a Pack in the Box.
Pack in the Box
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers in the world! Make sure you let yours know just how much you love them.
Remember the old game King of the Hill? Because the object is to remove the player or "king" who is at the top of a hill, the game is frowned upon by many for being aggressive and mean. Thankfully, M&D don't share that view and find that a little bullying for the position as top dog helps build character and strength.
Roger assumes top dog position
Here in the Knowlton household we like to play a slightly modified version called King of the Couch. Basically, the rules are the same but the mound of dirt or hill is replaced by Mom and the couch. The game begins when she lies down, assumes the fetal position, and covers up to take a nap. While none of us has ever gotten hurt vying for the position as top dog, repeated playing of game will most definitely take its toll on the integrity of your couch so play at your own risk. With Mother's Day being this weekend, I'm pretty sure that there is a game of King of the Couch in store for us.