Sunday, August 9, 2009


This was Dean's last week of summer day camps; he finished out with chess camp, which he attended with his best friend Max. The week had included a tournament, with finals on the last day. They wondered if it would come down to this, and indeed Dean and Max had to play each other in the last game for the championship. The air in the room was NOT charged with tension at all; all the kids were thoroughly enjoying themselves, and each pair would glance around from time to time to see how the other games were going.
Contemplating their good fortune and offering up their trophies, with Max as the first place winner and Dean as second. Dean was utterly delighted with the outcome, and acknowledged that Max deserved to win for having played the better game. We went home for a celebratory lunch of hot dogs, with ice cream for dessert, and an afternoon of:
badminton on the front lawn. I seriously do not think it gets much better than this. We've been playing badminton as a family this weekend and look forward to more matches today. Skies are blue, temperatures are ideal, low humidity, cool breezes wafting through.
I love this picture of Dean and his cousin, Hallie, skipping rocks at the beach during a break at a recent family wedding.

We've got nearly a month until school starts, and are about as content as we can be. We're getting ready to take a little trip to celebrate Ken's 50th; oh, I'll have lots of pictures to post when we return!


Natalie said...

I love the spirit of the chess tournament and the happy pride the boys share in the success they had... marvelous!

Gina said...

Congratulations Dean.
It's wonderful when kids enjoy themselves without getting too caught up in competitiveness

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Lesley said...

Well done, Dean! What a gorgeous young man he is. And he's so good at chess! So impressed (I could never get my brain around it).
Lovely lovely summer feeling to your post. I can feel it!

Word verification is: sheducks.
Perfect - I can picture the girls on a pond near you ...

Sam I Am said...

ooo i love it too :) great colors :)

Juddie said...

What a lovely post - so full of joy and contentment! Best wishes to you all .... I hope the dreamy summer vibe continues.