by Ted

Several weeks ago I saw a story on the news about the Harlem Globetrotters.  I always loved watching them as a kid.  I knew they were by far and away the best basketball team ever and I never quite understood why they never won the NBA championships.

Last weekend, they were performing in the Brainerd high school gym so we decided to take a mini-vacation and go see them.  Grandma and Grandpa Yoder decided to join us as well since the game was only a couple of hours away.  As expected the Globetrotters brought all their usual antics.  For instance, they had someone hanging from the rim before the initial tipoff.

Luke was very much into the game, although he didn’t understand all their antics or why the players kept on getting sent to the “Penalty Box.”   They were truly funny though and I laughed and laughed, harder than I have in a long time.  Ryan had no clue what was going on.  But there was enough music that he just had fun clapping and cheering along.

Luke spent most of the fourth quarter watching the scoreboard instead of the game.  He was very concerned whether or not his team, the Globetrotters, were going to win.  Luckily for Luke, the Globetrotters continued their 40 year win streak and pulled out yet another win.  Luke was ecstatic!  He was smiling from ear to ear all night long.  “Daddy!!  We won!!!”

The best part of the night was that after 2 hours of singing, clapping, and having Ryan “body surf” back and forth across our knees, was that Luke and Ryan were quite comfortable with Grandpa and Grandma.  They even chose to walk side-by-side with Grandpa as we left the game.  (On a normal night, that would have been a very scary task indeed!)

After the game, Michele found us a fun hotel with a water park and we spent the next day lounging in the lazy river and going down the slides.

Michele definitely got the better end of the deal.  Ryan was quite content to stay dry as we circled the water park.  Luke, on the other hand, preferred the water fall. Brrrrrr…….

Overall, it was a very good weekend, with Luke and Ryan getting to spend lots of quality time with Grandma and Grandpa Yoder.  Hopefully, by the time Michele and I travel to China, Luke and Ryan will be quite comfortable hanging out with both Grandpa and Grandma Yoder for the two weeks we are gone.


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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