Ken Larsen's web site - Trip to visit my son in Connecticut in October 2016I visited my son and his family October 20-24, 2016. They live in East Hartford Connecticut. It was the first time I saw my grandchild, Autumn. She was 11 months old.
I told her parents (my son Kevin and his wife Nicole) "When you have a kid who looks this cute, you owe it to the world to have a dozen."
|Autumn and me
Home schooling day 1. Harvard or MIT is only 17 years from now. Time to buckle down.
|Nicole and Autumn|
|Autumn climbed the stairs for the first time while I was there ... on October 22nd. I was watching her downstairs while her parents were upstairs. Autumn crawled over to the stairs and starting climbing them. I quickly yelled to her parents, and they came over to watch her ascent. She climbed the stairs four times during my visit.|
|Rear view of Kevin and Nicole's house. Note the solar panels. They rent those. That's common in East Hartford.|
|Their backyard has a trampoline.|
|Me and Kevin's two
dogs (Chewy and Elvis).
On one of the days I caught Elvis resting on my bed ... the bed in the guest bedroom. My son responded, "That's his bed when we don't have guests."
|Me with Chewy.|
|Kevin on the second
tee of the 9 hole disc golf course in Center Springs Park, 39 Lodge
Drive in the town of Manchester. The second hole was 288 feet long
and a par 3. All the holes were par 3s. The longest was 646
Kevin beat me 33 to 59 over holes 2-9. We skipped hole 1, because it was over a ravine.
It was my first ever effort at disc golf. I was terrible. Everything I threw didn't travel far and had a huge curve.
|Beautiful scenery. Basket for hole 2 is in the distance.|
|Hole 9 is the grassy
|Kevin, Autumn, and I at the Hartford American Backgammon Tour (ABT) tournament on October 22nd. We made a cameo appearance on this day. We played in the opening day pre-tournament tournament. My son and I finished tied for 3rd in the 14 player field. Marty Storer (currently ranked #21 in the world) and Ed O'Laughlin (ranked # 21 in the world in 2011) finished 1-2. I beat world class player and backgammon author Mary Hickey, but lost to Marty. Kevin lost to Ed.|
|Nicole and I with Autumn in a bike attachment ["PeaPod" by Giant] that I bought as a gift for Autumn's upcoming 1st birthday (November 12th). It doubles as a stroller. I bought it at a local bike shop. It'll keep Autumn nice and warm during winter strolls or bike rides. It's suitable for children who weigh up to 50 pounds ... which might be kindergarten.|
|Me pushing the PeaPod in one of the area's many parks.|
|Me with Nicole, Autumn, and Nicole's parents (Tom and Carolyn).|
|May 30, 2017|