Weekly Winners – May 23rd – May 30, 2009

May 31, 2009 at 1:30 am 10 comments

This week’s Weekly Winners once again come from Elizabeth City, North Carolina and focus on the neighborhood kids. On Saturday, Ryan and I did the Pasquotank County Relay for Life. Three neighborhood kids came with us and stayed overnight. They had some misconceptions about cancer, so the event turned out to be educational as well as fun. The boys had a blast walking, playing football, playing basketball and competing in the various games throughout the evening. Even the rainstorms did not deter their enthusiasm.

Relay for Life - Ryan Teaches Kids about Cancer
Ryan Clears Up Misconceptions About Cancer

Relay for Life - Jacal in Poncho
Jacal Still Smiles in the Rain

Our backyard is now home to a badminton net. The weeknight evenings have been filled with impromptu “tennis” matches. I have been amazed at how rapidly the boys have improved. In just a week of playing, they hit consistently and have no problem winding me. It’s also impressive how hard they hustle. Six year old Tykee has to work particularly hard as he is smaller than the rest of the players.

Hunter Street Badminton - Jacal with Racquet and Birdie
Jacal Gets Ready to Play

Hunter Street Badminton - Dontori, Tykee, Jacal
Evening Match – Dontori and Tykee vs. Jacal

Hunter Street Badminton - Tykee Follow-thru
Tykee Follow-thru

Hunter Street Badminton - Dontori and Tykee
Dontori Watches as Tykee Concentrates on the Birdie

Hunter Street Badminton - Tykee Jumps
Little Tykee Jumps for a Birdie

On the subject of badminton, earlier this week a kid I had never met before came over to play.  After about an hour of wacking the birdie around with the other boys, he got thirsty.  As I escorted him inside to get water, he asked me a question.

“Is this a daycare?”

More pictures of the Pasquotank Relay for Life and our Badminton Matches can be found on my Flickr site. Also, be sure to check out more of Weekly Winners out at Sarcastic Mom!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Katie  |  May 31, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I love that you guys are so involved with the kids on your street! It makes me smile every time I read about it.

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  • 2. Tara R.  |  May 31, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Great action shots. How wonderful to be the fun place hang out.

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  • 3. Nik  |  May 31, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    That makes me want to goutside and play!

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  • 4. jenty  |  May 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Very cool! Love the first shot. Has that kid who asked about the daycare been back?

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  • 5. punk rock mom  |  May 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    very nice set. Filled me with happiness!

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  • 6. hip chick  |  May 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Very nice. I like the third one and the last one’s the best.

    Reply
  • 7. Smoochiefrog  |  May 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Looks like fun!

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  • 8. merrymishaps  |  May 31, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Love the light in “Jacal Gets Ready to Play,” and great action on that last shot!

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  • 9. tgaw  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Thanks all!

    @jenty – Yes, as a matter of fact, he seems to come by every evening now!

    Reply
  • 10. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  June 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Super cool shots! I know next to nothing about badminton. How many players are usually on a side? Is it normally one-on-one?

    Reply

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