Cody and Paul had planned on going to the shooting range in between camp and the match at 3:00. Apparently shooting a handgun is a novelty in most of Europe, and Paul had never used one. It's a pretty big deal for a guy. Kevin decided it sounded like fun so he went along too. The guys left us and took off in Kevin's car and we headed home. They went and got lunch at a Hawaiian restaurant, which was also a first for the UK kids. I didn't go shooting, but it sounds like it was a very cool experience for those guys and it made their friends and families back home pretty jealous!
(Funny side note- Devin is the ultimate stripper. In fact, when his soccer session was over that day and we were waiting on the big kids to finish, he stripped down from everything but his underwear and soccer shorts. He ran around like that chasing kids and bugs and he looked like such a frat boy. When we got home, he stripped even further down to only his undies. When he saw Matt and Orion pull into the driveway, he almost ran outside, then stopped at the stairs. He looked down at himself and said "Wait. Gotta put 'ma pants on first!" So he put his soccer shorts on half way and backwards. He's classy that way!)
After the crazy meet'n'greet with Matt and Orion and Hank the doggie, I left Devin and Garrett at home with their uncle and cousin (thank goodness I didn't have to take them!) and we left to go watch the game.
The poor UK coaches were dying out there. None of them were really acclimated to the elevation yet, and NONE of them were accustomed to the climate. Hot, dry, and no oxygen. The coach team lost by two, but Paully Boy actually made one of the goals and one assist to Kevin. Nice job! But Cody made a bet with Paul that the U18 team would NOT score, and that UK wouldn't let them win. Wrong! Cody had to pay Paul $10.
|The monster slides that Paul was fearless to do.|
|Matt and Orion. Check out that Duck Dynasty beard!!|
When Cody finally got home, he had bags of groceries and a styrofoam cooler to send the guys away with in the morning. Along with a truckload of food, he had several prepaid international calling cards. He had one domestic card that he said was for calling us if he needed to. The others were for his family back home. Paul sat there looking at them for a while and then said "Would it be gay if I hugged you??" That was funny. Cody gave him a big hug.
They spent the next half hour trying to figure out how to use the international one. Long story short, something was funky with the international calling code and when they finally got it figured out, Paul called his house in Belfast. It was about 8:30 in the morning there, and it was priceless when his mum answered the phone. Paul had it on speaker and it was the biggest treat getting to listen to them talk. Because international mobile calls are so outrageously expensive, he hadn't been using his cell phone to make calls- only use messaging apps and Facebook to communicate with his family. As a mom, that doesn't cut it.
We spent the next hour talking back and forth between his parents and sister. It was pretty dang awesome. Unfortunately, I had popped a sleeping pill and it started working about the time I was talking to his mom. I know I sounded like a drunk! I know I laughed a lot and said his dad had a sexy voice, which now mortifies me to think about! Sometime during the phone call, Seana snapped a picture of THEM in Belfast talking to US in Utah and sent it to me right then. It was so cool! Technology is amazing at times!!
|Paul's family in Belfast during our phone call.|