Before we moved from Miami last summer, I promised Christopher that we would return this summer so he could participate in the Jim Larranaga Basketball Camp held at University of Miami.
Each afternoon, the teams played games, ending with a championship tournament and game Friday afternoon. Coach Larranaga began at UM in Spring of 2011 so this was really his first year planning and running the camp. There were a lot of improvements made to the camp for this year and it really was an exceptional experience for Christopher. The "coaches" for the camp were the UM basketball players and Christopher's coach was Reggie Johnson, the biggest (and one of the better) players on the UM team.
Unfortunately, since UM is an ACC rival of VT, we will not be cheering him on anytime soon!
My good friend, Gayle, invited a group of Christopher's friends from elementary school (and their moms) one evening for dinner (spaghetti) and swimming.
I think the one thing I miss most about Miami is the beautiful backyard and the swimming pool we had at our home. We spent so much time on the patio and in the pool and Christopher and his friends played many hours of "Seminole" (don't ask!) in our backyard. Good times.
Jane, Gayle and I.
While in Miami, we split our time between a hotel and staying with family friends. Our friends had temporarily "adopted" six kittens born to a stray cat in their neighborhood and were working to socialize the kittens so they could be placed in homes. The kids spent a lot of time playing and holding the kittens - they were so cute (but very messy)! My friend appropriately titled this photo "Kitty Olympics".
After a great week in Miami, we left to fly back to Virginia early Saturday morning (July 28th). It was hard to believe that we had less than 2 weeks left in the U.S. before our return trip home to Bangkok.