Not too much to say.† I havenít blogged in a while, just lazy I guess.† In fact it has been so long since I blogged, I have forgotten how to do it.† I have accumulated a bit of a back log in pictures.† Iíll make an effort to get some out.
We had an informal gathering
of the Moellerís over the fourth of July.†
Wink says I have to report out to those that didnít make it.† Paul brought the boys, Ted and Sam.† Rod, Susan, Henry and Max made it.† Wink, Meg and I met Andrew in
To tell you the truth, we
were not sure we were going to make it.†
It seems we had a rainy spell here in
It was a tough slog out of
Paul and kids brought a series of toys.† One of the ones that caught the imagination was the light sabers from Star Wars.† We had a running series of battles from our arrival to our departure. Even ran out and bought two more!† Most everyone was involved.
Ready for Anything
Get them when they are down
Help is around the corner
Food was not a problem.† Rod manned the grill to good effect.
We were not alone on the edge
of the golf course.† There were plenty of
bugs.† The lightning bugs provided lots
of entertainment.† There were also picnic
beetles; and if you let them settle on you, they would end up biting.† I kept trying to flick them into
We went to visit the Mississippi River Boat Museum.† There was quite a crew that went along.† Paul and Nancy came with Paulís two boys.† You would think with all the help we had that we could keep track of two boys.† As far as I know, we only lost one.† After some howling, we were able to track him down.
Paul and Nancy
Meg wanted to get her picture taken with the Mark Twain statute at the museum to use for her senior picture next year.† We took two sets of photos.† Unfortunately, they moved the bench from the middle of a garden area to just behind the cafť next to the main part of the museum.† We got quite a few pictures for Meg to choose from.
Meg on the kiddie rides
Wink and Andrew with the
On the morning of the fourth, Patrick, Andrew and I went down to the riverboat casino.† We wandered around and played the slots a bit.† Mostly we just relaxed and prepared for the evenings festivities.† Back in Peosta we played games on the lawn until .† This included the corn bag toss game which Rod brought from Cincy and flying kites.† Then we went to the Peosta Country Club for their 4th of July feast.† Thank you Dad and Madonna for the treat.†
Corn Bag Game
Prior to the fireworks, Meg set up a battle in a sand trap.† It was an epic battle.† The struggle lasted until we ran out of ordinance.† I regret to inform you that there were no survivors.† Even uncle Paul got involved in the carnage.
Storming the Fort
I am pleased to report that all the children survived the fireworks without injury.† Except for one incident where the roman candle fell over and shot at the kids, there were few close calls. The clean up of sand trap and surrounding golf course took a long time with everyone helping out by flashlight/headlights.
We packed up and headed home on the fifth.† It was a long but uneventful drive home.
I went in to work on the 6th of July.† Then on the 8th of July we had our 787 Launch celebration at Spirit and there was an open house.† I didnít enjoy it as much as the previous years open house.† It was a hot, hot day.† Instead of staying, we went home and watched the celebration on TV.
Last night was bittersweet
for Harry Potter lovers in our family. We all went to see the 5th movie
and then waited until just after to buy two copies of the 7th and last book. Wink and Meg
read about 75 pages until they crashed at about . We have fond memories of past HP release parties in
More updates soon:
Mark and Wink