Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
While doing our morning dog walk today, Sharalyn and I looked up and whoa! there was a big hot air balloon over the roof of a nearby house. A balloon with a big cow on it and flying rather low for all the trees in this area. Was this a practice run for the weekend's annual balloon race? We didn't know but it was fun to see.
What a wet day this has been...Waking up to drizzle after an overnight storm, watching the campus kids get soaked by the Clayton Fire Department and then watching Ferdie enjoy an afternoon swim at the Maplewood Dog Swim. By mid afternoon I was soaked through and so was Ferdie.
There was some doubt as to whether the fire departmen would want to spray the kids since the temperatures were in the 60's this morning. But they did! And the kids were so excited.
This even got some of our sem students up from the sand volley ball court. Let 'er rip!
Lots of adults and other grown ups watching
Even Ferdie. But he was watching me.
It was even fun to splash through the water ponding on the road.
Or sit in puddles
Noah, one of the offical Comfort Dogs came by.
Fun for all the onlookers too
We just can't say enough about how congenial the firemen were. They seemed to have as good a time as we all did.
Then. From there Ferdie and I headed over to the Maplewood pool for the annual dog swim. He loves this. There is no fooling around for Ferdie, he has no interest in playing with the other dogs, all he wants to do is swim. This is the only time he likes to chase a ball. I throw the ball out into the pool and he swims to get it. Brings it back and waits to have it thrown again.
On the way home I took a picture of him in the back seat.
For the last year or two, spider dogs have been a hit around here with the grandsons. Cut the hotdogs in chunks, stick uncooked spaghetti into each piece as many as you want or are able to do, then boil. The end result is a cool looking spider dog.
Add a pool of catsup on a plate and you're all set.
Now another way of making hotdogs fun: Spiral dogs. Slip a skewer longways into a hot dog and make some diagonal cuts, then take out the skewer.
Put on a bun or let the kids pretend they're slinkys for a bit before eating. Boing Boing
Lizzie was forced to make note of a momentous birthday yesterday and so we went out and did something rather memorable. Dale was out of town and Darren was working so we women took the 3 boys for an early evening picnic on Art Hill in Forest Park. What a beautiful place for a picnic and so much space for kids to run or roll all the way down to the water's edge or climb up on statues as people always do by the Art Museum.
First eat on a wonderful short legged table which was placed on the blanket. Perfect for eating comfortably and just the right height for Nick to stand and see all the choices.
There's something about skewering pieces of fruit that makes kids just want to keep eating.
Lots of play.
I like this picture of Connor getting ready to boot the soccer field as far down Art Hill as he could. Way at the bottom is Christian waiting for the ball. We asked Connor to please try not to whack the guy laying in the grass.
So he decided to play it safe
A bit of baseball
Then some silly photos
Good old St. Louis, still on his horse.
At the end, Nick and Christian took down the table
And then home to cake on fire
All in all a place everyone should take the time to have a picnic. Fresh air, exercise, any food you want to bring, even wine. Great for kids and grownups.