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.
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.
From Reason TV with tongue in cheek, the award for Nanny of the Year went to Eastchester New York Supervisor, Anthony Colavita who hoped to ban even fast casual restaurants like Chipolte and Panara Bread from his city. "You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren’t going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.")
In second was Halle Berry who wanted to make photographing celebrities a crime. And in 3rd place went to Oregon state rep, Mitch Greenlick who wanted to not only ban smoking but make smoking a crime and to put smokers in jail.
Our family, at least on my side, recently learned through geneology dna tests that German is a very small part of our heritage. But since many Missouri Synod Lutherans have German ancestors and Dale is 100 percent German, this might be a fun quiz to take. How German are you?
I got 67 percent and all of that was just guessing.
Now this is fun. A North Carolina State Ph'D student, Joshua Katz, published a group of linguistic maps which show how differently Americans pronounce words. The linked site has 14 of these maps with word examples.
The first one they show is caramel which around the country may be pronounced as Car mel or Carr Ah Mel. If you enjoy maps and words this might be a fun site to check.