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.
Tomorrow morning, very very early, as early as we can wake up, we're heading back to St. Louis. That means today is the last day with Drew and Jake for who knows how long. But their energy will linger with us for quite a while.
It's just 10 a.m. and already they've done a ton of thing.
Ridden their vehicles at top speed down the driveway and had the most fun crashing into each other.
Turned the car seats we removed from our car into rocket ships.
Done bubbles, played ball, watched Opa finish the fence, watched a bit of children's tv. Gulped down several glasses of apple juice. And there is still an entire day ahead of us.
Riley photo bombed Jake
Tomorrow at this time we should be around Columbus Ohio.
For the past couple of years, when we've gone out to Katie and Charlie's, Dale built a section of fence. The first two times it consisted of fencing and gates, one gate on each side of the front of the house. This time the fencing is going up around the first gate and pickets. This is rather hard work, what with digging holes in the dense Maryland clay and rock, the putting up the framing and finally the pickets.
The original work has been stained, the current section will have to cure before it can be stained. Maybe we can put the boys to work finger painting it.
We finally made it to Katie and Charlie's house in Maryland around ten last night. The two little boys were as patient and cheerful about this overlong trip as we could possibly asked for. There were no scuffles, crying, fighting, just a sort of acceptance of a new adventure.
The thing that made this trip about 3 hours longer than normal was a tractor trailer crash into an embankment near the West Virginia border on I-70. That incident totally stopped traffic for miles and yes, we were in the jam too. This took an hour and 45 minutes for us to creep past the crash point. Just after passing that spot, it began to rain and the wind blew and continued until we finally got to Rockville.
So, we're proud of the boys and were bone weary last night. But everything ended safely and we have a new appreciation for the adaptation of circumstances by children.
Clouds and rain
And for some miles as we dropped down into Maryland from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a huge full rainbow.
But as the night got darker, the rain came harder all the way to the end. Lots of accidents and the ensuing firetrucks and ambulances. Whew. What a trip.
Today was slower, but here came the bubbles and a walk with Riley.
For all intents and purposes yesterday was the last day at our house for Drew and Jake. Today is packing day, taking Ferdie to Kennelwood day, going to Collinsville to spend the night day and off we drive to DC tomorrow. We are holding our breaths hoping the drive goes fairly calmly.
Yesterday my sister came over from Kansas to see the boys and took them to Target to pick out a toy. They both wanted a big blue ball.
Christian and Connor were over and they all played with the balls
Then because Kathy had a room at the Cheshire, we took all the boys to swim in the hotel pool. Christian and Connor are like fish in the water but it took Drew and Jake some time to get comfortable but then they enjoyed putting their feet in and splashing, sitting on the top step.
After that we took everyone home and ordered pizza which we ate out on the red chairs.
And they were asleep 5 minutes after having a bath at 6:30. We followed shortly behind.
Now it's Saturday morning, their last morning here at the seminary house. Tomorrow they'll wake up in Collinsville and head off in the dark.
Yesterday was a chaotic as Monday was fairly calm. The energy level put out by the boys was unbelieveable even after we did things we thought would tire them out. Finally after an afternoon at Grant's Farm, they collapsed into bed.
Today I've already been to the grocery store, walked Ferdie, fed the boys who are rocketing around the house. Have no idea whether this will be a calm day or a crazy day. At least we still know what day it is.
The Merry go Round was fun
But Drew being Drew had to look up and check out how the engineering made this all work
There are all kinds of animals
A great big elephant which the boys were fascinated by.
And this camel could have kept their interest into the night.
Of course the Clydsdales which were in their stall which was too dark to get a good photo of.
Then back on the tram ride which was also fun and into the car for home.
But. Dale and I took advantage of the free beers given to adults at the end of the tour. The boys got some fruit juice.
Frankly, for kids of this young age, Grant's Farm was much more doable than trying to traipse all over the zoo and the animals were much more up close.
After church yesterday everyone who attended the Bauer family reunion posed for a group photo. Here is the crowd we had on campus from Thursday til Sunday.
And then a photo of just Dale's grandfather's wing of the family. The reunion is for those on Dale's mother's side of the family beginning with her father and his siblings' descendants.
After all the planning and work to get everything ready, the eating and playing and talking for 4 days, everyone is back at their own homes, including Katie and Charlie who have left us with Drew and Jake. Now how we manage this is still an unknown.