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.
Living in Washington DC is a crazy kind of life and you'll never know who you'll run into. Last night Katie had this experience.
The funny thing is, during the first Gulf War back in the 90s, Katie was a grade school kid on her way to a 6th grade girls basketball game in Okawville when the car radio broke in with the new of our air assault on Iraq. Cheney was Secretary of Defense at that time and was on the news every day and was part of our life.
Wow. Typepad blogs were down again most of last night and today as the hosting company was the target of a second Denial of Service attack. Hopefully that is the end of this sort of thing. It wasn't individual blogs which were affected, but the company which serves as the way to get them online.
Anyway, here is a quick look at how the family spent part of Easter.
Katie and Charlie were at home in DC with Drew and Jake.
Saturday Drew got to dye the eggs...outside. Then this morning they put on their ties for church.
Little guys getting bigger everyday.
The the St. Louis half of the family met up at Lizzie and Darren's church this morning where we got to see Darren's parents who were in town from Texas.
Then back to our house for an Easter egg hunt and lunch.
Christian took my camera and snapped a bunch of pictures, this is one of them.
The boys were ready to go after the eggs, but had to wait until we gave the signal
And the big furry guy.
This is the funniest toy ever, a half chicken half rabbit who dances to music, first the Easter Parade and then the Chicken Dance. hilarious.
And what would a spring day be without bubbles
Any special celebration goes better with a Kruta cake, this one an Easter Ribbon cake.
Yes, that cake was a hit.
And then one more photo op before heading home for naps. hahahahaha naps...
And a stop at the STL250 seminary cake, one of the most photographed objects on the campus.
Later in the afternoon, Dale went out into the yard to continue working on this year's project, a stone seating area. I have to say he's done a great job.
And that's about it except for just sitting on the 2/3's finished stone work and talking with people who came walking through on this beautiful day and evening.
The famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin in DC have just begun to bloom so Katie and Charlie took the boys out there yesterday hoping for some good photos. They wanted to avoid next weekend when the trees would be in full bloom because the crowds would be too great. Too many tourists for these residents of DC. The boys were fairly disinterested.
Over the past few months I've lucked out at an antique store on Big Bend, twice being able to snare a child's red chair. Both Jake and Nick love love love the red chairs and yesterday with only one being out, it was a tussle between them to see who got to sit on it. It only took a few go rounds before the second chair had to come out.
But of course they both wanted that one.
And then on to a battle over the favorite car
Actually they get along really well, it's just that now and then they both like the same things.
Dorothy Miranda lived a couple of houses down from us in a lovely home she and her husband Lawrence tended to with great care. She also tended to us and especially our children with loving kindness all through their growing up years and beyond. She will be laid to rest after a funeral service this morning and memories of her will be with us all the rest of our lives.
Always picture perfect.
She was the sweetest and least judgmental person and yet very old school in manners and dress.
She had a son, Sam and a daughter Sue Anna.
Daughter in law Polly
Son in law John
Lots of great grandchildren
And a whole big family
But she was part of our lives as well, following everything we did cheering us all on.
She was the weddings of both our daughters.
She always had extra cookies for our dogs. She didn't own a dog, but she became part owner through the love our dogs had for her.
She loved to play bridge and was part of many many card clubs.
Loved meeting our grandchildren
We have the blessed assurance that her faith has placed her with the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven. We will always remember Dorothy with love.
A year ago Christian or Connor dropped a glass onto Ferdie's ceramic dog bowl which shattered it into many pieces. Today, Jake who is visiting for the weekend, picked up the replacement ceramic bowl, dropped it, and it shattered.