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.
Yesterday was the first day of Dale's family reunion. 100 or so people are here from all over the country for the 4 days of the 4th of July Holiday. This happens every 3 years, each time in a different city. Tomorrow we will vote on where the 2017 reunion will be and this will be up to family members who volunteer to host.
So, everyone arrived Thursday, checked into the Cheshire or whereever else they are staying and came here for dinner which was catered by Favazza's Restaurant on the Hill. We had all the drinks, desserts, and tables.
Right away kids began playing soccer in the side yard. Including Charlie.
People began arriving
Stephanie and Chris drove from the DC area and were greeted by great gramma
Then there was sitting around, standing around and talking and having drinks.
Ferdie got quite warm and worn out with all the greeting he did.
The little kids loved the yellow jeep
Back to the grownups
And kids and adults and Ferdie
Then let's eat!
Kruta Dollie Madison Cake!
Then it was on to play again
And we do it all over again tonight, this time with fried chicken from Porters's.
For Dale's family reunion which is just about to get under way as I write this, we went to Rural King in Collinsville and got a big trough/tub to put drinks and ice in. Jake was here about half an hour and then hopped happily in.
Then his brother Drew got behind the wheel of the gator and Jake road shot gun.
All our measuring and remeasuring seemed to work, the delivery guys had no trouble at all getting it set into place. I do think, however, we'll have to balance into its slot a little better, but otherwise I'm very happy with it.
They used a dolly to get it down the driveway, but after that they each had two straps on their arms and carried it that way up the stairs and into the house. I asked how much the fridge weighed and how they managed with the giant sized refridgerators and they told me they use the straps on all of them. Ours weighs about 300 pounds and the bigger ones 400. They said it didn't seem that heavy.
Our refrigerator has conked out for good after many reliable years of service. We've never had to have a repairman come out to fix anything about this fridge. But now we need a new one and the shocker is how big they make them nowadays. I'm not even sure we can get most of them into the house and it's quite a struggle knowing what to buy. We also have the added issue of a framed alcove under a top cabinet of which the opening was made larger than the current refrigerator as a nod to getting a new and bigger one. Problem is, no one anticipated just how big they'd be making them, especially in height.
So I think we may have found one (hopefully) with dimensions which will work, except for getting it into the door of the house. I'll learn more after I get back from Home Depot.
My dad passed away almost 9 years ago which seems so hard to believe. So many things remind me of him even after all those years. His jokes, he had a million. His concern for my sister and me, our mom, and then for our kids. He had a memory like no one you'll ever meet and that is one of the things I miss. So often something comes up that we're trying to remember, an event, someone's name, a place. A date. I catch myself reaching for the phone or email to ask him. He'd know.
Did you hear about the guy who was so bald headed he carried his dandruff around in his hand?
Well, we're going to bed now and give you folks a chance to go home.
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.