Sunday, July 23, 2017

Back to School Shopping

Meg and Cam slept in this morning.  When they got up they were greeted by Winston.  Hannah-Marie had brought him over for them to visit with.  He was just as sleepy as they were, but once he woke up he was ready to play.  Meg left after lunch to visit with Grandma Jane.  She wanted to share her camp stories with her.  Her mock rock this year was on the camp video.  She can't wait to show them "Titanic on a Budget."  It was clever.

Doug took Cam to a golf tournament at Blackthorn in South Bend.  Meg and I also headed to South Bend this afternoon.  She wanted to go back to school shopping and we thought this would be a great time to get it done.  We made a large dent in her list and even had time to stop at Noodles & Company.  We arrived at Blackthorn just as Cam was coming down the ninth hole.  He didn't have his best round, but was happy with his new irons and chipped well.  Doug said that it played long and with the heat it was pretty challenging.

Once we got back to Syracuse Cam and Meg then went to Mom's to eat noodles and catch up on their day.  Cal was there too.  He had played golf against Dad earlier in the day and then worked at Tippy.  Doug and I went to dinner at Huntington's.  It was a great four days.  Sad to see him go back to work tomorrow, but glad to have Meg and Cam home.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Glad to Be Home & Ready to Go Back

We picked up both Meg and Cam this morning at Camp Crosley.  They were excited to be home and had so many stories to share.  They each had a fantastic time and made a lot of new friends.  Cam said that this was the first year that he thought all of his counselors were fun.  One even brought board games for the boys to play during down time.  Meg had just as much fun as an LIT this week as last.  She was assigned a cabin and enjoyed helping the girls.  Both were glad to be home and ready for some rest, but would definitely go back in a heartbeat.

They did get some rest this afternoon while I worked on the laundry.  There was quite a bit of it, but I made a pretty good dent in it by the end of the day.  Meg's soccer coach had contacted her earlier in the week to see if she would play in their scrimmage today against Elkhart Christian.  We knew she would be tired, but thought it was important to be a part of it as she had missed two weeks of practice to be at camp.  Doug and I went to watch her.  She did well for as tired as she was.  Conditioning starts next week and she should be able to make it to all of those.

Cameron went golfing while we were at soccer.  We stopped by the course on our way back.  He and my Dad were on 11.  Cam said he was ready to quit.  He had played well, but was just to hot.  He really liked his new irons.  The four of us went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner once we changed.  It was fun listening to all of their camp adventures.  Cam said that this was the best year ever.  After dinner Aaron and Preston came over as did one of Meg's friends from camp.  They then went to Gabby's to crash her theater party.  They even went tubbing with her.  Cam went to Mom's to go swimming.  He then stayed to play cards.  So happy to have them home.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Shawshank Redemption Trail

One of my favorite movies of all time was The Shawshank Redemption.  It was based on a Stephen King novel and was set in a prison.  I still remember the first time I saw it.  We were at the dollar theater in Naperville.  I didn't know what to expect at the time, but as it was a Morgan Freeman movie I definitely was interested when Doug mentioned going.  It was fantastic the first time I saw it and has been watched on the Heinisch television dozens of time since.  Cal and I even read the novela and enjoyed it just as much.

Thus, when I read that the Ohio State Reformatory was the setting for the movie and was open for tours I was highly interested.  The more I researched the sites from the movie the more I found to visit in central Ohio.  Doug was game for going and this morning we were the first ones in line for the 11 a.m. tour of the prison.  We were amazed at the enormity of the prison.  It was built at the turn of the century and was designed to look like a European castle.  It was impressive to say the least.

While there we were able to tour the rooms used during the movie including the warden's office and the staircase that was featured in several scenes.  One of the warden's personal rooms was transformed into the boarding house that Brooks and Red both stayed in when they were paroled.  Movie props were left for us to look through including the tunnel that Andy crawled to freedom through.  The only part missing was the courtyard and the back buildings which featured a lot of the outside scenes.  I have never visited a Hollywood set before and this was an amazing one to start with.

Along with the rooms used in the movie we were also able to visit the cells the prisoner lived in and several other parts of the reformatory.  It was pretty worn from years of use and lack of upkeep since it was closed in 1990.  Even though, it was extremely interesting to learn the history of the prison and walk its halls.  Later in the evening was to be a ghost tour and there were a lot of stories on the audio wand describing the sightings that had been claimed over the years.  Doug and I weren't as interested in the ghost stories, but we were impressed by all of the tourists that were already in attendance for the night festivities.

After our tour of the Ohio State Reformatory we headed for home.  Along the way we stopped at two more Shawshank movie sites.  Both were in the same town about 15 miles from the prison.  The first was the courthouse the Andy was convicted in and the second was the prisoners workshop.  We also found two different wineries along the way to stop at.  Doug enjoyed both of them and it was a nice break from driving.  Once we were backing Indiana we decided to stop at the Jefferson Pointe Mall.  We did some window shopping and I bought a few Yankee Candles.  Our last wine bar of the trips was Doug's favorite - Chop's.  It was fantastic way to end a fun few days.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Two Days in Ohio

Our first stop of the morning was the home of Rutherford B. Hayes.  We had been there before with The Heinisch children, and I've always wanted to go back.  The Hayes family had possession of the home until the 1960's and all of the items on display were from their families.  President Hayes' and his family had a lot of money for the 1870s and it showedin their home.  He was also the only Present to have a life-size painting completed while he was in office.  It was quite impressive.  A nephew of his had taken pictures of all of the rooms when President Hayes was still alive, so the restoration of the rooms to the 1880s was authentic and fascinating.  I loved hearing the story behind Lucy's White House china.  We had seen it at the Smithsonian on our last trip to D.C. and found it intriguing.  All of the pieces had a nature them and for lack of a better work they were gaudy.  I loved the dishes as did Meg, but it sounded as though others did not.  Thus, her's was seldom used at White House gatherings.

After the guided tour of the mansion Doug and I walked through the museum and library.  President Hayes' was the first President to have a Presidential Library.  It was built in 1917 and his grandson still lived at the home when it first opened.  We left the museum and walked to the tomb of both Rutherford and Lucy.  They owned a gorgeous piece of land and we had several squirrels visit us along the way.

We left Fremont for Mansfield close to 11:30 a.m.  When we decided to come to Ohio to see the Ohio State Reformatory and the Hayes home, I looked for information on the Ohio wine trials.  Doug really likes trying different wines and beers from other areas, so I knew he would enjoy this part of the trip quite a bit.  Our first stop was for lunch.  We had read wonderful reviews about The Vault.  It was an old state bank that was transformed into a wine bar.  We were impressed.  The wine was delicious and the food was excellent.  We truly enjoyed our first visit of the day.

Once lunch was over we drove to Mansfield to see The Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  They rescue and care for injured or abandoned birds.  I loved seeing all of the birds and walking through the aviary.  I found out that one of the favorite meals of the predatory birds was muskrat.  I also learned that having owls would probably solve my squirrel problem, but I am not ready to try that yet.  While there we also walked through the wooded trails and were met by many different animals.  My favorite was the deer who jumped through the meadow.  We spent about an hour there before checking into our hotel in Ontario.

The rest of the evening was filled with visits to different wine bars and breweries.  In-between eateries we also found three of The Shawshank Redemption stops along the way.  We visited the hotel where Brooks stayed after he was paroled.  We also saw the window that Red was looking through when he was searching for a compass.  The best of the evening was the bench that Brooks sat at feeding the pigeon's hoping that his beloved crow Jake would return.  Although not a conventional vacation, day one of our tour of Ohio was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On to Ohio

For the past ten days or more the weathermen had been predicting hot and humid weather for this week.  They definitely got it right.  It was well into the 90s without the heat index.  I decided that I would take a break from walking today and for the first time all summer I spent the majority of the day inside.  I didn't mind as I had a lot to do to get ready for our trip to Ohio.  

I did find time to stop by Aunt Vicky's today.  I had to take the guinea pigs to Mom's and thought that the boys would like seeing them.  Maddox was the most interested and held them for awhile.  When I got back home Cal and Hannah-Marie were at there.  Today was their two year anniversary and they were debating where to go for dinner to celebrate.  Cal was sure that the local restaurant at our bowling alley was appropriate.  HM agreed with me that there had to be a better place.  I left them money so that they could hopefully try somewhere else even though Cal told me as I left that there was "no better restaurant than Chubbie's."

Doug and I departed for Bowling Green close to 5 p.m.   We stayed at the same Hampton Inn that we were at with the Heinisch children years before.  We found a dinner place to try called The Sunset Bistro.  It was ranked the #1 restaurant in the area and we really liked it.  Doug had the salmon flatbread and I chose a club sandwich.  We ended the night at Buffalo Wild Wings as it was in the same parking lot as  our hotel.  There were more soccer games on their televisions than I had ever seen, which we both enjoyed.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home Base

Doug asked me if I enjoy having Cam and Meg both gone as they are seldom out of the house at the same time.  Although I have been using the time to complete some projects and am looking forward to going to Ohio with Doug later in the week, I actually do not enjoy having them gone.  Mrs. Meek saw me in CVS yesterday and asked how Cam and Meg were doing.  She was glad that they were having a great time, but understood how I felt.  She loved having her own children at home even if it was just as their home base.  I would agree with that completely.  In saying that, however, I wouldn't wish them to miss out on fun activities in life like Camp Crosley.

The nice part of them being gone was that I got to spend the day with Cal.  He offered to dog sit for Winston since Hannah-Marie was in Chicago.  We both enjoyed that.  We were also able to clear out a couple of boxes from his room that he had wanted to go through.  We got our fill of Gameshow Network and even fixed his computer.  I have enjoyed having him home for the summer.  I realize that soon he may not make us his home base, so I will cherish the moments for now.

Monday, July 17, 2017

So Many Wonderful Memories

My Uncle Bob's children arrived in Nappanee last Thursday in order to attend the Guard Family reunion and bring some of his ashes to Union cemetery to spend eternity with their mother.  I hadn't been able to visit with them until yesterday at the reunion, but really enjoyed talking to them.  Mom said that she and Dad were going to see them again this afternoon, so I decided to tag along.  They had planned on staying at my Uncle Larry's bed and breakfast - The Old Buffalo Inn - but it had recently been sold and their reservations were cancelled.  They were disappointed, but found another quant place closer to town and rented out all of the rooms.  It was nice and had a great porch for visiting.  In true Amish fashion the women visited on one side and the men on the other.

I had a wonderful time visiting with them.  They all were such an important part of my Grandma and Grandpa's lives when they lived in Florida.  I loved listening to their stories and recollections of their time with them and from our frequent visits to Arcadia.  They brought back so many memories that I could have listened to them talk all day.  The talk of the river, the animals, the bonfires, the people were all so real.  I felt like I had stepped back into my childhood.

Just like yesterday I cried when we parted.  I miss my Grandparents and all of the fun that I had with them, especially CrapPa.  There hasn't been a day go by since they left this Earth that I did not wish they were still here, but I don't dwell on it.  For so many years after they died my mind just thought that they were back in Florida, enjoying fishing and visiting and feeding oranges to the cows.  I hadn't actually thought of them being dead in quite some time until I saw my Mom's cousins.  The more I listened to Bud talk about Grandpa and my annual Purdue/IU football bet (a whopping 50 cents) and Bobbie's memories of her Aunt Ceil, the more I wanted to see my grandparents.  They would have loved listening to the stories as well and seeing everyone together.  It'll take me a little while, but soon I'll go back to thinking of them in Florida - helping with commodities, drinking Grandma's special tea, and bickering over who lived where when they lived in Nappanee.

Thank you to those who made the journey from Florida for the Guard reunion.  The trip down memory lane was fantastic.  It was appreciated more than words could say.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

And Off They Go!


Today we took both Meg and Cam to camp.  It was their seventh summer of going together.  Both were excited, but they didn't have long to be together.  As soon as Meg got there her counselor told her to change into her LIT shirt, so that she could help with registration.  She was excited to help and glad to see her friends again, but I did stop her to get a quick picture with Cam before she left.  We also got to see her again after we checked Cameron in as she was stationed on the porch directing campers where to go to find their cabins.  We didn't need her help as Cam was in the same cabin as last year - Munsee, but we were glad to say goodbye one more time.

We headed back to the van to get all of Cam's luggage.  He packs pretty light, so we were easily able to get everything to his home for the week in one trip.  He was the first camper to arrive at Munsee.  We met his counselors and found that one was from Brazil.  We helped him make his bed and get his items set up. By the time we left another camper had arrived.  Cam said that Sunday can be kind of boring at times as they wait for the others to arrive and then have a swim test.  I saw him later in the opening campfire ceremony and he looked like he was having a lot of fun.  Can't wait to hear his stories when he returns.  

After camp drop off we stopped by Brian Guard's to see everyone at the Guard family reunion.  There were a lot of family members there and many that I hadn't seen in years.  It was fun catching up with everyone, even thought it was pretty hot.  We left there by 4 to go to South Bend.  Doug's boss had given him a gift certificate to Ruth Chris Steak House that we wanted to use and we wanted to do some shopping as well.  The dinner was delicious and we topped it off with a fabulous dessert.  Cal had just gotten home when we pulled in.  We brought him leftovers for tomorrow's breakfast.  Glad that he will be home this week, otherwise it would be really quiet in the Heinisch Home.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Quick Night at Home

We picked Meg and Gabby up this morning from their first week at camp.  They had had a great time and had many stories to share.  Meg had lost her voice again and they were both exhausted, but they wouldn't trade their time with their new friends for anything.  They both had to help with the day campers this week and seemed to like that.  Meg felt that it was exhausting entertaining children.  I was pretty sure that I knew that before she left.

Meg spent the afternoon resting and catching up with her friends.  She also texted the LIT's that stayed at camp several times.  Part of her wished she would have stayed, but the rest of her was glad for a shower and rest.  I got all of her laundry done and she started the process of repacking.  Once Cam got home from the golf course, we headed to Goshen.  We needed to buy Meg more snacks for school and Cam had a few items that he needed as well.  Doug ran to J.C. Penney's for me while we were at Target.  I ordered the boys Nike socks and they had just come in.  It has been great using them for online ordering.  After shopping we stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Meg wasn't overly hungry, but she wanted to go out.  Aaron was in our driveway when we got home so that they could catch up on all of the week's activities.  Doug, Cam and I had a bonfire and enjoyed the outside as the weather has just been wonderful and our flowers are beautiful.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Chance to Catch Up

Cam played golf with my Mom this morning.  Once he got home we started on the packing for Camp Crosley.  He was excited to get his supplies around and to talk about the activities he would like to try.  This year he thought that he would sign up for canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding as he hasn't tried those before.  It is supposed to be hot, so a water activity sounded great to me.

Once Doug got home, they headed to the golf course.  I had plans to meet up with my friend Jen, so I didn't join them this time.  The course was packed, so they only got in seven holes before they had to quit.  Cam wanted to catch Despicable Me 3 with my Dad at 7.  We had talked about it for weeks, but hadn't come up with a time to see it yet.  I was glad that they got to go tonight.

I had a great visit with Jen.  She's been very busy with her daughter Grace's graduation, so we hadn't been able to connect.  We both decided that we would sit out our 30th class reunion later this month.  I'm glad that a lot of people want to get together, but it just wasn't for me.  We do plan to have some type of get together with our friends this fall.  Grace is going to IU, so she will have some weekends free after mid-August.  I met up with Doug after Grace headed home.  We went out for a late bite to eat before we picked up Cam.  It was a beautiful day and I was glad to catch up on so many items on my summer to do list.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Two Visitors

Evan spent the night last night and was late to wake up.  Cam was up bright and early, however, as he knew he was going to have another visitor.  Hannah-Marie brought her new dog, Winston, over for Cal to dog sit while she was at volleyball.  He was a cutie and at eight weeks old he slept a lot.  I helped Cal as well with the dog sitting, but in all honesty, it was pretty easy.  Winston did make it outside for awhile.  He liked the sticks in our yard and roamed around for awhile.  Mom and Dad came up to see him.  Cal was sure they would want one of his siblings.  He even offered to pay for part of it.  Not sure he talked them into it, but we'll see.  I would definitely take a dog, but working would make it hard.

Once Winston and Evan went home Cam and I watched The Chase.  He then had soccer tonight.  This time they practiced with the boys team.  Cam liked it. He felt that he had gotten faster than last fall and his stamina had increased.   I walked while he was there and caught up with Brett.  Freedom works would like to keep him as an intern.  They want to hire him full-time, but don't have money in the budget to do so.  They said that he was the best policy intern that they have ever had.  It was a great compliment, but intern pay just doesn't cut it in D.C.  Thus, Brett has decided to come back to Bloomington and work on his masters.  If something changes at Freedom Works, he would definitely be interested in moving back.  He has had a great year and half of working, meeting people and gaining experience.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Visitor

Cam was up early this morning to play golf.  He wanted to get in a round before Evan got here.  He was home in plenty of time to get ready for his visitor.  Mary had an appointment this afternoon and we had been wanting to have Evan over, so it worked out perfectly.  They first went outside to play a baseball, frisbee, basketball combination game.  Next they moved on to the Wii for some Mario Kart and Mario Party.

While they were busy I used the time to work on Meg and Cam's binders from this past school year.  Last summer I didn't have time to work on them and had to finish them once school started.  I was able to get Meg's done before the boys wanted to go swimming at Mom's.  They had a lot of fun getting out all of the rafts and water guns.  I was glad that the rain held out.  It had looked threatening all day.

Doug got home while they were swimming, so he decided to go jogging.  It was humid today, but nothing like yesterday.  He said it was a lot easier tonight.  When he was done we took the boys to the Spider-man movie in Goshen.  They had wanted to see it.  Doug and I went to Kelly Jae's  for dinner while they were there.  The boys said that the movie was good and couldn't decide if it was better than Wonder Woman or not.  Either way we all had fun and it was a great way to spend the evening.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Golf & Soccer

Today was the first match play of the Raccoon Run junior league.  Cameron did well winning with two holes to go.  He stayed on to play a couple more holes, but didn't get in a full second nine.  It was extremely humid and he was ready for a break.  I took advantage of the time he was gone to clean Meg and Cal's room upstairs.  After that I walked for close to an hour.  Unfortunately my leg was in a lot of pain afterward, but I am happy to say that I got in my 10,000 steps.  I think I will rest it tomorrow to see if that helps.

Cam and I went to Pete's Fish after golf.  We hadn't been there all summer.  It was ayce fish and shrimp which Cam enjoyed.  I had their salad bar and talked golf with Cam.  He took a break in the afternoon so that he would be ready for soccer practice at 6 p.m.  Doug met us there and went jogging while he played.  I ran to the grocery store since no one was home.  I hadn't been in awhile.  Doug and Cam were home by 8.  There were only four players at practice, but it went well.  I finally texted Cal at 9:45 to see where he was.  He was just leaving work and on his way to HM's to see their new puppy.  He put in over twelve hours today which made up of the cancellation yesterday.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Rain Out

Cam had planned on playing golf this morning with my Mom and then again tonight with Doug and I.  Unfortunately, the rain had other plans and by 10 a.m. the courses were closed.  Cal was the only one happy about that as he had to work an outing and there are no tips involved in those.  Cam did finally make it out of the house around 2.  He and Grandpa Cutes went to North Webster to hit balls.  Cam has grown quite a bit in the last year, so they were thinking about having his irons extended.  This would last him until the Spring when it will probably be time to look at new ones.

Since Cal couldn't work, HM came over after basketball.  Cal impressed everyone with his giant pizza/quesadilla making skills.  Hannah-Marie found out that she might be getting a new puppy.  Cal's still sure that he needs one.  Although I think dogs are great pets, I have no desire to take on the workload of one.  They went over to her house in the afternoon.  Cal spent the rest of the evening reading his Stephen King book once he got back.

I took advantage of the time between storms to take a walk.  I was able to make it an hour which gave me over 6000 steps.  I also spent time organizing Brett's items that he brought home form D.C.  I believe that I even figured out how to keep Meg's Snapchat streaks alive.  We'll see when she gets back if it worked.  Her friends may think that she has gone crazy as the picture I shared was of a squirrel eating on our corn feeder.

Doug made dinner after he went jogging.  We finally turned on the air conditioning.  The humidity was intense today and our thermostat read 83 when I finally hit the cool switch.  After we ate we finished Witness for the Prosecution.  It has so many twists in it, that I have never been able to remember them all.  I enjoyed watching it again especially since we just walked through the Marlene Dietrich exhibit in D.C.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Nine Years - From Mini Camp to LITs



Meg spent the morning packing for Camp Crosley.  She had the majority of her items ready, but wanted to review with me what she still needed.  It was nice that she could do this pretty much by herself.  It made it so much easier.  It used to take me hours to get everyone ready for camp.  She knew what she wanted and needed.  Thus, it made sense for her to take over this job.  We left for camp later than she wanted.  Check in wasn't until 2 and we left at 1:30.  There was a line already when we got there, but they didn't let anyone in beforehand, so it worked out just fine.

Once we dropped off her paperwork and medications with the nurse we went to Meg's cabin.  One of the counselor's remembered Meg from last year.  I thought that was awesome!  Gabby had already picked out bunks for the girls and Meg put her pillows on the bunks under them for their friends from last year.  Their cabin was very nice.  It used to be the nurses quarters, but they had remodeled it for the LITs.  They even had their own bathrooms.  Once we helped Meg make her bed and take pictures we left.  The girls were so excited to be there.  This was their ninth year at camp together, so they definitely didn't need us hanging around.

Cam and Doug played tennis once we got home.  I took a walk and worked on some more laundry.  My parents played in the alternate shot and when they were done, Dad took Cam golfing.  Cal had to work the range tonight, but was home early.  The medications he started for allergies have been working and his cough was a lot better.  Doug and I went to dinner tonight and had a bonfire before watching Witness for the Prosecution.  Cam played cards with my parents before coming home.  Everyone went to bed early tonight as the week wore us out.  Tired or not it sure was a wonderful one.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Unpacked to Repack

I slept in this morning as did Cam and Meg.  Cal had to work, so he was up at 5:30 a.m.  Doug agreed to make sure he made it which I appreciated.  Once I got up and got going I started in on the laundry. Meg brought her clothes to me so that we could talk about what she needed for Camp Crosley.  The biggest dilemma was the comforter that she would take.  We finally came up with one that was soft enough yet would still keep her warm.

After lunch Aaron, Graham and Preston came over.  Meg wanted to get together with them before she left for two weeks.  They played kickball at our house and then headed over to Grandma Jane's to go swimming.  They loved fighting over the floats and jumping off of the boathouse.  The second one made me nervous, but it was very deep there.  Cam had a busy afternoon as well.  He went to a birthday party at Kaden Paul's in Goshen.  He was excited to see his friends and to hangout with them for awhile.

Doug had to lector tonight and Meg stepped in to serve for Cam since he had his party.  When mass was over we picked Cam up and took him to the Concord Mall.  He had ordered pink shorts to match his flamingo shorts and they came in while we were gone.  While I picked those up Meg took Cam and Doug to the shoe store.  He wanted to get a pair of sandals like Meg's for camp.  He found a pair of black ones that he really liked.  He was impressed that his shoe size had now reached a size nine.

We stopped for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  It was pretty sparse, so we got in right away.  By the time we got home Cal was just heading out.  Work went well, but he was tired and his allergies were really bothering him.  I talked him into trying Flonase and with that and some rest, he was better.  Doug built a bonfire which he, Cam and I enjoyed.  Meg wanted to finish her packing and check in with Aaron before the night was over.  She cannot wait for tomorrow.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

We were up early this morning and on the road by 8 a.m.  Brett had to work today and we decided that we wanted to stop in Cleveland on the way home if possible.  It was tricky getting out of D.C. and it rained in Pennsylvania for a little while, but other than that it was an easy trip.   We had given Cal, Meg, Cam and HM options of where to stop today and they all chose The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. We were glad to have arrived there by 2 p.m. as that gave us time to explore the Hall before it closed at 5:30.

I had bought tickets online, so getting in was quick.  We hadn't stopped for lunch so we tried their cafe.  It was delicious and once we refueled we headed downstairs for the main exhibits featuring the early influence of rock and roll.  Cal knew a lot of the artists from his music class at IU and Cam said that it was one of his favorite parts of the Hall.  Meg remembered the Elvis exhibit and couldn't wait to find it.  HM was able to spend time at the Beatles display and Doug enjoyed the Rolling Stones.  The 2017 inductees included one of Doug's favorites - Pearl Jam and one of Meg's - Journey.  With all there was to see I believe that Doug and I found the John Mellencamp area to be the most interesting.  He was huge when we were at IU and being from Seymour his ties to Bloomington have always been strong.

After several hours at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame we were all ready to head home.  It had been a great trip, but we knew it was time to get back on the road.  We still had four hours to travel and were hoping to make it to Syracuse before nine.  Traffic was heavy at first, but once we got about five miles out of Cleveland we were good to go.  Cam put in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the dvd player which kept us entertained for the majority of the trip, and we actually made it home by 8:30.  Once we unpacked Meg and Cam had time to get Joe's and visit Graham and Gabby.  Cal went to Grandma's after HM left and Doug and I enjoyed a quiet dinner with a lot of time for reflection.  We felt incredibly blessed to spend a week with our children.  We made memories the will last a lifetime.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

007 in D.C.

When we talked with Hannah-Marie and the Heinisch children about what they wanted to do when we were in D.C. everyone gave us ideas of exhibits, memorials and museums that they had visited before and liked.  HM suggested one, however, that none of us had been to - The International Spy Museum.  We didn't know what to expect, but were excited to try something new.  It opened at 10 a.m. this morning and we were there with the early morning crowd.

We started on the top floor with our secret identity and traveled through exhibits learning all that we needed to know to become a spy.  There was a lot of history intertwined with the exhibits of spy necessities - fake pens, false bottoms in suitcases, etc.  This year additions were made to include memorabilia from the James Bond movies.  Those have always been favorites of Doug and the boys.  Thus, we really enjoyed the cars, the posters, the weapons, the outfits and discussing our favorite villains and Bond girls.

Right across the street from the Spy Museum was the National Portrait Museum.  This was new to us as well and we decided to walk through it.  I loved it as they had portraits of each President.  We had fun asking Brett about his favorite Presidents and his least favorite ones.  There was a lot of debate after that.  We were close to the gift shop near Ford's Theater and the Hard Rock Cafe, so we made those our next stops.  Everyone found a souvenir or two and Cal even purchased a Donald Trump chocolate bar.  We had to wait for a table at Hard Rock.  That was ok with us as it gave us time to sit down or walk around and enjoy the displays.  The food was delicious and filling.

Our next stop was the American History Smithsonian.  We had just been there in April, but I could walk through the exhibit showcasing the First Lady's dresses and china every month.  It was fun picking out the ones that we would love to have and the ones that didn't quite fit our style.  We made sure to see The Start Spangled Banner and the Bert and Ernie puppets before we left.  There was supposed to be a Smithsonian Festival today, but it was rained out.  That was ok with us as we walked to the White House instead and had plenty of time to walk all the way around it.  While we were there we took pictures on both sides of it and we also enjoyed looking at the Dwight D. Eisenhower building.  We hadn't seen it on our last trip and it was impressive.

We made it back to the hotel for the evening reception.  The snacks and drinks were different than Wednesday night, but just as good.  Brett was ready to go back to his apartment after that.  He had packed everything that he had in D.C. that he would not need for the next month.  Doug drove him home so that he could pick all of it up.  Brett will now be able to fly home and not worry about shipping everything home.  Once Doug got back, he, Meg, Cam and I walked to get ice cream.  The closet place was in China Town.  The ice cream was good, but I didn't particularly care for China Town.  Brett said that I am not alone in feeling that way.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Honoring the Fallen



We started today at the Holocaust Museum.  They had a survivor talk scheduled for when we first arrived that we were able to listen to.  The speaker was 91 years old and had spent time in a concentration camp building an airplane hanger.  There were two parts from her stories that resonated with me.  The first was that she lived in Hungary under Communist control, but still had no idea that the Jews from Europe were being exterminated.  Even when they got to Auschwitz she did not realize that they were being separated for work camps and the gas chamber.  The second part that stuck with me after she finished was that her family of nine became a family of three after the war.

Once the talk was over we headed to our tour of the museum.  We each picked up a passport with our identity as a Holocaust victim.  The pictures and information that we read were sad.  It was not meant to be uplifting, but a time to remember.  We spent almost two hours going through the exhibits.  Meg remarked that the leather shoes of the victims exhibit was extremely sad.  I thought the three story wall of pictures of a town wiped out by Nazis was equally depressing.  The most eye opening part of the tour  for me was the fact that Germany's population of Jews in 1933 when Hitler came to power was only 1%.  Thus, he blamed an extremely small percentage of his country for all of Germany's problems.  I thought of life today and the outcry during the election against the 1% in the United States holding the majority of the countries wealth.  Just like today it does not make sense to me that any political party would blame a small portion of the country for the majority's problems.  Hitler obviously took it further than anyone today, but knowing that others called President Trump Hitler because of his stance on immigration became even more offensive to me after walking through the Holocaust Museum.  I also believe that it lessens the memory of the six million extermination by the Nazi's during World War II.

We took a break after The Holocaust Museum for lunch outside of the Pentagon Mall.  It was a nice place to reflect and get everyone's perspective on the museum and speaker that we saw today.  We each reported back on how our identity fared during the Holocaust.  Brett, Meg, Cam, Hannah-Marie and I were all happy to report that we survived.  Doug and Cal, unfortunately, were not so lucky.  After we ate we spent some time shopping.  Brett and Cam found some new games at Game Stop.  Meg and I headed to the Lego store and Forever 21.  HM and Cal spent part of their time looking for Vans and Doug made phone alls for work.

After the mall we stopped at Arlington Cemetery.  We saw many of the same sights as last time - Taft's grave, the JFK's eternal flame, Arlington House and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I spent a lot of time reading other tombstones as well as I walked a lot slower tonight than I did last night and was alright with others going on ahead.  Brett and I even found Oliver Wendell Holmes on this journey.  It started to rain as we left the cemetery, but we were still able to visit the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial.  All were impressive.

We were ready for dinner after the memorials and found a place near Brett's apartment building called the Union Bar.  The food was delicious and we appreciated sitting down for awhile.  We dropped Brett off after dinner so he could take the suitcase we brought for him home.  Once we got back to the hotel Cal, HM, Meg and Cameron all went to the hot tub.  Doug and I tried the bar in the lobby.  It was a completely different scene than the one from breakfast this morning.  There were a lot less people and for the most part a nice place to unwind.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Doug!

Today we celebrated Doug's 47th birthday at Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington.  It was a hot, crowded day to visit, but we really enjoyed all of the 4th of July activities. I had bought our tickets online Sunday and we were glad that we did as it was crazy getting into the home.  It took us over 20 minutes just to get through the line to park.  While we were there we were able to walk the grounds, visit the grave sites and tour the mansion.  With the holiday there were bands playing patriotic music, revolutionary war reenactments, and a fireworks show over the Potomac hosted by George and Martha.  Brett and I remarked several times how amazing it was that last year we were at the home of Calvin Coolidge on the 4th - the only President born on the 4th of July - and this year we were at the home of our nation's first President.

From Mount Vernon we drove to We the Pizza in Arlington.  Everyone really liked the food and it was easy to get in and out of.  After lunch we headed to our hotel in D.C.  We decided to try an Embassy Suites that was close to the White House.  It definitely was nice and we rested for awhile before trying their evening reception.  There were some good snacks and once we were refueled we thought we would tour the monuments.

It wasn't too far to the National Mall.  We went to the Washington Monument first.  It was fenced off and the only way in was through a security tent.  We realized at that point that all of the monuments were that way in anticipated of the fireworks later in the evening.  As we could see Washington's Monument from all spots on the Mall we decided to walk on to the World War II memorial.  We couldn't access it because of the festival, but we could see it without any problem.  We then walked to  the Lincoln Memorial, which was absolutely packed.  We were able to make our way up the stairs to see Lincoln.  That part was not crowded and we got some great pictures.

The Korean War Memorial as well as the Vietnam Wall were close to Lincoln so we stopped at those next.  The realization from these two was the fact that the death toll from the two wars were relatively the same, but the Vietnam War tends to get more historical attention.  The fences for the festival detoured us through the baseball fields for our next two stops - the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the FDR.  Both were impressive and I have to say that I believe that the FDR one was my favorite of the night tour this trip.  Our last memorial stop was the Thomas Jefferson.  It was packed as well but we were able to navigate the crowds fairly well to get inside to see the man himself.

Our goal was to make it back to the Washington Monument area before the fireworks started.  The fences caused us to have to detour though and the fireworks started 20 minutes early otherwise we would have been there at the start.  All that said we only missed the first three minutes and once we got to our prime viewing spot they were spectacular.   After the fireworks were over Brett split off from us.  It was close to 10 and he was ready to head home.  We had talked about going to dinner, but everyone was exhausted.  Instead we went back to the hotel and ordered pizza from room service.  That worked out well.  We had walked 12 miles today.  Resting was exactly what my feet were asking for.  Even though it was a lot of walking, it was definitely worth it to spend the 4th of July in our nation's capital.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Off We Go!

We spent the morning cleaning and finishing the packing for D.C.  Cal didn't get home until late last night, so we didn't have his clothes in the suitcase yet.  Doug has been notorious for setting a time to leave and then arriving early.  This time we anticipated him and had everything ready before 3 p.m.  That worked perfectly as he originally said we'd leave at 4 and showed up at 3 on the dot.  All he had to do was change in we were off.

The trip was an easy one.  Meg, Cam, Cal and HM kept busy with their phones, reading and watching Star Wars and Dodgeball.  Traffic was light all of the way.  Doug wondered if it was because of the holiday and maybe everyone had already arrived at their destination.  We hadn't decided for sure where we were going to stop for the night, but as we drove on we realized that we could probably make it to Alexandria, Virginia if we tried.  Thus, we reset our goal and with only one stop we were at our hotel in Virginia by 12:30 a.m.

The hotel had a problem with our room, but after changing once we finally were able to figure out the sleeping arrangements.  Doug was ok with the floor and everyone was in bed by 1:15.  The metro station was right across the street from our hotel, so Brett will be able to meet us for breakfast before our trip to Mount Vernon tomorrow.  Thankful for a safe, quick trip.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Day of Rest

As we went to mass last night and Meg got home late, we decided to sleep in this morning.  I have noticed that sleeping in for Doug and I means 8 a.m.  Strange how that changes over time.  Cal "slept" in as well as he didn't have to be to work until 9 a.m. today.  Last night he had gone out with HM on the boat to watch the fireworks on Lake Wawasee but was home before midnight.  Meg was the one who took advantage of sleeping in. She said that she set her alarm for 11 a.m. as she felt that would be late enough.  When it went off she still wasn't ready to get up.

We spent the day getting ready for our trip to Washington D.C.  Doug didn't feel the best, so he took a nap this afternoon.  That was extremely rare.  He said he felt a lot better afterward.  Once I finished some laundry and finalized my photo album on Shutterfly we decided to go out to the winery.  It was a beautiful afternoon and they had live music.  Meg went along with us and shared more stories from her trip to Vincennes.  It was nice catching up with her.

Cam spent the afternoon golfing with my parents.  He almost broke 40 on the front which he was happy about.  Cal had to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but texted to let us know that he would be late.  Their range picker broke down, so they had to pick all the golf balls up by hand.  It was also very busy today on the course.  Cal was happy to announce when he got home that he had made $200 for the day and would get in 20 hours this week even though we would be on vacation for five days.

Doug cooked steaks tonight and we celebrated his birthday early.  The food was delicious and he enjoyed his gifts and cards.  Cam got out the ladder ball set glad that we were finally able to get the one set he through in the tree down.  It took some physics from Doug to figure it out, but we have the full set again.  Preston and Aaron came over to visit with Meg.  They hadn't seen her in awhile and wanted to talk to her before she left again.  They drove down to Joe's for ice cream and to bother Graham.  Doug and I took a walk and got home just as the rain started.  The good news was that I made my 10,000 steps daily goal and didn't have to water.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Home Sweet Home

My parents had been in Las Vegas since Tuesday.  We had heard from them several times during the week.  They were enjoying the shows immensely and Mom had even won some money.  Their flight out was scheduled for yesterday morning.  It was delayed getting out, but not like last week's fiasco when they had to cancel altogether because of the delays.  Once we saw that they took off, we stopped checking.  They were supposed to stop in Charlotte, North Caroline and then catch a connecting flight to Fort Wayne.  Unfortunately, we heard from them a little bit after take off that there was a medical emergency and they had to make an unscheduled stop in Wichita, Kansas.  Getting the woman off of the plane didn't take long, it was waiting for an American crew to arrive to inspect the plane before they could take off again that took forever.  By the time they landed in North Carolina it was after midnight.  They had missed their connecting flight and spent 14 hours on the plane.

Once my Mom explained to the American representatives what had happened they put them up in a hotel, bought them breakfast and lunch.  That was nice, but the next available flight out was 8 p.m. tonight.  Thankfully, they found someone else in the morning that was able to put them as priority passengers on a 1 p.m. flight.  Once we saw that took off on the earlier flight we all felt relieved.  Cam's first question was, "So, do they want to go golfing once they get here?"  Fortunately, that was their plan and they were able to make it to our house before Doug and I left for mass.

Meg also made it home from her trip tonight as well.  She got in late, but thankfully, there were no delays.  Meg was thrilled to be home, but told us over and over how much fun she had.  She met a lot of girls and got to play a ton of basketball.  At one point she had played 11 games in 24 hours.  That was challenging as she hadn't played competitively in 2 years, but by the end her nervousness was gone and she even hit a couple of threes.  The best part for Doug and I, however, was listening to her stories about her teammates and all that they did together.  Bean Boozled was the activity that her coach chose for team bonding.  Meg choked down dead fish, moldy cheese, and canned dog food.  Meg found that she had a lot in common with the girls and enjoyed getting to know her coaches better.  We were impressed that they were interested in her well being and glad to have her be part of the team.  Between basketball, soccer and tennis this summer she definitely has had chance to meet a lot of her classmates.

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Day Off

Cal didn't have to work today, so he spent most of it at home.  He has worked quite a bit this summer and has done well with tips.  He has decided to invest a small part of his money and save several thousand for spending money at IU.  He has also been a lot happier this year as he hated working in a factory last summer.  It paid well, but it just wasn't a lot of fun.  This summer he has been outside working with his friends.  He has also learned how to interact with customers which will benefit him greatly in the future and has played a lot of golf.

Cam and I were home most of the day as well.  We did make it to the library.  We were looking for the book "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."  They couldn't find it, so we put a hold on one.  I also had him go with me to Ace to help carry bird feed.  Usually Meg goes, but without her here, he became the designated errand runner.  We got in a bike ride/walk and a game of ladder golf before the rain hit.

Doug, Cam and I had plans to golfing when he got home.  Cal even talked about going with us.  Once the rain started, however, Cal and I opted out.  Doug said he'd take Cam.  I told them to go without me and I would come and pick them up if the rain got heavier.  I worked on my photo album while they were gone.  After an hour or so, I decided to check on them.  They were just approaching 16 green and although they were soaked, they wanted to finish out.  Glad that Doug was game for taking him.  I hate being wet.

After golf Doug, Cam and I went to the new Italian place in Warsaw for dinner.  Cam had never been there.  He really liked it.  We brought Cal back a pizza.  While we were eating he was able to finish his midterm for Macro Economics and catch up on some assignments for next week since we will be gone.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Strangely Quiet!

It has been strangely quiet here the past twenty-four hours.  Meg left yesterday with Bethany's basketball team for a four day trip to Vincennes.  I have heard from her via text several times since she left and Cal and Cam are here, but without Meg the quantity and frequency of conversation at our home has diminished.  Although, I miss her, I am proud of her for going with the team.  It is a wonderful way to get to know her classmates.

Cameron had been wanting to go see the movie "The Mummy."  Since Meg did not want to see it we thought that this would be the perfect day to go.  We first went to Kohl's to do some shopping.  Cam wanted to find a pair of pink shorts to match his flamingo shirt.  He got a lot of complements on it yesterday at the golf tournament.  He thought the shorts would make it even better.  Unfortunately, we struck out.  Either the shorts were way too big or the wrong color.  We had a lot better luck with the movie.  I was afraid that it would be too scary for Cam or I, but it wasn't.  The mummies were kind of fake looking so that helped.  The storyline was good and we both liked Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll.

Tonight Cam had soccer.  I dropped him off and Doug picked him up.  I had to vote in the Tippecanoe Township Advisory board special elections.  Soccer went well for Cam.  Cal worked during the morning, but was around the rest of the evening.  HM came over later.  We enjoyed watching them spend quite a bit of time trying to get the ladder ball golfballs out of a tree.  Cam threw them up there when he was trying to avoid letting me win.  They moved them, but they are still stuck.  Hopefully, the next storm knocks them down.




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Fantastic Round of Golf



This morning Cameron had his third junior golf tournament of the year.  Normally, my parents take him to these events, but as they left for Las Vegas yesterday, I gladly volunteered.  His tee off wasn't until 10 a.m. which meant that we didn't have to leave for Erskine Golf Club until 8.  Cameron was in the first group and started off pretty well.  He bogeyed the first hole, but hit the ball well.  One of the boys in his group birdied the same hole, so he was two down to start.  From there Cam turned it on and played fantastically.  He birdied the next hole and except for one fast downhill putt and a drive in the trees, he scored almost perfectly ending with a 39.

Cameron still had to wait for three groups to finish to find out how he placed.  He wasn't too nervous as he knew that 39 was a great score especially since it was only two over par.  I was impressed with his playing today.  It definitely was a lot different than when I used to walk with Cal in the junior tour.  Then players weren't even allowed to talk to their parents.  Now they can have a caddy.  Almost no one had a pull cart when Cal played, now everyone does.  The caddies were even pulling the carts for the players.  Cam said that they could give help except around the green.  I didn't pull his cart for him except between the green and the tee.  That way I didn't have to watch everyone putt as putting makes me too nervous.  I did talk through Cam's thought process as he played, however, and for the most part Cameron didn't need much help.  He and Cal play a completely different game.  Cal worked on hitting the long ball.  He had the size to do so.  Cam instead had been working on course management.  He plays a lot like I used to when I played competitively.  It's a lot easier to watch.  His drive was a lot shorter, but it didn't stray too far from the fairway.  Cal calls that kind of game boring, but it was the way I loved to play.

It took about forty-five minutes for all of the groups to finish and the scores to be calculated.  In the end Cameron finished in first place and took home a very nice trophy.  The win also qualified him for the tournament of champions that will be played at the Notre Dame Golf Course later in July.  Proud of his work this summer.  Glad that I could be there to watch.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Soccer Practice Duo

Tonight both Cam and Meg had soccer practice at Bethany from 6 to 7:30.  It was the first time that Meg had driven Cam to Bethany and it went pretty well.  Not only did they ride over together, they actually ended up practicing together with the middle school boys scrimmaged against the girls.  Cam thought it was a lot of fun and felt he played well.  He had learned from watching Meg that when he gets put in at midfield drift toward the forward line.  It worked for him just as it had always worked for her and that way he didn't get as tired as he normally would at midfield.  Meg's take on practice was that the middle school boys and high school girls do a lot of arguing and trash talking when they play together.  Other than that she enjoyed it as well.

I was glad that Cam went to soccer.  He was still tired from his tournament yesterday and he had also walked 18 holes today at Raccoon Run.  He and Meg had piano lessons this afternoon and we stopped for ice cream at the Chief beforehand.  Thus, he did have some time to rest.  After going he decided that he will definitely be going back on Thursday.  Meg won't be able to join him as she will be in Vincennes with the basketball team.  

Once they got home Meg went to Pat's Chicago Dogs to have dinner with Nate Haines.  She has been enjoying the newfound freedom that having a driver's license brings.  I did finally get the truck cleaned out today, so she can call it hers.  I am interested in seeing if Cal claims it back for the next couple of days while she is gone.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Playoff

The next stop on Cameron's junior golf tour was today at Harbor Shores in Michigan.  It was the furthest away and the most expensive, but well worth the time and money for him to play in it.  This was the same golf course that Doug had gone to several times to watch the seniors play.  Cam's tee off time was later than normal - 3:52 as everyone had to start on number one.  We got a text from Mom to let us know that they actually teed off about 30 minutes later than scheduled.  I didn't hear much from them the rest of the day and by 7 p.m. I decided to try contacting them.  No one answered or texted back.  I wasn't worried, just more interested in how he did.

While Cam was gone Meg and I went shopping in Goshen.  She has a busy four weeks ahead of her with a trip to Vincennes with the basketball team, our family vacation to D.C. and her two week stint at Camp Crosley.  We knew that this was the best day to spend purchasing supplies.  We found everything pretty easily except for a pair of hiking sandals.  Since we had time before tennis we decided to try Concord Mall.  It had been a long time since I have walked through it.  I was surprised by how few stores there were.  We did find a pair of sandals at J.C. Penney's, but they were out of her price range.  We tried one last store - Shoe Sensation - and they had exactly what she was looking for and well under half the price of the ones at Kohl's and Penney's.

I dropped Meg off at tennis as it was at Goshen Middle School.  It was when Doug and I were heading back to pick her up that we finally heard from everyone in Michigan.  Cam had played exceptionally well finishing tied for second.  Each one of them were at less than 5% on their phones so they were calling from one of his opponents' mothers phone to let us know that they were headed to a playoff.  It was well over an hour before we heard from them again.  Cam had finished third losing by a stroke on the third hole of the playoff.  We didn't talk to them again until 11 p.m. when they pulled in our driveway.  Everyone was exhausted, but extremely happy with Cam's round.  He had just enough time to show me his medal and give me the hole by hole details before he headed to bed.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Michigan

We had wanted to take Meg and Cam back to Michigan ever since we visited last summer.  Originally, we planned on going over Mother's Day weekend as it was also their tulip festival.  Unfortunately, I was still recovering from my bought with pleurisy, so we had to postpone until today.  Even though the tulips were no longer in bloom at Windmill Island, it was still beautiful.  The weather was cool for June, but everything was in operation.  We stopped first at the hand cranked organ before touring the windmill.  Both were just as pleasant as we remembered and we enjoyed them immensely.  After the tour we walked along their path, enjoying the flowers and the horses.

From Windmill Island we headed into downtown Holland for lunch at the New Holland Brewing Company.  We decided on appetizers to share and although they were all delicious, the pepperoni pinwheels were voted as the the family favorite.  We spent some time after lunch walking through the shops.  Cam found a four sided Rubrik's Cube and I bought a bird puzzle.

Our next stop of the day was Saugatuck.  We loved eating in Holland, but Saugatuck definitely has the better shops.  We were bummed to find out that the Christmas shop was cut in half, but Glik's made up for it.  While there Cam found a flamingo Hawaiian shirt that fit him perfect and Meg bought a few shirts as well.  I was pleased with my purchases for the kitchen and for Doug's birthday.  Doug broke off from us to do some wine tasting.  Our last stop was Kilwin's.  Cam bought ice cream and Meg picked out fudge to share.

We had decided earlier in the day that we would stopped in South Bend on our way home for dinner.  We had thought about going to Evil Cheque Brewing Company yesterday after mini golf, but Meg needed to get back early.  Tonight we had plenty of time and were actually able to play another round of golf before we ate.  Unfortunately, the outcome was the same with Doug sinking a hole in one on number 18 to win.  Not sure that Cam and I will be able to recover.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Joshua!

Today my Mom's family gathered to celebrate Joshua Pancoast's 1st birthday.  It was special to everyone especially knowing how challenging it was for Jeannette to have a child.  When her twins died a year and a half ago I know that I prayed that she would one day know the excitement of raising a child to his or her first birthday.  Thus, it was a lot of fun celebrating with him.  It was also the first time my Mom's family had gotten together since last August when LaMarr was here visiting.

The weather was a little cooler than originally forecasted, but the children didn't mind.  They all went swimming and Cameron had fun on the Millennium Falcon float.  We were able to catch up with everyone and found out some scary news about one of the cousins.  Hopefully, it will pass into nothing.  There was also a mishap with my plate and the sliding screen door, but it made for a great story later.  Joshua was one of the few one years that I have seen really get into devouring the cake.  He finished it off pretty well while covering himself and his high chair with red frosting.

Overall, Meg, Cam, Doug and I enjoyed the afternoon and were glad that we could be there for the celebration.  Afterward we stopped at mini-golf in Mishawaka.  It has been awhile since we had played.  Doug was once again the winner, although it was a lot closer than the last time we played.  Once we got home Cam went over to Mom's to play games.  Meg had a tennis match with Nate and Nathan which ended at Joe's ice cream.  Doug and I had dinner at Kelly Jae's.  We hadn't been there in quite some time and it was nice to get away.  We all met up at our house for a bonfire.  By the end of the night the shelf was almost gone, but we still have enough wood for one more fire.  It was a wonderful way to end a cool summer day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Golf?

Today was a lot cooler than yesterday.  The weather has definitely been strange this month.  Although I hate weeding, I decided today was the day to finish it.  By the end of the morning I had three wheelbarrow loads full.  While I was weeding Meg had Aaron and Graham over.  They played Mario Kart and Disney Sing It.  Now that Aaron has his license, he has been able to visit more.  Cam played golf the last couple of days and has been playing well.  Tuesday he was able to have Cade over.  It is nice that Cam and Meg have been able to keep relationships going with their Milford friends even though they switched schools.

Meg had her last day of basketball camp.  That went well this week.  She's been learning their plays and shaking out the rusty parts.  Doug, Cam and I went golfing while she was there.  Cal was already at Maxwelton, so he joined us for the back nine.  I hadn't played golf in three years and last summer I even sold my golf clubs at the garage sale.  Meg had a set, so I tried hers.  After the first two holes, I thought about picking up and just riding along.  I couldn't hit the ball at all.  I started to rebound and in the end did pretty well shooting 54.  The best part, however, was spending time with Doug, Cal and Cam.  I haven't played with Cal in a long time and was surprised at how long he hits the ball.  He shot 38 and Cam had a 42.  It was a great way to end an extremely busy week.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7 v 7 and Piano

Today was the hottest day of the week which wasn't surprising as it is always hot on 7 v 7 day.  Cam played golf with Mom, but they went early to avoid the heat.  I used the time to trim bushes out front.  I even got in a walk before he got home.  Cal was around for a lot of the day as he didn't have to work until 2.

We left for piano around 2:30.  Their lessons went well.  Cam is trying to master the Oogie Boogie song and Meg is working on The Little Mermaid.  After piano we stopped at Target.  Meg's been looking for shoes and I needed a few items.  Even with shopping and piano we were the first ones to 7 v 7.  Doug met us there.  Carl and Marina came out to watch Meg play and my parents drove up as well.  Meg played very well.  Her skills have really improved and most of her goals are now scored with her left foot.  Her teammates are starting to look for her more and she passes very well.  Tonight she even took a turn at goalie and did well with that even though she hasn't played that position in two years.

After soccer we went with Carl and Marina to Antonio's.  The wait was longer than usual, but we got a chance to visit that way.  They've been busy from selling the house and moving into their new one.  Meg, Cam and I left before Doug, so that he could go over some paperwork with Carl.  We listed to Legally Blonde on the way home.  Meg even learned how to properly use her brights and to stop when one deer crosses as there is usually another on the way.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Legally Blonde

Tonight Cam, Meg and I went to see Legally Blonde at Amish Acres.  We were skeptical going into it that it would be good, but in the end we all really enjoyed it.  The music was fantastic and the acting was great.  Each of us had the "omigod" song stuck in our head the rest of the evening.

While we were at the musical Doug went to the caucus to vote for the new sheriff of Kosciusko County.  Normally, I vote, but as my vice precinct committee person, he could vote instead once I filled out a letter of proxy.  It was important for one of us to be there and I was glad that Doug volunteered to do so.  Our sheriff was arrested for accepting a bribe from an inmate.  This inmate was having unsupervised visits with a member of the community in which they planned ways to milk their church congregation for money.  Once one of a police officers found out the sheriff threatened him if he told.  In the end the sheriff had six felony counts against him, but once he went to trial he ended up with only one charge of intimidating a witness.  He received probation and community service.  That sentence left a bitter taste in much of the mouths of a lot of community members.

The vote was big news in our area.  Doug said that there were television cameras in the courtroom and the fire marshall had to limit the number of spectators.  Overall, there were six men running for sheriff this evening to fill the last year and a half of the term.  We knew going in that it was a long shot that the sheriff's long time friend and former sheriff himself wouldn't win, but Doug wanted to see change.  Unfortunately the majority did not agree with him and Kosciusko County once again came across as a good old boys network.  Between this vote and the one two weeks ago it has been disappointing to see that the Republican party of our county cannot value change.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

She's Legal!



Since school got out all Meg and I have been focused on was driving and parking.  She really wanted to be the first of the Heinisch children to pass the driver's test on the first try and I knew it would be a lot easier if she did.  With basketball camp, our trip to DC and Camp Crosley it would be very hard to schedule a retest.  In saying that if she didn't pass that would be ok too.

Today was the first time she could try as she was officially turned 16 years and 90 days.  I scheduled the test at 10:30 knowing that would give me time to get Cam to golf at Raccoon Run and let her practice a little before we left for Albion.  Meg decided to take some time to practice normal parking at the high school before we left.  She opted out of anymore parallel parking as she did very well with it yesterday.

We were thrilled when we met the driving instructor.  She was a lot more pleasant than either one that the boys had.  We hoped that was a good omen.  After she left I picked up Northanger Abby to catch up to where Meg stopped.  I didn't think I'd be able to read as I thought I would be too nervous.  Overall, however, I did pretty well waiting on her and by the time she returned I had finished a chapter and a half.

When Meg walked in she had no expression on her face.  I couldn't tell if that was a good sign or a bad one.  Once the instructor said to her, "Ok, go get your mom" I knew she passed.  With the boys the instructor was extremely rude after the test and jumped me about their driving/parking.  This was a new experience for me.  After signing the paperwork and getting Meg's picture we were on our way back to Syracuse happy to be done.  Meg decided to call and tell her Dad, but didn't want Grandma to know until she pulled into her driveway.  I know I will be nervous every time she leaves the driveway, but that's normal.  She's practiced a lot and has been a cautious driver.  I'll leave it in God's hands from here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cleaning Up

Today I started putting away all of the garage sale items that were left.  Clean up is alway easier and I was so excited to see how much we sold.  In total we made over $555 as a family which was quite a bit more than I expected.  The best part, however, was to see how little was left.  We boxed it up for Mom's sale in August hoping to get rid of more.  Whatever doesn't sell at hers we plan to donate.  I may keep some of the books and games for school, but other than that we do not want to bring any of it back,

Meg started basketball camp this afternoon at Bethany.  It has been a little overwhelming getting back into a sport that she hasn't played competitively for two years.  Everyone has been supportive of her and she definitely has met other students.  It has been tough being the new girl but that will change as time moves on.

Cameron had a disappointing day.  Every time he got ready to go to the golf course, it started to rain.  By the time it finally cleared up, it was too late to go.  He did have fun playing in our yard and trying out the Ladder Golf.  The rain changed Cal's plans as well.  He was supposed to work, but was sent home by 2 p.m.  He spent the day hanging out with friends instead.  I know the boys did't like it, but I won't complain about the rain as we needed it and it kept me from having to water my flowers.  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Doug!



Cam and Meg were up early this morning.  They wanted to play nine holes before we left.  They both like Cascades and Cam had his best round there so far shooting a 40.  Once they got back to Parce's we packed up for the trip home.  He was taking a trip to Tennessee once we left.

We stopped at Oliver Winery for lunch.  It was the perfect place for a Father's Day picnic.  It has been a place that we have created so many memories with the Heinisch children over the years.  Even though Brett and Cal couldn't be with us, we did have a great time.  We drove home from the winery and had an easy trip back.  I spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and doing laundry.  Doug decided to mow and work outside.

We invited my parents up for a Father's Day cookout.  Doug grilled steaks and pork chops.  Cal had to work, but was able to join us by 7:30.  Hannah-Marie celebrated with us as well.  Mom brought up a raspberry and turtle pie which were delicious.  The Heinisch children gave Doug an IU shirt, IU key chain and some Tito's vodka.  My Dad said he didn't want anything, but Cameron got the perfect gift for him - Ladder Golf.  We had fun playing with it the rest of the evening.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Taste of Bloomington



Doug was up early this morning to jog.  It was already hot and humid by the time he got back at 8 a.m.  I got up early as well as I wanted to hit the Farmer's Market for breakfast.  I found some delicious black raspberries for Cam and Meg and a cookie for me.  Doug like the breakfast tacos and Parce tried a tamale.  We woke Cam and Meg up when we got back so they could shower.  We walked up to the Art Fair on the Square and found some awesome booths.  We ended up buying a hummingbird feeder, a butterfly plant stand and two pairs of earrings.  After that we went to the Union.  Doug, Cam and Meg all wanted to play tennis and I wanted to do some Father's Day shopping.  We were all successful and ready for lunch afterward.

We had lunch at Noodles & Company on Kirkwood which has always been one of Cam and Meg's favorite.  We did some more shopping at the mall.  Cam picked out a gift for my Dad while I bought some candles at Yankee Candle.  Meg and I both found shirts as well.  I really needed one for the hot weather and was glad to find a couple that I liked.  We stopped at the Taj Mahal of Kroger's afterward to buy lunch for tomorrow's picnic at Oliver Winery.  I so wish we had a Kroger like it near us.

We headed back to Parce's afterward to rest before Taste of Bloomington and to watch the U.S. Open.  Doug walked over to the Taste before we did.  I met him at the jazz bands a little later and tried some sangria with him.  Parce, Meg and Cam walked over around 4:30 and we found some great food to taste - smoked corn, spicy meatballs, buffalo mac and cheese and more.  Cam and Meg were also happy with the Kona snow cones as they could make their own.  The three of us then headed back to the apartment to cool off and play Cam's "Rolling America" game for about an hour or so before meeting up with Parce and Doug again.  We actually found a jazz band that we all liked before staking out territory for the main attractions - Hairbangers Ball."  They were late getting started, but once they did we were all glad that we stayed.  They were just as good as last year and played several of my favorites.  I was most proud of the fact that Cam and Meg knew every song that was played.

We headed home at 9:30.  It was earlier than we had planned, but we were all exhausted form the walking and the heat.  Doug bought breadsticks for everyone and we decided just to relax at Parce's.  There was a lot of lively conversations and we finally called it a night at 11:30.  It was a fantastic way to celebrate Father's Day weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Day #2 is Successful!

Today was the second day of the garage sale and in the end it was almost as successful as the first one.  It started off slow, but picked up quite a bit.  We had several customers comment on the low prices of our items and one paid me the biggest compliment by talking about how wonderful our academic resources were for our children.  In the end we didn't make quite as much as we did the first day, but we had some big sells and got ride of quite a bit more from our massive clean out.

Meg spent the day at Gabby's.  They went paddle boarding around the lake.  Once we picked her up we started picking up the garage sale and packing for Bloomington.  By the time Doug got home we were ready to go and were able to be on the road by 5 p.m.  Traffic was light on the trip down and we were at Parce's by 8:45.  He had just gotten back from Gavin's baseball game.  We walked to Opie Taylor's to find out that they were closed already.  After talking through our options we decided on the Trojan Horse.  We really like the food, but it doesn't seat more than five, so we don't get much of a chance to eat there.  Cam tried a chicken gyro which he really liked.  Overall, the experience was a good one and we would definitely go back.  After dinner we walked back to Parce's.  Everyone was wiped out, so we set up our beds and turned off the TV by 11:30 ready for a jammed packed Saturday.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Garage Sale Madness

Mom was up early this morning with pops and breakfast for Meg and I.  It was drizzling, so we waited until closer to 8:30 to drag everything out.  It took us about a half hour or so, but we were set up and ready by 9 as promised in our ad.  It started a little slow at first, but luckily one of the neighbors told me that someone took our sign at the end of the road.  I was totally surprised, but so glad that she told us as no one would have known that we were having a sale without it.  I remedied the situation as quick as I could and from that point on until late in the afternoon we were swamped.  I absolutely couldn't believe it as I was so afraid that we would have very few people and that none of our items would sell.  We didn't have any big ticket items, but we did have a lot of nice items.  By the end of the day we were well over half way to our goal.

Meg helped in the morning and Cam took over in the afternoon.  He had a golf tournament in Nappanee today and he and Dad enjoyed lunch at 6 and 15 afterward.  It wasn't Cam's best round, but he did learn a lot from it.  Meg had 7 v 7 tonight, so she and I left at 4:15.  We were a little early, so we waited in the van for about ten minute before any of the other Bethany teammates arrived.  I loved it when one of them saw her and started waving right away.  She has really enjoyed being a part of something as supportive as she has found Bethany to be.  She's also had a chance to meet a lot of her classmates before August, which will make the transition process a lot easier.

Meg's first game was against Wawasee.  I know that she wanted to play well and it was nice to see her do so.  She scored three goals and had a very nice assist.  It was fun to hear her 7 v. 7 teammates cheering her on.  They ended up winning the game 9-1.  The second game was against Northridge,  and the girls did well.  They lost 5-1, but had some nice shots and were never out of the game.  Afterward we went to Antonio's for dinner again.  We like their pizza.  Cam said he'd go with us next week if we promise to get dessert.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Early Morning Golf & Piano Lessons

Cam was up and out the door before 7 a.m. this morning.  He and Mom wanted to play golf and on Wednesday if they don't tee off before 8, they are stuck behind the ladies day.  They also wanted to avoid the heat which worked well for them as they were back home by 10:30 a.m.  Cal had to work today, but didn't start until 2 p.m.  His time was cut short as an early evening storm blew in and forced Tippy to cancel the night league.  Even with nights like tonight he has thoroughly enjoyed working as a bag boy.  He has met a lot of people, made some good tips and played a ton of golf.

Cam helped at BINGO this afternoon.  He was still cracking up when we picked him up for piano lessons.  He got a kick out of one of the visitors who was playing BINGO as he really got into it.  Glad that Cam has been able to help Mom.  Piano went well as usual.  Meg found some new songs to try and Cam moved along in Brett's Nightmare Before Christmas book.  We enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Meek and were home just after Doug finished jogging.  He hasn't had to work late this week, which has been awesome.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft Day

Cameron had his golf game at Raccoon Run again this morning.  He played well and finished with a 44 .  That was six strokes better than last week topping the leaderboard for his age group.  He decided when he finished to play nine more holes.  I was glad that he took his pull cart as it was over 90 degrees by then.  Meg and I worked on the garage sale some more which Cam was golfing and I finally feel good about it all. We have a plan for it it in case it rains and the garage looks very organized now.  I do not plan on working on it tomorrow at all.

Meg and I picked Cameron up at 1 p.m.  They decided that Hacienda would be the perfect spot for lunch.  From there we headed home for a crafting afternoon.  Meg had a project that she wanted to get started on and Cam had his panda pillow to finish.  We got a lot done before Meg had to leave for basketball and soccer.  Cam decided to hang out at Mom's while I took Meg to Bethany.  Practice went well for her and Doug was able to ride back with us to get her.  We took Cam and Meg to Buffalo Wild Wings for traditional night.  It was a great way to spend a hot, humid day.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Almost Done

Today was a lot of work in the heat, but by the end of the day we did have all of the garage sale items marked and ready for Thursday.  I still have some organizing to do, but if we had to have it tomorrow we could.  Meg and Cam helped a lot today.  I am very worried that it will rain as they have been calling for storms all week.  I am also concerned that we just won't have the traffic for the amount of items that we have.  Doug said not to worry about it.  Everything is out of the house and we can always box it up for Mom's sale in August.  Worse case scenario we donate it all to Goodwill.

We took a break from garage sale work to take Cam to the doctor.  He had to have a physical for camp and a refill of his medications.  Meg also had to have her blood work done for her physical next week.  They did a finger prick for her anemia and she was at 14 which was a lot higher than last time.  Hopefully, she will be able to cut down on her iron pills.  The wait for the physical today was long.  Dr. Mulry has officially retired and I know they are understaffed, but we waited over an hour just to get back to the room.  We did get Cam's physical done, but will have to think about what we will do in the future.  It may be time to find a new family doctor.

Once Cam's appointment was over I dropped him off at the golf course.  Mom, Dad and Meg were waiting for him.  Meg has enjoyed playing with Mom.  Cam and Dad had their own items to work on, so they took off on their own.  Everyone had a great time.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Lot of Stuff!!

Today Doug helped me a lot on the garage sale.  I appreciated it as we have even more items to sell then I realized.  I am very glad that everyone decided to clean out this winter, but am very overwhelmed with how much there there was to mark and set out.  We did get a lot done, but I think that this will take most of tomorrow as well.

Meg had Preston and Aaron over this afternoon.  They went to a friend of their's graduation open house and then to Grandma's to go swimming.  It was definitely a great day for swimming as we are having unseasonably hot weather for June.  Cam and Dad wanted to go see Captain Underpants, so the three of them decided to tag along.  Meg, Cam and my Dad enjoyed the movie as they had all read the book series.  While they were gone Doug and I went to dinner.  It was a nice break after all of the work we did today.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Open House Season

Today we went to four different high school graduations open houses.  They were all nice and with families that we knew well.  It was fun to see so many people out and about and the food was delicious.  I can't believe that it has been a year since Cal graduated.  It seems a lot longer than that.  One thing Meg and I decided after visiting so many today - no one beats me with pictures.  Pretty sure that I had that covered at Cal and Brett's.  Wondering if maybe I should start Meg's now.

Cam didn't get to go with us today, so we sampled the desserts for him.  His favorite would have definitely been the root beer floats at Alex Fiscus'.  I always prefer cake.  Cam did have fun without us.  He went to Kayden Mayer's birthday party.  It was held at Shanklin Park in Goshen.  Several of his classmates were there and he had an excellent time.

Once the parties were over, we went to 5 p.m. mass.  Cam had to serve and Doug was a lector.  Afterward we went to the winery for a snack and to listen to music.  It was a lot of Jim Croce, which I really enjoyed.  Doug ordered Bourbon Street pizza for everyone on the way home.  We ended the night by playing crochet and cards with my parents and having a bonfire.  What a lovely summer day.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Chess Champion

Cam finished Bright Time camp this afternoon by winning their chess tournament.  Instead of a medal or trophy, this year he was given a book on chess.  He really liked that.  I asked him if he had won every year that he had participated.  He said that last year an 8th grader beat him, so he finished second that summer.  No matter how he did, we know that he has learned a lot this week in chess and had fun participating.

Soccer had fun games and championships today as well.  Cam won best dribbler for the 7th grade which earned him a new pair of Bethany soccer socks.  Basketball and tennis went well also.  Cam was happy to have participated in Bright Time, but was definitely exhausted by the end.  He celebrated by hanging out with Grandpa while Meg went golfing with Grandma.  Meg hasn't played in quite some time, but did very well.  We enjoyed a bonfire afterward, happy to welcome in the weekend.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

7 v. 7

Meg played with Bethany's 7 on 7 team tonight at Nibco field.  This was her first time meeting the soccer team and coach and it went well.  They played very well against Northwood and Elkhart Central holding both teams scoreless.  Meg was afraid that she would be rusty as she hasn't played since February, but that was definitely not the case.  She ended as the teams leading scoring and also had several assists.  Her footwork was excellent and it was a lot of fun watching her play.  She commented on the way home about it being a lot more comfortable playing with girls who are nice.  Next week's games will be more challenging as they play Wawasee and Northridge.

This was the first time that Doug got to watch Meg play as just a parent.  He enjoyed it immensely.  I loved sitting by him as he could give me insight into the game and it was very nice to have someone to talk to.  After the game several of the parents introduced themselves to us and seemed generally excited to have Meg at Bethany.  Mr. Kauffman's daughter will be a freshmen, so we did know one of the parents.  Cameron got a chance to talk to him about chess before we left.  We treated Meg and Cam to dinner at Antonio's afterward.  The pizza was delicious and we had plenty to bring home to Cal.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Enjoying Summer

Cam had a great day at Bright Time.  The three sports in a row are wearing him out, but he doesn't mind.  This is the first year that we have had him stay for lunch.  That has been going well.  He usually eats with his friend Avery.  Emma has been there also.  I get such a kick out of her.  On the first morning I walked in to make sure Cam was registered and had everything he needed.  As we were walking to his locker I heard a voice yelling across the hall, "Cameron, Cameron, Cameron, my best friend Cameron."  He never looked up.  After we dropped off his racket at his locker we walked back to the hall to put his lunch bag on the shelf.  This time we heard, "Cameron, Cameron, Cameron at least give me a wave."  At thought point I saw him smile to himself and hold his hand up.  Emma was satisfied with that and I laughed about it all day.

Meg had a lot of fun today as well.  Graham and Aaron came over to hang out.  They played games and made videos.  By the time we got home from the county council vote it was after 10 and they were still going strong.  Cal had to work today.  He has really been enjoying his job at Tippy Country Club.  At first it was a little slow, but now that the weather is warmer and the summer crowd has returned he has been scheduled more.  He got a great tip today and was excited to say that he would be able to get in 40 hours.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Day of Running Around

Cameron had a great day at Bright Time camp yesterday, but decided that he would take a break this morning and go to the first day of the junior league at Raccoon Run.  Meg and I were there to  pick him up at noon.  He moved up an age group this year which meant he had to play off the black tees.  He did well for his first time, shooting 50 and finishing second for the 12-14 year olds.  He was happy with it.

Meg tried tennis this afternoon at Bethany.  She said that it went pretty well and enjoyed meeting their number one singles player.  The competition is not what it was at Wawasee and that will take some getting used to.  After tennis Meg went to basketball and enjoyed it as much as she did last week.  She said that she didn't play as well as she did Thursday, but still held her own.  She signed up to go with the team to a tournament in Vincennes June 28 to July 2nd and was excited about that.  

Doug did not have to work late, so he went with us to pick her up at 7 p.m.   She was tired from all of the activity, but ready to go to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Tuesday has always been traditional night, but tonight they had a special on boneless wings too which was a bonus for us.  Meg drove home so she could get some night time hours.  She has been doing very well with her driving.  She takes her test on the 20th in Albion.  Neither Brett nor Cal passed on their first time.  We'll see how she does.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bright Time

For the fourth summer in a row Cameron has attended Bright Time camp at Bethany.  This year will be vastly different than the first.  That summer he only tried chess camp.  This week he signed up for soccer, basketball, tennis and chess.  It will make for a full week and there will be a lot of trips to Goshen, but just as he did the first summer he went, I know Cam will have a great time.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Home Again

We left this morning from Bloomington around 10 a.m.  Everyone was pretty quiet on the ride home. We had a fantastic weekend, but it was exhausting.  The trip back was uneventful and we were able to drop Cameron off at Evan's by 1:30.  They had invited him over to hang out and then go to see "Superwoman."  He had a lot of fun and highly recommended the movie.

Meg and I spent a good portion of today resting.  I still don't have my stamina back from when I was sick.  I was at least able to unpack and get the laundry going.  I also watched more of Parenthood.  I am almost done with the series.  It has been very good so far.  Aaron was supposed to come over and hang out with Meg, but his mom wouldn't let him as they were gone all day at graduation open houses.  That was disappointing as they had a lot of plans made for this evening.  Hopefully, Wednesday night will work for him.  Cal visited with HM before watching game one of the NBA finals.

Doug was busy as always.  He mowed the yard and then got all of the tables set up for the garage sale.  He even brought a truck load of boxes over from Mom's.  I was too tired to do much with the it today, but am planning on starting tomorrow.  Glad that we started ten days early.  Otherwise, I would never be ready.  We definitely cleaned out a lot last winter.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

State Track Finals

We left yesterday at 5:30 for Bloomington for Hannah Marie's state track meet.  We had talked about leaving earlier, but Doug had to work and Meg had open gym.  In the end we were glad that we left that late.  State Road 37 was still under heavy construction and getting through it earlier in the day would have caused our trip a lot of delays.

Once we got to Bloomington we unloaded the van at Parce's.  Everyone chose Mother Bear's for dinner and we ran into HM and the track team there.  They had a good day cheering on the member of the boys team that made it to state.  Dinner was good and we were in and out a lot quicker than I thought we would be with all of the track teams that were seated around us.  Once we got back to Parce's Cal and Doug took a walk.  Meg, Cam and I visited with Parce before heading to bed.

This morning we headed to the Farmer's Market to buy scones and bundt cake for breakfast.  Next time I am bringing a cooler, so that we can pick up some fruits and vegetables to bring back with us.  We stopped at Kroger and Noodles & Company to pickup lunch for the winery.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day and several other families had the same idea that we did.

We had time before the meet to stop at the College Mall.  I needed some more candles, so Meg, Doug and I headed to Yankee Candle.  Cam and Cal did some shopping at Dick's.  Cal bought a new pair of tennis shoes for $40.  He was proud of that.  He hadn't bought new tennis shoes since October of 2015.  They then checked out the dogs at the pet store while we were at Journeys.  The shoe store had the cutest pair of Peanuts Vans.  Neither Meg nor I bought them, but we have them on our list for our back to school shopping excursion.

We got to the state meet at 2:15.  We all wore our Lamle Long Jumping shirts.  Mike and Robyn had just gotten there as well.  Hannah Marie's aunt and uncle also joined the group.  It was a lot of fun watching her compete.  She did well and we were all proud of her for making it as far as she did in the state tournament.  Unfortunately, she did not make the top ten finalists, but she definitely gave it her all.

After the meet we took the Lamle's on a walking tour of campus.  They had only been to IU one other time.  Campus was gorgeous and there were two different weddings happening.  One was at the chapel and another close to Sample Gates.  We spent time on Kirkwood before heading to Upland Brewery for dinner.  Parce (aka Jerry Skaggs) joined us as well.  I was afraid we would have to wait quite a long time as there were 11 of us, but we were seated within fifteen minutes.  Dinner was a lot of fun.  We enjoyed visiting and the food was delicious.  We even got to see the Oliver Winery hot air balloon take off.  After we ate, we all walked back to Parce's.  The Lamles had rooms at a bed and breakfast near his apartment.  Cal and HM decided to take a walk.  The rest of us split up from there and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.  It was a great day.