Ballgame

James by statute of Earl Weaver.

James near his seat.

Tonight James went to the baseball game at Camden yard to watch the Baltimore Orioles play Tampa Bay. They were ahead had two outs and ended up going into extra innings then losing, 6-4. Sad, but he had great seats and enjoyed the time there. He even won a t-shirt for filling out a survey.

 

Events have begun

Rubber duck nativity

Today was the opening of General Synod 31. I had a committee meeting to give us the background on it. We meet again tonight at 7:15. We had opening worship and our first business meeting this afternoon. Earlier James and I went through the exhibit hall. It was a first walk through for us, but we did pick up some items from some of the tables. One group was encouraging people to collect the rubber duck nativity set seen to the left. Of course we did it. I think it was the Education group. I can’t wait to use it this year. We looked at several items for purchase but have not decided on anything yet. Tonight while I spend 3 hours at my committee meeting, James is at the Baltimore Oriole’s game. We have some pictures of that on his iPad and I will share later when he comes back. For now, you know what is up. Oh yes we ate at a little place close to the hotel and it was great, shrimp for us both me with coleslaw and James with fries. Ok done for now!!

Checked in!

View from the Light Rail

So, we are here I need Baltimore. My posts will be shorter since I am using my iPad and it is not so easy to type on it. This was the view from the train as we were crossing to the hotel and convention center. We were just above the water while the cars and such were on those bridges above. We will be returning on those very early in the morning that we go back. I may need to be drugged to get in a vehicle traveling over a bridge like that.

Walkway

 

 

 

I think the best joke of the day was when James and I opted to eat at a Subway as in the food chain for lunch/supper instead of trying to find something local. The issue was that we were exhausted and hungry. We had just registered and we’re sort of on our own. I took the picture to the left from the sidewalk outside of the Subway. From it you see the walkway that goes from our hotel to the convention center. In the background is an older looking building. That is the stadium of the Baltimore Orioles. We had planned to walk to the shop and the hall of fame walk this evening when it was cooler, but we fell asleep in the room (remember our flight left at 5:09) and didn’t wake until it was dark. Oh well we can go in the morning. My first official event is at 1 pm tomorrow when I am part of a committee meeting. I am on the group doing the resolution about minimum wage.

Heading to General Synod 31

Baltimore area from the air.

I think this is the head of the Mississippi. Taken as we were landing in Minneapolis.

Two years ago when I was asked if I would be a delegate for General Synod, I was ecstatic though I never really thought I would go. I kept expecting something to come up to ruin the trip. Well no such event. This morning we left Aberdeen, SD at 5:09 am. At this time we are waiting to board our flight for Baltimore. More after we check into the hotel there.

Improving a flower patch

Flower garden before weeding.

Saturday we finally took some time to attack the weeds in the newest flower garden. I had hoped to make this my bulb garden, but none of the tulips that I planted survived the first winter in this spot. Fortunately I did not actually move all of them, and they are growing and blooming in the original spot. The irises on the other hand did manage to make it through the winter and even bloomed fairly nicely this spring. The problem, though, was finding them after the grass began to appear. I have included a few shots of what this place looked like and what it looks like now. I have a small picture of the pile of grass and weeds that we pulled out, but it is not all of it. James had another pile of what he took out of the iris end. I ended up grabbing the pitchfork to lift the pile into the wheelbarrow. It nearly filled it up. Good grief!!

View from the iris angle after it was cleaned up.

It was a great help that James did the weeding in the iris part. I started on the north half, which is closest to the concrete walkway. The iris bed is at the bottom of the driveway and touches the grass. We had planned to extend it all the way to the end of the driveway, but never took the time or effort to dig up the last of the sod at the end. This area used to be some of our best grass, but when I was looking for a place to plant the bulbs so they would get more sunlight, I figured it would make sense to do it here where it would seem like we were squaring out the sidewalk beside the driveway. Perhaps it is the soil more than anything that killed off the bulbs. I suppose the seeds germinated after we watered it. My new plan is to put some roses in this area. I would like to fill it with a couple of climbers, but I think I missed the window of opportunity for purchasing any this year. Maybe I could transplant a few of the wild yellow roses that grow at my mother’s house. The mower person is always trying to contain that patch anyway. Hmmmmm maybe if I sneak over there in the afternoon when no one is around, they (my sisters) might not catch on.

Right after we finished the weeding, it was a bed of dried out dirt. The picture above makes it look like the bed is all nice and clean. Today when I stepped out to get the final picture, I noticed it is filling in with morning glories. We added a makeshift bird bath, which I contrived from an unused tomato cage and a tossed out fry pan. Technically it is a stove top wok, and it was great until someone burned something to the bottom and it was all scratched in the cleaning effort. I did see some little sparrows taking advantage of it the first night we set it up. I even found this little wire fence in the shop when I was digging around for the stand. It was a bugger to get installed, but patient persistence paid off. We also purchased some solar lights to wrap around the pole, but have not gotten those in place yet. I hope to enjoy this garden more as the summer goes as this is right below my bedroom bow-window and I can sit in the window and watch. Roger enjoyed the view with me on Saturday night.

Returning the children

So, last week Thursday, we packed up the Clark grandchildren and headed to Bismarck to meet their parents. It was a long night at our place on Monday when Jessica and her family had left and we were alone with these three. Ana was not having the time without parents anymore. She had a major melt down in my room and it took lots of comforting and a little creative story telling to get her calmed down. Jaxon used to love stories about himself, so I tried it on her. I ended up telling her the story of all she had been doing while visiting at our house and ended it with how we would be packing up and going to look for her parents at an airport.

When we got to the airport on Thursday right around noon, we went to the fence to watch for planes landing and sure enough, we were able to spot their plane on the runway taxiing to the gate. We quickly went inside, but not before a pause for the photo seen above. Ana was pretty wired up about seeing PapaMama. Jaxon said the word only with Mama at the front. Just hilarious these two, and David simply followed along. He was quite funny about finally seeing his mother. His answer to the whole thing was not to let her out of his sight. Even on Monday when we went there to watch Jaxon’s soccer match, David would not come near me for fear that he would have to go with us. We tried to promise Jaxon that maybe next summer he could come for a visit without the others. We shall see. He is now at the point of doing summer sports and there are things like plays and such that he can be involved in, so not sure if there will be time for grandma’s house. Maybe we will just take the sister out of his hair.

Grandma and Grandpa with all of the grandchildren!! What a great crew.

On the other hand, we have others to choose from so who knows who might spend time with us. Off to the left I have included the great picture that Jessica snapped at the Herreid City pool on Monday afternoon. I am thinking this will be a great Christmas card.

Jaxon was able to take swimming lessons here this week. He enjoyed it, and did fairly well, but wasn’t quite able to master the back float and back stroke parts. He is beginning to be pretty confident in the water and even went off the diving board several times. Kenlee and Alyse are like two fish in the water, so they were able to do about anything. Ana and David and grandpa and grandma stayed in the baby pool, and even then we had to walk beside David the entire time. Lily and Marshall were not at the pool the entire time, but they did don their suits and joined in the family fun staying out of the heat as best as we all could. All I know is that I am looking forward to their next visit whether it is in the summer or not until later this fall.

What have you and your family been up to this summer??

 

Days of Grand Kids

I have been so behind on posting, and I will for now blame it on too much going on around this place. Last week we had a proverbial house full of people as all of the grandchildren and most of the children were here for Father’s Day weekend. It sort of started because James’ family decided they needed a Haak reunion. By the way the next one will be in three years and will be held in Aberdeen.

Anyway, the Saturday of the reunion excluded we were at our house except for Nate and Victoria who left on Sunday morning for Las Vegas. Yup, they had their big summer vacation in the desert in the middle of the hottest week in years. Vic said one day they smelled this weird plastic sort of smell and came to realize it was the smell of shoes melting. Yikes, not for me, and Nate who really can’t handle heat said it was enough of an experience for him. I am guessing future vacations to deserts will be during the winter. Ha!!

Do were was I? Oh yes the grandkids. They had a great time playing on the swing set and for the younger of age, as in David, it was a hoot just to climb up and down the porch steps. I have posted a line up of pictures of them all playing outside on the day that Jess and her family had to return to Jamestown.

Kenlee & Jaxon going from chain to chain.

Ana running blow

Alyse came to join in the fun on the slide later on.

 

 

 

 

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David on the steps

Marshal was letting us know that he wanted to stay.

Marshall and Lily with Alyse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been over a week since they were all here, and though the house should feel empty, we are still finding a few items here and there that were left behind. I think it will be a great reason to make a trip to Jamestown after we return from our jaunt to General Synod. We did run out to Dickinson on Monday night to see Jaxon’s last regular season soccer match. What a hoot that was. As we were leaving, I was thinking of how much we still had to do in terms of packing and planning and getting organized to fly to Baltimore on Thursday morning, but not James. No, his reaction as we were hitting the Interstate was, “Next year, we need a copy of all the kid’s sports schedules so we can go to as many things as possible.” Yes, this said, these plans made by the man who is still coaching Jr. high football and varsity track. Everyone is pushing that he should retire (well everyone meaning his daughters) and he is figuring how we can attend even more events. All this while I am thinking that no wonder I am tired, the wheels are never allowed to rest at our place. As Paulina would say, “You picked him.” I suppose she is right.

Well time to close this one up. Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

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