Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Summer, with a dash of Fall

Monday August 24--Brrrrrr its a bit cool out there this morning and windy too. The sun came out and it was really a pretty day. It was a work day, I did my cleaning and Jeff worked on waxing the last side of the rig. I went in and got some groceries. It was the first day of school for the kids today.  We are expecting the campground to slow down. When it clears out here the hummingbirds seem to show up.

Tuesday August 25- It was a nice day after the wind died down. Joan the park manager called and said some of the hosts in the second loop are going to the appreciation picnic for the State Park volunteers. Since they are going Joan is going and driving. She invited us to come along. We thought we should go but we had already rsvp'd that we weren't coming. Joan said that didn't matter. Then I had to make something to take. Its about 2 hours away so I thought cookies would be the safest thing to take. So I got busy making some peanut butter cookies, only thing I had the ingredients for. It was still kinda below normal temperatures so we made chili for supper. After eating we went to town, we are going to the Brit Floyd concert and we had to get the tickets first. The concert was at the McGrath amphitheater, its an outdoor venue so I brought a blanket. We brought our own chairs and found a good place to sit. They have quite a light show so they had to wait for it to get a bit dark. The show was very good and loud. It was a late night for us. We were home by midnight. We needed to get to sleep cause we have an early morning tomorrow.

Wednesday August 26-We got up early because we were going to meet Joan, Sandy and Mary in town to go to the picnic. We needed to be heading in by 7:30. We met everyone at Menards and away we went. Off to Big Creek State Park which is just north of Des Moines. When we got there we rode around to see the park before we went to the shelter where the picnic was happening. Its pretty new and located close to the beach area. They just redid that whole area, really nice. They had some speeches and talked a bit. Finally they let us eat. After eating the vender there that runs the boating consession let us go out on a pontoon boat. That is  really a nice consession, they have pontoon boats, fishing boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and bikes. That was really nice and Jeff was the driver. It really warmed up too.

After the boat ride we loaded up and headed for home. Boy it was hard to keep my eyes open. We were kinda concerned about the dogs cause they were home all day but they were fine. We didn't make it to Hailey's first tumbling class but Katie sent us some pictures.

Thursday August 27- I got my walk in this morning and it was a great day for that. So nice I decided to do the laundry too. We decided to go to town and see the kids, went early to run a few errands. We got to hear about Hailey's tumbling and how Ashton is doing in school. We went to Ashton's hockey practice. Then we stopped by Justin's place. We visited with Justin and Molly for awhile then we headed home.

Friday August 28- Today looked like rain and the forecast says all day....rain. We knew we weren't going to hang around here all day. We thought about taking in a movie. Since we are going in town thought about looking for some wallpaper. Both of us don't like the backsplash we put up and want to replace it. I thought some vinyl wallpaper might be a good option. We did that at our old home and both liked it. So we left early and stopped at Sherwin Williams and looked at some books. We brought a book home to see if anything would work. Then we went for lunch before the movie. Jeff liked the HuHot so well the last time he wanted me to try. It looked really good but it still wasn't my favorite.

Next we went to the movie, went and saw Paper Towns. The movie was only so so but the popcorn was 2 thumbs up. We stopped by Seth's house cause he said his garage door wasn't working. Jeff wanted to make sure it wasn't something he could fix before they called someone. On our way home it just started pouring rain. When we got home the rain stopped so we unloaded everything. The rain started up again and with the campground full for the weekend we started having electrical issues. Lots of breakers being tripped. The rain just kept falling, the rest of the night.

Saturday August 29- Kind of and exciting day. I met Molly to go try on wedding dresses. We went to Hopes Bridal in a big pink barn. Molly's mom and friend came too. It was something. She looked so pretty in all the dresses. I took lots of pictures but can't post them just yet. After trying on quite a few she found the one.... It is so pretty. We looked at some bridesmaid dresses too while we were there. While I was away Jeff had some issues at the campground. He blamed it on the neighbors, said they had a black cloud. We met them last year and are very nice folks. Dan and Laura camped right behind us and we had a good time visiting with them. Seth called and asked if we could meet them at Best Buy. They are getting a new TV and wanted us to deliver it. They paid us with pizza.

Sunday August 30- It was a cloudy morning, we did some visiting with Dan and Laura before they headed out. We planned to go into Seth and Katie's, we are hoping for perfect launch weather. We gathered up all the rocket stuff and headed in. Ashton had a few friends there so we walked up to Cherry Hill Park. It's a great place to launch. The wind cooperated so everyone was excited. First we launched the one stage rocket, then the bigger two stage rocket but only used one engine.

We only had two engines, and Ashton let each one of friends push the launch button. I thought that was nice of him. The boys thought it was awesome and didn't have a problem finding them when they came down. They landed right were they were suppose to. We came home and thought the place would be quiet and empty. Then we noticed that people are already tagging spots for next weekend, oh yeah its a holiday weekend.

Monday August 31-The last day of the month I can't believe its almost September. It sure doesn't feel like September it's really hot out today. I did my usual cleaning and decided to clean up under the one apple tree in our loop. The mowers are coming and there are so many apples on the ground I didn't know how they could mow. I went up with a 5 gallon bucket and the more I picked up the more there seemed to be on the ground. After 12 trips to the dumpster it was cleaned up. I even got a bag to take home and bake with. I made some apple crisp and it was so good. I also got started on drawing Ashton's birthday cake. I draw what they want and then I use the drawing as a template to cut out the cake. This year he decided he wanted a fish cake with a bait can. So I got that all figured out today.

Tuesday September 1-Another scorcher today....where's Fall? Since its so hot we thought of things we could do inside. I called to get Belle's x ray set up. We had planned on taking care of this as soon as we got back but with all of Jeff's issues we put it on hold. She hasn't had any symptoms so we were ok to wait. We decided to go to town and take back the wallpaper book, nothing we liked in there. Went to Menards and looked again at these stainless tiles. We had thought of them before but decided against them. Well, we should know by now to go with our original idea. Those are the ones we went with on the second try. We bought some but of course they didn't have enough so we have to make a trip across town to the other Menards to get the rest. It's never easy.

Wednesday September 2- It looked like it was going to rain today so when I took off for a walk I wasn't sure if I would get it all in. It didn't rain so that was good. Jeff got to waxing the truck. He's been wanting to get this done, the weather has been to hot. I got busy on making Ashton's cake, I used a different cake pan and when I went to flip it out it broke it to pieces. Wasn't going to be any fixing that. I had to go to town and get another cake mix. Ashton wanted a white fish cake, so that's what I needed to get. We went to the other Menards and got the rest of the stainless tiles. This time they didn't have all the trim we needed so we had to come up with another idea. Really?
We went to Seth and Katie's because we were going to Hailey's tumbling class. She was so excited to be going, and we were excited to watch.

We did have a bit of good news. One the way home we got to take Covington road, it has been closed since we got back. It's been under construction, this doubles the time to get to Seth's place. Made the trip home seem really short tonight.

Thursday September 3- Today is Belle's vet appointment in Vinton. Its about a half hour drive. We have never been to Vinton and both of us thought it was a nice clean little town. The vet we haven't met, but our vet doesn't have an x ray machine and he suggested him. After talking to the vet he told us x rays weren't needed. He explained things to us and told us what he would do. So instead of $150 we only had to pay $25 for the advice. Good news all the way around. When I got home I got busy on Ashton 2nd fish cake. I have to have it frozen to frost it. The heat has returned, our poor air conditioner cant hardly keep up. We spent the afternoon working on the new back splash. It should have been easy, but those are famous last words.

It wasn't as easy as we thought but both of us love the end result.

Friday September 4-It was super hot today, I couldn't even walk this morning. Katie and Ashton was coming out for one last time on the beach. It was almost to hot for that but there was a breeze which made it bearable. I spent the rest of the day frosting cakes. First I got the fish cake out of the freezer.

As you can see, we have a problem. I didn't have any more time so I just got the frosting out and got busy putting it back together again. After some work you couldn't even tell.

Again this took longer than I thought. Now I just have to transport it tomorrow. Hoping it will stay together.

Saturday September 5- Happy 10th Birthday to my favorite boy Ashton. The party is at 2 o'clock but its opening day for the Iowa Hawkeyes. There game is at 11:00. We didn't make it for the kick off but got there by noon. The cake made it but the frosting on the can started to slide down. Its really hot out there today. Ashton loved his cake and thats all that matters to me.

Ashton had a wonderful birthday. The cake was good and the Hawkeyes won. It was a good day for sure. It's not over yet. After going home to tend to the dogs we went back to town. This time we went to the ice arena...the stable to watch an exhibition game for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. Hailey and Katie stayed home cause Hailey wasn't feeling well.

Well it was an exciting game The Rough Riders won in overtime 4-3. A great ending to a busy fun packed day.

Sunday September 6- It felt a little cooler this morning but that didn't last long. We met Seth and Katie in Coralville at the mall. They went to play hockey, we met them so we could go visit Costco. They are members so we have been wanting to go and today just worked out. It was nice but not anything we would take advantage of. We don't need to bulk buy. I can see if you are raising a family it would be great. We did a little shopping and had some lunch before heading home. When we got home we just relaxed the rest of the evening. Wow what a busy fun weekend and technically its not over...there is still Labor Day.