Friday, July 7, 2017

July--the second half of 2017 begins!

July 30th: Tom, Trina, and kids met us in Medora.
 Waiting for the "pitchfork fondue"
We met Teddy Roosevelt, his wife and his son
 All of the kids in the audience went onstage!
(Kids are free on Sundays and Wednesdays) :-)
"Teddy" Bear and the mayor

July 29th: Bob's birthday and a trip
through The Enchanted Highway
 We zipped past Zap en route....
In 1989 Gary Greff, a local artist, began creating
sculptures from recycled metal.
"Geese in Flight" (2001) along Interstate 94 is
an enticement to drive down the Enchanted Highway
"Deer Crossing" (2002)
Greff created a maze at the deer crossing.
Bob is a-maze-ing :-)
"Grasshoppers in the Field" (1999)
"Fisherman's Dream" (2006)
"Pheasants on the Prairie" (1996)
"Teddy Rides Again" (1993)
"World's Largest Tin Family" (1991)
"Wirly Gigs"
Regent, ND, home of Senator Dorgan
Greff opened the Enchanted Castle in 2012.
He is working on "Spider Webs" now
St. Elizabeth church in Lefor was built in 1929
We camped at Belfield and went to the Chuck Suchy concert.
He is the ND State Troubadour. He sang "Happy Birthday" 
to Bob during the concert.
July 28th: A day at the State Fair in Minot:
This was my favorite--all real flowers

July 23rd:  Tom, Trina, and kids spent a night
at the lake en route to the 
Canadian Rockies: The kids are wearing
their Lake Metigoshe shirts.

Jett and Annika slept in the camper with Grampa and Gramma.
The rest of the family stayed in the motel across the street.

July 22nd: Ahmed came from Chicago to
visit friends Dale and Marilyn. He cooked, 
so we and Jim and Deb were invited
to a Lebanese meal (above the funeral home)
Ahmed said that his brother was a tour guide for Donna
when she visited Lebanon during the Clinton administration.

We spent the second week of July in Bismarck.
 The Heritage Museum had a special chocolate exhibit.
It was a great history of the "growth" of chocolate,
 but they didn't have any free samples. :-(
We also went to workshops at the
Germans-from-Russia Convention ,
and met Msgr. Shea, the President
of The University of Mary.
 Spent a couple of days in Minnesota
and experienced the breakdown of our car,
a night in a motel, two rental cars, and
a couple of round-trips from Fergus Falls to Fargo.

We spent 4th of July week at Lake Metigoshe
 Diane's traditional flag cheesecake :-)
 The lake fireworks were on the 3rd, 
so the pickleball club picked up trash on the morning of the 4th
 Not sure how much "improvement"  the Association does....
 The only "equine" in the parade
 "Flying jeep"
This train came "barreling" down the road 
 Golf carts were "in" that day
Bob "scooted" along at the end of the parade 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rolling into--and out of--June 2017

We closed out June at the Pierce County Fair in Rugby.
 We traveled to Iowa for a couple of days.
Kelly and the kids were there, but I didn't 
get any pics before they left.
This "iceman" cometh from Trina's freezer
thanks to the creativity of Annika and gramma
Kelly took Ariana home with her and left 
Matthew to play with Jett, Caiden, and Annika

The next day we shuffled off to Buffalo
for a production by "The Martin Girls."
Lydia, Claire, Cecelia 
and a view from their house

Fifty years ago, Village Arts in Rugby
performed their first play,
"My Fair Lady."
This year, they did it again--with 
a mostly new cast! The girls actually
stayed awake through the 3 1/2 hour
production (and enjoyed cake and
lemonade during intermission).

This week we went swimming in Rugby and our pool, 
 Cecelia bubbles
 Lydia strained the grass and bugs out of the pool
Claire on the "banana boat"
Then we ate hamburgers at the "Music in the Park" 

and played "monkeys" at the playground.

On Thursday we learned about the plants that 
 help make a pizza,
 and we ate some of those treats.

Then, we went into every building at the Prairie Village Museum.
We played checkers at the General Store,
helped the lawyer (Claire) with her phone (Cecelia)
and business letters (Lydia),
 met Mr. Clifford Thompson
the tallest man from North Dakota,
 rode the train,
and served refreshments at the Saloon! :-)
The girls slept in gramma's Miami shirts 

Today we stopped at the Pierce County Courthouse 
 and met the County Clerk of Court (Cody's wife Karin),
and then we had hot dogs, chips, lemonade
and ice cream at KZZJ, the local radio station.

Hanging out with farmers Cody and Bob 
after a weekend at the lake
 Yummy--smores :-)
 Tennis on the pickle ball court...using pickle balls
 Tree huggers with Lake Metigoshe sweatshirts
 Grampa found a real baby the Turtle Mountains
 Baby T
 "Weel Turtle"
Climbing Turtle Mountain

 Sleeping in the camper at the lake
 Big piggies at the Bottineau County Fair
 Claire had a butterfly painted on her hand
 Giant bouncy house
 Prizes from the "duck pond"
On "the farm"
Grampa Bob found out that the kids wanted to go 
camping, so he put the pickup camper behind the house.
They sleep better in there than Gramma Diane does!
 June 14th Flag Day gymnastics show featuring
Claire and Lydia as gymnasts
and Cecelia as announcer and ticket seller.

The thermometer on Monday, June 12th, 
rose to 82, so we cleaned our pool and started filling
it. We have had cool weather and rain ever since.
 I found some of the pool toys in the garage.
Surfin' in 1" of water :-)
Relaxing after cleaning the pool.

Swimming lessons started on Monday in Rugby.
 The kids' favorite activity was the "car wash"
that helped them get used to the water and 
to being splashed.  Claire (above)
and Lydia.  The kids had to tell the teacher
what kind of car they were, and then they
swam through the "wash" created by their
classmates' kicking from the side.

The girls and I left Buffalo (MN) on Sunday, June 11th,
heading to Manvel, ND, first to help Father Bernie
Schneider celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
Father served our church in Knox when all of our
kids were born.
En route we stopped in Grand Forks 
for a not-so-healthy treat.
Pope Francis even helped Father celebrate!
We finally arrived at the farm at 7 p.m.

I drove up to Ana's on Friday, June 9th, for a couple of nights.
The girls showed me their fairy gardens :-)
Cecelia and Lydia

The girls and two of their friends performed a show
that they had written--complete with costumes, 
props, and makeup!
 Riding in "the car" to a birthday party
 Opening presents

The cast and crew :-)
I think Rapunzel got arrested at the end--not sure!

Ari and I left Spring Green on Sunday.  On Monday,
Tom and Trina took Ari and SEVEN of her friends
to the lake to celebrate Ari's 13th birthday.
Jett and Caiden had "writing camp" in the mornings,
but we headed to the pool in the afternoons.

A couple of days after Andrew's graduation
Kelly and her friends took a weekend trip,
so I stayed to watch the kids...
 Matthew was getting down to business
 Grace helped play with Luke
 Ari stayed to help entertain all the kids, herself,
and play tennis with Andrew.
It was 87 one day, so we set up a sprinkler.  
The pool had not opened yet because the public
schools were still in session.