Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Commons...a great place to wear your grandkids out!

It was a hot Saturday afternoon & I was keeping Carter & Brycen
for a while.  They were ready to rock so I decided to let them
burn off a little our local playground.

The Commons
The old mall has been torn down & a new playground & performing arts center
are now in its place, some work still to be completed.
But the playground is open for business! 

Our snazzy city bike racks
which the boys promptly climbed on!

a kinetic sculpture of metal junk
by Jean Tinguely

an original piece preserved from the previous structure

It clings & clangs, huge metal balls go racing around
an enclosed roller coaster style pathway-
arms of metal move
and it is fascinating to stand & watch.
You can even throw coins in the pool around the base of it.

Around the corner is the playground-
air conditioned-
crawling with children of all ages-
and noisy!

Colors are bright & all areas have turf like surfaces

The centerpiece of the playground is the climber
and children of all ages love it! 

I let the boys loose & before I knew it,
both had climbed to the very top!

It is enclosed with a web like material that makes it completely safe,
with no way of falling.
I lost track of how many times Carter & Brycen climbed that thing!

Carter was in his element.
I think he has springs in his feet as I have never seen a kid
jump like he does. 
He was all over the place!

Brycen surprised me by taking off & being very active.
He was on Carter's tail!

All of the kids seem to want a try at this thing.
It is a tube filled with water.
When you crank the handle, a whirlpool forms,
almost like a tornado funnel.

The boys finally wore out & were ready to head to Grandma's house.
We discovered The Commons is a fun, safe place...
a great place to go let the kids run some energy off
on a hot afternoon.

A little more posing for Grandma
on our famous "C"...(Columbus is famous for the dancing C's)

Back to the car, down our brick paved sidewalks

Past our pretty potted plants
on most of our downtown street corners!

one of my favorite ladies of the streets!

Columbus, Indiana
our hometown, and a great place to live!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Days of "Firsts"

She was 5 years old & so excited to begin her school years.
I would just as soon kept her at home!
But it was time to untie those apron strings...just a little bit
and let her venture out and discover the
wonderful world of knowledge.
She survived with flying colors.
And Mommy adjusted to not having her at home
during those school hours.

Too quickly, time came for our little boy to join her...
leaving just a little too soon to suit me.
He was 4, not having his 5th birthday until the end of November.
He too did very well, with both of our children finishing
their school work 1 year early.
If I had it to do over, I just might slow them down a little bit.
But slowing down was not in their plans, however.

Somewhere when I wasn't looking,
time passed by me too quickly.
Educations were achieved.
Romances happened.
Marriage vows were taken.
Grandbabies were born.
Those grandbabies grew up into grandchildren,
with some of them reaching school age before I knew it.

And this week,
the final three
will attend their first day of school.
All three are so excited...with the twins having their "first" today,
and our "baby" of the family going for his tomorrow.

More "firsts" will be coming our way in the next few years.

And I am loving all of them!

My Grandchildren...Karen's kids
Peyton (K) Parker (3rd) Paige (K)

My Grandchildren...Jeff's kids
Carter (2nd) Brycen (K) Kerrigan (6th)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Michigan!

I fully intended on sitting this car convention out at home.
But hot weather...and a bunch of other stuff
sent me on my way with Hubby,
this time to Kalamazoo, Michigan.

We travel in a Kodiak truck, pulling a double car trailer.
Normally I rent a car once we get to our destination.
This time was different as we were going off site
to some of the events and I decided to hang out
with the car gang for a change.
(Some of them didn't even know Bob had a wife...
since I usually hit the local attractions or malls!)

Two of our days were spent a 30 minute drive away from the hotel.
Other than being in Detroit, this was our first visit to Michigan.
I found the drive through the countryside quite beautiful,
ending up at a gorgeous 90 acre car museum.
There were several beautiful red barns, full of vintage automobiles,
and not just Chevy's!

 I parked myself under a shade tree with our cooler full of sodas,
and my fully charged Kindle.
If I would have had a way to prop my feet up, I would have slept the day away!

Our first day there was shared with other car hobbyist.
They were expecting over 500 cars, but due to the heat,
the crowd was down to about 300.

Our second day at the Gilmore Auto Museum
was reserved for our club only,
The National Impala Association (NIA)

Somehow we neglected to take very many car photos this time.
That is our black '61 Chevy convertible on the left corner.
Farther down in this post, you will see our '63 Impala SS
(Bob says to tell you it is a 409!)
Palomar Red.
There.  I think I got that right.

This 1960 Chevy Impala
was driven to the convention by Tom Merring
all the way from New Jersey!!!
with 34,000 actual miles-
including rust!

Can you imagine the looks he probably got on that trip?
He was thoroughly enjoying himself.

The grounds were gorgeous...and it was the part I enjoyed most.

 From the Shell Station...

to the authentic diner
that served delicious Chicago style hot dogs
& yummy frozen custard!


On Show 'N Shine Day
the ladies loaded up in a bus & headed north again
towards Battle Creek,
leaving the guys sweating in the parking lot!
 Lunch was waiting for us
at the Kellogg Manor
on beautiful Gull Lake

The summer home for the Kellogg family,
sitting on the hillside shore of Gull Lake.

 I took tons on interior shots but will not post them...
since this is supposed to be all about cars!
So here are just a few ~

Sandy & me...
friends from many conventions ago.
Our daughters became friends a long time ago
& we usually see each other once a year.
The Shea's live in Texas.

Most of these ladies are new friends
since we are relatively new to the NIA.

The gardens were lovely!
The home is now also used for weddings & anniversaries.

Gull Lake

The water was a gorgeous turquoise!

The weather did cool down and our last couple of days were pleasant.

Bob & his '63

He NEVER poses with is car for the magazine shots,
so this was unusual for him.

And I never get in the picture with him.
Oh well...
maybe the rest of the crowd will realize that Bob does have a wife after all!