Motivation Friday

Friday, August 24, 2012
Time to check in.  Last week was Riverboat Days.  Beautiful weather and family fun.  Laura Beth, Nick, Mason and Asher were here.   Mason brought his tent--Nick and he slept in it.  The nights cooled off to the 50's and the days were perfect--75-80F with a slight breeze.  How did we all fit??  Quite well with some planning---

Grandpa bought rolls for breakfast
Luckily someone remembered we needed a high chair---its hard to feed Asher without one! 

One afternoon we walked on the historic Meridian Bridge--its only foot and bike traffic now.  

Laura Beth pushing Asher

If you look carefully you can see Nick and Mason waaay at the other end--its a double decker bridge--they walked across on the bottom level and then back across on the top.   It was a very narrow bridge--not for the faint of heart.  Ken and his dad drove a combine from Nebraska over the top a few years ago.  

One day we stopped at the Visitor Center--Mason dressed in the homesteader clothes for us--

Mason as homesteader

A photo from the parking lot--all the spillway gates are open slightly--

Laura Beth, Mason, Nick, and Asher
All the water was being released through the spillway and the generators were shut off--divers were in the water doing maintenance. 

I'm back to volunteering--a lady came into the Visitor Center and said a butterfly had just "hatched" and was fluffing up outside.   I grabbed my camera and found him (her?) on the paving stones out front and convinced him to climb on my hand for a ride to the bushes.

Its a Swallowtail butterfly---its wings were too crumpled for me to identify which species exactly. 

I've been making yo-yos--there are now 578 in my baggie.   Making yo-yo's is very relaxing.  

Have you been sewing?  Family fun and vacation?   The days are getting shorter and summer is winding down. 



Nancy said...

I wondered if you were busy, and it sounds like you were. Wow, Mason is really growing. The photos and commentary in this post are wonderful, especially the photo of the butterfly. Glad to hear that you had a nice visit with your family.

Sara said...

l loved crossing that bridge every trip we made to Kansas to visit my grandparents. I have to find time to walk it now.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Maybe I'll come live in your camper. It looks very comfortable. An adjustable height office chair at the table would be perfect for sewing and computering.

Have been across the Meridian bridge many times. It was better if someone else was driving so I could gawk up and down the river. Wonder how all those tire marks got on the side walls??? Had a friend who said she closed her eyes when she drove across. Maybe that's the answer?

Didn't go to Riverboat days again this year even though the weather was perfect. When you arrive in a car that goes in the Car Show it kind of limits you. I wonder, do they run trollies to activities in other areas?

Anonymous said...

That is one heck of a lot of yo-yos! I loved the picture inside your 5th wheel.

Vic in NH said...

What a wonderful record of your family's vacation, and I especially loved the photo of the still-moist butterfly. Thank you for sharing the ride.

Stephanie D said...

Yay!! I can finally see the header!!

Love the picture of the newly hatched butterfly--how amazing!

Lofty goals, those yoyos. They MUST be fun!

As for your tomatos, well, I got 4 off mine. The big tomato plants just didn't do well. But I learned from this, so next year will be better!

Suzanne said...

That's alot of yoyo's! Your little grands are growing up so fast!