Sunday, July 31, 2011

All Gone !

Gillespies and Jana are all leaving today. Gillespies are driving from here to Florida by way of Pittsburgh. They left this morning.

Jana is flying out tonight to D.C. - it was kind of a late flight to begin with, and she was delayed in Detroit - her flight didn't leave until 10:40 p.m. - and she goes to work tomorrow!

Oh no! I think this means that they're really leaving!

Friday, July 29, 2011


This was the last day of College for Kids - Dylan really enjoyed his class, and spent a lot of time practicing on the computer here at home.

The afternoon was perfect for a short kayak on the river - everybody loves that.

In the evening there was Friday Night Live. The theme tonight was Dancing in the Street.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Full Full Day Plus LANI

College for kids
Omelette Shoppe
Front St.
Walk in Bay
Dylan's Candy Bar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

End of An Era

Dick and I did our Gym Thing this morning. Afterwards, Laurie and Dick headed out for the peninsula in the Jeep to do some geocaching. When Dylan was done with "college", he and Chip went over to Grace MacDonald Park to hit some tennis balls.

Later on in the day, Chip and Dylan decided they wanted to tube the rapids. Every year that's a big deal, and Dylan has always just loved doing it. Well, now it's kind of the end of that era. When they got back he said it was "OK" but he remembered it as being bigger, faster, and more fun. I guess he's outgrowing tubing the rapids. Heavy sigh.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bye Tom

This was the first day of Dylan's Java class at College for Kids - he seems to have enjoyed it, and is looking forward to the rest of the week.

Tom is flying away today - he packed up his bike, and we went to UPS to ship it back to California.

It's a beautiful day, so we had our "last" lunch with Tom out on the deck.

Dick, Dylan and I took him to the airport - hugs and waves and then he's gone again.

Jana, Dick and I went for a walk in the mall - I felt the need to stretch my legs! I had a good walk, and Jana got in some excellent shopping! Dick found some new sneakers - it was a good thing.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Day after GenFest - just kind of a mellow time. Three of us were just kind of rusticating round here, but our four intrepid bikers (Gillespies plus Tom) went biking on the Vasa trail today - they enjoyed it very much. And we enjoyed rusticating.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

GenFest 2011

What a wonderful Genfest we had this year! The cottage provided by Sharon and John on Forest Lodge was just perfect for this event! Big rooms, big porches, and a great beach made it the perfect venue.

I have to say that Barb's project, The Steiger Family Cookbook, was a big hit. Everybody contributed to it, recipes old and new - such fun!

The porch turned out to be the perfect spot for chatting:

and for admiring Drew!

The living room was so comfortable and cool - a terrific place to duck into!

The beach was down a hill from the cottage, a quite a ways away, but it sure didn't bother the kids!

The porch was also the perfect place for eating!

Eating inside wasn't bad either...

The ladies of the kitchen - Barb and Sharon, Melissa and Michelle - the food was bountiful and delicious - they all did a marvelous job!

The beach was the big attraction for all of the kids - it was fun watching them attack Chris!

Can you tell that these two are on vacation?

Oh no - I think Chris is in real trouble!

And over he goes! Kids rule!

We had a fascinating discussion about PNC (Melissa) and 1105 (Jana), and we were cool the whole time.

Jackson preparing to squirt someone no doubt!

Let's go kayaking! They sent the young legs off to get the kayaks.

Peachy and beachy

Kayaking strategy meeting

Family confab

Off they go to the island

Laurie, Carla, Jackson and Dylan

Doug and descendants

Laurie got the new kayak!

Triumphal return from the island

Minute to Win It - Breakfast Puzzle - Chip and Dylan

Tom doing the Nose Dive

Dick gives it a try

Melanie and Izzy enjoying the water

Jana balancing the dice - she did it! Laurie did it too. Such talent in one family:)

Dylan playing Suck it Up

Big, big bubbles were fun, fun to watch

Carla was the adult bubble champ -

I personally think that Dylan was the Champ of the Cousins

Oops! Balancing the dice is hard!
Thank you one and all for a glorious fun-filled day. GenFest just keeps getting better and better!