Now I am in the mood for some banana pudding...
What I love about Jackie and Warren is that even after a long day at work, they never act like they are in a hurry when our kids are out. They are always willing to talk as long as the kids show interest - even if it is only a "hi" or a wave. I've seen Jackie enjoy many a quiet moment by herself, reading a catalog on her patio. I know she enjoys the wind down time. But she lets Olivia come over (with her stuffed tiger which thankfully did not scare away the meerkats) and call the shots for a while, while I finish supper and Mike chats with Warren (and Joseph moans because he has four gigantic molars taking over the back of his mouth). We didn't need any more reasons to love our neighbors, but tonight we found some anyway.
This is part of the wildflower garden. Sorry about the glare in a lot of these pictures. It was a perfect, cloudy but bright day for pictures, but I was always taking them right into the brightness it seems.
That is a pond!
The kids got to collect wooden nickels at any of the booths where they asked questions or touched something like a turtle shell or skunk pelt or arrow head. Then they could trade in their nickels for various items. Olivia bought a ring of tree identification tags for 10 nickels. It is very cool and I am sad to say that I currently cannot find it. She was playing with it in the backyard with some friends yesterday and...
Here are the "Herps." It's a python.
This is actually at an interactive area on the other side of the reserve from the festival. This area is worth the drive out there if you have kids.
The glow was last night. Sometime today they launched all the balloons, but we had other plans (see subsequent posts). Apparently their is a contest to follow the big Energizer Bunny balloon and the first balloon to drop an object where the bunny lands wins a prize. Or, you are just thankful that you don't get wrapped up in some phone lines or run out of hot air over Lake St. Louis and forget about the prize. It is great to see them floating across the city - we saw some of that last year.
The irony of this shot is that Olivia is actually in the lead. Miss Mosy.
When we left for the summer, Joseph was still content to ride through the Garden. No more.
Here is Fred launching Malachi (I am 99% sure it is Malachi), who (Malachi) announced before he lept from the platform onto the blob, "I can't swim." I beg to differ. I stopped the video too soon, otherwise you would see him doing the freestyle like Michael Phelps back to the dock.
I think this is Mark Peck and based on the fact that you can see both a hand and a foot from the launcher that means they probably went off the back - which means it was either Glen or Larry.
The smallest Blobber - Ella. This kid has no fear.
She is not doing what it looks like she is doing. I am not saying she did not do it at another time. She just isn't doing it here. Lest you think the Crossroadians play it safe with their water sporting - stay tuned for another post tomorrow of The Blob.