Mom’s favorite excursion is a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s, otherwise known as Shaw’s Garden, on the south side of St. Louis. We ventured down early Sunday morning under cloudy skies, hoping that the weather would hold and the crowds would be manageable. We did get wet but it didn’t drive us inside, we were prepared and enjoyed the quiet that descended on the gardens with the rain. Eric (pictured above with his grandparents) enjoys it as much if not more then Mom as the pictures show (click on the photo above). Afterwards I took them by my favorite coffee house, Kaldi’s, located in my old stomping grounds from grad school. Whether espresso or hot cocoa, everyone had something to dip the cookies.
Thursday August 4th was the date of this summer’s float trip as well as Wedding Anniversary’s for Mary Pat & David and Margaret & Art. We celebrated on the Meramec River with 20 attendees including
David was working hard at his new job, JoAnne is somewhere between the UK and DC along with Peter, and Jessica was taking advantage of her new swinging girls bachelorette pad just West of the SMSU campus. We somehow were able to stretch the five mile float into a 7 hour adventure, returning just before the 6:30pm closing time. We used the Blue Springs Resort out of Bourbon Missouri like last year and got to sit out a brief lightning show early into the adventure which gave us a good excuse to hang out on a gravel bar for an extended period. We had one or two folks feel the hair on their necks tingle but otherwise didn’t feel endangered by the conditions. Bob seemed to be on a personal fishing trip for the majority of the day but Lucy & Eric were in the middle of things as her son and Joey, the two youngest floaters, kept things lively and interesting for the rest of us. Oh, and Julie got to share her new tattoo with us!
I celebrated Independence Day with my parents as well as my youngest sister Lucy and her son Eric this year. As is our tradition, after dinner we walked across the backyard to your neighbors house and then onto their front lawn across the street from the Florissant Civic Center. From there we were able to enjoy the fireworks display that went off less then 300 yards away. The Johnson’s have been our neighbors for many years now and they have a six year old daughter who enjoys it when Eric is visiting his grandparents. There are more photos available by clicking on the photo above.
Mom & Dad, along with Lucy & Eric and I attended the wedding of Dave Bishline and Greta Grawburg in La Crosse, WI on June 4th. The photo above is of Eric along with Joey Caldwell, who is two months older then Eric and the son of Monte & Mary Kay Caldwell. Mary Kay is the youngest of the Wagner girls and Dave’s aunt. We spend all of our holidays with the Wagner siblings and their extended families, usually hosting Easter & Thanksgiving while Mary Kay or Mary Pat (mother of the groom) host Christmas Day dinner.
The weather was beautiful in La Crosse, the reception was held in the Radisson located on the Mississippi river in the restored downtown area of La Crosse and a good time was had by all. We also had a chance to visit with Larry & Claudi Olson and their children Andrew & Hannah on our return trip to St. Louis. The Olson’s live in Waukon, IA which is less then 90 minutes from La Crosse. Andrew graduated from Dubuque College this May with a degree in Airport Operations while Hannah is a freshman at Mt. Mercy in Cedar Rapids.