Having kids who are 10 and 12 to watch the summer Olympics with certainly brings back memories. Specifically, the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. I was 7, and then 11 - and I remember Olga Corbet and Nadia Comanici. I was too young to register anything about the scariness of the Munich games.
We spent both summers back in Washington Iowa at the United Presbyterian Home visiting my Grandparents. Reverend W Bruce Gillis and Kathryn McCrery Gillis. They lived in a cottage on the grounds, we would pull the trailer up to the side of the house, Grandpa had a zip line, a hammock, you could ride your bikes all over - even to go see the billy goats. . . It was great. I remember complaining alot. (Hot, humid, bugs) And looking at photo albums and visiting all day long.
I think more usually it was Lawrence Welk, but it was very memorable to have the Olympics to experience together as a family. that's why it's so annoying when the girls don't really want to watch, or are texting during the opening ceremony!!!!
Of course I do have a bonus in that the girls dig swimming, so we get to pay attention to that too.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
This year there were no fireworks. Is that what gave it that just another day feel? No. I guess it was my lack of planning anything special. And the kids are getting to the age where they would rather go hang out with their friends if we don't have something we are supposed to do. So, my own fault that I feel disappointment in how the day went.
My apologies uncelebrated July 4, 2012. I do not think we did you justice this year.
* Parade - Park Views 3rd annual little kids bike parade.(I bet it was the last year, as they are not to cool to decorate their bikes, but were too cool to parade.)
* I got to have coffee with the ladies - for a very short while, but it definitely counted!
* I spent half of the day with my mom. That was all good.
Then I guess I wanted a family time evening, but I spent it on the couch by myself. I'm afraid I have to become a tour guide/ hostess to keep everyone entertained enough to stick around, and I just didn't have the energy.
which brings me to today.
Quite the jam packed day coming up. A early morning decorating task, Cousin Lisa, daughter Sarah and her husband Dave should be coming for a casual visit this morning / afternoon. Nana coming as well. Errands to do that I'm going to have to move, dog grooming and a girls night out movie.
So, I'd best get planning.