Busy days around here leave me with little time for blogging. Hopefully, I can catch up!
Not only have we been out and about these past couple of weeks, but we’ve had some lovely company, too, including our wonderful friend Erin. I think she probably returned home to Boston thoroughly exhausted from all that she did while in C-U, but we are so excited to catch up when she’s here that we have trouble tucking ourselves into bed at a reasonable hour.
We spent Independence Day close to home, where there’s plenty of low-key entertainment on offer in Chambana.
We staked a patch of grass along Lincoln Avenue in Urbana to watch the Freedom Celebration Parade. While we waited, we enjoyed our picnic lunch: tomato/mozz/pesto pasta salad, triple berry salad, and Cretor’s Chicago Mix (cheddar and caramel popcorn). Yum. Our friend Kate joined us for the afternoon and evening, which included much giggling, blending of “Sleepytime Tea,” dinner, TCBY, and fireworks.
The next morning we drove to Forrest to my brother Nathan’s place for a weekend visit and marathon woodworking session. Since the women and children were needed very infrequently in the garage, Emily (sis-in-law-to-be) and Emery (sis-in-law already) and I, along with the kids, had time to hang with Emily’s dad and brothers. Kittens were involved. No child or Em left without wanting one of her or his very own. An awesome swing ride is proven to alleviate any sadness resulting from the denial of pets, though.
Meanwhile, boys were hard at work (as hard as Capt. Morgan would allow, that is): (Here, working atop a picnic table made by my dad!) On what, you ask? Well, lawn-size Jenga sets… and lots o’ cornhole boards… There might be a new Wenger side business besides painting!
Nathan, Austin, and Shane ~ You all did fantastic work! Can’t wait to play games with you!
Nathan & Emily ~ Thanks for always being such gracious hosts! We love being in your beautiful home with you and sharing delicious meals.