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Easter girls – 2011

I made this post last year and just thought I would update it for this Easter. I think there is a big change between last year and this year! We had a really good Easter. We all got up really early and I sung four services and Luke and the girls went to the 7:00 service and also Luke helped with handicap assistance and so they went out to eat and came back to church to do that. I finally got home around 1:00 and we relaxed for a bit before joining friends for an Easter dinner.

Easter 2011
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Easter 2000 – with Nathan in my tummy!

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Allerton

Another very fun outing in Illinois was to Allerton Park.

This is a place I used to go with my family growing up and so it was nice to go back there. We lucked out because we went fairly early in the day and it was still cool and overcast (but humid, of course) and I don’t think we saw anyone else there the whole time besides the workers.

The girls had fun running around and looking at all the statues and plants. There is a polo field there and so we set them free to run, run, run in the grass. We don’t have expanses of grass like that here in Colorado Springs.

Ideal midwest summer night

Last Wednesday a cool breeze finally came through central Illinois and we had a wiener roast on Luke’s parent’s property. It had rained the day before and so the woodpile was a bit damp. It probably made it all the more fun because it took a bit of playing with fire to really get it going. The girls played while the fire was getting going and I took a little walk around part of the property where a narrow path has been mowed but there are woods on one side and alfalfa field on the other. There were dozens of dragon flies flitting about and one big dragon fly that was the coolest one I had ever seen. I crouched and watched it fly about. As I came out of the path we listened to an owl hooting in the woods.

Kathy (Luke’s mom) and the girls went to the house and got all the food and put it in the back of the trailer of the John Deere and the girls rode back to the fire in the trailer. We cooked fresh corn on the cob in a pot on the fire and roasted hot dogs on a stick. The girls ate in the trailer. We finished off the meal with some s’mores and then played with the fire more. Julia had a great time throwing in some branches with leaves and watching the leaves explode in flames.

As it started to get dark the girls caught lightning bugs (we don’t have those in Colorado Springs) and walked around the path. We put the girls to bed and Luke and Kathy went back to the fire. I went out after a while to join them and had to call for Luke after I got a little bit down the driveway because it was so dark I couldn’t see where I was going. He rescued me with the flashlight and we sat by the glowing fire a little longer.

Here are a few pictures.