Monday, July 6, 2015

It's OK


It's ok, if today,
On the 6th of July,
That I sponged off mud 
That splattered the tent
From rain that fell
On the 12th of June
In the Smoky Mountains
In Elkmont
Where it rains
When it doesn't
In town.

I've been busy, the tent's been spread out in the garage, and all is well.  I won't beat myself up about this.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July, everyone.  Design from Dakota Collectibles Redwork.


Trampolining at Newport on the Levee.


Lunch at Taft's Ale House with Steph and the kids.  I love that place.  Nicely renovated from an old church.  They have started selling Nellie's Key Lime in cans since it's so popular.  You might have to buy it at their place, though.

This is a very kid friendly place, except for a few designated times on weekend evenings.  And please note, Nora has a Coke, she isn't sampling the beers.

It was fun to show the kids the logo of the president in the bathtub and tell them the story of the president being stuck in the tub (google it.)  And, heard from the back seat as we were on the way:   "Wait, is Aunt Sarah going to be there?"  Aunt Sarah has the reputation of doing the cool things.

Afterwards we had some time at Washington Park, which is another of Cincinnati's wonderful new parks.  Parking at the underground garage is reasonable, and the Ale House is only a block away.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Packing It Up


This was the last Wombats day for the season, a tournament in Lebanon.  Above are Aaron and his mom watching the game and keeping score.  Aaron scored the wooden bat from me, aka Gran B, this morning.  Of course, the boy already had a perfectly good bat, a really good one, but there's just something about a Louisville Slugger.


The Wombats won the first two games, then lost the third.  They played a team in a higher category and did themselves proud.  Here's Nora packing it up for the season.  Bitter sweet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me


Thanks to everyone for the wonderful 70th birthday.  There was a wonderful Bonbonniere opera cream cake, with a just a sliver left for tonight, and all kinds of good food.


There was a visit from Aunt Sarah and a sleepover with both daughters.  And another sleepover with the grands.  Lots of places to visit.  We love the swings on the Cincinnati riverfront with the view of the stadium scoreboard.


The grands were eager to introduce Aunt Sarah to The Gruff in Covington.


There were visits to Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, a bit of gardening, and a last walk across the Purple People Bridge this morning.  Things are way quiet at my house again.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Smale Park


The new riverfront park in Cincinnati just gets nicer.  It's between the Reds stadium and the Bengals stadium.


There is a lovely little adventure feature with slides and drums and climbing rocks.  Aaron's favorite was the climbing wall.  The floor of this area is nice and cushy.


Second favorite was the swings that look out over the river.  The Reds are out of town right now, but this would be a cool place with the stadium noise in the background.  It might be harder to find parking, though.  We parked in one of the garages.


We got the absolutely last parking spot and there was someone trailing us as we walked back to our car, glad for our spot.  Lots of the spaces were closed off for power washing.  Cincinnati is getting ready for the All Star games.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Aunt Sarah's Merry Band



There was impatience at Elkmont on Wednesday as the kids waited for Aunt Sarah to arrive and take them on adventures.


Nora had chosen this spot in the Little River that was pooled in by rocks as a good space to get in the water.


Once in, they forded on to a big rock and the kids were very proud of themselves.  Earlier in the day Bridget's nephews took them tubing farther up on the same river, very fun.  It's no wonder the kids look forward to this trip.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

First Week of Summer Vacation


I've been on a posting vacation that will probably last another week or so.  But, here are some things going on.  Hiking at the Fort Thomas tree trail.  I told the kids they were training for an Smokeys trip later.



First zoo trip of the summer.  I like to go toward the end of the day when there are once again parking spaces in the up-close canopied area.


Hampster balls, got to do that.


First time on the aquarium shark bridge.  It was a hit, we went across three times.

And then, there was baseball.  Aaron pitched on Saturday for his first time and he did great.  I wish I had his confidence.

Nora's Wombats went 10 - 0 for the season in a game that was hard for me to watch.  Here's the coach's recap:

The Wombats locked up in a good ol' good one today against Milford- an epic pitcher's duel. They ran their ace out there and we countered with our ace..and Ashley Beach was dealing today baby, neutralizing every threat that they mounted as she went the distance for the complete game W. Hits were at a premium as the Wombats drew first blood on and RBI sac by Emma Tenhundfeld scoring Nora Lockhart who had led off with a base knock. That ribeye would prove to loom large as the plate was only dented twice today. Ashley Clarke provided the go-ahead run on a solo home run missile to left center. Nora was on the receiving end of a throw down to third from Sydnie Pelle to knock off the tying run on a steal attempt. Nora also received a perfect strike throw to the plate From Ashley Clarke to gun down a runner from third that would have been the tying run again. McKenzie Weber continues to swing a hot bat, adding a couple of knocks on the day.
It was a white-knuckle finish in the bottom of the last with the tying run on third and Ashley Beach dug deep and slammed the door to secure the win. 10 and 0! Couldn't be more proud of how far this team has come!!!