St. Louis 6th Grade All Suburban Orchestra

Sonora was recommended by her music teacher to participate in the St. Louis All Suburban Orchestra. This involved her learning new music on her own and going to several practices after hours with the rest of the group. We were lucky that my parents were able to come in from Kansas City for the weekend to see the concert!

It didn’t take dad long to fall asleep 🙂

And the concert!

Later that evening, we all visited Henry and Carol’s house to play games.

And before they left, mom had some fun with Coat Rack.

A great weekend of music and family!

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Mom and Hannah in STL – 11/4/2017

Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!

Hannah and Danelle

Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin

Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out.  Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.

It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.

And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.

Supplies

One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.

Mechanic’s workbench.

Twin generators always on for power.

A few spare parts.

From the pilot house looking back.

Looking from an upper deck down to the front

Wires used to tie the barges together.

Selfie of our group

The boat we’re about to tour

From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂

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Painting Hiatt’s House – 9/2/2017

Like any good fool, I often volunteer myself for work that I don’t have to do. In this case, my brother Hiatt was talking about his house needing to be painted. I suggested that he schedule it for Labor Day weekend so we had an extra day. He of course obliged and I was not going to paint for my holiday weekend. Anything for family and friends! Danelle and Corvin couldn’t make it due to Corvin’s soccer schedule (and we could have used her help!).

Of course if you’re getting help from me, I’m going to do things my way within reason. Here are some photos of the events.

We had a fun and hard weekend and got most of the house painted.

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Christmas in KC – 12/24/2017

We made it to Kansas City to have Christmas with my parents. When we got there, my mom was in the middle of painting the hallway. She had much of it taped, but other stuff got in the way. I knew it wouldn’t get done before Christmas, so Danelle and I stepped up. We finished taping and painting in just a few hours. We enjoy working together and accomplishing stuff!

After the painting, my handyman skills didn’t go unnoticed. I was quickly enlisted by dad to help with some LED light fixtures. They did quite a number brightening up the hallways!

Mom is always telling stories to me about the crazy dogs and their antics. Today I got to see this in action. Daisy jumped up on the tall table outside to get a better view of the yard.

I got my parents to pose for a selfie after dinner.

Keep your family close and a box of cookies closer!

I brought my 36″ unicycle to town. I tried to go for an early morning ride, but was stopped by patches of ice on the ground. Eventually I got a short ride in the neighborhood, which is better than nothing.

And of course, the best part of Christmas, burning the wrapping paper in the fireplace!

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Sonora’s Birthday – 5/14/2016

Okay, so its one day early, but its hard not to celebrate when your grandparents are in town just for you’re birthday!

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And they are watching Sonora blow out the candles on her cookie cake.

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And no birthday for a kid is complete without a present or two!

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We took a trip to the botanical garden to look around. On the way back to the car, we also checked out Gringo Jones Imports. Mom and dad bought a few things and enjoyed walking around all of the items for sale!

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