I believe this annual parade began 40 years ago, or so. Our two children first participated at ages 9 months and 3 years, after we first moved to this town. I pushed our son in his stroller and we decorated our daughter's tricycle. This event always occurs on or near her birthday. :-)
Our daughter's goal of the last 6 years was to bring her family here for this fun day. And it finally happened! They drove over from Omaha on Friday, September 18. The parade began at 10:00 A.M. Saturday morning. We added a pirate, Snow White, a mommy, a daddy, and a grandma to this year's parade!
Brave Handsome Daddy carries Snow White.
Brave, Beautiful Mommy marches with Pirate.
Happy Grandma with her Protector Pirate!
The parade was exceptional this year. It seemed as though it's really grown - the number of floats, the two bands (Jr. High and Sr. High), etc. But the weather was very cooperative: Sunny and cool!
Grandpa was downtown at 5:00 A.M. because the Kiwanis Club members also serve pancakes from 6:00 A.M. through 1:00 P.M. (although that generally stretches by an hour or so). The pancakes were yummy, and we ate more than we should. :-)
There was also a petting zoo, a tractor pull, a clown, etc. for entertainment.
Caveys (relatives of guinea pigs)
As always, time is fleeting. And flee it did. The weekend was over before it seemed to have begun! But we had a lot of fun. Maybe again next year? :-)
Our best-ever daughter-in-law visited her parents' home in Iowa because her brother had ventured home from Florida.
They were there long enough that we could make a trip up last week for a short visit.
Short but very rewarding - lots of smiles, hugs and happiness.
Our soon-to-be 4-year-old granddaughter enjoyed an early birthday celebration amongst all the other excitement.
Here are a couple of photos.
Thanks, Brenda and Dan, for opening your home to us, too. :-)
The Genes get mixed nicely together when you combine families. I just thought I'd put in a couple of photos of our own kids around these ages.
Our daughter is 2 years and 4 months older than our son.
This photo was taken August 23, 1981. Keith would have been 2 years, 7 months (Cheryl bumped a front tooth at 2 1/2 years and had to have it pulled at 4 years) Keith - 2 years, 7 mos Photo taken Nov. 1, 1981 Keith - 2 years, 9 months April 1982 Keith - 3 years, 2 months
Friday, July 31, 2009 Click on any of the photos... most will enlarge.
We met our D family in Omaha and drove to the Platte River State Park southwest of the city.
The weather was perfect. The cabins were as cute as could be. We had a wonderful time... and here's an account of some of our activities.
These are our cabins. Whitetail 2 is theirs and Whitetail 3 is ours. Sheets, pillows, towels, washcloths, etc. were all furnished. These one-room cabins had refrigerators and fans. There were two outdoor grills behind each cabin.
Grandpa Shady cooks dinner.
Yea! Dinner! And sweet corn - our favorite!
After dinner, we're going to climb The Tower!
Ground floor and climbing. After climbing many, many flights - we made it!
We are Very High... way above the treetops. Click on the photo on the right to see Mommy way down on the ground!
We're right here... and there's the Platte River.
What do you see, way down there?
A teepee! Yea!
Looks like this tree drank some sour lemonaid.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Good morning D boys! Ready for a big day??
While Mommy made breakfast, the other 3 Ds again climbed the tower!
After breakfast, we got the bikes ready and headed out. (Daddy got the work-out!) We rode around until we found...
a little Paddleboat Action!
Lunch is over - let's head for the Wildlife Safari!
At the very beginning of the Safari, we found Elk (EEK!) right next to the road. Shortly thereafter we drove by a small herd of White-tail Deer.
After leaving the elk and deer, we drove by a creek. We saw Pelicans and resting turtles.
A walking tour took us past a Long-eared Owl, a Screech Owl,
and a Barn Owl
We were able to see a Black Bear and a Gray Wolf.
We found a pond and wildlife... a leopard frog (I assume) with its frog spawn,
and a little painted turtle. (click on the photos)
L had a Pearl Crescent climb aboard.
It was hard to let him go.
Bison in the wild.
After the Safari Driving tour, we stopped at the visitor center. This fellow, with some companions, were resting outdoors.
I'm just a bit nervous, but I guess as long as he is content, I'll be okay! :-)
Mr. Shady and daughter seem quite at home on the range.
Ride 'em cowhands! ;-)
But do be careful!!
Soft-hearted girl gets a nice gentle ride.
At the visitor center, there was a building with pens and small animals. A Bobcat and a Swift Fox.
A Bald Eagle and a couple of colorful Chuckers.
By the time we left, someone was tuckered out!
Saturday night dinner preparations included preparing fresh green beans. Dessert by Chef Mr. Shady - cherry pies baked over the grill. :-)
Sunday Morning, August 2, 2009
We are so efficient. Sunday morning we woke up, had breakfast (yum!) and headed out to visit the horse stable and then the craft house.
This cicada was walking across the sidewalk when we got up. I've never seen one inside its skin... usually you find the discarded shells at the base of trees.
While this toad (variety?) was hanging around the craft house Sunday morning.
Hiking to do our crafts. Once L & A donned the paint shirts, we were set!
Busy at work on a pirate ship and a ceramic fish.
And a great time was had by all! We really liked this park! We'll need to return!