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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site

While en route from Illinois to Indiana (as we make our way back to Massachusetts), we made an impromptu stop in Springfield to see Abraham Lincoln's home.  We had less than two hours to visit this historical site, which meant we did a quick, self-guided tour...and we didn't have time to tour the inside of Lincoln's home.
 Luckily for the girls, they were able to complete the activities in their Junior Ranger books without touring Lincoln's house.  We walked through the neighborhood, learning about what life was like in the 1800's in this area of Springfield.
 The most interesting thing the girls learned about was what people ate back then - especially the "walking onions" in the garden.  (Google it - they are really cool.)
By the end of our morning, the girls were awarded their fifth Junior Ranger badge for this summer's road trip.  Strong work, girls!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Art Show at the Joslyn

The girls attended a day camp at the Joslyn Art Museum every afternoon this week.  As a grand finale, the students were showcased in an art show today, the last day.
 The girls were so happy their grandparents - both sets! - were able to come to their art shows.  Here, Evelyn is explaining her painting and sculpture to her Grandpa Phil.
 Julia had three drawings and paintings on display.  She LOVED showing off her masterpieces to her family - anything for an audience!  Both girls thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Joslyn.  I'm so glad it works for them to have an authentic art day camp experience such as this.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

60-Year-Old Doll Dresses

One of the things my grandma gave me (among the many items I will haul back to Massachusetts) are two doll dresses.  Grandma Shirley hand-made these dresses in the 1950's, after she had sewn dresses for her four daughters.  In addition to making up her own patterns for her daughters' dresses, my grandma made these dresses completely on her own.  And who knew that they would fit dolls that are popular in the year 2014?  I think Evelyn's doll (Kit) and Julia's doll (Emily) look simply adorable in their new/old dresses.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Old Family Letters

A box of old family letters - mostly written to my Grandma Shirley and Grandpa Leland - has been circulating around my mom's sisters.  Lucky for me, the box of letters was at my parent's house this summer.  I could have spent hours (days?) reading through all of them.  Something I found really interesting was how many cards and letters my grandpa saved.  And I found those cards and letters to be the most fascinating.  There were a ton of "get well" cards addressed to my grandpa, while he was in the hospital with polio in 1952.  It's amazing that he lived through the iron lung treatments.
 I also enjoyed reading the humorous letters my grandma wrote to my grandpa while they were engaged.  In once letter, my grandma asked, "Does your mom enjoy reading my letters?"  Ha!  I also thought this Christmas check was pretty funny -

Monday, July 14, 2014

Old Market Pictures

This evening, we went to Spaghetti Works for supper.  Unbeknownst to us, it was kids' night, which meant the girls ate free AND they got balloon animals.  Jackpot!
 The light (or lack thereof, since the buildings create lots of shadows) make for good pictures in the Old Market.  It seems that my favorite summer pictures are usually taken there, and this year was no exception.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

At the Lake

Another Nebraska summer tradition is hanging out at the lake near Decar Creek.  Julia still isn't too sure about swimming with the fishies, so she preferred to hang out on the floats.

After swimming for awhile and eating grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, the girls fished with their Uncle Matt.  Julia likes to say she's fishing, but what she really does is watch other people fish...and then claim their fish as her own.
As usual, we mostly caught blue gills, but Evelyn also got some smaller bass, too.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Make-Your-Own Lincoln Logs

Evelyn found some scraps of wood in her Grandpa Luster's garage, which she thought looked a little like building blocks.  After securing one of the narrow pieces of wood in a clamp, Evelyn used a chisel and mallet to make Lincoln Logs.  So creative!