May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016


 Mother's Day 2016
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 8, 2016

On Friday night Avery really wanted to go see the new Captain America movie.  I was hesitant.  I thought the last Avengers movie was a real mess.   I wasn't sure if I was ready for another 2 and a half hours of way too many super heroes on the screen at the same time.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Admittedly, I struggled to keep track of who was the good guy in this movie and who was the bad guy, but I did find myself enjoying it quite a bit.  The appearances by Ant Man and Spiderman were especially exciting.  Go check it out if you're on the fence.

On Saturday morning, we woke up early to go and help the robotics team sell Lakefront Music Fest tickets to raise money for the team.  I didn't have very high expectations for our success, but the six students who went door to door for us did a great job in the two hours we were out there.  People are really generous in our community and we all ended up having a bunch of fun raising money for a good cause.  

Saturday night we made the spur of the moment decision to invite over a bunch of friends to enjoy the weather, have a bonfire, and a hot tub party.  

Dan Walters brought over a bunch of chicken wings and grilled them to spicy perfection.  The Walters are from Florida and I believe they said these have Everglades spices.  I'm not sure what that means, but they were really dang good.

We ended up making a pretty late night of it and ended with a lot of laughs and hugs.  Not necessarily in that order.

On Sunday morning, we drove over to St. Paul to board a Padelford river boat for Mother's Day Brunch.

We knew when we arrived at Harriet Island and saw the stump playground we were all set for an awesome day.

Soon enough we were on the boat, enjoying the river, and waiting for our breakfast.  Grandma Linda kept us all entertained by explaining to us that Elvis was still alive and she really loves one of his new songs.  She gets like that sometimes.

I was the luckiest guy on the boat because I got to hang out with the prettiest mom on board.  Plus, we had some really yummy pancakes to enjoy as well.

After breakfast, we went to the bow of the ship to hang out with the captain.  He even let me steer the boat for awhile.  It's actually a lot harder to drive one of these things into the river bank than you'd think it would be.

Miss Sheri had her eagle eye on the lookout for cool wildlife.  She didn't disappoint us when she caught this awesome picture of a mother bald eagle sitting on her eggs in her nest.  Either that or she may have been sitting on the father bald eagle.  It's tough to tell from this angle.

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