We started out August with both Kyle and Trevor coming home the weekend of Aug 1-2. This will be our last family weekend in Quincy for a long time since Trevor then went back to start football practice and won’t have another free weekend until after the season.
Trevor left on Tuesday, the 4th and so did we. We headed back down to Carlinville and Beaver Dam State Park. Ken had another ‘Dad Do’ list from Kyle which included adding a water spicket on the east side of his house and putting a spotlight over the back yard as well as a lot of other little handyman tasks. Meantime I found plenty to keep me busy including mowing Kyle’s backyard with his non-motorized rotary mower…wow…what a work out!!
We left Beaver Dam State Park on Sunday, Aug 9th and moved to Lithia Springs COE Campground on Lake Shelbyville. It has full hookup sites and since it is Corp of Engineers we can get these sites for $12 a night with Ken’s GoldenAccess Passport. Lithia Springs was one of the first campsites we’d visited back in 2007 after we bought the motorhome. That was when we experienced our record low in the motorhome of 19 degrees. We were impressed at that time and decided we wanted to try it in nicer weather.
We had a phone conference with our Vanguard Financial Planner on Monday morning so we headed in to Charleston since we knew that EIU has wireless internet access at all of the university parking lots. So, we did our morning meeting sitting in the stadium parking lot.
The other reason we wanted to spend Monday in Charleston was to see the 2009 EIU Panthers in uniform for the first time. It was Panther Media Day which meant it was time for team pictures, interviews with local media and autographs for the fans.
After our phone conference with Vanguard, we sent Trev a text message to let him know we had arrived. He was able to get a pass from the team lunchroom for he and his roommates, Chris and Kevin, so we could take them to get some ‘real’ food at Lincoln Garden Restaurant.
Then it was time to get the boys back for the media event. It was nice to be able to attend and see the guys doing interviews and autographs. It also gave us a chance to get a few photos in as well.
This is the 2009 Seniors with Coach Spoo.
Kids lined up to get autographs
Trevor and his roommates Kevin and Chris.
This is the one time of the year that Sox and Ditka can take the field.
Ken and I even got a few minutes on the field as well.
We said our farewells to the guys and headed the 30 miles back to Lithia Springs. Our intent is to spend a few quiet days simply enjoying the area. Not sure when we’ll get to post blogs though since wireless access is pretty hard to come by around here.