Holiday World, Cookie Monster, The Git Up

DAYS 20-31 -- So much for the old version of the Summer of Tim where I was writing daily. I kind of like this new post-whenever-I-feel-like-it method though.

So here you go. Eleven days wrapped up nice and neat for you with few words and many pictures.

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We road tripped it to my hometown in Southern Illinois for a few days including one day spent at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.

Yes, for those of you outside the Midwest, there is a town in Indiana called Santa Claus.


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My dad's birthday was this past week so we had the chance to celebrate with him while we were on the road. My brother and I took him to an escape room set in the original jail house in Benton, Illinois. This is the jail where infamous bootleger Charlie Birger was arrested and executed by hanging in the late 1920s.


Former NBA star and coach (and current Senior Advisor of NBA Operations) Doug Collins played high school basketball in Benton. His childhood hoop is on display in the museum along with a chunk of the tree it was attached to.


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With a storm rolling in, I had to take the obligatory photo from the back of my own childhood backyard.


Anna was daydreaming on my dad's back porch while it rained ... that is, until a huge lightning strike brought her back to reality.

 

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Baseball for Mason and softball for Anna came to a close this week freeing up our Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the rest of the summer.


Anna's team finished first for the season and second in their league tournament.


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Along with a few toads, we have caught somewhere in the neighborhood of three bajillion lightning bugs in the back yard so far this summer.


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Cookie Monster covered the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley and it was fantastic.


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North Prospect is the busiest street in Champaign-Urbana. It's the land of box stores and chain restaurants. And I love it when this happens.


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Charlotte has mastered the Git Up. I'm still working on it.

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