1. If we were playing weather Bingo in Cheyenne since we've been back, we would be able to mark off: wind, sunshine, rain, sideways rain, beautiful blue skies, puffy white clouds, navy blue storm clouds, grey cumulonimbus mammatus clouds (I only know this name because of an experience in Colorado Springs where everyone in our neighborhood was out taking pictures of clouds like this and we looked it up), thunder, lightning, hail, single rainbow, and double rainbow. One night while we were eating dinner at Culver's we saw six of these things at the same time. We're pretty sure seven = end of the world. BINGO!
2. Danger, Will Robinson!
I bought some fabric. And, I have learned a new trick for photo-processing. Danger. Danger.
3. We went to a wedding reception on Saturday night for my dear friend Abby and her husband of eight months, Wes (they were married in Montana but wanted to have a reception for Wes's Wyoming friends and relatives who weren't able to make the trip in December). In the most small world of all small world coincidences, I knew one of Wes's guests, even though I hadn't met Wes until this past weekend : ) Aren't they dashing?
The girls had fun getting dressed up : ) The reception was at the newly renovated Cheyenne Depot, which was a cool venue indeed.
The light was a little weird on in the lobby, but they still look adorable...
5. I am extremely excited to get my hands on this:
6. I love going school shopping. This year, both Maddie and Gracie got a special only-with-mama-no-sisters-invited trip to get some new clothes and school supplies. It took Maddie and I about four times as long as normal to find age-appropriate clothing this year, but Gracie and I hit Kohl's only and did some damage in the 4-6X section in under an hour.
And so on and so forth.
Gracie had never been in a fitting room before, so it was all very thrilling—the combination of being out with me at night, the prospect of new clothes, a fitting room... at one point she was standing in front of the accessories shelf and I watched her have a joy overload. She was just as excited to go next door and stock up on paint and paper, though : )
7. Speaking of which, can you believe this one is ready to start preschool? This one who was only three months old when I started this blog?
8. Maddie and Gracie have their last swimming lesson today, and while neither of them are ready for solo swimming by any stretch, lessons have gone 1000% better than last summer's did. Gracie still can't touch the bottom of the shallow end with her head above water but she is much braver and adaptable this time, and their teacher is much, much nicer. I thought swimming lessons might be the end of me after the first lesson, when Bridget screamed and wailed and tore at her clothing and hissed and threatened and shrieked because she was not going in the water. I tried to explain to her that once school started, there would be swimming lessons for children her age, but that went over like logic on a two year old. In subsequent lessons, however, she has discovered that I will let her line up all the change in my wallet on to her heart's content if she will just please not repeat that original performance again. This plan was foolproof until the lady who sits next to me told me that she saw on Dateline or similar that 90% of U.S. currency has traces of cocaine on it. THANK YOU SO MUCH. However, as she is the third child, I just give her an extra dollop of playground soap now.
9. When we were at the park this morning, the wind kicked up and Bridget started shrieking and holding her head. It's going to be a looooooong winter.
10. And yes, the theme of August has been "what will Bridget shriek about next." In case you were wondering : )