1. The Marquette Family Goes West album is finally available. There are, er, a lot of photos in it. I cannot fight Typepad any longer on the order of the photos, so there are a few that are strangely out of order. Such is life.
2. The girls were playing a game they call "The Perfect Day" at dinnertime tonight. It involves talking about things that would make a perfect day. One of Gracie's days: waiting out a big storm in the basement eating naan and four pieces of chocolate while listening to audiobooks on her iPod. It's funny to hear what things they say. Sadly, the day ended with them luring Bridget into the deck box and sitting on the lid. They were caught almost instantly. I bet that won't ever show up in Bridget's Perfect Day. Hmph.
3. We did have the nearly perfect day yesterday. A preview:
4. Do you need an owl illustration? Gracie is your girl:
She has been drawing owls, owls, owls, and more owls lately. I love owls. I will save every single one of them : )
5. We are going to a cattle drive on Sunday morning. This fits neatly into the category of things I wouldn't have guessed I might say one day.
6. Matt and I watched an hour of Ken Burns' Baseball documentary that was rerunning on PBS last night, and I got a little sniffly about Brooklyn losing their Dodgers. I'm sorry, Brooklyn. That was a terrible thing to have happen.
7. I love baseball enough to get sad about a city (not my own) losing a team (not my own) 53 years ago.
8. Grandma and Grandpa arrive in one week!
9. If you are a notebook person, there are some very cool notebooks for sale at Target under the "greenroom" label right now. If you go looking for them, you'll need to shield your eyes from the the school supplies. I am a huge believer in school supplies, but not until August 1.
1. Maddie's pear tomatoes 2. Three EMPTY laundry baskets 3. The beautiful bush outside our front door 4. Bridget's sunflowers 5. Deb braided my hair for the thing Matt and I went to on Monday night; it has gone from being very long to being ridiculously long. Maddie still has about two inches to go until we can cut it. Grow! Grow! Grow! 6. Princess of the Backyard 7. All dressed up and ready to go 8. [Deb took over from here] Little girls running to say goodbye 9. Bridget showed Deb every hula hoop trick in the book 10. Sam gets ready for the "old west" ride on the rocket ship 11. Nerdy children playing a game where everyone was in charge of a different country to play in 12. Camp Dillow-Karahalis campers (lots more to come on them)