1. Cheyenne Frontier Days Volunteer of the Year Banquet
Someone in this household received a giant honor at the annual CFD awards banquet: Volunteer of the Year for the Military Committee (there are ten total awards given, one for each committee). Someone was dreadfully embarassed by winning an award that hundreds of people work toward for years and years. We are proud of him anyway. Grandma Poppins flew in just in time for us to attend since every babysitter we know (and the ones we didn't know, too) had Central HS Homecoming on the calendar. She very generously (and stupidly, as I'm sure she decided days later) offered to stay and help with the move, too.
2. Wyoming School of Gymnastics (Laramie) Invitational
The next morning after Bridget's gymnastics class we packed up and left one gym for another... Maddie was competing in the WSG-L Invitational. She loves, loves competing and finished in the top five overall. It's kind of strange to include this Hilda Hippo character in the second photo, until I noticed on her shirt it says Boyfriend or Gymnastics. Ha ha. Bonus: since most of our worldy possessions were boxed and we were mostly camping in the old house, we stayed in Laramie and wandered around for a bit and had dinner at my favorite Wyoming restaurant (Jeffrey's Bistro) before heading back to Cheyenne.
3. Birthday Party #2
We missed Birthday Party #1 (for one of Maddie's classmates) because of the gymnastics meet, but on Sunday Gracie had her first elementary school classmate birthday party. I didn't take my camera, but it was a small affair that included makeup and fingernail painting, which was quite a thrill since I only paint little girl toenails in this house. Gracie and I left this party and headed back home to pick up Maddie, Bridget, and Grandma for Birthday Party #3.
4. Birthday Party #3
Late afternoon birthday party at the Party Pony, the most happening party spot for the 2-8 year old set in Cheyenne. This party was for the sister of one of Gracie's preschool friends last year, who has pal-ed around a bit with Bridget.
5. The Giant Architecture Project of 2010
While items #1-4 were going on (and all the other moving stuff) construction continued on the Giant Architecture Project of 2010. Ironically, it was due the morning after our first night in the new (old) house. We originally considered staying in a hotel on Monday night, but the thought of transporting all the supplies Maddie was using to finish it up nearly did us in so we camped in the empty old house on Monday instead. It turned out amazingly well (seen pictured on Wednesday morning, due date day, in the new (old) house). She even thought up adding yard bunnies : ) They are kind of gargantuan in scale, I think—if I saw bunnies in that proportion in our yard I might never come outside again. But since the entire house is not made to scale in any way shape or form, it doesn't matter. : )
Did I mention how much fun it is to move during the school year?
6. Enjoying Grandma's Company
Bridget was the primary beneficiary of Grandma's attentions since Maddie and Gracie were at school quite a bit during the packing/loading/unloading, but we all enjoyed having Grandma around. Grandma: we apologize for all moving meltdowns during your stay. We promise to be better behaved when you return.
There was a small amount of porch-sitting. But only a small amount, because goodness, there was also a lot of driving to buy movers lunches, driving to drop off/pick up children at various schools, and running around directing boxes.
8. Bus Figuring-Out
Grandma took the girls on a bus-stop safari in preparation for the first new bus riding day; it continues to be a very complex proposition to get Maddie to and from her school, though Gracie has a neighborhood gaggle to hang out with at the bus stop and her bus goes directly to her school and back (what a novel concept). They both leave earlier and get home later than on the old plan, but there isn't a good solution to fix that.
9. The Giant Architecture Project of 2010 Open House
Maddie's teacher held an open house during the last hour of the school day so that everyone (and there were a LOT of people there) could speak with each student about his or her building. We learned a lot—it was a great unit.
This was taken after most everyone had cleared out for the day... we were impressed with all the hard work everyone put in! I asked one girl how long it took her to build her house and she said "oh, it took ALL the time. Every minute we had." Heh. You and Maddie both, sister.
10. And then Maddie and Gracie picked up a stomach bug that hit precisely at 3:30 am (but not on the same or even consecutive nights) and now we'll be caught up with laundry and unpacking and sleep sometime mid-2011, The End.
Need a nap? Here, too : )