1. The scaffolding came down at our next door neighbors-to-the-right today, which means HAPPY DAY, no more workers in our space (they've been in our space dropping nails in our yard and singing badly to loud radio since the first week of May; they're still working on our street, but we can't SEE them unless we're outside now, and this is a major improvement). I am not anti-construction or renovation in any way, I'm just weary of this particular batch of slow-moving workers. And their dropped nails and off-key voices.
2. Tomorrow! Tomorrow Matt and I see The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks. We are just a teensy bit excited. (!!!!!!) If you are keeping track, this is the second of the Dillow Summer Concert Series. I bet you can't guess the third act. Heh.
Today I solved the mystery of the anonymous Cafe Press gift by emailing Cafe Press and asking them who sent it. (Clever, eh?) The customer service guy who responded told me he couldn't tell me the name exactly, but he could give me clues (this is actually what he said). He went on to provide two clues (initials and shipping city) which solved the mystery immediately. This struck me as very funny, this employee and his clues : )
Don't let the scary earring stretcher and lip piercing (you can't see it in the picture) alarm you: this is, hands down, the best swimming instructor we've ever had. Perhaps you remember the disaster that swimming lessons for Gracie have been in the past, but that's all old history now. This guy? He is fantastic. All three girls are taking lessons this summer and they all started in his class; Maddie moved on after the first session and pouted that she couldn't have him again, and Gracie and Bridget are going underwater and floating and bobbing and kicking like little fishes. What a difference the instructor makes in water confidence and skill-building, let me tell you.
We actually went to Frontier Park (vs. watching fireworks from home or in a field) this year for 4th of July; Tops in Blue performed first—the girls loved it. LOVED it. If you have a chance to see them perform (it's free!) we would recommend it highly. Their schedule reads as if they are performing in every city in the universe, so there's a good chance they might be coming to a town near you. Interesting note: Abby and Wes went with us, and I knew almost every single song they sang save for maybe two; Wes knew every line to one of the ones I had never heard of, which was some disco song about leaving a cake out in the rain. Apparently, it is very famous. Huh.
Apparently, I missed that one.
6. I had the worst run ever tonight. I hear this happens when you start to run more, the worst-run-ever-phenomena. Bright side: there is actually some compare and contrast going on, vs. every run being the worst run ever!
7. The girls said goodbye to three sets of base friends in June. There are many, many empty houses at the moment and we're hoping they will be filled with friendly children of complementary personalities. : )
A few weeks ago at Superday Gracie discovered tractors. She asked me if she could go ask the farmer (rancher?) if she could sit on his tractor; it did not appear that this was an option, but she was so determined I told her to go ahead. She waited and waited for him to finish a conversation with another farmer (rancher?) type, and then very boldly and politely asked permission to be hoisted up there. He was absolutely overjoyed with the prospect, and chatted with her about tractors for a while.
9. Frontier Days is just around the corner. Not only are Grandma and Grandpa coming again, but there will be a special session of Camp Dillow-Karahalis, where the Dillow children introduce the Karahalis children to rodeo. It will be fun : )
10. I am officially going to declare July 13 as the day I believe my new niece (who will not be named Flora Alice Pershey) will be born. It is already Katherine's birthday and their anniversary... seems like a good day for a new baby, too!