Steve is not a music person at all. He has a hard time understanding the lyrics and much prefers talk radio or audiobooks (I almost wrote books on CD and then remembered they were replaced years ago!) So when he gave me concert tickets last year for a gift (for the two of us), I knew it was out of love. It could only be out of love!
Granted, his track record for concerts is extremely limited – and the last time we were together at a concert the impaired lead to Counting Crows went on a 15 minute political rant and couldn’t sing his lines, and they couldn’t seem to get hime off the stage…so the bar was pretty low!
9 months after receiving the tickets as a gift – we were finally able to cash them in and see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with some friends. Growing up I was a huge country fan and Tim McGraw still ranks as one of the few country artists I still listen to. They were amazing in every way, they put on an entertaining show and I enjoyed every minute.
Much to my surprise, Steve also enjoyed himself even though he didn’t know all the songs. In fact one song Faith started to sing and he turned to me and said, “I thought this song was Shania Twains”. It blew his last concert out of the water. Perhaps it was enough to get him to a couple more concerts! Music is good for the soul!
We all have a choice. Some days I choose better than others. I don’t even think it’s a daily choice – perhaps more of a minute-to-minute decision. Depends on the day!
Very few people are brave enough or love us enough to visit in July. In fact, no one loves us enough – however, we do get visitors on occasion when they have to be in Arizona for something else. My brother and his family had a reunion here (I know…who plans a reunion in July in Arizona?!?) which means we got them for a couple days after they were done.
July visitors get a lot of water time. In the past we’ve gone to water parks and to the lake – this go around we had less time so we stuck with pools.
A visit isn’t complete without scorpion hunting – its always a fan favorite! After killing the 11 in our yard, we moved on to our neighbor’s yard where we found twice that many. Including these two moving along the wall attached to each other. After hunting, it was late and finally the temperature was bearable (just over 100 degrees) to be outside. We played basketball speed for an hour while sweating profusely.
With pool time and scorpion hunting complete – we hit a local indoor trampoline/ninja warrior/skate park. This was a hit with our kids and we had no problem spending two hours jumping and climbing and everything else they had to offer. An indoor park can’t be beat in the Arizona summer.
Hip hip hooray for the start of another school year!! Luckily all these smiles are genuine and every one came home with the same smiles.
They all met up with friends either riding the bus or when they arrived at the school which helps calm any nerves that might be bubbling just below the surface.
One of our favorite traditions is having cousins come over after school to share in the fun and excitement – and they hop in the photo booth to document the day. We got a good kick out of looking at first day of school photos from years past – memory lane is always a fun road.
This happened today. Three kids in school all day. One kid in preschool a couple hours a week. And one little boy who is home alone but refuses to take off his red “packpack”.
I love when summer rolls around. I look forward to our summer roadtrip all year long. I love late nights in the pool. I love watching the kids play together. But as much as I love summer, I also love sending them back to school and so far, they love going back to school. I dread the age when they don’t get excited to lay out their outfits and get new school supplies. Fortunately, Hallie still falls into this category, although I can’t be sure how much longer she’ll last.
They were all smiles walking out the door and just as I suspected, they were all smiles walking back in the door. I was most nervous about Hallie since she’s moved on to Junior High and navigating a new school, with a new schedule and new friends can be intimidating. But she walked in the door just as excited and happy as the rest of them and eager to tell the details of her day and I listened for as long as she would talk. And then when Steve got home, she went over all the details with him as well.
This evening the boys collected paper bags full of things that represented them and Hallie sat at the table and did her math homework – and just like that our late night swim sessions are over. At least on school nights.
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