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Music, Dance & Statues

Our summer break is off to a great start.  And when I say our, I mean my girls becuase I don’t have the luxury of taking the summer off.  I really should have became a teacher!  But we do try to fit in as much summer fun as we can while they are here.  They visit their dad in the Midwest for half of the summer.

Today we slept in and had a lazy morning of reading in bed.  I headed to work for a few hours this afternoon, while the girls had a final softball practice.  Tonight we wanted to head downtown!

A local theatre company here offers a free community show on an outdoor stage several nights a week during the summer.  This is something they have been doing for years.  We try to go as often as possible.  It can get pretty crowded, but you can see from most anywhere around the stage.  Many people bring picnics from home or takeout from one of the many nearby restaurants.

Tonight’s show featured Renaissance and baroque music performed on period instruments.

It was okay.  Not really my thing, but live music is always awesome to be a part of.

My favorite part of the evening was watching this father and son duo dance to song after song.

They were so cute!  Lots of turns, dips and skipping!  I am also in awe of that gal’s mohawk of many colors.  So bold!

After the concert, we ran into a few other entertainers on our walk home.

The living statues are back!  I haven’t seen them since last summer.

We also got to listen to this great group for a while.  They drew quite a crowd.

The first day of summer break for my girls was a success!  I can’t wait to see what else we can find to do!

Do you get a chance to see local entertainment very often?

Man in My Room

The weekend before last I woke up scared half to death.  What woke me?  A man’s voice.  A man’s voice in my bedroom!  I sat straight up in bed convinced there was a man in my bedroom.  Then the voice came again!  There was no man in my bedroom.  (Not that I would be complaining about a man in my room.  Yahoo!  But usually I know about his presence before waking up!  I’m just saying…)

So where was the voice coming from?!  Then I realized the voice was coming from the high school track PA system next door.  They were testing it for the track meet scheduled that day.  Ugh!  Not how I wanted to wake up.

Shortly after that, I realized the neighbors behind me where setting up for something in their back yard.  What could it be?  (I am such the neighbor stalker!  Aren’t you glad you don’t live next to me?)

An outdoor concert!  Mr. Neighbor is a music teacher.  All of his students and their families arrived at noon for a BBQ and to show off their newly acquired skills.  At first I was a little nervous about what torture to my ears was about to occur.  (Both my daughters play violin.  I know what I’m talking about here!)

But it turned out great!  The kids played instruments and sang for close to two hours.  It was such a great afternoon watching the track meet and listening to live music!

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Last week my younger daughter had her annual gymnastics spring show.  Each student got to showcase several gymnastics maneuvers including cartwheels, handstands, balance beam, vault and bars with their class all at the same time.  It was a bit chaotic!

And my point and shoot camera took almost all blurry photos again.  This is the only decent shot I could get of her on the mats.  Hate you camera!

She’s in the back row, far right, in the green.

And then it was time for medals and another blurry photo (I swear my camera phone takes better photos)!  A year’s worth of gymnastics fees and she gets a medal.  That sounds about right…

Just kidding.  She loves gymnastics and is pretty good at it.  So I pay and she plays.  Priceless.

Do you get “free” entertainment at home?