So many noteworthy things have happened since the last post, but I certainly do not want to forget to mention our trip to Minneapolis a few weeks ago. Harrelson Trumpets (whom James is representing on the road) was having an open house where people could come learn about the awesome technology and try out the horns. We gave a video presentation on what life on the road as a family is like. We (myself and the kids) visited the shop a few days before and Jason (trumpet maker) so patiently and with child understandable terms, gave them all their physics lessons for the day, while showing them the machines in which he makes the trumpets and answering questions.
Carissa enjoying the shop dog, Oscar.
While James was at the shop during the week, the kids and I had a blast with the family of my dear friend Patty from high school/college. It was like no time had elapsed at all after all these years. We met and performed together with the Iowa State Fair Singers back in the summer of 1988. I was the piano accompanist and she was one of the singers. There were high school kids from all over the state of Iowa that were selected. We stayed at host homes around the state and performed at small town festivals. Then we took residency for 10 days at the Iowa State Fair and did 3 shows a day. While we were in Minneapolis visiting their home, Patty found an old VHS of our performance (I'm sure I had one too but who knows where that is) and I'm not sure when the last time was that I laughed that hard, just sharing memories about those days. We were also college buddies and now life long/forever friends.
Here is a picture of the kids playing legos together. One of those BIG sacrifices they left behind, so they were really having fun with this.
We also had a great time visiting with James' high school friend Paul (and Vanessa). We visited the Como Zoo with them. Also got to see their incredible backyard garden, right in the middle of the city! I was impressed with how much food they could grow in such a small space! Wish I would have taken a picture of that.