So, old friends, here's all the stuff I should have posted on but didn't make time for because life got in the way.
- Mark and Andrew participated in the Bill Self Parent/Child Basketball Camp at KU. Our good friends came from Alabama, Seattle and Springfield and all together the dads and sons fielded a very fine starting five. The dads (and mom! we missed you at girls' night, Carolyn!) and kids spent the night in the dorms, ate pizza and might have played a little basketball during the event. I was lucky enough to have an evening out with Robin and Heather while the dads were camping, which felt like a pretty big treat. Two of your best friends, Tellers and sangria can't be beat.
- Butch and RoRo came for a visit! It was fun to have them here and to see the boys with them. Thomas mastered Butch's name on about the sixth day of their seven day visit. Andrew loved having extra adults around to watch him ride his bike, to help him with the computer and to just generally attempt to impress in any way possible. Madeline loved having them here so much that she did her now patented pooping all over the basement out of spite routine after they left. (We've relented and agreed that the next time they visit she can go home with them for an extended sleepover.) And, the folks up at our local HyVee are still asking when Butch is coming for his next visit.
- The Lawrence CVB hosted the Kansas-Nebraska Chautauqua during the same time that Butch and RoRo were here. I won't bore you with the details of that but let's just say that after five days of those festivities I was a treat to be around.
That brings us roughly to today - minus a few details - where we've got a 5th birthday looming and we're looking forward to a fun 4th of July weekend.
I promise that from here forward I'm going to call more often so there's less ground to cover in between!