Hello, summer! We had a nice last week of school with the kids as another academic year came to a close. Aaron and I had breakfast on the porch a couple times, and then he literally had a field at school on Thursday. In the meantime, Hannah got a few patches from her troop with American Heritage Girls, and I got to attend a little end-of-year ceremony with all of them.
In other news, I got to have a free gyro lunch at work thanks to a friendly benefactor. Then on Thursday, I hung out with my friend Stephen for his birthday at Herbe Sainte with a few of our mutual political friends. It was nice to catch up after the primary with a handful of people involved in the Lindstrom campaign (as well a Congressional candidate I voted for). I also heard a rumor that a certain Governor may be running for Senate in 2024, whether or not the incumbent Senator is running for re-election or not. You heard it here first!
The weather went from cold and rainy to sunny and warm just in time for the Salute to Summer parade in La Vista. Hannah came with me to help hand out handfuls of candy for Don Bacon, and got the chance to introduce her to the Congressman as well as Mike Flood, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, and Governor Ricketts. I also saw Judge L. Steven Grasz, who was there with Miss Nebraska Volunteer Aubrey Grasz (who I’m guessing is related).
It was a hot little walk down Park View Boulevard, but Hannah held up with me as we walked along with the crowd. Then we caught a ride back to our car on the Sarpy GOP bandwagon before heading home.
Then that evening, we went to the opening night at the SumTur Amphitheater. We try to visit the little outdoor “movie park” at least once a year, and this time they had some special guests performing. First was a magician named The Amazing Lindy, who brought a few kid volunteers up on stage to do various tricks with cards, lemons, and a plush Herbie Husker (in various colors). He also had his grandkids “Dinky and Stinky” doing various goofy tricks beforehand.
Then came The String Beans, a trio from Lincoln (who we’d seen previously at the Eclipse). They sang songs about Nebraska, goofy dances, and beans, and they seemed to be a big hit with the gaggle of kids in the audience. They had several moments of audience participation, inviting dads up to “air guitar” and moms to do the “Nebraska Hula.” They also had a limbo line for the kids and a giant tarp to make a giant “pizza.” Vivian and I got some tacos from the Papillion Taco Guy for dinner along with popcorn and ice cream sandwiches for the kids, and then we watched the Pixar movie Soul to make for a very late night.
Sunday was relatively low-key by comparison. We still made it to church despite sleeping late, and Hannah made a birdhouse in her Sunday School class. I broke out our tiny wading pool for the kids in the afternoon as I spent some quality time cleaning our gutters (and getting exercise going up and down the ladder).
Then that evening, I drove by Tap Dancers Coffee for a “wake” for their coffee business. I’ve been drinking Maxine’s coffee ever since I started at the Institute some nine years ago, and it’s been a part of my workday ever since, so I was a little sorry to see it go. They had plenty of food for their goodbye party, and Dan Wondra came by for a dance or two with Maxine. I also got to learn about Tom’s new post-coffee adventure, which apparently involves traveling the country in an RV playing music before heading down to Puerto Rico to retire, all of which he plans to livestream on YouTube.
Then came Memorial Day! I put up an American flag and took a lovely bike ride up and down the Keystone Trail in Bellevue. There were some scattered thunderstorms, so I got a bit wet, but it was a lovely little ride. I’ll be enjoying bike riding a bit more that Aaron is out of school and I can take off early for a ride to work nearly every weekday.
Then at lunchtime, we headed to my parents’ house for some smoked burgers, potato salad, and baked beans, which we ate in the backyard picnic style while trying to keep the wind from blowing things away. Grandpa also got to measure our kids to see who was taller. It’s still Hannah by 2/3 of an inch, but that will likely be changing soon.