Sunday, July 23, 2017

1st half of July

Here is a little bit of July so far. Summer is flying by but we are really into our groove now and are having a great time. I love summer! 


Michael went to VBS one night with a friend of his- so thoughtful of them to invite him! 
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Our water table has been getting plenty of action as it is so fun to play out back for a bit after dinner when it is nice and shady. It never feels too hot down there, such a blessing. 

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We ventured over to the Science Center one morning before our pass ran out and the kids did pretty well. We were stroller free and the girls had fun being able to walk on their own volition. However, it was hard to keep track of all three of them at once. Another big mistake was seeing an IMAX movie as girls were not interested at all. They did have fun with the animals and pushing the paper airplane button. We got lucky and were here when they noon news was on so Michael got to be on the weather. It was really cute! 

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I lost a diamond in my ring at the end of May and so my set was in the shop for about a month getting repaired and cleaned. It is so nice having it back and all shiny! 

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We've been taking the boat out about once a week and it has been so much fun. It is nice just running out there quick after work and usually the water is so nice. Instant vacation! 

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I took the kids to Union park for an adventure and all three had a good time. It was a little cooler day so Michael was too cool in the water but the girls had a blast. It is maybe one of those activities that is too babyish for a 7 year old but just perfect for 2 year olds. 

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We ate our lunch in the sun to dry off so we didn't have wet bottoms on the horses and the lady working actually told us thank you and she noticed us drying off before we rode. I thought that was such a nice compliment! The girls loved the carousel and we rode twice. 

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We also made a trip downtown to the farmer's market. It just so happened that the girls were up super early on a Saturday so I said, "let's go!". It was nice to be there while it was still cool and less crowded. 

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It is such a fun street fair atmosphere but we only lasted about 90 minutes before everyone started getting cranky (mostly Scott). 

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Out for ice cream! 

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Michael has been so funny this summer as he will sometimes just fall asleep while playing in his room. Sometimes I don't even think he realizes he fell asleep! It is a good reminder to me that he is still a little boy who is playing hard in the summertime. 
    

 I had a super busy stretch of performing from the end of June until mid-July where I had some extra rehearsals for the Iowa Chamber Artists and also the Boone Big Band. The Chamber Artists was a highlight of the summer for me as it was a challenge for me to play with such an accomplished group of musicians. It definitely made me better as a player and I was happy to contribute to the group. Some great music was made and just listening to the pieces I didn't play on at the concert was fabulous. A highlight of the summer for sure. 

The Boone Big Band played the Wednesday before the 4th for a really long concert that was exhausting. Whew! After that we had extra rehearsals and a 4th of July concert and then a festival for muni band so it was like a stretch of 14 days with 11 band things. It was busy but I'm glad I have a personal outlet for things that still make me Rose and not Mom or Mrs. Kundel. And thankful of course for my supportive family for functioning in my nights away. 

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Michael and I took a very fun field trip to PetSmart and got harry some new gear for his cage. Fun seeing all the stuff! 

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A big item on our summer bucket list was one I wasn't sure we'd be able to pull off: camping in the backyard. But sure enough, Scott upped his game and got everything ready for a really special night. It was a perfect evening and really gorgeous outside. We put the girls to bed early and then made a fire, roasted marshmallows, caught fireflies, and told ghost stories. Hopefully it will be as good of a memory for Michael as it was for me. Really special! 

That is what we have been up to the 1st half of July- hopefully I'll be back before the month is over. Time is moving too quickly and before we know it we'll be back in the school mode crunch. I'm definitely enjoying my vacation from it all! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

4th of July Weekend/Muscatine Visit

Over the 4th of July weekend, we took a trip to Muscatine to visit Scott's family and had a nice time. 


On Saturday morning, Scott and Michael went on a bike ride and canoe ride with Scott's brother and nephew. It sounded like they had a great time!


In the afternoon the whole family met for a picnic lunch and some exploring at Wildcat Den State Park. I had never been before and it was beautiful. 


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They even had the mill open inside for everyone to explore. Amazing to think about what it was like 100+ years ago. 

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So picturesque. 

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They had a fun area for wading in the water but we were not dressed properly- we'll have to put it on the list for next time. 

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After exploring by the mill, we took a little hike into the "Devil's Punchbowl" which was amazing. 

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I think the girls thought they were big stuff for being able to hike along with us. Anna was so cute as our pokey puppy, always stopping to examine every rock and tree branch in her path. Michael had lots of fun exploring with Uncle Steve. 


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Oh the way back to Scott's parents we had THREE sleepy heads in the back seat. ha! 

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I wanted to get a quick photo of the girls and I looking patriotic before church on Sunday so I asked Michael to take one. The above is the first result..ha! The girls looked really cute in their dresses and bows. They did pretty good in the nursery and it was probably good they were the only ones in there. They got brought out for the children's sermon and they looked so cute but I knew their naughty time bomb was ticking and I could see the twinkle in their eyes. Luckily they were just cute as buttons and practically everyone in the congregation told us afterwards how darling they were. I am glad they bring joy to people's lives, even if they are a handful sometimes. 

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After church, we all went to Kalona for lunch at the brewery there. It was about 45 minutes outside of Muscatine but on our way home it was a good choice. It was awesome and I enjoyed having a large beer and then napping on the way home. :o) 

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On Monday the 3rd, Scott and I both had to work but luckily my last two lesson cancelled so we could scoot downtown for a concert on the river front. It was Reel Big Fish and it was awesome. We even liked the opening band! Right as Reel Big Fish took the stage the fireworks from Yankee Doodle Pops (also downtown) started going off and popped throughout their first few songs. During the finale the lead singer stopped just to watch the fireworks and then the trumpet player started playing the Star Spangled Banner. Everyone started singing along and for some reason it was really a funny moment for me. Music, fireworks, singing, America. It was a beautiful night and a great show. 

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On Tuesday the 4th I got up early to get groceries (yes, I am *that* exciting) and then we set up the pool for the kids and had an early grilled dinner of burgers, corn and watermelon. 

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I had to run up to Boone at the end of the afternoon for our 4th of July concert. It was a beautiful night and a great concert that was a lot of fun to play. I love the veteran salute and seeing how much everyone enjoys the patriotic music. It really is community at it's best and I'm thankful to be part of one who puts music at the heart of it. 

It was a great weekend! Hope you had a great one, too!



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