Early July Update

A busy, busy week here in Winter Casciari Land.  Mostly, running about every night playing concerts with the St. Johnsbury Band, and getting the little banana home so late that her schedule is all messed up.  At last the concerts are done for the week, and we can get back to whatever kind of normal we usually experience.

This past Sunday, Anna had on a particularly cute sailor dress, but getting a cute photo of her was a challenge.  I think the two below were the best of about 20.  For such a cute child, I don’t know how she can make such weird faces every time she knows I’m taking a picture!
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Monday night’s concert was our normal weekly affair in St. Johnsbury.  On Tuesday, we were invited to play on the Vermont Statehouse lawn in Montpelier as part of their annual July 4th festivities on the 3rd.  Yes, they do everything on the 3rd every year.  That’s Vermont for you.  I’m surprised that hasn’t spawned legislation in New Hampshire to require the 4th of July to be celebrated on the 2nd east of the Connecticut River.  Anyway, Pastor and Lori Schulz and the kids live in Barre, next to the church, and they invited us to come over for a cook out in the afternoon, and then we all went over to Montpelier for the parade, the concert, and then the fireworks.  I had made Anna a little white St. J Band shirt and gotten her some black jeans so she could match her mama.  She was too chicken to sit with me during the concerts, but she was cute nonetheless.

7-5-07-3.jpg 7-5-07-4.jpg Anna with Tristan – I didn’t realize she has to study the ground so hard when she walks.  I was hoping she’d end up being more graceful than her mama.  Perhaps it’s too soon to tell at the ripe old age of 27 months.

7-5-07-5.jpg 7-5-07-6.jpg Anna enjoying the parade.  She really did get a kick out of the parade, even though it was nothing like the parades I’m used to in the Midwest.  Mostly political candidates and radical activist groups trying to make some kind of point that was much too erudite for a July 4th parade.

7-5-07-7.jpg This was my favorite float!

After our concert, we headed back to our car and watched the fireworks.  Sort of.  Anna was quite afraid of them, and while sitting on Baba’s lap, she managed to supersaturate her diaper and leak all over her pants, and of course, Baba’s pants and shirt.  He panicked, because it would never occur to him to bring spare clothes for himself.  I had a couple of outfits for Anna, so I changed her, and then had to loan him my jeans and girly t-shirt that were my spare outfit.  He had to put on his leather jacket over everything so he wouldn’t look so effeminate.  :lol:  Because you all know how girly I am.  Ha ha ha!

I leave you with a video clip (it’s kind of long) of Anna playing with a little animal hospital I bought for her some time ago.  I had it stashed away, in plain view, of course, in my room, and she’s been sneaking peeks at it for several weeks now.  She finally got bold enough early this week to ask if she could play with it.  It’s really quite a cute toy, with 6 little cages on the front, all different colors, and a ring of keys color-coded to match the doors.  The keys and locks are shaped such that only the proper key will open each door.  It didn’t take her long to figure that out, and she spent a merry half hour or so by herself opening and closing the doors, and putting the puppy, kitten and birdie away for the night.  I think that’s the longest time she’s been able to entertain herself since she came home with us!  Please enjoy this video of my smart little girl!

One Response to “Early July Update”

  1. MOM says:

    She isn’t looking at the ground, she is marching. She is watching Tristen’s foot and staying in step with him. Good job!!! OU marching band is already looking for her. :yes: