Things to Do - Grateful List (July 2016)

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Wow, July seems forever ago. Summer is so short and crazy long at the same time. I'm exhausted. But there's only one more week of summer vacation to go!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

* ET in the neighbors' back yard
* Listening to Bob Dylan's latest album, Fallen Angels
* Watching OJ - Made in America
* Attending Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples with our friends at Wolf Trap
* Attending Icebergs and the Dollhouse exhibit at the Building Museum
* Reading Emma Cline's The Girls

* Pepita Cantina for a moms' night

* My new Oontz bluetooth speaker (perfect for vacation)

* A not-too-hot morning at the zoo (esp. the Washed Ashore sculptures - so cool!)

* Dori's BBQ for the weekend of the 4th
* Hosting a sleepover the night before we left for vacation and the kids staging a Hunger Games contest between boys and girls (all the weapons were placed on the sidewalk and everyone only had a few seconds to grab one).
* Playing Pandemic (F and I are somewhat addicted).

VACATION (Road trip)

Day 1 - Arlington to Asheville
* P - "I feel like we're driving through broccoli."
* Cucumber vodka drinks at dinner
* All three kids getting along

Day 2 - Asheville
* The Hop ice cream
* The Biltmore's gardens
* Dinner at Tupelo Honey
* "I think all these grilled cheeses are horrible, I guess I'm to used to Virginia grilled cheese, which is always good." - T

Day 3 - Asheville to Nashville
* Riding a boat through an underground lake at the Lost Sea Adventure
* Watching Say Anything with the kids (it was on cable)
* A rental apartment with guitars!

Day 4 - Nashville
* The best puppet show I've ever seen (at the Country Music Hall of Fame)
* Recording songs and the kids' excitement over Taylor Swift memorabilia (the Country Music Hall of Fame)
* Floating in the pool while the kids all played TOGETHER for 2 hours
* Dinner at Rosepepper Cantina and conversations about the kids when they were toddlers

Day 5 - Nashville to Memphis
* Crepes at the Red Bicycle
* Our cool, bohemian airbnb
* Farmers market arugula for dinner (yum)

Day 6 - Graceland
* F playing Elvis records all afternoon
* The Jungle Room
* Dan arrives!!!

Day 7 - The Civil Rights Museum/Little Rock/drive to Arkadelphia
* The awesome dance with T
* Little Rock's riverfront park
* Tabouli at the riverfront market

Day 8 - Arkadelphia to Oklahoma City
* Tubing in Arkadelphia
* T, during the 6 hour drive - "I'm so bored I'm making up terrible Christmas carols."

Day 9 - OKC
* A lazy morning reading books in the backyard while Dan grocery shopped
* An afternoon to myself shopping and yoga (Yogalab!!) followed by the kids and Dan making me dinner (so yummy!)

Day 10 - OKC - Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
* The Chihuly exhibit at the Oklahoma City Art Museum
* Hiking, Ogosporting, and Kan Jamming at our cabin
* T flying his new airplane everywhere (best $5 we've ever spent, you can buy them here)
* Star gazing
* Roadrunners!!

Day 11 - Palo Duro to Alberquerque
* DJing while dan drove
* Tinkertown!! (esp. the kids' fortunes - P = movie star, F = dishwasher, T = school teacher)
* The clouds on 1-40W (like the sky was attacking us)

Day 12 - Albuquerque to Santa Fe
* Hiking Rinconada Trail in Petroglyph National Park (it was crazy hot, but pretty)
* Our most gorgeous airbnb ever
* Rum and coke by the pool

Day 13 - Santa Fe
* Horseback riding in Santa Fe National Forest
* A lazy afternoon by the pool

Day 14 - Santa Fe
* MeowWolf
* The hammock
* Allie and her three (crazy) sons visiting for the day

Day 15 - 24 Hour Rafting Trip on the Rio Grande
* Pre rafting drinks at Blue Heron Brewery
* "The rating unicorns"
* Brandon, our guide, who made a wonderful dinner for us!
* Hiking with P on the trail across from our campsite
* T - "I think the mellow forward seems to be what our family is good at."
* Dan and T fishing together at the campsite (they were both so happy)

Day 16 - New Mexico to Durango, CO
* The most gorgeous drive ever!
* Working together as a family in the rapids
* A fantastic breakfast (thanks Brandon!) at our campsite

Day 17 - Durango
* Hiking the CO trail with Allie and her kids
* Yoga Durango's 4:30 class!
* The kids all playing Coup together while the adults drank wine on the porch outside

Day 18 - Durango
* Hiking Animas Mountain - yes it was hot and the kids complained constantly and we kept getting lost, but at least we're teaching them grit
* A final, mellow night at the house

Day 19 - Durango to Mesa Verde
* Dan saw a bobcat while fishing outside Durango
* Durango's fish hatchery
* Campsites with shade
* Camping Kan Jam
* Grilled chicken on Allison's camp stove
* Sunset from the Knife's Edge trail (so pretty!)
* Friendly deer outside the restrooms

Day 20 - Mesa Verde
* Our Cliff Palace and Balcony house tours
* Walking with P around the campground at night

Day 21 - Mesa Verde to Broomfield, CO
* Arriving at Sarah and Lyle's house to an awesome bbq with our friends (thank you!!)
* A gorgeous drive and watching thunderstorms in the mountains

Day 22 - Broomfield
* Drinks on Carolyn's porch after the pool
* All my friends kids bonding with my kids
* The girls making a movie of Sleeping Beauty with Sophia (the queen wanted to steal Sleeping Beauty's smarts)

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