Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lexi's Birthday

We celebrated Lexi's birthday with Sam, Nathan, and Chris present as well. We actually had two celebratory meals: one, our traditional breakfast chosen by the birthday girl or boy, and two, dinner at the club. All the photos are here.

Birthday dinner at the club.

This is how the day started.

For dessert at the club. Lexi's on top with three candles, Sam's to the right.

Pikes Peak

Sam, Nathan, and Chris are in town, so up Pikes Peak we went, by car (the cog railway is closed indefinitely). Close to the entire time it "graupeled" on the summit. Graupeling is something between snowing and hailing, according to the ranger. I asked if the railway shutdown caused an increase in the road access traffic. The answer was, "not really." I'm thinking the food/retail service at the summit is what's suffering if the railway attendance there is not being replaced by roadway traffic. All the photos are here.

That's graupel in Matteo's hair.

A marmot.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Territory Days

Territory Days is an annual event in Old Colorado City that draws upwards of 100,000 people over the Memorial Day weekend. And we thought we'd give it a go. Turned out to be a good idea. All kinds of entertainment, activities, and a plethora of food and retail vendors covered the 4 blocks of downtown. All the photos are here.

Alchemy, an Irish Pub

Dat's Italian

Old Colorado City Historical Society's Museum.
Fascinating "toboggan," a speeder for the cog railway.

There was a model railroad running in the Museum.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Back in the Set Business

It took but a couple conversations with the company manager and Tracy and Lynn were back in the set building business. This time it's a ticket booth for the Fun Fair in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang produced by the Elevate Productions. Stand by, more set pieces to come...

Update 6/6/18: Circus tent continues...

Update 6/5/18: Now the circus tent is coming along, too...

"Stripes. When you get them right it’s the best feeling in the world!!"

Thursday, May 24, 2018


AJ and Matteo have both joined organized baseball teams this season. They've had a couple practices so far and the first games are about two weeks away. AJ's team is the Dodgers and Matteo's the Diamond Backs. All the photos from today's practice are here.

Awesome First Day of Summer

To the pool! Lunch from the Grill and everything! Off to a great start! A few more photos are here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Graduation and a Concert

The twins graduated from Kindergarten today - and then came home and watched the Thunderbirds (at least for a little while). It was a big day. And Fina's Concert Choir along with the other advanced choirs held a concert tonight, the last day of school. Earlier this Spring her choir got a perfect score (all ones) at the regional CHSAA Music Festival. A little unusual scheduling-wise (concert on last day of school) but turned out to be the perfect touch for wrapping things up. Well, the real wrapper was frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf after the show. (Sorry for the cell pics.)

Fina is first row far right (next to music teacher in gray shirt).

Tracy suggested putting these next to their Harvard graduation pics.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thunderbirds (Day 2)

After yesterday's "site survey" run, today the Thunderbirds did a full-on rehearsal of their graduation ceremony show which they'll perform tomorrow. We took up a closer location directly across the highway from Falcon Stadium (which is "center show"). We were exactly one mile away from the stadium at Colorado Mountain Brewery. All the photos are here.

Monday, May 21, 2018


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were flying a "site survey" today for Wednesday's Air Force Academy graduation. I took these photos from our back deck. A few more photos are here.

Just left of center and down in the distance is the Air Force Academy's
football stadium (Falcon Stadium) where the graduation ceremony will occur.

Lower right is the Air Force Academy. The familiar chapel is rightmost.