Tuesday, July 7, 2020

4th of July Weekend

It's finally here!!  FRIDAY -- July 3rd...and we all know what that means!!

HAMILTON....!!

I had a big WATCH party all planned....of course, it involved wearing some of my fabulous HAMILTON shirts, jackets, pants, etc...

Well -- you remember...I WAS HAMILTON OBSESSED for well over a year...
The shirt Lilly wore in 2017 was perfect for Warren.
The jacket was a little big on him...but, sadly, Lilly wasn't the LEAST bit interested in even trying it on.
Sadly, this is my best picture of Lilly wearing any Hamilton garb...ugh...
Lilly's love affair with Alexander is finished...caput...she's completely over it...and, clearly, has moved on....

Although she DID watch the entire show with me -- it was clear she was just humoring her elderly grandmother.

She didn't sing along to a single song...not even Guns and Ships...

I was heartbroken...

And Warren?  Well -- he was once again very happy to have his Lego room to escape to....

Monday, July 6, 2020

Tipton: What we did...

After our wonderful breakfast, and a little catching-up visit -- the four of us set out to walk around this charming little Iowa town.
We tried to get the Tipton water tower in our first selfie of the day...
There's a huge bicycle...Tipton is often a stop on RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).
Tipton is the county seat for Cedar County. So, there's a town square -- you can see the courthouse in the background. They also have a Freedom Rock.
WHICH GAVE ME A GREAT IDEA...Bubba Sorensen's goal is to paint a Freedom Rock for every county in the State of Iowa. I wonder how many of them we can visit this summer?
Every Rock is different. This one featured Herbert Hoover (born in Cedar County)
The Underground Railroad came through here...
Our BEST SELFIE of the day...Good Job, girls!!
Their town square boasts a clock which reminded Lilly of the Tiffany's clock in Grand Central Station.
The abandoned theater, of course, has seen better days.
Lilly found a Tipton rock...
PERFECT!!  This reminds me -- we've got some rock-painting to do!!
We stumbled into an old bank building that is now an art gallery.
The focus was on recycling ordinary things into art...like pop tops from cans
Empty water bottles become a work of art...
old books
Our final stop of the day HAD TO BE THIS LITTLE BAKERY...
This place was actually the REASON WE MET IN TIPTON!!
It's a tiny little one-woman shop which has seating for 6 people. This is where Anne and Sarah come when they need a REALLY GOOD doughnut fix...
AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT..!!  TIFFANY'S DID NOT DISAPPOINT..!!
Lilly chose the Bismark filled with pudding, topped with bacon maple frosting...
Oh, yeah -- this was THE PERFECT ENDING TO THE MOST PERFECT DAY..!!

Thanks again Anne and Sarah!!  We're off to a great start -- and decoratable facemasks are SUCH A GOOD IDEA -- you should be selling them on Amazon!!

I'll post pictures after Lilly paints them...

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Road Trip #1: Tipton, Iowa

Lilly and I were off to Tipton, Iowa -- to visit with my young friend, Anne and her daughter, Sarah. The drive was a straight shot west on I-80.

Lilly was the official co-pilot/navigator...and it was a boring job for the Google Maps girl.  (only one turn)...
I may have been to Tipton when I was a kid -- but I don't remember anything about this town...
Anne and Sarah were coming from Cedar Rapids -- and they beat us to the breakfast joint.
We exchanged gifts (a tradition we started many years ago)...I gave Anne a book, some Schmetz needles and some sewing machine oil.  She gave us six designer FACE MASKS...
Anne and Sarah have made over 800 facemasks, and they also sewed dozens of isolation gowns...
I love the way she makes the one-piece, adjustable tie -- and these masks are special.  THEY ARE MEANT TO BE DECORATED...
Of course, we were traveling with a few game options...
This place had Nutella Crepes!! OMG...
With my phone, I'm taking a picture of Sarah taking a picture with her phone.
It was Anne inviting us to meet in Tipton that made me realize ROAD TRIPS are the perfect solution to this year's problematic Grandma Camp.

Friday, July 3, 2020

HAMILTON

So -- TODAY IS THE BIG DAY. We get to watch HAMILTON. Again. This time, it will be from the comfort of our own home...thanks to Disney Plus.  Also, this time, we'll be watching Lin-Manuel Miranda in the starring role...

I was lucky enough to see this wonderful play in Chicago -- TWICE.

The first time, I went with my friend Linda and her daughter Kim.

Lilly was 8 years old, and she became obsessed with the music. She learned every word of every song, and I was so shocked and proud...she sang Hamilton songs in three different talent shows, at the dentist's office, the bank, in restaurants...it was SO MUCH FUN.

So, the second time I saw Hamilton was with LILLY and my friends Jackie, Sandy and Jeff. We took the train to Chicago -- and, well -- it was, without a doubt, one of the BEST days of my life.

Alas, Lilly got over Alexander Hamilton.... And I haven't heard her sing a Hamilton song for over a year...

But that was a very happy time for us...and tonight, for our viewing party, I'll be getting out all our Hamilton paraphanelia...shirts, jackets, pants -- even a purse!!

Oh, yeah -- this is gonna be fun!!