Medora Musical

A couple hours away in the town of Medora, North Dakota, you will find an absolutely adorable little tourist town. One of the major attractions is the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but there are many other attractions as well. You can find everything from museums to trail rides through the park, a water park for the kids (parents are free!) and golf for the adults. As a matter of fact, the town is so cute that its motto is “Explore It. Adore It. Medora.”

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One of the biggest attractions of the town is the Medora Musical. This year they are celebrating their 50th year, so they have been around for a very long time. We had heard great things about it, so a few weeks ago, we decided we had to check it out. We are very glad we did! (Kids are free on Sunday and Wednesday!)

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One of the coolest things about the show is that it is outside. There was no chance of rain noted when we bought our tickets, but they changed the forecast the day before the show, so we were hoping the rain would hold off. It did. 🙂

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We had wonderful seats right up front on the right side of the stage. The kids thought it was neat that you could see the performers in the house windows when they were preparing for the next set.

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There was great singing, great dancing, live music, even horses! It was one of those cute little shows where you find yourself smiling from the time it starts until well after it is over.

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The night we went, the featured act was a juggling group from China. These boys were good. Really, really good! Their acrobatics were incredible. I guess each featured act of the summer performs for a few weeks, then another group comes in. I am sure all of the acts were great, but these boys were amazing!

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After the show, the whole hillside was lit up with changing lights. I wish I were better at night photography, because it was such a beautiful sight. We talked about the show for a good bit of the drive home, which was a good thing, because we did not get home until almost 2am, and both Rob and I had to get up for work in the morning. It was more than worth it, though. Makes me smile just thinking about it… 🙂

 

Rendezvous

Fort Union Rendezvous is the biggest weekend of the year here at the fort. It is basically four days of living history. The event takes place every June and draws thousands of visitors. Both of the twins volunteered for the weekend. Catheryn dressed up for Living History, Nathan worked in the blacksmith shop and Rob and I both worked so we were able to sit in on some presentations and demonstrations. Rob’s sister, Mary Beth, and her husband, Jim, were here so we were able to share the weekend with them as well, which made it that much better.

A lot of time and planning went into the long weekend, so it was neat to see such a successful event in action, but it sure seemed quiet when it was all over. I guess now it is time to start planning for next year. If you happen to find yourself in this neck of the woods come mid-June, you should stop in, it is not everyday you have a chance to step back in time to the 1850s.

Farewell Summer

It seems like just last week we were all excited about the start of summer vacation. We were looking forward to three whole months of rest and relaxation without the stress and worry that school sometimes brings. But, as they usually do, summer flew by, leaving us to wonder where on earth it went, because surely it did not stick around as long as it was supposed to.

Despite our protests, time has come for school to begin again. This past Wednesday I woke the kiddos up at o’dark thirty in order to get ready for their first day. Liam is heading into 6th grade while Catheryn and Nathan are tackling 5th.

Grade school is almost a thing of the past in our house. Pretty soon it will be all middle school and young adults where my babies in elementary used to stand. Once again, time, I beg of you, please slow down. It does not seem like all that long ago when I was wishing for the opposite. Sleepless nights followed by days filled with crying and whining and non-stop demands. I was not sure if we were going to make it through, but make it we did, and now it seems like a lifetime ago…

I want them to stay young, but at the same time, I am excited to see what the future holds for them. They are bright shining lights and I know they are going to do great things. I just know it.

So, my children, as you climb on the bus each morning, please remember that I love you dearly. And I am so very proud of you. Always have been. Always will be…

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