Sunday, July 04, 2010

Two Holidays for the Price of One

Faithful Reader, you will recall that we spent Father's Day in a vehicle driving home from Missoula, MT--almost 12 hours, what with stops for food and gasoline and restroom breaks.  I got some great gifts in the morning and enjoyed spending the entire day with my four blondes, but we didn't find a day's worth of driving to be an especially fun thing to do for Father's Day.  So we had a "re-do" today!

After eating a Scandinavian breakfast and putting up the American flag outdoors, we went to church and then returned home to finish watching Secrets of the Mountain, a movie we had recorded when NBC first aired it in April but just last night started watching (it's really good, by the way, and will be aired again this weekend--check it out).  We ate dinner at Wendy's and for dessert had free frosties, thanks to coupons we received while at Family Fun Day yesterday.  Then we drove to a nearby park to play and enjoy the nice weather until it was time to . . .

. . . go to see Toy Story 3!  I hadn't seen Toy Story 2, but knowing the basic premise from the first Toy Story was preparation enough to see the current one.  What a terrific movie!  The quality of the computer animation is amazing, and the plot features suspense, action, humor, romance, and a heart-tugging ending that had Susan and me in tears (hint: it has to do with children growing up).  For supper afterwards, we shared appetizers at Sanford's Grub & Pub.  We ordered just three items for the five of us, but we were completely stuffed by the time we left!  Then we hit to road, taking the Interstate west in order to . . .

. . . go to see the Medora musical!  We go to Medora fairly often because it's only a half-hour away and there's so much to see and do there.  The past couple summers, we have known cast members in the musical, giving us another reason to attend.  This year we don't know any of the actors, but we thought tonight--to celebrate both Independence Day and Father's Day: Part II--would be a good one to go see the show.  A featured performer tonight was David Crowe, a comedian with a hilarious bit about second-hand drinking (ask me about it). Afterwards it took a lo-o-ong time to advance in the queue of cars waiting to exit the parking lot (via a single-file-only road winding down the side of the butte), but we got to see some of Medora's fireworks display while leaving town and some of Belfield's while passing that city en route to Dickinson.

Not only was it a very pleasant Independence Day, but it was also a terrific second Father's Day!

Suzanna, Abigail, and Hillary pose with me at the top of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre before the show.


  1. Happy Father's Day Redo! :-)

  2. Holy buckets! Do you realize that you all squeezed a total of 10 events into that one day?!?!?!? My day would have been full after just 3 or 4 of those! How awesome!!
    Sounds like you had a great Father's Day (Part II) and a fun
    4th of July!