Travis and I "did theatre" together at university, acting together and even directing one another in plays. There are a few other university theatre alumni living in the Bismarck/Mandan area, and one of them was available to join us today: our friend Nita and her daughter Dana. We all met at Travis' parents' rural home for a potluck meal, and then the children played together while the adults visited. Travis, Nita, and I are all university professors, so we "talked shop" today when we weren't chatting about memories from our school days together. It was great!
This perspective is looking down from the second-story deck into the backyard where Vlad has been able to swim while at his grandparents'. He invited all the blondes to join him today. Left to right: Hillary, Vlad, Dana, Suzanna, and Abigail
Travis' parents have two very friendly dogs, with whom we played throughout the day. They also have several horses, and Travis called them in so that we could get a close-up look and pet them.
The horses were super-friendly. A few took a hankerin' to me, and I might still have been trapped amongst them and their sniffing, nibbling, nudging heads had Travis not shooed them away!