Dear families and friends,
It’s ALWAYS good to be back on the road with Tour Choir, and today is no exception; the first day of a week-long tour with National Tour Choir. With partial sponsorship from Noble Energy, we started our day in Windsor, CO at Tozer Elementary School. This is a K-2 primary school, with about 300 very excited young children. They have a second grade choir with 62 kids and just finished their big program for the year, a Reggae concert! After a quick warm-up and spacing rehearsal, National Tour Choir kicked off the tour in style, singing beautifully, dancing with a smile on every face, and totally captivating our young audience. They helped us create the South African rain storm, sang the “fiddle-i-fee” right on cue in “I Bought Me a Cat,” and joined us for a rousing version of “Monkeys in the House.”
Back on the bus, we settled in for our first study time, to the tune of our favorite song, of course. “It’s happy study time, it’s happy study time, the quiet is sublime, it’s happy study time!” At the spring concert yesterday, it was decided that all of the homework should be completed today, so that any free time the remainder of the week could be spent either watching movies or swimming. A lofty goal. Which sadly was not achieved. They gave it the old college try, though! As Andrew, bus driver extraordinaire, safely ferried us along the highway, first north to Cheyenne, then west to Lander, Mrs. Proffitt, tutor extraordinaire, quickly had our classroom-on-wheels humming with activity. Royce, Thomas, Devin, Madeline, Kellie, Melissa, Devon and Aaron tackled their math, with Mr. Koriath assisting. Kent worked on his script-writing for Humanities. Ben and Logan turned out incredible pencil drawings for art class. Jayda is writing a research paper on interior design and Michael is studying the Civil War. Science studies included Metals (Nikolas), the Solar System (Thomas), hot air balloons (Madi), and compounds and the periodic table (Andrea). Sarah R. and Cait were hard at work on their Spanish, while Callia is studying Greek and Latin word origins and Kenny tackled his Russian. Blaise, the birthday girl, worked on her music theory and Greg is writing a report on Africa. Matthew is reading the fifth Harry Potter book; Brendan is reading “The Capture;” Chris is reading “Wicked” and Greer is studying “Twelfth Night.” Sarah F. is reading “Whirligig” and Lauren is illustrating “Side Effects;” Emily is reading “The Good Earth,” which Callia just finished, and Kate is working on “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And Matthew, Caden, Paige and Joey have successfully finished their work. Whew! I am always amazed at the variety and depth of school assignments and the enthusiasm and willingness with which these kids jump into them.
We stopped in Cheyenne for lunch at Lyons Park. The weather was beautiful – warm, sunny and, amazingly, no wind. The staff remembers, not-so-fondly, many a tour through Wyoming when the wind made the lunch-stop almost unbearable! There is a great playground at this park, full of more spinny things than I have ever seen in one place. And of course, we had to try them all, attempting to lose the lunches just consumed. All went well. We spun ourselves into oblivion, with even Thomas managing to keep lunch in its proper place. Faithful readers of these letters over the past four years might remember that Thomas’ motion sickness challenge often has undesirable results. Though at least today there were no rocking boats involved!
Directly across the street from Lyons Park is the Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum, with the largest collection of horse-drawn buggies in the nation. In addition to this collection, the museum details the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days and the wonders of the rodeo. As we came out of the museum, both Chris and Aaron asked, “What is Cheyenne Frontier Days?” Hmmmmm. Something missing there…either in the museum or in Chris and Aaron.
We continued on to Lander, studying most of the way and arriving just in time for dinner at the China Garden Restaurant. It was delicious, from the soup and egg rolls to the fortune cookies! Then off to a quick and efficient check-in at the Holiday Inn Express, and a just as quick and efficient change into swimwear so we could hit the pool. Which was quite cold. Do you jump right in, suffer the shock and move on? Or go one toe at a time, enduring slow pain? Many very creative techniques were attempted. And others simply chose the hot tub, instead!
Showers, a bit more homework, and lights out. Day one successfully completed. And photos to come – we promise!