We had a fantastic time at Riverdance. The skies threatened rain the whole time, but it never happened, which was good for the people who were seated on the lawn! The kids have all watched the video cassette of Riverdance that we have, so they knew what to expect, but it is so electrifying to see and hear it in person. Even Micah was enthralled! Irish dancing is another of those things I wish I had learned during the time after we moved to Colorado when I thought I'd be pregnant but wasn't. Well, actually I suppose I should have started at age 4, like all the dancers did, but I don't think anyone in Los Angeles or Okinawa had heard of Irish dancing back in the late 70's/early 80's, at least not among our circle! Anyway, I'm sure it's too late now. But I love watching it!
Bob and I went to see Riverdance when we were stationed in Colorado Springs back in 2000 to celebrate our anniversary. When I saw the summer Wolf Trap schedule this spring, and saw that Riverdance was coming, I told Bob that was what I wanted to do to celebrate this year, even though it was a month early!
It was a late night for us, and when we finally arrived home around 11:00, we were greeted by Jonathan, who showed us this lovely bullseye rash on his arm. Jonathan had actually not been feeling all that well the past few days. He had been complaining of his neck and arms aching, as well as being sluggish. Thursday he kept saying how cold he was, and he wore his jacket inside the house all day long. I felt him, but he didn't feel really feverish. He also had a big headache, so finally at dinnertime I told him to take some Motrin. I just assumed he had some kind of virus, though, and I would never have suspected Lyme disease without him seeing that rash, so I am very thankful he saw it, and that it was in a place he could see easily.
Verity was also happy to see Nathan. Several of the other girls of staff wanted to hold her, but she just held on even tighter to Nathan and burrowed into his neck. She was pretty tired by the time we left, and she fell asleep pretty much as soon as we drove off the property! So did the other kids, so we had a nice, quiet drive back, for the most part. I was so glad we drove up! Nathan said seeing us was "the best birthday present", so it was all worth it!