Books, Pizza, and Ice Cream, Oh My!

Hope Lutheran in Penryn is gorgeous! It’s a beautiful setting surrounded by trees, hills, clean air. Ahhhh. (That’s a happy sigh, not a scream, which is spelled the same way, only louder, like this: AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! See the difference?)


Plus there was a terrific playset and grassy knoll for the kids to get their wiggles out and a designated area to pummel each other without fear of sibling or parental retribution,, all under the guise of a sporting game of tetherball…which I’m guessing was invented by a parent who was tired of refereeing sibling rivalry.

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Pastor Karon’s congregation there hosted an ice cream social and a book fair in conjunction with Steve’s outdoor concert. Those people know how to do ice cream!

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In case you’re wondering, the book/ice cream/ concert combination sort of results in 1/3 of the people browsing books, 1/4 of the people chatting in the background, kids on sugar highs running everywhere, and the rest of the people (you will have to figure out the fractions yourself) listening to the music…while eating ice cream…while Stephen sings…and drools…because he doesn’t get any ice cream. Dairy before a concert—bad idea. Ice cream after the concert—melted.

See. Ice cream:


No ice cream:


Ice cream:


No ice cream:


But enough about Steve not getting any ice cream. Poor guy.

While we were setting up, someone (whose name I do not know, and who will heretofore be known in the annals of The Travel Bags as Generous Pizza-Book Lady) brought us three piping hot pizzas! That may not see like a big deal to you, but consider this typical concert timeline:

  • 2 p.m. eat linner—lunch + dinner = linner
  • 3 p.m. leave for concert
  • 3:45 p.m.arrive at concert, set up, sound check, change a diaper
  • 5:00 wait…and change another diaper or two
  • 6:00 p.m. ice cream social
  • 6:30 p.m. concert
  • 7:40 p.m. concert ends—socialize
  • 8:45 p.m. break down and load up
  • 9:00 p.m. leave for “home”
  • 9:45 arrive “home”

That’s almost 8 hours (less if we’re “camped” at the concert location), and while we do pack food, it’s not hot and “dinnerish.” Think salads, sandwiches, wraps, fruits and veggies, the healthy side of your typical brown bag fare. Food ranks pretty high on the Things That Make Bautistas Happy List, so the pizza eaters were pretty excited…to put it mildly.


Generous Pizza-Book Lady made an enormous (and we mean enormous) deposit at the book fair for our kiddos to pick out some books after the concert. It was buy-one-get-one-free day, so that was a lot of books. We found some treasures and shared also. Thank you, Generous Pizza-Book Lady!

It was a nice, relaxed evening meeting some great people, letting the kiddos run off some steam before the concert, picking out some book treasures…and watching everyone else eat ice cream and not getting any.

Still no ice cream:


(I think it’s time to move past the ice cream issue, don’t you?)

An added bonus, some of Stephen’s family showed up for their first ever Stephen Bautista concert. What a great encouragement! (That would be some of them in the ice creamless picture above.)

Thanks for having us! We really had a terrific time! And you really do know how to do ice cream!

Pssst. See those two little boys singing with Steve? They got ice cream. Steve? No ice cream. I’m just sayin’.


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