Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Tunes



And when you come back uptown
Remember not to look for me there
I give you one more change to make it better
But you don't seem to care





Ten-Twenty-Ten - Generationals

When I need it so bad
Why do you not come to defend
Is there any way to tell me
That you're gonna be a terrible friend

You remind me of a distant constellation
The way you color it up
But don't let me touch

So now you wanna know
Is that important
Well maybe now
And it just depends
It just depends

And when you come back uptown
Remember not to look for me there
I give you one more chance to make it better
But you don't seem to care


You pretend to be accosted by tradition
And now you cover it up
Tell me you don't
Well now you wanna know
Is nothing sacred?
And I don't wanna have to compare
They don't compare

When I see your friends
They say it's in my head
All my friends seem to think
You might leave me for dead

I don't remember if it's coastal complication
It keeps leaving it out
And color it up
And if you wanna know
I won't confront you
With all the stupid things
That you said

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fair Times

This weekend our town hosted its annual fair. It's a small town fair, with booths featuring local crafters, businesses, food vendors and games. There was a collection of bounce houses, a rock wall and a huge inflated slide. There was an antique car show, a parade full of sirens and lights and floats. The highlight for us was the kids Doll Carriage and Bike Parade. All kids 8 and under were encouraged to decorate their bikes or doll carriages and participate in the parade.

Nate was more than enthusiastic about being a part of this. He decided he wanted his bike to become a rocket, which is fitting since his bike is actually a Huffy Rock It. Tim outfitted the bike with cardboard, tape and zip ties to secure a great rocket frame and Nate & Ben decorated it. (and the front steps a bit)

The day of the parade was 85, sunny and without a breeze to be felt most of the day. Nate buckled up and rode his bike through it, right to 3rd place!!! The rest of the day was filled with time in bounce houses, obstacle courses, some classic games and cooling off with Sno Cones. I have to say, this small town is really starting to feel like home.






The winners in mid-ride. The Pilot at the top of the picture came in first, then the cowgirl and her horse, and then our astronaut and his rocket!









*Ben was with us. We had a scheduling mishap and Ben & Tim had to join us after the Bike Parade. Ben was disappointed about missing it and the fair itself may have been smaller than he had hoped. The heat sure didn't help generate much enthusiasm either - BUT a visit with friends afterwards and a long afternoon spent swimming in their pool certainly did.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Moment

A Friday ritual. (or Sunday, sometimes) A photo - no words. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. (Inspiration thanks to SouleMama.)






Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

There's nothing like finding gold
Within the rocks hard and cold
I'm so surprised to find more
Always surprised to find more




Kick Drum Heart - The Avett Brothers
The footprints over the snow
the fabric of all the lonely
C-Covering only
the fables and hands
the rest is out in the cold
holding the last of the season
F-F-F freezin' Yeah

My my my heart like a kick drum
My my my heart like a kick drum
My my my heart like a kick drum
My love like a voice

We're walkin' into the fields
We're walking into the forest
The moon is before us
Up above
We're holdin' hands in the rain
S-sayin' words like I love you
D-d-d'you love me? Yeah

My my my heart like a kick drum
My my my heart like a kick drum
My my my heart like a kick drum
My love like a voice

Mother Mary heard us approaching her door
Although we didn't make a sound

There's nothing like finding gold
Within the rocks hard and cold
I'm so surprised to find more
Always surprised to find more

I won't look back anymore
I left the people that do
It's not the chase I love
It's me following you



Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks, SouleMama.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Tunes



The official video for Pumped Up Kicks is pretty decent, but if I can find the song I want to share via Craig, well then folks, you're seeing Craig! I wish he did a musical number with the puppets every week so I could just use that for Tuesday Tunes.

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
Robert's got a quick hand.
He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan.
He's got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid.
Yeah he found a six shooter gun.
In his dads closet hidden in a box of fun things, and I don't even know what.
But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you.


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He be coming home late, yeah he's coming home late.
And he's bringing me a surprise.
'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice.
I've waited for a long time.
Yeah the slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger,
I reason with my cigarette,
And say your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah.


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet.


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekending


The first fire in the fire pit! While coming home from errands on Saturday, Tim asked me to pull over. "Right here!" Of course I figured he was suddenly feeling sick - not the case. He opened the car door, leaned out, reached for something and quickly got back in and shut the door. He had a rock in his lap. A BIG rock. He quickly answered the question in my mind and apparently on my face.

"For the fire pit. This is the perfect size for the fire pit. Let's see if we can find some more."

So, we continued pulling over during the final miles of our commute home and collected all the rocks necessary to build our very own fire pit. Tim dug out the hole, organized the rocks around it and filled and started the first fire in the backyard.

It seems a silly thing to some I'm sure, but this is one of the things that we wanted while house hunting. Not that we expected a place with a fire pit, but that we would have a yard, and have a little space to call our own and to fill with outdoor kids toys, a compost pile, a fire pit, chickens, a garden and more. Some of these things won't be in the works until next year, seeing as it's already August, but a few key things, like this fire pit, are being enjoyed now and making our first summer in our first home a little sweeter. I really didn't think that was possible.




Friday, August 5, 2011

This Moment



A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by SouleMama.

*The first pic of all three kiddos at our new home. I know there aren't supposed to be words, but this week called for an exception.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Concert Time


Syda and I had a blast at The Wailin' Jennys last night. Admittedly, I wasn't able to sit and watch as much of the performance as I would have liked, since Syda felt like exploring and I couldn't blame her. The park is big and it was full of people, birds, the pier, other toddlers, empty strollers, babies, clover, huge flowers and flag fences and...well, a LOT of things that any toddler would want to check out.

The Jennys sounded beautiful, as always! They also have a new Boy Jenny in the lineup who plays a mean fiddle or violin depending on who you ask. The set list was pretty mellow and perfect for a summer night in the park. My only wish is that they had played a few more new tracks from Bright Morning Stars, but it was still a wonderful concert and one of the nicest Wednesday evenings I've had in a while.

Our spot in the crowd.


Eating dinner before the show. There was also a sandwich and watermelon, but really PB is always the fave when available.


Baby likes PB too.

The highlight of Syda's evening - the puddle! This is the beginning of her fun, she spent a good 20 minutes splashing and even sitting in this puddle. This is also how I enjoyed most of the night, hearing one of my favorite bands and my daughter's laughter mixing in the air. (and yes, I had a set of clean, dry clothes for her when she was done.)
video

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

I have failed you
I have failed you
I''ve closed my heart and I have failed you
But I love you, How I love you
All my days were rearranged to say I Love You




The Wailin' Jennys will be at Prescott Park tomorrow! I'm so excited to see them in person, although I may spend a good deal of the concert chasing after an almost two year old. I don't mind though, I'll still be in listening range and they'll be live in front of me. Yay! I strongly encourage anyone who is local to go check them out. There is only a recommended donation to any of the Wednesday Concerts at PPAF, which is wonderful and generous and well worth the fun nights with great acts. I'm looking forward to a nice night in the park, under the stars with some of my favorite music. Come on Wednesday!