Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Finding musical peace in an unsteady world

Today as we were driving home from my moms I was listening to Regina Spektor and the song "fidelity" came on and F was like, "Oh, I love this song!" and started singing along with the chorus. It reminded me of when he was in 1st grade and as we were driving to the grocery store I had the latest (at the time) Indigo Girls album on and he busted out with the chorus of the song "Fill it Up Again".
It's funny because after that moment in the car I started talking to him about music, and while he knew the words to Dar Williams and Lenny Kravitz, he didn't know some of the basic nursery songs. My friend Lauren always had kid music blasting from her car and I was so disappointed because she herself had some great musical stylings, but her mother-self had taken over the car radio. When I realized F couldn't sing the words to "Pop goes the Weasel", I wondered who had it right. I went out and bought a few kid cds at the Dollar store and for a year or two we went overboard on the children's cds.
I am happy to report after this afternoon, I think we have come full circle. We can bust a seatbelted move to "Alphabet of Nations" just as quick as we are to belt out some Jack Johnson lyrics. We have found musical harmony, so to speak.

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Chichen-Itza Pizza" You can't tell me that's not clever!

We have never done Stars on Ice, we have never seen Big Bird "Live: On stage!," and we have never paid to go anywhere as a family of 5 in case of a meltdown. Until now.

We heard the Backyardigans were coming to the Salem Civic Center (about 30 min away) and we knew the time was right. They always say "You''ll know when it is time." Turns out "they" were right. We LOVE the Backyardigans. They are witty, they have great music, and those animal-people can dance like only I have dreamed about moving. (It's the cd the kids ask for and I have to pretend to be annoyed by, but secretly "Cowgirls! Cowboys!" is the best song.) Recognizing F is almost too old to go and enjoy this sort of event, we scrounged up the dumb $120 and went.

Right before it began, Jack whispered, "Do you think they are going to lip sync?" Insensed he would even suggest that, I responded, "No way!" He continued, "Oh, that was just a joke. Of course they are going to lip sync." The lights dimmed, the music started, the Uniqua and Tyrone jumpe dout in their cheesy costumes, and as the first chord was belted out and Uniqua's voice cracked...we knew. We were in for the real deal.

No cameras were allowed in, so sorry no great pics. I tried a few with my camera phone, but F kept yelling at me to put it away because I was "breaking the rules and he didn't want to get kicked out!" So while the cheese factor was 100%, and the seats were crummy (we bought the cheap seats--you expected nothing less I am sure), we had a fantastic time!

I mean, Uniqua as the Evil Lady in Pink, with songs sung by Cyndi Lauper. You can't get a cartoon better than that!

If you are unfamiliar with the Backyardigans, may I suggest you go to and hear some for yourself. Its no Pandora, but it's good!

And to make it even better, mom was at Best Buy a few days earlier and as she was checking out, they had a clearance bin (it's genetic)and she bought the kids each a "Pablo" Ty Beanie Baby. We gave them to the boys on the day of the show and they played with them all day, including to the event. When we got there, they were selling as the sounvenir, the EXACT same Ty "Pablo." They were $12 at the show. How much did my mom pay? (If I have already told you, don't reveal and spoil the fun!)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Stay on Your Grizzly!

For the sake of privacy, I won't go into too much detail here. Suffice it to say that someone I love dearly has been dealt an awful blow of sorts. I wanted to cheer you up and all I could think about was people's obsession to have cats hang in strange poses. I believe you will get the metaphor.

Here is the first random one that I chose.

This is apparently a poster that people actually buy.

This seems more like a poster that I would think about buying (no offense to cat lovers BTW).

Then there is actual "hang in there kitty" bling.

Then for some reason, this guy is lumped in with a bunch of cat photos. So, I want you to know that we love you and pray for your well being. And, most importantly,

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Go! Team Clearance

S is convinced he is on a soccer team, in spite of the fact he is only 2. G knows he will play his first season of soccer in the Fall, so he too is obssessed (though not as much as S). And F, growing way too fast to keep him in clothes that fit, just needed a new pair of cleats for his upcoming 11th season. Out getting videos last night we walked past the sidewalk sale of our local discount Show Shoe and found cleats for $15.72. TOTAL! We outfitted our team for less than the cost us of feeding the team at Taco Bell.

Of course for the pic, of the entire basement floor, they had to stand near the stain on the carpet. Welcome to our house of boys!