Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Best Music, Top 5

I'm not advocating the whole album. Just the song.

#1 - Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine.

This is quite possibly the most perfect song ever written. And every time I listen to it I feel like it was made just for me. If an artist could ever look into my soul and write about what was inside, Closer to Fine would be the most accurate.

#2 - Shawn Colvin, Steady On

Spending the evening at a friend's cabin in Sundance in 1997 - she put Shawn Colvin on her surround sound system & I was sold. I love this song. Who doesn't need frequent reminders to stay the course, keep strong - steady on!

Three months later the song was my pleasant companion as I drove in my old Trooper to Washington DC for a summer internship. Watching the picturesque fields of Iowa and the huge bridges over the Mississippi while listening to Steady On made a lasting impact.

#3 - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama

They sing about Alabama, but I think about the Blue Ridge Mountains.

#4 - Placido Domingo & John Denver, Perhaps Love

My entire childhood is wrapped up in this song. And it's played out nicely into my adult life as well. This song is beautiful!

#5 - Martika, Love Thy Will be Done

This song helps me remember to breathe.

Runners Up

Tracy Chapman, The Promise

If I could have a conversation with my mother, the lyrics here come pretty close to what I would say.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Morning After

After a night spent in new-founded 4-yr old revelry, Pretty Girl was looking quite pleased with herself this morning.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Favorite Things

(Beware...low quality cell phone pictures posted below)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Sound of Music was playing at the Sundance theatre and my handsome date had to cancel.

Fortunately, I had an excellent replacement...

The evening was full of my favorite things.

My brother was a hit with his impromptu "Edelweiss". I couldn't stop smiling when my son & I started singing "Do-Re-Mi" together softly during the play. And I loved watching my father get emotional when Mother Abbess sang "Climb Every Mountain."

And the suckers were delicious.

(except my date insisted on finishing mine after he had already eaten his own)

Thank you Mom & Dad.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For Greg

Because you love Mr. Ron Paul so much.

And most times I have to admit he's very good.

"There goes crazy Uncle Ron..."


Sunday, August 14, 2011

School Starts Next Week!

Time for a little happy dance.


...they have no idea.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jordanelle Quadrathlon

Sexy Greg

Not-So-Sexy Me.

Our Cheer Squad

And the boy who leaked all over his clothes on the way home.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Swimming Polar Opposites

This summer marks the end of swimming lessons for Our Big Guy and Sweetie. They're fish. They love it. We're considering swim team in the spring.

This one's a whole different story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Mr. Men Books

Do you remember the Mr. Men books from long ago??

We still read them - frequently.

And we each have a designated character.

Big Guy is Mr. Strong (self appointed), Sweetie is Mr. Giggles (not self appointed) and the kids think I'm Little Miss Forgetful. It's a toss up between Little Miss Annoying and Little Miss Bossy for Pretty Girl. And none of us can decide who Dad is.

But there's one person in our family we all agree with.

Our Pirate is Mr. Happy

And we're positive he'll never change. Never.