Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Planted my veggie garden...herbs (basil, lavendar, sage, mint) tomatoes, hot and bell peppers in the ground. Seeds for squash, zucchini, pumpkins, two varieties of chard, loads of lettuce and other greens, and onions sown.
Homemade gifts for my two mothers...

And a day spent with my favorite girl....

Friday, May 11, 2012

Traveling with a three year old

Scenes from the airplane....



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Camping Preparation

Sadie has a really nice, comfortable bed.  It was a big deal when she transitioned out of her crib to her bed.  There's a brand new IKEA mattress on her bed.  Pretty bedding I picked out just for her, too.

But, instead, Sadie has been sleeping on the floor NEXT to her bed for the last several weeks.  I like to think she's as excited for camping and festival season as I am and she's just getting ready....

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It was so good...

I wrote the list below on my iPad before going to sleep, late at night, after our most recent house concert with Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic.  I was SO invigorated and inspired by the night that I wanted to document my feelings before a night of sleep took away some of the magic....Can't really say much more than this...

My favorite things about tonight:
1. Family in the house: mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, and a cousin from each side of my family.  Friends of these family members have become family to us as well...
2. Hugs. Really LONG hugs from lots of people.
3. Emotional and physical reactions to the music and the event:  Chills. Tears. Smiles.
4. Dancing hard.  Dancing with my brother.  Adam and I being the only two people in the house who were dancing at times. 
5. Feeling like our house concerts can provide a brief moment of respite, peace, and escape for ourselves and our guests.

7. Silence like nothing I've felt before at a house concert at a certain quiet point in this song (like 3m45s).  Every person in the room was mesmerized and transfixed by the beauty of the lyrics, the voices, and the instruments.  You could just feel the soul of the music filling up the room.  Brian and I looked at each other in that moment with the biggest smiles on our faces.  It was a knowing look we gave each other.  Like, F*!& Yeah!  THIS right here is why we do this.
8.  Hearing from several of our most loyal house concert attendees that this was by far their VERY favorite house concert yet!
9.  Big, sincere, genuine, heartfelt thank yous throughout the night swirling throughout the house.  A feeling of gratitude permeated the whole evening.  Nights like these can really remind us of how much we have to be thankful for.

None of the beauty of these nights is possible without the talented and gracious musicians who perform for us every month.  We are so thankful to our friends in Dr. Harlan's for sharing their music with us. 

See more video of the night on our youtube channel.