Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Doesn't this guy look like someone just dug him out from under a tree stump??? Ray LaMontagne was terrific! Meredith and I had dinner with friends at 26, which is a cool retro-stlye restaurant beside Ocean, and is owned by the same family. I won't tell you what we had because you'd have to wipe drool from your keyboard! I knew that the tickets i had bought were in the balcony, but what I didn't realize is that we were on the.very.last.row. Seriously, the wall was behind us!!! Not to worry, there isn't a bad seat in the house, and we enjoyed the birds-eye view. I tried not to get my hopes up about what I REALLY wanted to hear, but in the back of my mind I was thinking I'd be disappointed if I didn't hear this or that. Much to my delight, he played some of my favorites in the first 5 or 6 songs. I was mentally prepared for the opener to be upbeat and a bit of a rocker, but he walked out, just him, a guitar, and a harmonica, and played probably one of his slowest, gentlest songs. I won't give the song-by-song review (even though I coul), but overall I give it an A. He has to start over one verse into his second song due to the fact that he wasn't happy with the tuning of his guitar, and rather than being frazzled by that, he was actually very funny about it, and jokingly made the comment to his setup man, "You're _______ fired". No need to guess what he said there. Earmuffs! For such a seemingly reclusive guy, he had a great stage presence and had the crowd mesmerized the whole time. But WHY is there always that one fool in the crowd that screams unnecessarily during EVERY quiet moment. At the end, he actually screamed "'Dega baby!", which prompted everyone around him to almost jump him. Completely unnecessary, and I wonder why these people even go. There is definite concert ettiquette that must be followed, and drunken screaming is NOT an approved behavior. Meredith and I had a wonderful time, and I have such a blast when we can do things together that we will always remember, even if we were missing that baby!
Monday, April 27, 2009
SO, Ray LaMontagne tonight, then on May 18th we will see Coldplay again. I think it will be hard to beat their show that we saw at the Philips, but it has been years since I have seen a show at Oak Mountain, which is ridiculous I might add!
I got a text message from my Ronnie and Dad saying that Bruce Springsteen was awesome last night. Nice early B-day present, right Ronnie?! I imagine that was a check off of things to do in Ronnie's lifetime! She was super-excited. Not sure about Dad, although I have heard him sing Bob Dylan. Ha ha! I'll be sure to post a review of the show tomorrow
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Oh yes, we got a new camera! There went our yard sale money and then some, but we wanted to be able to take good pictures of Margaret Anne. Happy Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Birthdays to Meredith and Hays!
Tomorrow night we are going to see Ray Lamontagne and we are pumped! I heard he is great live, so I am excited about dinner with adults and a good concert with my hubby.
On a more serious note, please be praying for a speedy recovery for my Mom's shoulder, because she is tired, sore, and missing being able to pick up her grandbaby! Also, please pray for Sandi as she goes in tomorrow morning for another reconstruction surgery. We are excited about it because it is one big step in a positive direction. Please pray for a speedy recovery for her as well!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It seems like Margaret Anne learns something new every day. I have been trying to get her to wave on command for a while. This afternoon when I picked her up from Granvon's, she smiled her big beautiful smile and stuck her pretty little arm up and waved! I thought you all might like to see it... ignore the crazy lady talking in the background. Don't forget to scroll down and pause the music if you want to hear the sound!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sandi is on the bottom right of the picture. Please keep her in your prayers, as we want to continue to get news like this! We love you so much Sandi!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Meredith insisted last night that I blog today, and her rationale was, "People will lose interest and stop reading if you don't write" to which I replied something along the lines of "Nobody cares to hear me ramble". OK, that's probably not even close to how the conversation went. Meredith has the uncanny ability to remember exact sentences from a conversation we had in 2004 while driving in the car, while I can't remember even being in the car at that point in time. I remember much more the feeling that I got during that conversation rather than what specifically was said. Was the mood tense? Did I feel warm and fuzzy? Was I quietly pissed? Was I even listening? I really wish I could remember exactly what was said, because that would make me much more effective arguer, but then again, effective arguers rarely have abundant friends! Meredith can also read at light speed, which makes me very jealous because I love to read and I love to learn, but I have never been a fast reader. It KILLED me on standardized tests. I would rock the math and science, but my reading comprehension score would just show a picture of a primate rather than an actual "score".
Holy Week is here, and this Lenten season has been a real eye opener for a couple of reasons. In a period that calls for self-examination, self-denial, and focused prayer, I have begun to realize the abundant blessings that God gives us. In a culture that gets their information from sensationalists in the media and is driven by self-preservation, it is refreshing to turn off the "noise" and listen to what is happening in your heart and in your soul. Wait, I'm pulling the plug on this thought process before it gets too "heavy"...
We have yet another busy weekend planned. I will be at the church at midnight tonight to keep the prayer vigil, and I am very excited about it! For some reason, I have always craved quiet time and solitude, and I really look forward to some time in silent prayer, and I wonder where my mind will take me! I often feel like the Family Circus comic, where the little boy wanders all over the place to get from Point A to Point B, when a straight line would have done just fine. I think the proper term for that is "scatter-brained" or "absent-minded professor". I am off for Good Friday, so I get a full day to play with MA! I am thrilled because I feel like I've worked late for a month straight, and we have some catching up to do. Alan & Sandi are headed up this way, and what seems like all of Meredith's family is going to church with us on Easter Sunday. Our poor little church won't know what hit 'em ;). Saturday, we have Emily's 1st birthday party, so Margaret Anne can get an idea of how she should be at her 1st birthday party. Happy Birthday Emily!! See you soon!!
P.S.- I have a major problem overusing the exclamation point. This blog post should not be yelled!