Often Mark would say I have wierd musical taste. When I was little my Dad would always sing Buddy Holly songs, or a song called "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper. So it is easy to say that I love old music, partly because of my dad. Buddy Holly has always been a huge favorite of mine. Today I read this article and am sad to remember the death of three musicians who impacted the music world in many ways. Right now we are listing to Buddy Holly's "every day" which was also on the Stand By Me soundtrack (one of my all time favorite movies) and the girls love it. Ritchie Valens, who also died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, is another singer who I like. When the La Bamba movie came out I think my friend Tanya and I watched it like 17 times or something. We were in middle school at the time, so that can partly explain the crazy watch a movie over and over again syndrome we had!
Today we tackled the garage. It was full of stuff that needed to go. Mark left here with a carload of stuff to donate to Value Village. This next week I will begin to empty the rest of the stuff out. Once that gets done, I can start on the rest of this place. It looks like we are in for a move sometime in April/May. I also spent some time scrapbooking, but did not take any pictures today. I did a few 12 x 12 layouts. Then I went through Molly's school papers, because I have only scrapped her Montessori School years and want to get started on Kindergarten. I have the cutest album from K & Company that I am going to use for her school stuff. Tommorow will be spent working on that and catching up a couple of house chores. I sure hope it warms up soon. This sunshine has been great, but it's still so cold out! It should be my bed time, but I am going to get cozy and watch some more Comedy Central. Dane Cook is on right now and he is hilarious. Tommorow night is the new Katt Williams special and he is also a favorite of mine. I can't wait to go see another comedy show. As soon as Dane Cook comes around again I plan on going to see it with Erin and anyone else who likes him as much as we do! That's all for now. Good night!
Today is a good day. This is the first time I have ever watched an Inaguration, and I am thrilled to have watched it. I could have done without Aretha's large bow hat, but other than that I feel hopeful and proud to be a U.S. citizen. I wonder if this is how it felt when J.F.K. was elected? This is how I imagined it, a young President with the ability to bring change and hope to the people of America. I feel like President Obama can relate to those of us wo are in the "younger" demographic and I love that he has young children. We have a long road ahead of us with this economy...but again I feel hopeful! I support my President!
You know everyone is having fun when a certain party guest (not me) spills her alcoholic beverage on the floor and the dog is loving it! It was truely a fun time for everyone...especially Preston who has NEVER had a birthday party. We took so many pictures, too many to put on here, and I can't wait to get the little scrapbook done for Preston to remember this by.
We have such good friends. Who's hosting next? Not us...we're contemplating a move to be closer to the girls school. Ahhh moving, not much fun but a great way to purge your home of items not necessary!
STILL RECOVERING FROM THE BIRTHDAY BASH LAST NIGHT. Mark says "peach vodka is very yummy" and I say "we've never had more fun". Two thumbs up from the Peters!!! P.S. Heather makes the best Sangria ever.
Tonite was Hayley's 3rd/4th grade concert. The kids sang 4 songs with the 4th grade and then 4 more because Hayley is in the choir. It was nice to have Grandma Linda, Grandpa Dan, Grandpa C.H. and Grandma Jackie come to watch. Thankfully we did not have any nose picking, but Hayley looked like she was going to fall asleep.
Well, we did it. Hayley, Molly and I started our "art journals" for the 52Q project. Question 2 is already up, but we will tackle that later on this week. I am so excited that my girls and I are doing this together. We each have a bound journal we are doing this project in. Here are a few sneak peaks of what we accomplished.
I don't recall how I stumbled apon Emily F's blog but I am sure better for it. I find her really inspiring in many ways...as a mother, a wife, and as an artist. It seems strange at times to be reading about someone whom you may never meet in person, but you feel like you know them even in some tiny way. Emily has started a new "project" called 52Q which you can learn more about here . I am excited to be almost complete with my 1st tag ( I jotted down a few thoughts today on what would be on it, and how I want it to look) and then I will post it here and on the flickr group. A big thank you to Emily for her blog! My one and only New Years resolution this year is to work more on my craft projects-complete them and use things I already own. I think this project will keep me inspired to carry out my resolution and will also be insightful to myself. P.S. 30 Rock kicked butt tonite on the Golden Globes. I heart 30 Rock.
Today Hayley had a grandpa/grandaughter "date". She loves going places with my dad and hanging out. I think it's because he pretty much lets her do whatever she wants! They went to the movies to see a John Wayne movie...they show them at the Galaxy Theater in Monroe once a month or so. For some crazy, unexplained reason she loves watching John Wayne movies which is right up my dad's alley (and Grandpa Dan's too). Then they went to Costco, where I am sure she talked him into buying tons of snacks for her and Molly at the office. It reminds me of the time that my Mom had flown to Washington (back when we still lived in Fairbanks) for a Doll Convention. My dad and I decided that my moms idea of grocery shopping sucked and we headed off to the "Hub" grocery store which back in the day you could find just about anything in the world and the grocery carts were almost twice as wide as a normal grocery cart. I believe on that shopping trip my dad would quote me as saying "this is what I call shopping!"
Anyways they had a good time, despite Hayleys ongoing cough/cold.
Molly on the other hand could have attended two different birthday parties today (one for friend Anna who is 6, and one for best friend Sierra who is turning 8), but Molly is super worried about Mark leaving for 3 weeks. She absolutely adores Dad and could sit for hours with him in his recliner watching Sportscenter on ESPN. You know you love Mark a ton when you can stomach that channel for hours on end ha ha.
While the girls were having their "dates" my mom and I decided to hit the thrift stores. We were like two junkies over all the goodies we saw and purchased. A couple of my favorites are the old piglet (1960's era) which I picked up for $1.00, yes only a buck. I have the Winnie the Pooh to go with him which cost me a wee bit more than a dollar. My mom also found me a magnetic/black wood board that has the name of my blog painted across the top. How perfect is that? I found a few good books for Molly and a super cute Paul Frank Julius the monkey bathing suit which was a huge hit in her eyes! My mom bought Hayley 2 signed Lucy and Me prints which I told her to put away for a birthday gift. Hayley has taken on my childhood collection of Lucy and Me bears. We found tons of other stuff and I am so appreciative of my mom treating me to a thrift store extravaganza today. I think we have both been a little stir crazy of late.
This past week I also decorated for Valentines day. I NEVER decorate for this "holiday", but I have the cutest pink tree and purchased some red heart ornaments with a gift card to hang on it.
And finally...the big news: Mark got accepted to Engineering School. I am very excited for him and that is why he will be gone to Kansas City for three weeks. He will have some more training back in Seattle and then to wrap it up at the end of his 20? weeks he will go back to Kansas City for two final weeks. I know he will do awesome!
Over on Elsie's blog tonite I read that her boyfriend is going to be on the Tonight show with this group so I have it set to record. I really like finding new music and am happy that Elsie blogged about it. We will be watching the Tonight show on the 15th to enjoy some good music! I haven't been taking time to blog, I have been sucked into Facebook and getting back to a regular routine now that the kids are back in school. We had a great Christmas and New Years. Our friends, the Kemps, who hosted the New Years party stopped by tonite for a quick visit which was a good surprise. Molly had Girl Scouts and the ever popular treats will be available soon. I am sure you can figure out what I am talking about. Other than that I went out for Thai food at this great little place in Lynnwood called Talay Thai. We had fun (Tina, Preston, Heather and I) while getting some P.T.A. work done. They are a great group to work with and it is nice to get together for dinner and chatting. A 40th birthday bash is in the works for Preston and it is really going to be a lot of fun. More on that later.