Switchfoot in St. Louis

21 02 2010

This past Monday we headed to St. Louis to watch Switchfoot in concert.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been extremely excited about this for a while.  And in the end, it was even better than we expected!

The concert was at The Pageant, the same place we saw MuteMath.

During the beginning of the first song we wondered where Jon’s voice was coming from.  Then we looked behind us and lo and behold there he was!  He then came up to our long table and stood right (right) in front of us and sang (and held my hand).

And during the last song, Jon jumped up on our table to sing again!

They were magnificent!  True San Diego Rock!

And we had a great time!

We then stayed the night at the Moonrise Hotel which was right by the Pageant.

This awesome staircase changed colors!

Another view of the lobby.  They had a retro lunar theme.

So, we loved spending the day together, seeing Switchfoot do their amazing thing, and staying in a swanky hotel.  Hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime!

Note:  These and a few more pictures can be found in a Flicker set found here.


Our Christmas Plan

22 12 2009

Last night I got the urge to devise a plan for what Eric and I are going to be up to over this Christmas week.  I set about creating it in a Fantastic-Mr. Fox-ish slash fourth-grade style.

Here is the final product, enjoy!

Of course it’s better in all of its colored pencil glory, but this’ll have to do.

To see different sizes, click on the picture and it will take you to the Flickr page.

May you enjoy devising and carrying out your own Christmas plans!

Celebrating the Holidays in Branson

12 12 2009

This week Eric and I went on vacation to Branson to celebrate the holidays with my parents.  We all stayed in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge.

Eric enjoyed building our fires and he was rather good at it, as long as the wood cooperated.

We roasted some mini marshmallows.  It was a delicate process.

Our cabin was lovely, except for one humorous detail, that all of the pictures on the walls were of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (it was evidently themed after him).  Since we’re not NASCAR fans, we made some simple drawings to put up over all of the pictures.  The mood changed immediately.

In the morning we headed over to a cafe that we had heard about.  It was a fun experience.

Then we headed over to Silver Dollar City.

We rode the open air tram into the park.

After walking around to many of the shops we made sure to catch the Christmas tree lighting.

All of the lights were beautiful.  And it was more than cold enough for it to “feel” Christmas-y.

We took a couple of pictures with the ginormous wreath at the entrance of the park.

Once we got our fill of lights and cold we grabbed some cinnamon rolls from the bakery, ate at a restaurant and got cozy once again at the cabin.

The next morning we said goodbye to the lodge.

It was tough to leave, we had such a relaxing and fun time there.  Perhaps we’ll be there around this time next year…

There are many other pictures we took of our adventures in Branson.  They can all be found at this set on Flickr.

The Superb Swell Season Concert

6 12 2009

The Swell Season concert we attended this past week was absolutely phenomenal.  Though our seats were not as close as we had imagined and our pictures of the performers were unrecognizably fuzzy we still had an outstanding time.

Glen and Marketa of The Swell Season are so authentic and obviously in love with performing music that it is truly inspirational.  My mouth fell open more than a few times as the intensity of the songs shocked me (in a very, very good way).

At the close of the concert there were two encores.  I think those were my favorite parts of the entire performance.  During the encores, they performed an entirely new song (never recorded) and Glen taught us the chorus and had us sing along.  It was evident that Glen loved audience participation because he had the audience sing along to many of the other songs as well.  The last two songs he kept on calling the audience the “Kansas City Choir” and encouraging everyone to make insane harmonies.

It really blew Eric and I away.  We expected a great concert.  What we didn’t expect was a moving and surprisingly spiritual and inspirational experience.  Listening to the entire audience sing with every ounce of energy they had to the close of the old Irish ballad “The Parting Glass” was enough to make me misty.

O, all the money e’er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ever I’ve done,
alas it was to none but me.
And all I’ve done for want of wit
to mem’ry now I can’t recall;
So fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

O, all the comrades e’er I had,
They’re sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts e’er I had,
They’d wished me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile.
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own, she has my heart in thrall;
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

~”The Parting Glass”

These and a couple other concert pictures can be found over at our Flicker account in this set.

Thanksgiving Pictures

6 12 2009

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving over at Eric’s brother and sister-in-law’s home.  It was us, Eric’s brother and sister-in-law, two of their kiddos, Eric’s parents and my parents.  There was tons of good food and lots of laughter.

After eating it was rather entertaining to just watch the kiddos and relax.

And Eric brought over one of his train magazines to show Skyler.  It was very cute to watch him be so intent on the trains!

These are just a few of the pictures that I took.  There are some more over at this set on Flickr.

Trains Are Better When We’re Together

14 10 2009

This Monday I had a holiday from work so Eric and I headed to Warrensburg once again to watch for trains and just relax.

It was pretty chilly for early October and the trains were slow in coming at first, but we still had a great time.  While waiting for trains we tried to keep warm, talked a lot, and even ate with my parents in their car at the train depot.

I don’t have much else to say about it, since the pictures do a lot of the talking.
Hope you enjoy our slideshow!

Note: The song we used is “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

Labor Day Fun-ness

13 09 2009

On Labor Day we headed over to Warrensburg for a relaxing day.  We were hoping that we’d see a few trains for Eric too.

So after a great snack Eric hopped on my dad’s scooter (The Stormtrooper) and followed me and my parents in the car to the train depot.

Once at the depot we waited for quite some time.  While waiting, I decided to start climbing things.

And we waited at the depot a while longer.

Then we all journeyed over to another spot to wait for the train.  We hung out under the shade of a huge tree in the grass.

We had a good time, but the only train we got to see was an Amtrak.  We were out there for cargo trains so it was a slight letdown.  But we were determined, so we tried again later that evening.

So after one more Amtrak, a cargo train full of automobiles finally came!

We were glad that we tried again and waited.  Eric’s face lighting up makes it all worth it.

It was a good day.  Nothing beats relaxing, spending time with family, and enjoying the beautiful weather outside.

Note:  All our little “vacation” pictures can be found in this set on Flickr.