B-52’s and The Go Go’s

B-52’s and The Go Go’s
Please Note: I am in no way a musical expert. In point of fact I have not been subjected to much and I never even played an instrument in school. So this “review” is strictly for my own personal entertainment value! Thanks

B-52’s and The Go Go’s was a lot of fun. I had no idea that they drew such a colorful crowd. There were people dressed up in full on 80’s gear, like neon hot pants, leg warmers, and BIG hair, Trannys, Chicks in towels (not entirely sure why they were dressed in towels but they sure got a lot of attention) and a wide variety of other colorful entertainment. There were plenty of us plain Jane’s there too. One thing is for sure, EVERYONE was there to have a great time, and a great time was had by all. (Speaking for my friend Cheri, Chioma, my hunny and me)

About the venue: Ok, same venue as Huey, but this time we came in earlier. We got there at 2:00pm and we were able to be about 60 people back from the front of the line. We got a great seat, slightly farther to the left than I wanted to be but it turned out great. We ended up being in the shade early which was nice. We also brought ourselves a little picnic. We didn’t have our picnic bag but it worked out because we bought these AWESOME Tommy Bahama chairs that have a little cooler pouch and dry pouch on the back of the chair. This time we see lots of people there with their little tables to eat their food on. YES! We have a little table too, next time we will come with table in hand. 🙂 Then we just had to buy a couple bottles of wine and we were set!

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About the music: The Go Go’s played first. They put on an excellent show. Of course all the music was great. They also brought people up on stage to dance with them during one of the songs. Surely you guessed that they picked the towel girls. LOL! Everyone was on their feet, dancing and clapping from their first song, through their encore! I knew all but about 3 of their songs and I really enjoyed the ones I didn’t know too. I also really loved their cover of “Paint it Black”. Apparently, a large chunk of the crowd was in love with Belinda Carlisle.

The B-52’s came on after that, and they did a great job too. (although, for my money, The Go Go’s were way better!) I knew about half their songs and EVERYONE remained standing beginning to end. There was a little break in between the two bands while they switched up equipment. I loved having the break and then more to look forward to.

All in all a great experience and I am really looking forward to bringing the kids back to this venue for Weird Al!

My Hunny and I at B-52's and The Go Go's

My Hunny and I at B-52’s and The Go Go’s

We were a lot closer!

We were a lot closer!

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Dancing on Stage

Dancing on Stage

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Cheri and Chioma

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Chioma

Chioma

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Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News
Please Note: I am in no way a musical expert. In point of fact I have not been subjected to much and I never even played an instrument in school. So this “review” is strictly for my own personal entertainment value! Thanks

Huey Lewis and The News was AWESOME!

First about the venue: I have been to the Oregon Zoo MANY times, but never for a concert. We didn’t know we’d be able to take our own food inside. There was a note on the website that said to “leave your picnic at home” so we just assumed no food allowed. We also thought that when it said that the lawn opens at 5 that people would meander in and find a spot. We showed up at 3:30 and noticed people carrying chairs in. So we went ahead and grabbed our chairs. Glad we did because there was a line all the way up the ramp and wrapped all the way around the tigers and past the penguins and the monkeys. WOW! This was a bit of a surprise. So once we finally got on the lawn we were literally against the back edge of the lawn area but not all the way back by the food. On a positive note as long as you are on the front lawn and not back by the food, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.  We set out our chairs and grabbed some over priced food and a couple bottles of wine. The food left much to be desired but the Riesling was great! There were some people next to us that brought in this great little picnic set up… DUH! What am I thinking, we have one of those! Oh we will be bringing a picnic to the next concert!

And the tickets include zoo admission so we will come early and hopefully we will be able to cruise the zoo too!

About the music: He had a woman, kind of a bluesy folk singer named Alice Stuart open. In all honesty, I would have preferred the silence. She was a decent guitar player but I didn’t enjoy her voice or rhythm, and she wasn’t very believable. Huey came onstage and fixed all that! He is an enthusiastic entertainer and still has an amazing voice. The audience stood for most of the performance and most people were dancing. Granted, the majority of the audience was elder, so they sat some of the time. 🙂 The only thing he did that annoyed me was that he played an extended bluesy version of his “Bad is Bad” song (which he already played once) with that Alice chick. It was alright, but I would have rather heard another song that I hadn’t heard yet. All in all I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I’m looking forward to B-52’s and The Go Go’s tomorrow.

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Father and Son

Father and Son

Sold out crowd!

Sold out crowd!

Me and My Hunny!

Me and My Hunny!

Demolition Derby, 4th of July, Community Days. OH MY!

Demolition Derby, 4th of July, Community Days. OH MY!

I was all ready to pack up a lunch and go have ourselves a quiet 4th of July afternoon and let the kids play in the lake. That was until my wonderful husband decided we should go to the Demolition Derby here in town instead. Ugh! REALLY? I don’t know about this. It doesn’t sound like much fun to me, but if that’s what he wants to do, then off we go!  OH WOW! Seriously?? That was so much fun. The cars park at either end of the arena and when the round starts they start barreling into each other backwards. It was like grown up bumper cars, playing for keeps! What really amazed me was these cars would leave the arena by tow truck and then they are able to fix them up enough to drive back in for the next round. In the second heat for the cars one of the cars lost a wheel. That car drove back to the arena for the last heat. The trucks were even better. They hit so hard that one of the trucks broke one of the giant concrete blocks around the outside. You can’t help but get swept up in all the adrenaline and excitement over these cars and trucks getting smashed up!

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4th of July was great. You can just stand outside and look in all directions and see plenty of fireworks going off at all times. It reminds me of being a kid in California when most of the people on the block would come out with their own supply of fireworks, and it would end up being a little block party. Too much fun! We set off a good chunk of fireworks ourselves and saved a few for New Years!

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Loves his Grandpa!

Loves his Grandpa!

 

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Grandpa cuddles Grandpa cuddles

 

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Community Days was even better this year than last year. There was a carnival set up on Main St. which was really spendy, like $5 bucks per ride. OUCH! But there were more booths, a longer parade, the library book sale, and evening concerts on the courthouse lawn. I really just love living here!  Our AWANA, FAITHWEAVERS, and YOUTH group were in the parade and then we had a booth at the courthouse too. Averie was in the parade with the dance studio and Ethan was on the AWANA float.

 

Cascade Locks Sternwheeler Days

Cascade Locks Sternwheeler Days

Bluegrass Festival (Goldendale, WA)

Bluegrass Festival (Goldendale, WA)

This was my first time at an event like this. We packed up a lunch and brought our chairs. First we took a spin around the farmers market there and bought some delicious Kalmata Olive bread and then we found our spots and got comfy. We saw about 6 different groups and they were all very good. It was just so relaxing. The kids were playing nearby and we were just enjoying the music. The groups we got to see were:

  • Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, (this group was HIGHLY entertaining)
  • Puddletown Ramblers
  • Wistlin’ Rufus
  • Misty Mammas
  • Wayward Vessel (The only group while we were there to get called back for an encore) The violin player in this group was amazing.
  • Oly Mountain Boys

Not much to review really, just wanted to post a little bit about it cause we enjoyed ourselves.

Goldendale Fun!

Goldendale Fun!

Tickets are BOUGHT!

Tickets are BOUGHT!

So we have bought all of our concert tickets on our list except for Super Diamond, cause that is a free concert at Bridgeport Village. We are not going to make it to the Waterfront Blues Festival due to scheduling conflict, and we are not going to the game park in Bandon, cause I had no idea it was that far of a drive. LOL That will have to wait for another trip, maybe next summer? Now we have to make travel arrangements and save our gas money! This is gonna be such a fun summer. Kicking it off today with our local Blues Festival!

Goldendale Fun!

Goldendale Fun!

Camping for Father’s Day

Camping for Father’s Day

Mellville Summer Music Tour is in the Works

Mellville Summer Music Tour is in the Works

We have decided that this summer, instead of going on a vacation, we are going to experience as many concerts as we can.

We are looking right now at around 22 Events.

  1. The Bluegrass Festival http://www.goldendaleevents.com/events-list/bluegrass-festival/
  2. Sternwheeler Days
  3. Waterfront BluesFest
  4. Hewey Lewis and The News http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/256593-huey-lewis-news-sports-30th-portland/
  5. B-52’s and the Go Go’s http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/256631-b-52s-go-gos-portland/
  6. Kenny Loggins http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/Events.htm
  7. Jammin’ July Street Fest
  8. Counting Crows and The Wall Flowers http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  9. Weird Al http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257281-weird-al-yankovic-portland/
  10. Gretchen Wilson @Dukes
  11. Randy Newman http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257719-evening-randy-newman-portland/
  12. Leann Rimes http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257767-leann-rimes-portland/
  13. Ft. Dalles Days
  14. Super Diamond http://bridgeport-village.com/center_events.html
  15. Blue Oyster Cult http://www.bentoncountyfair.net/fair_information.php
  16. Randy Travis http://www.chinookwindscasino.com/randy-travis.html
  17. Hall and Oats http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  18. Willie Nelson http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  19. Chris Issak http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/260573-chris-isaak-portland/
  20. REO Speedwagon http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1720176
  21. Mercy Me http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1717626&language=en
  22. Doobie Brothers http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/260643-doobie-brothers-portland/
  23. Plus we will catch a concert while we are in Vegas the first weekend of October. Just haven’t decided on what we want to see. 🙂

We are also trying to squeeze in a Mariners Game, a camping trip to the coast, the Klickitat Co. Fair, West Coast Game Park, a trip to Silverwood, PAX, a scrapbook retreat, and Family camp with our church!

These are the two concerts I’m looking forward to the most.

August 30th in Monroe

August 30th in Monroe

REO

August 29th in Monroe

Blaring REO Speedwagon (and Pat Benatar) and dancing around the living room jumping off the couches is one of the few fun memories I have of my mother.

WOW! We have not purchased tickets for all of those events yet, so chances are that a few will drop off due to being sold out, but we are gonna do our best to pull this off! For someone who isn’t super into music, like my husband is, I’m actually pretty excited. We are taking the kids to some of those concerts, and look forward to introducing them to the concert scene and hopefully instilling a love of music in them as well.

I’ll keep ya posted on our progress here!

 

Chioma’s Diaper Cake

Chioma’s Diaper Cake

DSC02097One of my dear friends is having a baby soon and for her baby shower I made her a diaper cake. I love it! It turned out great. We had a lot of fun, and it turned out to be the longest baby shower I’d ever been to, but it was wonderful to celebrate Chioma’s soon to be entrance into the world.

I didn’t take great notes on how I made this thing so I’ll attempt to recount for you. I started with a clear plastic tray that I got from the dollar tree. Then I took an empty paper towel roll and taped it standing up to the center. I used packing tape cause I felt like it would be stronger. I taped it up and down from the tray to the roll on all four sides. Then I taped around the roll to hold down the 4 strips. Then I also taped the 4 strips down on the tray. (I hope that makes sense)

Next I started rolling diapers. I am very careful not to open the diapers because I want them to be usable. Then I wrap the small little elastic bands meant for little girls hair (also purchased at dollar tree). I couldn’t find clear so I used black but since I wrap ribbon around the layers anyway, it doesn’t really matter. Then you start to wrap the diapers around the paper towel rolls. Once you have gone all the way around, I used cheap dollar tree curling ribbon, cut close, to hold them in place. Then I do another ring, and again wrap them with curling ribbon. The bottom layer of this cake has 3 rings. I took two of the diapers out of the middle ring and stuck down a large bottle of baby shampoo. Then I start on the second layer. The second layer has 2 rings. Again I took out one of the diapers after I had it all tied up and stuffed a sample size bottle of baby wash. The top layer of the cake just has one ring of diapers.  I can’t remember exactly how many diapers I used. I bought 2 9 dollar packs of size 2 diapers but only used about 5 from the second package. Next time I will just buy the next size up package and not have so many left over. (Although I just gave them to my friend and she will still get to use them) I use size 2 for two reasons. One, the size works well on the cake and two, most everyone buys newborns or size 1, so now she will have some size 2’s too.

Then I chose a pretty butterfly ribbon that I found at the dollar tree and the fact that it was sheer didn’t even register as a problem for me until I went to put it on and you could see the curling ribbon and the black rubber bands through it. To solve this problem I went into my bin of party supplies and found pink streamer. I wrapped that around the layers first, and then wrapped the butterfly ribbon and it turned out great. After that I just tied little toys, pacifiers, decorations, etc to the cake. I tied ribbons to the individual items and then pinned them to the butterfly ribbon because I didn’t want to put pin holes in the cake.

Then on the front of this cake, it is a little hard to see because it blends in, but there is a wooden letter “C” for baby Chioma. This I bought at Walmart for 2 dollars and some change. Then I decorated it with Washi Tape and added a flower and butterfly to it. Now she can put this up somewhere in her nursery area.

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After I attached the C to the cake I used t stems of fake flowers bought at the dollar tree. I pulled the little purple  flowers off the stems and sort of just scattered them around. The white flowers had three sections that I pulled off the main stem and put those around too. Lastly I found a pack of little pink rubber duckies at dollar tree and I just sprinkled a few here and there. I love the way it turned out and she did too, and that’s all that matters!

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Last year I did a diaper cake for my cousin, it was my first one and I did it similar to this one although I don’t really remember all the details. Here is a picture though!

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Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!

We decorated our Easter Eggs with Washi Tape! I absolutely love this stuff. Now you have to make sure your eggs are really dry, otherwise the tape has trouble sticking. But so much fun and NO MESS!

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We enjoyed Easter morning at home. Ethan got a beta tank and lots of candy. Averie’s basket was full of swim stuff, a new suit, a cover up, water shoes, and goggles.

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We heard a wonderful sermon and choir performance at Church. I really missed being in the choir this year, but there is always next year. 🙂

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After church we headed to Portland and spent the afternoon with Grandma and Grandpa Mell and family. We took some beautiful pictures in the yard and the kids played with the beloved Kristy.

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Then we did a little Easter egg hunt. Grandpa Mell hid eggs for the kids to find. They had only been hidden for about 2 hrs, but something, probably a bird had found one of the eggs before we did. It was a fascinating find.

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Then we took a walk and went to the park for a little bit of play time. We walked around the boardwalk and looked at the ducks and then played on the playground.

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Overall, we had a WONDERFUL Easter and my lil’ bunnies had a great day too!

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