Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
The sunrise was gorgeous on the way up...
... the first group to make it to the top. I might add, I'm a wimp and this hike was very hard for me... I was very proud of myself for making it to the top!!
And the view going back down (yay!!...I was so glad to be done!) haha
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The first is done in Sign Language. I've always loved sign and have been really interested in it...it all goes back to a talent show I watched once when I was young and there was a girl in a white dress and she signed to one of James Taylor's songs (You've got a Friend, I think it was). Anyway, random memories are fun. haha. The second video is one I just came across and I was impressed with it too. There has been a lot of hype about JM's song, Waiting... and how he must be telling people to just wait and not do anything to change the problems in the world. I don't feel like that's what he's saying at all...hold it right there!!, I'm not looking to debate. ;) So, the second one was done by a church in Naperville, Illinois and it's a nice message.
ta ta for now! ;)
I enjoyed both of these videos. I hope you do too.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Here's a video of Sage and her Joyschool classmates singing at their graduation in May 2007. I have never uploaded one of our own home videos to the web so we'll see how this goes! :) Oh and I didn't edit it at all...I'll just consider it a success to get it posted! Editing can come for future videos!!
Friday, September 14, 2007
For as long as I can remember, I have been a big fan of James Taylor. My dad introduced his music to me when I was young. I've loved his music through thick and thin (even when my friends thought I should move on to someone more current). Well, I still love James Taylor, but a couple years ago, this James Taylor lover was suddenly caught off guard by a musician named John Mayer (JM to his biggest fans). I had heard his music on the radio back in the early 2000's (sounds weird to say that) and thought it was a bit cheesy. I never bought his music or anything until recently when I discovered the John Mayer Trio. He put together a trio with him, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino (amazing musicians...amazing trio!). I ran into it on the internet one day and decided to take the plunge and buy the album. I LOVED IT!! I couldn't get enough. I think I drove my family (well, dave actually) crazy with my obsession for that album called TRY!. After that I decided I'd give his other albums a listen so I got some of them from the library and LOVED THEM!! I thought, Yes! a new James Taylor (well, for me at least). So in the peak of my obsession, I joined JM's fanclub, anticipating his upcoming tour and hoping to get better seats with my membership. Well, the first time around, in October of 2006, it didn't do me any good. JM came to the Glendale Arena in Arizona as a support to Tom Petty. It was a perfect match, actually, because Dave has spent most of his life being a big Tom Petty fan and so I didn't even have to convince him to go with me. :) Big plus! Since JM was only a supporting act, and not headlining, his fan club didn't hold a presale for me. :( But we still went; had not so great seats, but loved it. Fast forward to June of 2007.... JM announced an actual headlining stop here in AZ!! I was so excited. We got some great great great seats, 2nd row center, for the show and if that wasn't enough...a few weeks before the show I heard through the internet grapevine that there would be some chances for fanclub members to meet John before the shows. Well, long story short (sorry, I've never been one to tell a short story) I won!! I was 1 of 5 fan club members attending the Glendale show who was randomly picked to meet JM backstage before the show. I only found out a couple days before, when someone from the fan club called to let me know! Each of the 5 winners could bring one guest to the 'Eat and Greet'. During my time of obsessing over JM's music, I'm sorry to say that Sage has come along for the ride. She loves his music and when she found out I was going to get to meet him, she really wanted to come. So I brought Sagey to the Eat and Greet and took her to a babysitter after and picked up Dave for the concert...very complicated, I know....but well worth it! The Eat and Greet was very cool. There was a lot of waiting involved, but Sage makes everything fun :). It was fun to talk to all the 'chosen' fans and their guests and to talk to John's photographer, Katie. She was our guide through the whole ordeal. I would have to say, I had much more fun meeting Katie and talking to her than I did with meeting John.... but that's just because meeting him was way too short. He came into the room, finally, and went around to everyone, one by one, to say hi, sign something and Katie snapped a picture of them. Sage and I were last in line. Sage captured his attention from the moment he walked in the room. It was very cute. She was trying to contain herself, but couldn't...she was jumping a little and waving and said "That's John Mayer! Hi John Mayer!!" and she was giggling. So JM mimicked her, jumping and waving and giggling. It was very cute and made her night. He scored lots of points with me for being sweet to my little girl. So when he got to us, he got right down to sage's level and was off and running, talking to her. :) He signed her Eat and Greet pass and then she handed him the picture she drew of JM in concert and he thanked her and said how nice of her it was to draw him a picture...it was funny, because I had to butt in and tell him she actually wants to keep the picture as a memory and she just wanted him to sign it. :) Everyone laughed. It was cute. So he signed it and he signed 2 JM (vinyl) albums I brought and then it was picture time. I am a really big fan, and I don't know if you've ever met a musician you really admired...but let's just say I was in a wierd dream state and didn't really know what I was saying or doing. So without thinking I stood in Sage's picture with JM; not realizing "hey! If I wait a minute I can get one of my own with him!" oh well. It's cuter this way!! :) Ok Ok I know you're all thinking, wow, rachel is much dorkier than I ever imagined. haha! well, ok, you're right. I love music and meeting someone who makes the music that I love was amazing. Now if I ever were to meet James Taylor (the musician I've loved my whole life and not just a mere 2 years or so) I don't know how I'd react!! It's so silly, isn't it? To put these regular people, with extraordinary talents, on such a pedastal. I guess I'm only human.
Anyway, it was so fun to meet JM and it was so fun to share that experience with Sage. She'll remember it for the rest of her life. (and so will I). I'm so glad Dave didn't put up a fight and graciously let Sage go in his place. :) Thanks Dave. :)
After all of that hoopla...we got to go to the concert! ...it was the best I've ever been to! I know, I haven't been to that many concerts, but I have been to enough to know that this one was amazing!! We were so close to the stage and it was so fun to be there with Dave. :)
Oh ...some of the things sage said to JM:
I love your song Gravity!! and JM responded...Oh really, because I'm going to play it for you tonight!! (too bad she wasn't there to hear it!!...but we took pictures)
Oh, I'm not going to your concert..it's just too loud. (and she didn't have a ticket)
She was determined to ask John for a ticket to his show (I was hoping she wouldn't) and luckily she decided not to. phew!
And when were were waiting in the back room (that was attached to a bathroom/locker room type place) for JM to show up, Sage suggested everyone hide in the bathroom and when John showed up we could all jump out and say "surprise"!! haaha! she's so cute...but no one else was up for it (she did it anyway, by herself)
Ok so there it is. I'm not going to edit it...I'll just put it out there. :) It was fun and I'm so glad I got to meet one of my favorite singers/musicians. :) Thanks Local 83 ;)
Here is JM admiring his TRY! album before he signed it :) (and sage, just giggling) :)
Below is a picture of our Eat and Greet group, in the shower. Thanks Katie :)
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I just saw this quiz on my friend, Tori's, blog. I also LOVE the Twilight series of books (by Stephenie Meyer) and thought it would be fun to take this quiz. :) So here are my results...
You're" Esme Cullen - Your maternal instinct to take care of people and be kind draw people towards you. You're compassionate and loving, yet firm when you need to be. You appreciate hard work and value the beautiful results of your dedication to any project.
So there it is. I'm the Mom. :) I guess that's all I could have expected. Although, being told I was like Edward or Jacob would have been cool too. At least I'm a vampire!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Here he is, licking the spatula...his favorite part of making brownies!
I love his smile! and his silliness!
I love my little boy :)
Sage was excited for her first day of school (and a little nervous too). This first picture was taken in front of our home...love those purple flowers!
We walk to school every morning. Sage gets tired a lot (she's telling me what to write! haha) when she does that."
This picture was taken right after she sat down at her desk for the first time. She was so cute. It was really hard to leave her there. In fact, we stood outside the classroom window for a while (along with many other kindergarten parents) and were finally 'kicked out' of there. The school uses the colors of a stop light to judge how well the kids are doing (behaviorally).... Sage is so pleased to come home with a 'green light'! So far she's brought home a green light everyday!! We're so proud of her!
Sending our first child to school has been an adjustment. I never thought it would be so hard to send her away to school. But actually, come to think of it, it is a rather big step, considering when I went to kindergarten it was only 1/2 day and now the little 5 year olds go full day!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
"In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth. The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve. After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??"