Posts Tagged ‘music’

So, my Jimmy broke down the day before leaving for Moline, Illinois with Ethan and Rylen. I didn’t let that get in the way of traveling to Moline and watching Laurie Berkner perform an intimate solo event. I had rented a car prior to the breakdown and the only things keeping us from going was, well, nothing!


When we arrived at the car rental, our car was not finished in the wash area. This was not a bad thing, because we were given an upgrade to a small SUV for the same price. The vehicle was wonderful and gave us the room we needed to make out trip comfortable.


Five hours later, we arrived in Moline and after checking in, hit the pool for two hours. Then it was time to simmer down from our day and it was not long before Ethan and Rylen were out like lights. It was then time for me to get some work done. Being Tuesday, my weekly column was due and that meant it was time to get it done. With Ethan and Rylen asleep behind me, I sat at the table with a small lamp and wrote my column and got it sent off before turning in myself.


We woke to the sound of rain hitting our windows. With our venue being outside, I got on the email with Laurie’s assistant and COO of Two Tomatoes Records, Katie, and was told that the show would be moved inside. With that reassurance, we made our way across the street and had breakfast at the local Denny’s before filling up and heading into Bettendorf, Iowa for an afternoon at The Family Museum.


I must highly recommend this museum for children! Colorful, entertaining, educational and hands on, The Family Museum, at a cost of only $8.00 per person, is worth its weight in gold for the value it gives and the memories you will make!


It was then time to return to Moline and its amazing historic district. The Laurie Berkner show was being held at the historic, Deere-Winman House and the intimate performance was being held on the side lawn. The beautiful grounds led up to the breath-taking home, built in the 1872 and looking just as great as it likely did then.


As we approached the side lawn, we heard Laurie’s music, we all assumed it was being played over the speakers for visitors as they awaited the show. However, Ethan and Rylen froze in their tracks as they came around the corner of the house to find Laurie standing on the stage in the middle of sound check.


The time at Deere-Winman was for Ethan and Rylen, but I was humbled to be invited to bring copies of Barney & Lexi to the show and leave with Katie. I left copies with her and picked up copies of Laurie’s children’s book: We Are The Dinosaurs for Ethan and Rylen. They began reading their books as Laurie appeared and the show went underway for an amazing hour and half.


With pigs on heads, beach balls bouncing around and children dancing and laughing, Laurie put on an impressionable show and left no one feeling left out. The weather held off and made for an amazing evening!


As Thursday can, Ethan, Rylen and I climbed back into our rental and made the five hour journey back home to southern Illinois. Singing songs and talking about how much fun we had along the way.


Friday would come and I would find out that my Jimmy issue was nothing more than a bad distributor cap and with a $50.00 replacement, she is now up and going great.


As the weekend would come and go, I would send Lynden off to band camp at EIU for the week as he earned a scholarship to the collage camp and is having an amazing time.


So, in the end, everything is just as it should be, great and plugging away. Remember, no matter what comes along, if you stay the coarse, you can make anything happen!

What a wonderful weekend!

Saturday night, I took Lynden, Ethan & Rylen to the high school I work at and we watched the play: Seussical The Musical. For Ethan and Rylen, it was their first time seeing a play, and they loved it!


Lynden did not want a Cat In The Hat hat but Ethan and Rylen sure did, so I got them both a hat and we went into the auditorium. All three were excited and as the lights dimmed, the magic filled the air!


The play lasted for almost an hour an forty-five minutes and when it was over, my children and I were very excited that we got to see it. All the way home, my Jimmy was filled with sounds of Dr. Seuss music!


As for today, it began with an awesome breakfast, French toast, bacon, hash brown, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage links and toast. Yes, it was good! It was then a morning of Ethan, Rylen and me on the living room floor building Batman Lego sets for several hours. When finished, we had a combine, tractor and bat helicopter. Then, it was time for my three sons to return to their mom and I picked up before getting into the next page of The Boondock Kids.


On tonights page, Mario, Louis, Cindy and Cristena stand in the main entrance of Rascone’s home where a coat rank hangs, a large chest sits below that and a large broom sits in the corner by the door. They are all invited into the living area where a warm fire crackles and a short, round table sits with fur rugs covering the floor around it.

Rascone ushers The Boondock Kids and Kelmare to the short, round table and then enters his kitchen in an attempt to prepare them all a meal. The kids notice that from their view, many copper pots and pans hang from what looks like a tree limb with branches holding up the cookware.

He returned to the living area and placed six wooden bowls with lids on the table before returning to get something to help everyone wash down their meal with. Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena were silent but each woried about what was under the lids of their bowls. Would it be ok or would it be horrible? Cristena nodded her head at Sindy, who quickly nodded her head to declare that she was, in no way, peeking under her lid. Sindy then looked to Mario and Louis, who neither wanted to either. Mario quickly nodded his which left Louis all by himself.

Mario, Sindy and Cristena held their breath as Louis reluctantly peeked under his lid. Then, his face went blank, leaving his friends confused. As a bang and clang came from the kitchen, Louis showed the bowl to the others and that it was, in fact empty. Mario, Sindy and Cristena raised their lids and found that there was nothing in their bowls as well. They quicly laid their lids down as Kelmare returned with six wooden mugs for them to drink from.

And with that, page 136 of The Boondock Kids is written. A wish goes out for everybody to have a wonderful Monday. May positive things find you!

What a wonderful weekend! I took Lynden and a friend of his to Mt. Vernon, Illinois and watched them participate in band solo and duet competition. We arrived with plenty of time and both boys got in plenty of practice.

Lynden was up first with his solo and he played brilliantly! We walked out of the classroom and stood in the hallway. Lynden said he messed up the last set of notes and was concerned about his grade. I assured him that if he had made any mistakes, he covered them wonderfully. Then came the score keeper to write his score. First! A medal will be given to him later this week at school.

lynden solo

Then we had some time between the solo and the boys duet so we went out to eat. I made sure two boys were full before returning to the middle school. Once there, we ran through their song a few more times before making our way to the same classroom. When it came time for the boys to perform, they rocked it in style!  They both were nervous while waiting in the hallway, then the score came. First! They went nuts!

before they scored

Before they got their results.

I took two very proud young men home afterwards!

after they scored

After they scored an almost perfect duet.

Sunday was a day spent with Ethan and Rylen. We played, watched the movie Inside Out.  They left early to go to dinner with their mother.

Today, I woke up early, took Ethan and Rylen to school, cleaned laundry and returned home and put together five mailers that went out to five different schools for visits with Barney & Lexi. Before I head to my evening job, I wrote anothe page of the Boondock Kids.

mailers out

Mario, Louis, Sindy and Cristena followed Kelmare and Rascone down the torch lit cavern until they came to a wooden door that was built into the rock wall. Two torches lit the door as Rascone pulled out a set of rusted keys and began to fiddle around, attempting to find the right key. He was offered help by both Mario and Sindy but graciously laughed and turned down their offers.

He did find the right key and unlocked the door. Then, from inside the door an explosion of clinking and clanking erupted and made The Boondock Kids each take one step back. Kelmare laughed and assured them that it was merely the seven locks inside the door freeing themselves and allowing the door to open.

Kelmare opened the door and asked everyone to overlook the mess, saying he was not expecting company or he would have cleaned his dwelling. Kelmare entered, thanking his friend and was thanked in return by Rascone. Once inside, no one could believe how clean and tidy Rascone’s home was, very warm, comfy and inviting.

Well, it’s time for work, have a great Monday evening! Never Stop Dreaming! Go For It!

This song is my anthemn for my dream of being truly published! I want to share this song with you and thank you for stopping by, it means a great deal to me that you did!