Saturday, June 22, 2013

Today We Went to a Splash Park

At first the boys were so timid to go in. Then when they did Mica was a crazy man.


So I was trying to go in order somewhat of our trip, but Carhenge got missed. It was one of our first stops.

It was nice to stretch our legs there. The boys loved running around the cars.

This gives you an idea of how big the sculpture is, in comparison to the boys:

Part of the cars are buried in the ground.

You can tell the boys were the the car for awhile. They were in the silly mode.

When we were about to leave it looked like it might rain, so the lighting was totally different.

There are a few other random cars and car parts here and there.

Dino made of junk.

 Fish made of junk.

They did have a gift shop. In my mind I had the perfect idea for their shop. They of course didn't have my idea. Get some cheap toy cars, Hot Wheel size, spray paint them grey, position them the same way that Carhenge is and sell it for more money than it was to make it. No such thing. All they had were typical t-shirts and coffee mugs.

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like. 

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

I was watching TV and saw a commercial that struck my interest. Twice now I've forgotten what the commercial was for. I just remembered that it was really cool, and that I wanted to find the one man band that played in it. Well I figured out once again what the commercial is for. It's for Delta Water Faucets. Have you seen it? Here it is:

The artist's name is Glenn Kotche. He lives in Chicago and composes, performs and is a percussionist. He's has 4 records under his belt. He has been a collaborator on 90 records! He has twice been on the cover Modern Drummer. He's part of a band called Wilco, but I'm choosing to mostly feature Glenn Kotche today.

Monkey Chant

  Here Glenn Kotche talks about some of the sounds he uses:

Here's the band he's in called Wilco:

Visit Glenn Kotche's website.
Visit Wilco's website.
Order Glenn Kotche's work here.
Like Glenn Kotche on Facebook.
Like Wilco on Facebook.
Follow Glenn Kotche on Twitter.
Follow Wilco on Twitter.

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Postcard For My Birthday

Last year I got this postcard from an artist:

I asked for pearl cluster earrings at Novica. Then the artist wrote me a postcard to go with the earrings. The postcard has been in my computer bag. It's bent up a bit. I still think it's cool they took the time to write to the people that bought her jewelery!

Fort Robinson State Park

We decided to venture out to Fort Robinson State Park (still in Nebraska).

We didn't know they had a pow-wow going on. That was pretty cool to watch. To be honest I could have stayed at the pow-wow longer. I just love their costumes!

We decided to make one of our big things be a jeep ride up Fort Robinson. It was windy, but so pretty and fun.

It was very fitting that the boys wore their Hank Player Blah...Blah...Blah shirts. They would not stop talking. You can tell that they were super excited for their jeep ride!

I don't think any of us were expecting it to be so windy!

The clouds were so puffy. They reminded me of cotton candy, only white.

There must of been a forest fire in this spot. Black tree trunks were down on the ground.

Up, up, up we went. The further up the jeep drove the less grass there was. If you looked out into the distance there was plenty of green to be seen.

 Yet another tree down.

I like this photo because it really shows good foreground and background.

Foreground, middle ground and background.

 This is when I wish I had a wide angle lens!

 At the top we were. Man was it windy. The boys were trying to hold each other up.

 Just a tree at the top.

Back down at the bottom we went for a walk and saw mules carrying a wagon. I'm used to seeing horses, but not mules.

What's you favorite state park that you've been to?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

High Plains, Nebraska

After Toadstool Park we went to a little town called High Plains, Nebraska.

There was a restaurant attached to many of their first buildings. They allow you to roam around and look in the old buildings, but there are signs saying, "Don't touch everywhere." The boys were running around all over, which made me nervous. Nothing bad happened, so we're all good!

The Blacksmith Shop
 Tools were everywhere!

The Basket Shop wasn't as impressive as the Blacksmith.

Don't mess with the Sheriff! At this point I was hoping to leave my kids in their jail.
This was one area they could touch. They did get to go in the jail.

The Kitchen had all kinds of stuff in there as well.

 I wonder how much stamps were when this Post Office went up?

 Of course they had the Mercantile. I often wonder why we don't call stores a Mercantile anymore? The Mercantile was filled with things you could buy. The odd thing for this city gal is that no one was working in there. They expected you to get what you wanted and go to the restaurant to pay for it. I wonder how much is stole from them? I told Daddy I wouldn't want to mess with them. They'd probably chase after us and put us in their old school jail.

Eathworks is where pottery was done.

The saloon. Again I don't know why the name became bar instead of saloon?

The Schoolhouse. It's just missing a bell.

They had a wagon as well.


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