Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Krewe Band Dumpster Gig

Yesterday morning, bright and early (9:30 a.m.) the band gathered at the Clarkfork Dumpster site for a gig.  We had a few tense moments when Jon drove off with the power cord for the keyboard in his car and when Ann couldn't get her mandolin in tune, but we did it!  We did have some fans there and we were very surprised to see Beth and Chris Webster among the throng!  I am hoping that someone will send me a photo to post on the blog.

The Krewe gals went to see the movie, Eat, Pray, Love and then had dinner out on the deck at the floating restaurant.  A beautiful evening with a full moon and a wonderful time with great friends.  I don't want this summer to end.

Thanks for the photos, Neil!

The band is starting to get hot!

Dennis plays a mean soprano sax!


Let's see....we enjoyed 25 dozen oysters on the barbecue, of which Travis fried 10 doz. in a cast iron skillet on his grill.  He also grilled yummy elk burgers.  To go along with the oysters and the clams, we chowed down 4 doz. ears of sweet corn which Jim and Lena brought to the party, roasted new potatoes from Ellie and Bob and countless other scrumptious side dishes and desserts.  Man oh man, what a way to celebrate summer and great friends and family!

The kids were enthusiastic participants in our collection of games and the obstacle course!  It was as much fun to watch as it was to participate.

The music was awesome, especially the singing.  We started singing at about 9:00 p.m. and ended at 11:30 without a break.  It think we sang 79 of the 84 songs in the book.   We had some great harmonica sounds, a great guitar accompanist, Fred (Jeff?), a little bit of violin from Kristine and Bruce held it all together with his bass guitar.

Needless to say, everyone was moving a little slowly the next day and we were very grateful that Ben decided to sleep until 8:00 a.m. and that Collin and Rylee, who were up earlier than that, played quietly until the adults woke up.

What great memories we have of last weekend!

All Good Parties Must End!

Good night, Mathis, good night!

These guys have their coats on and are ready to call it a night!

I wanna go home, after we sing the next song :)!

The Longest Music Set - 3 hours!

Mitch Miller, eat your heart out!

And the band played on

Julie's Oyster Party Photos

Julie and Dylan took some great shots of the party.  This is a great shot of the "Musical Clothes" game!

Mathis opens his caramel

The kids pulled 18 strings before the pinata' opened.  It contained clues to where each treasure bag was hidden.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Oyster Party Photos

Oyster Party

The Oyster Party was a blast!  So much great food, good music and great singing!  The party started at 2:00 pm and ended at 11:30 pm.  I think we sang songs for three hours straight!  No breaks!  Almost every song in the books (84) and some additional songs that Jeff brought to us from Rhode Island!

The kid's games were so much fun.  I think both the participants and the audience enjoyed the games.  We had a two Bucket Brigade Games, Musical Clothes and an Obstacle Course game.  The Obstacle Course was:  walk with a bowl of water on your head to the pennies on the plate, take off your shoes and pick up the penny with your toes and put it in the bowl, run and then crawl under the bar, put a pair of socks on your hands and unwrap a caramel candy, then back to your bowl of water, put it on your head and walk backwards to your teammates!

Ellie and Rylee try to pick up the penny with their toes!

Julie explains how to put on socks on your hands to unwrap the caramels.

The kids in their clothes from the "Musical Clothes Game".

Ben helps with the tent

Ben helped Grandpa set up the tent for the party! Let's see... I wonder if he really needs this part or if I can chew on it first for a while....

I'm sure he needs this one next.

Maybe if I just blow on this, it will set up the whole tent?

Aha!  I think this is the shape we need! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Oyster Party Preparations

I have been busy getting ready for the big day. There's going to be lots of great food, oysters, steamed clams, corn on the cob, roasted new potatoes........Yum.  Plus some great music from the band and a sing-a-long in the evening.  It looks like it's going to be a cool evening so the fire pit will be going for marshmallows.

I hope I will have time to take some photos for the blog.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Time to catch up!

It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm finally back.  I will start with some photos of Collin and Rylee when we went to Ross Creek Cedars.

Blue, my favorite color!

Nice sunset!

Ben goes for a swim.

If this was a lawnmower, I could help Grandma!

Cheerio lover!