Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Kennywood with the Marching Band

The Drumline, warming up in the "service area" behind the rides. This use to be where they parked the buses, but this year only the equipment buses/vans were permitted to park back in this area. I talked my way in to get a couple of pictures. Actually it wasn't hard...I had water bottles and drum keys for the drummers and the gate guard left me right through. Let's see...left to right, Billy, Mary, Danielle (her dad drove the equipment van, we dubbed him the official "Drum Driver"), Camryn (AKA Cymbal Boy), Terry, Jimmy, Josh (he's always at our house...he lives about 2/3 of a mile from our house and he and Billy do almost everything together), and Andy.

Mary and Billy (and the part of the drumline) playing their cadence while getting in the line-up for the parade. This band has had so many directors that they tend to do their own thing...7 in the six years Billy's been marching. Billy and Mary are seniors and sorta rule the roost. The drum major is also a senior and the best trumpet player we have...all three are going to be missed when they graduate next summer. We had a trio of drummers that were inseperatable...Brandi graduated this year and was really missed on this trip. She would have been right there beside Billy and Mary.

You already have seen the 8 drummers...well, here's the rest of the band...the instruments are on the left. Go ahead and count them...four instruments (two trumpets, a flute and a clarinet). We have 47 band members (including color guard) but only 21 went on this trip; 8 drummers, 4 instrumentalists, 1 drum major and 8 color guard). Every single drummer and color guard went and only these four dedicated instrumentalists! Let's see...in this photo, up the line of instruments, Shelby, Greg, Denise and Lacey. You can see some of the color guard in the background. The little boy wandering around in the center, he's the fill-in band director's son, Ethan. And, let me say, he is the best behaved 6-year-old I've ever seen! His dad, is behind him, at the end of the instrument line.

Me 'n Kim; the chapperones. I'm on the left...just in case you didn't know! ;) We were going to wear the polo shirts that the band is wearing for the parade...but we thought the lime green would stick out better and the kids would be able to find us easier if they needed anything during the day. My head was really getting sun burnt...so I bought myself this spiffy hat! Whadda ya think; cool, hun? Kim was also my riding partner! We started out slow and rode the train...several of the kids picked on us for being *old* and riding the *lame* train ride...sooooo we decided to ride the Whip (my favorite old-time ride). Then we got very daring and rode The Exterminator (an indoor roller coaster that is a high speed beefed up cross between the Wild Mouse and the Tilt-a-Whirl)...this is by far, the best ride there...if you like to be spun around and end up so dizzy you can't walk. We staggered around for 20 minutes before we both regained our equilibrium! We also rode the Gold Rush (that's a mining themed haunted house ride. The bat cave in that ride was creepy. You enter this tunnel with black lights and they have hundreds of rubber bats hanging from the ceiling...as you go into the tunnel, it gets dark...and the bats are hanging low enough they are hitting you! CREEPY! We were laughing so hard when we came out that we could hardly breathe!

A shot from the rear of the band, during the parade. Kim and I were hornswaggled into marching with them to pick up drum sticks. So, this is what they get for begging us to march the parade route with them! BTW, that's Billy, in the center. And the fill-in band director (ours quit two weeks ago) is the elementary choir teacher, Mr. Phipps...he's to the top left dressed in all in tan, carrying his 6 year old on his shoulders. AND...you'll notice that they are all in step this time! Billy's been working on that with them. Oh, and Mr Phipps taught me to march during the parade. I'm telling you...how I gave birth to a drummer is anyone's guess. I'm the most *not* musically inclined person on earth!

And...that brings us to the end of our 2007 Kennywood WTAE Band-Days!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Cruise In

Here's a couple pictures from the Cruise In we went to tonight. Kersey is a tiny town, has one bank, a post office, a gas station and one tiny privately owned *grocery* store. I mean Main Street is about 300 feet long! Seriously! Anyway, they have a huge community park with two soccer fields and one little league field. This is where they held the Cruise In at. Throughout the five hours they had over 100 cars register. Impressive for such a tiny area...and this was the first time they have done this. Pretty much everyone knew everyone; or at least they knew *of* everyone. We would walk past cars and Bill would know who owned it or who painted it or who restored it. It was fun getting to meet these people and put names with faces. And, pretty much everyone there knew my husband (the man really does get around, lol). They all wanted to know where his Model A pickup and his '68 Ford Ranger pick up were...they were surprised to find out that he brought *my* Mustang and both of his were still in storage! Onto the pictures!

This first one is for Jessica...as requested by her daughter, Tay...
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Sorry Jessica...but I like the original body style best! Lucy is much more *me* than this beast!

And this one...I took for my son. One of his favorite colors is lime green and he's *into* racing and building cars. I can't remember the year, but it *was* a Ford Fairlane. The woman owning AND racing this beauty is a 60-year old grandma! All I can remember is that it has 19 1/2 inch rear tires! Oh, and there was a fuel cell in the trunk!

Going Cruising!

Some of you have already met Lucy my 1966 Mustang. Well, tonight we're going to a Cruise In in Kersey. Lots of 60's and 70's cars, food and music. Sounds like a good time...so that's our Saturday night entertainment!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Parker Dam State Park

For this shot...it's across the dam, but I used the zoom lense to get the boulder in the picture more clearly. You can see the one bouey thingie on the right side of the picture; this is out past the swimming area a bit. This is as close as the boats are allowed to the swimming area.

Here's the breast of the dam, showing the spillways. What I couldn't get a good picture of is off to the left of this, down stream...the water goes through a rock field funneling itself into a tiny mountain stream that it started as. That rock field is sooo cool...occasionally we go down the very steep somewhat treacherous steps and jump from rock to rock. There were so many fisherman down there that we didn't do that this time.

This is one view of the spillway at the breast of the dam; showing much more of the body of dam water than the first photo.

My Aunt use to take us swimming here several times every summer. I've had Billy there many times. Some of the more memorable times include renting paddle boats (you really can tip one over and leg craps are a riot!); renting a cabin for the weekend (outdoor bathrooms and a major snow storm made that November night a riot); the bathrooms (metal toilets during thunderstorms make for an interesting potty time!)...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

200th Post

Time really flies...hard to believe that this is the 200th post already. OK, so I've been slacking off and not posting as much any more...but, still! :)

I spent the weekend working and visiting with my sister. She came home for the weekend...and a family reunion. Needless to say, I'm pooped! Been burning the candle at both ends for a bit too long. Tonight is an early-to-bed night and hopefully with Wednesday off work, I'll catch up on some much needed rest!

The family reunion was at Parker Dam State Park. I took a few pictures that are unloading from my camera right now. Hopefully they'll turn out well and I'll post them shortly!