A couple of weeks ago we went to my dad’s company picnic at a cool place called Remlinger Farms, Northeast of Seattle. The kids were extra excited, especially since they heard there was a roller coaster for them to ride on.

As they were standing in line awaiting their turn, both were talking about how excited they were to go on this roller coaster. The hubby and I decided to let them go without adult supervision – mostly because the hubby really doesn’t like roller coasters (I’m pretty sure his fear of heights has something to do with that, although the diminutive size of this particular roller coaster might not have been an issue).

I was going to ride with the kids, but since since that left an odd man out, I suggested they ride together – it would, after all, be both of their first time, and I would have a chance to take pictures to commemorate the occasion.

Princess Nagger reluctantly agreed – you know, being stuck in a car with Little Dude and boy germs and all.

After we escorted them to the gate, the hubby and I hurried back through the crowd to find a good vantage point for picture taking. I found a great spot to catch them on two different sections fairly clearly. First time around, here they come:

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Look at Little Dude’s face, though:

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And so it continued… second time around:
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Third time around:RollercoasterFun6RollercoasterFun6aRollercoasterFun7RollercoasterFun7a

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I couldn’t stop giggling at the look on his face, especially with Princess Nagger’s expressions being polar opposite. Once the ride finally came to an end, we met them at the exit:

Princess Nagger (bursting with excitement): “That was awesome!!”

Me: “Was it worth the wait?”

PN: “Yes!!”

Me (to Little Dude): “So, how’d you like your first roller coaster ride?”

Little Dude: “Hated  it!!”

I suspect he won’t be going on any roller coaster rides in the near future, no matter how small the ride actually is. Princess Nagger, on the other hand, can’t wait to move up to the larger ones.

Are you Team Nagger (love roller coasters) or Team Little Dude (hate ‘em!)? 

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So many people have been sharing the first day of school pictures! Now that we’re back in Washington State, it’s an unfamiliar sight since school doesn’t start here until after Labor Day. Princess Nagger is especially happy that it’s still full-on summer here. 

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I’m very glad the kids don’t start school until September, instead of this week or next like they would have in Pennsylvania, because we still have a lot of summer activities to enjoy before then!

Especially since I still need to finish the Back To School shopping – trying to find a good Pokemon backpack for Princess Nagger has become quite the challenge. At least Little Dude was easy – I found a Cars themed backpack with attached lunchbox and he’s all happy and all done.

He’s got enough school clothes and new shoes to get him through the year – barring any unforeseen major growth spurts or destruction like his shoes from last year:

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But Princess Nagger is in dire need of a new wardrobe and new shoes, since she’s outgrown everything over the summer – including the new clothes I bought a size bigger in anticipation of potential growth spurts, but she’s outgrown them without getting a chance to wear them. Thank goodness for flip-flops and sunny weather, since her skis-for-feet aren’t fitting any of her vast number of shoes. Crazy.

I keep searching for that elusive pause button, but it’s just not happening.

I did make sure I bought all the supplies from the supply list a couple of weeks ago – since they tend to put that stuff out around the 4th of July, and by now most of it’s already picked clean and they’re moving it out to bring in Halloween stuff before summer is completely gone. By Halloween it’ll be Christmas stuff. 

The next 2-1/2 weeks both the kids and the hubby are off, and the hubby is off an additional  3 weeks after that – which means you unfortunately won’t be getting my undivided attention since it’ll be divided in mega interruptus mode. But since time flies faster these days, it’ll seem like no time at all, right?

At least I won’t  be taking a hiatus this time, I’ll just be hit-and-miss with the visits. I know, you’re thinking “What else is new?!” since I’ve already been hit-and-miss since our move.

If I make a conscientious effort to spend a little less time in front of my screen, I’ll finally  get all those boxes from our move fully unpacked. I’m really getting tired of seeing those stacks, and I really want to move forward with an epic Housewarming Party well before Christmas, you know?

I’m thinking I might have to have a goal of having it on October 4th for the Housewarming Party – which ironically lands on a Saturday this year, because it was Saturday, October 4, 2003 we had our Housewarming Party and surprise wedding for our first house we bought in PA.

Of course we won’t be doing the surprise wedding this time around, but it would be kind of fun to do the Housewarming on the anniversary date of our first house – because that was our first house in PA, and this is our first house in WA. Yes, my mind travels in alternate universes sometimes.

Speaking of Alternate universes… So this weekend I get an email inviting me to check out Claire’s BTS specials. When I clicked the link, here’s what I saw on their site:

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See the glaring error? Here, let me help you with that:

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The funny thing is I saw that early in the morning – and it stayed like that all day long. No words. Because my mind is in the gutter and I can’t go there here.

That’s a wrap for this week - you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome – random or not. Be sure to visit your fellow randomizers so they don’t feel so lonely.

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Halfway through August – my favorite season is around the corner (but don’t mind me, you hot summer lovers still have my vote of summer being one of the top 4 seasons, but fall is my all-time favorite).

And no, I’m not wishing summer to be over by any means – I’m very glad the kids don’t start school until September, instead of this week or next like they would have in Pennsylvania, because we still have a lot of summer activities to enjoy before then!

On that note, just be forewarned I’m going to be sketchy for the next 6 weeks or so – I’m still going to be here, and I’ll still be posting on my blog, but you probably noticed I’ve been quite lax this summer on replying to comments and/or paying regular visits to your blogs vs. the “now you see me, now you don’t” mode as of late.

For the next 3 weeks both the kids and the hubby are off, and the hubby is off an additional  3 weeks after that – which means you unfortunately won’t be getting my undivided attention since it’ll be divided in mega interruptus mode. But since time flies faster these days, it’ll seem like no time at all, right?

Plus maybe spending a little less time in front of my screen will actually be a good thing, and I’ll finally get all those boxes from our move fully unpacked. I’m really getting tired of seeing those stacks, and I really want to move forward with an epic Housewarming Party well before Christmas, you know?

Since it’s Monday, that means music – everyone likes music, right? It’s a freebie week, so let’s get on with the fun! Let’s start off with a group who says this song is “like a jolt of adrenaline. It’s rough round the edges, it’s raw, it’s aggressive, but it’s got a spirituality about it. It feels like church but in a modern way.”

They fully intended to include this song on their latest album, but they didn’t get the chorus done in time, so they released it as a single after the fact instead. It took about a year to finally finish that chorus – and the wait was worth it.

OneRepublic

Give a listen to (and I guarantee you’ll be dancing in your seat to the beat) OneRepublic with “Love Runs Out”:

Next up is a new (to me) country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta. Her music incorporates elements of rock, blues and pop within the country genre. Rolling Stone, Billboard and Guitar World have praised her big league potential proclaiming her as one of the top new artists to watch in 2014.

She started playing the piano at six, but then discovered her father’s collection of guitars scattered throughout the house, and switched instruments at eight. She started writing songs at 10 years old, and was ‘discovered’ at 15 years old. She co-wrote most of the 11 songs on her first album, released in 2006.

She is an accomplished lead guitarist whose style has been influenced by John Mayer, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Buddy Guy, Randy Bachman, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Her Grand Ole Opry debut was on April 15, 2014, and she’s made several appearances since then.

She was selected by one of my favorite groups, The Band Perry, to open for their “We Are Pioneers World Tour” which included 50 dates throughout Europe and North America during 2013 and 2014. Lucky girl.

LindsayEll

Here’s the gorgeous and talented Lindsay Ell with “Shut Me Up”:

Next up is a giant of a DJ artist (literally – the dude is 6 feet 9 inches tall!) who attempts to reach new heights on this particular track. Get it? It premiered back in February on Bud Light’s “Cool Twist” Super Bowl commercial, so it may sound familiar to some of you.

The song was originally recorded by LA based singer/songwriter Wrabel as a tender piano ballad, but this artist liked it so much he revamped it for an uptempo dance single with Wrabel doing the vocals.

Afrojack

Get up and dance with Afrojack (featuring Wrabel) with “Ten Feet Tall”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a song that is featured on the soundtrack of the romantic comedy-drama movie “The Fault in Our Stars”.  This particular song plays during an uplifting moment in the film, and the artist has said that while the song itself is very euphoric and enthusiastic about romance, it’s about wanting to fall in love, but there’s this hint of sadness in that.

This particular artist got her start at the age of 14, when she began recording her debut album with a loan from her parents, who were very supportive of her following her dreams. In early 2008, she began posting songs from the album, along with other demos, on her official MySpace.

She caught the attention of a guy who was running numerous illegal warehouse raves in London, which ultimately became her first true gigs. Her supportive parents even attended some of those raves to see her perform.

This particular song was penned for her first debut album, but didn’t make the cut. They actually offered it to Hilary Duff to record, which made this artist very excited to possibly be working on a Hilary Duff album, but it was not to be, since the feedback was the song wasn’t “cool enough for Hilary”. Since Hilary declined the offer, this artist decided to use this song as her contribution to the movie instead.

I bet she’s glad she did, since the single was released commercially in December 2013 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming both her first charting single and first Top 10 hit as a lead artist.

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Without further ado, here’s Charli XCX with “Boom Clap”:

The beat goes on and on and on and on and… Boom clap! Have a great Monday!

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I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Becca of Everyday Life.

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!



 

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