Life-sized STAR WARS balloons! Coolest balloons ever!

Happy Birthday, Ben! Ben celebrated the big 4-0 on May 4th! Yup, Star Wars day. May the forth be with you. hehe When I went to party city to purchase some fun decorations for a party for him, I stumbled upon the BEST decorations ever - JUMBO STAR WARS BALLOONS. I seriously squealed out loud. I mean, I've literally never seen jumbo balloons like this before. Maybe I live in under a rock, but seeing these balloons made me so excited. They are huge! I couldn't decide between the Stormtrooper or R2D2 so I splurged and bought both. They were a huge hit! We had these balloons hanging … [Read more...]

RAINBOW tutus and knee highs @ Bolder Boulder 10k

Every year on Memorial Day, the city of Boulder, Colorado hosts a huge 10k called the Bolder Boulder. It is the biggest race of the year, and one of the biggest 10k's in the country! The race is more like a huge party with local live bands playing every half-mile. There are also tons of activities set up throughout the race including trampolines, swimming pools, slip-n-slides, cotton candy makers, free beer (for adults!), free chip stations, free bacon stations, tons of water stations, free sunscreen stations, etc. It's more like a walking/running 10k party and less of an actual … [Read more...]

creating PRIMAL FURS for Indoor Percussion

Last week I introduced y'all to Indoor Drumlines, or Indoor Percussion Ensembles. My son is in high school and had the cool opportunity to be a part of his high school's Indoor Drumline. They preformed a cool show called Primal, which included awesome costumes created on the cheap by the parents of the group. Here's the final costume: In this post I showed you guys how I created the loin cloth (skirt) and belt for the costume. Today I'm here to wrap up this Indoor Drumline PRIMAL series with a play-by-play on all the furs the kids wore. The pit kids (the ones in the front who … [Read more...]

Creating the LOIN CLOTH SKIRTS & BELTS for Indoor Drumline show

Last week I introduced you to my son's Indoor Drumline group, where they put on a show this year called Primal. The teens put in countless hours of hard work into pulling off a 1st in State show and we parents coudln't be any prouder of them. The show would definitely not come together without the help of all the parent volunteers as well. My "job" this season was "Costume Coordinator". I made sure each entire costume arrived at each show during the season and made sure each kid had what they needed before they preformed. I also was heavily involved in creating the costumes, especially certain … [Read more...]

Indoor Percussion Ensemble – PRIMAL theme

As a high school freshman this year, our son had the very cool opportunity to participate in an Indoor Percussion Ensemble, or an Indoor Drumline, which consists of the marching percussion (battery) and front ensemble (pit) sections of a marching band. His Indoor Drumline preformed a show called Primal. They placed 1st in State! Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theatre. Most indoor percussion groups are affiliated with a high school although there are also many independent groups as well. Indoor percussion groups will generally practice and perform … [Read more...]

Buying one of everything at IKEA, oh, and we moved in!

Hi! Man, we have been so busy trying to get moved into the new house. When we left Austin we sold most of our furniture, so moving into the new house was easy because we only had one Pod to unload. However, we hit up IKEA for most of our furniture and between buying, moving, unloading, and assembling, our time is zapped! Here's Ben getting ready to unload the Pod last week. We hired a few guys to come help unload so the thing was unloaded in less than 2 hours. Ah, a nice empty Pod. Come take it away pod people! Like I said, we hit up IKEA for most of our new furniture. IKEA … [Read more...]

Our temporary housing video tour at Towneplace Suites Marriott

We sold our Austin home a week and a half ago, but we don't close on the new Colorado home for another week and a half, so basically we are totally homeless at the moment. It's been a tad stressful to say the least! Fortunately though, we do have an extended stay hotel we are staying in. We are staying at the Towneplace Suites by Marriott. There are two main reasons we went with Towneplace Suites: 1) they allow pets, and 2) they are suites, so our room is more like a teeny tiny two bedroom apartment than an actual hotel. In addition to being in the equivalent of a small 2 … [Read more...]