Thursday, November 30, 2006

Adventures With Gar, Autumn, Anna & Jason

Doodlebops update. I have received notice from Autumn that the tickets to the Doodlebops concert have arrived. I guess after seeing Tom Waits, U2, REM, Vigilantes of Love, Elvis Costello, Bruce Cockburn, I can take one for the team. I remember as a young little guy my dad taking me to see my first musical hero Glen Campbell. Well, now it is my turn to take my daughter to here first musical crush. The Doodlebops. Go their website and check out the fine tunes awaiting me.......woohoo....Now I just need to figure out a way to not dress up as Moe Doodle. Anna wants to dress up as DeeDee Doodle and she wants me to dress up like Moe Doodle....Dad, did I make you dress up like Glen Campbell????

Adventures With Gar, Autumn, Anna & Jason

So me and the kids leave San Diego yesterday and the temperature was 45 degrees. We land 3 1/2 hours later in Nashville and it is 75 degrees. Same today. I talked to Autumn and they are calling for frost warnings in SoCal. A strange and backwards deal, though they are calling for possible snow here in Nashville on Friday. Yes folks, I am here in Nashvegas. If you want to see me give me a call. The wonderful Josh, Sandy, and Amber are housing us for a week. The big party is Saturday night. Call us at for details. Glad to be here. Ate at Baja Burrito last night so I can check that off my 25 favorite things to do while here in the Muzak City.... Gar

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Christmas Season has begun!

Okay, the tree is up and the angel is high atop, the lawn is lit! Here is Anna's creation. I was the sous pastry chef, putting things where she wanted them.

Oooh, all of you music fans . . . see Gar's latest music purchase . . . The Doodlebops. They are Anna's favorite band. Want to here what we listen to on every car ride check it out at Everyone laugh with me, because it is just too funny.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Pumpkin Pie anyone?

Jason's first real Thanksgiving dinner, and the pumpkin pie was his favorite. We have begun Christmas decorating, pictures will follow. Anna and I decorated a gingerbread house. The tree is up and the postage stamp lawn is about finished.

It seems funny. Today Anna was wearing a halter top on a walk around. And as I was thinking "It is the end of November and she is still wearing summer clothes", I met another parent coming back from THE POOL with their little girl. It is Southern California!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Knotts Berry Farms

This past weekend was the 231 Marine Corp Birthday Ball. I got to say a prayer for 1800 Marines and their families in Anahiem, CA. It is an awesome thing to say "Let us pray" and hear a room formally filled with loud noise go totally silent!

While we were there we visited the Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. Free, due to my active duty service. Got to love the Navy! Those of you Nashville folks who remember Opryland, this park is just like that!

Here are some of the photos. Anna rode every ride she could. The Red Baron Ride, Lucy's School Bus, the Ferris Wheel, and Snoopy's Air Mail. Jason chilled out in his stroller. We meant to only spend a few hours, but we didn't leave until well after dark.

If you are ever in Anahiem, skip past Disneyland and go straight to Knott's Berry Farms.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cali Sunsets

Just a follow up to what Autumn was describing.... A bit of warm front came through and it was in the mid 80's last week. And as for Halloween, I took the kids out in shorts and a t-shirt. Sometimes it is quite surreal out here. I keep waiting for a cold blast but nope........

Looking forward to seeing all you fine folks in Nashville. Me and the kids will be there Nov. 29 through Dec 6th. Hope to see as many of you as possible. You can always find me at either Josh & Sandy's house (where we are residing) or Grimey's, Baja Burrito, or on some disc golf course in the middle Tennessee area.

David- in response to Beck. I am starting to fall into agreement with you regarding "The Information". I am starting to think it is Beck's finest work maybe since "Odelay". Favorite track so far "Strange Apparition". The opening line just gets it all going for me:

Lord, please don't forsake me
In my, Mercedes Benz
All the riches and the ruins
Now we all know, how that story ends

until later Gar

yes it is in my best of this year..........

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cali Sunsets

Really how much more can we brag about Southern CA. The people are really nice and at times wierd. But, you know my (Autumn) accent throws them quite a bit. There is just so much to do here. Anna and her friend Maddie went to the beach to go through the tidal pool and as you can see it was just beautiful!

We have a guest room, anytime you would like to see it for yourself!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Halloween and such

This is the first halloween that the kids did not have to wear coats. It was amazing. Anna and Gar carved the pumpkin the night before. In Southern CA everyone carves the night before. It is so warm here that the pumpkins rot in two days. Amazing! Anna was Strawberry Shortcake and Jason was a Giraffe!

Jason is also "walking" for a couple of feet now. It is fun to watch. Stay tuned for photos!