Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Fresno Mardi Gras and 2017 Three Rivers Jazzaffair

Okay I realize it is May and the Fresno Mardi Gras was in February and Three Rivers jazzaffair was last month. I have been really bad at giving jazz updates and just updating my blog all together. Malcolm keeps me very very busy. He is now walking and talking. Malcolm can say so many words and he can say some sentence. One day I was holding him and he said wash and I said wash what and he replied with wash me. Another day as I was holding him he looked at a picture on the wall of him and he said that's me. He has so much personality and he is such a ham. Anyways, lets get started with the festivals. I will start with the Fresno Mardi Gras of course. Friday after I got off work James and I headed to the Double Tree where the festival was held. We hung out for a bit and then we watched all the swing sets which were Gino & the Lone Gunmen, Sister Swing, and of course Blue Street all in Salon C/D. We sold cds for Blue Street. Then Saturday we started our day at 12:30 pm in the Sequoia room. Malcolm got to meet Susan and John Rocha and he got to dance with Susan then as well. We took a family picture as well. Before we started selling cds on Saturday though we hung out in the Atrium and we just relaxed for a bit. At 3 pm we went and we watched Zydeco Flames in Salon A and that was the time of the parasol parade which Malcolm was in with my friend Ashley. After that we sold cds for Blue Street in Salon C/D. That is when Malcolm met Brady McKay and I must say Brady loved Malcolm. Malcolm also got to play with my mentor's daughter a bit. Malcolm even got to hang out with Susan and John at that set for a bit. Then at 5:30 we went to Gino and the Lone Gunmen's Johnny Cash set which was such a blast and that was in the Salon A. Then at 6:45 pm in Salon A we sold cds for Blue Street and Malcolm joined the Masquerade parade with Ashley. Then we ended our night listening to Gino and the Lone Gunmen's Mardi Gras party set in Salon C/D. Malcolm danced with Rebecca, Connie, and Terrey. Ashley and Rebecca and Conie and Terrey all gave Malcolm a balloon to take home that night. Then Sunday we started at 9:30 am in Salon C/D with Blue Street's gospel set. After that set we talked with Connie and Terrey and Rebecca and Malcolm fell asleep on Connie. Then at 1:15 pm in Salon C/D we watched Gino and the Lone Gunmen play their last set. Malcolm ended up dancing with Brady McKay and he danced in the back with Ashley as well. I have so many highlights at this festival but a few is when Malcolm got to do both parades with Ashley, and he got to dance with all of the fans and family members of the bands, watching him dance to Gino and the Lone Gunmen, and the most favorite one of them all was to see how his face lit up when he received his balloons.

Dancing with Susan Rocha

Parasol Parade

Kisses from Ashley

Masquerade Parade

Dancing with Connie, Terrey, and Rebecca

Malcolm with his balloon

Taking a nap before Gino and the Lone Gunmen

Dancing with Brady McKay

Now we will go into Three Rivers Jazzaffair. We met my mom, dad, and Grandpa Paul in Three Rivers on Thursday. First, we had some lunch in Exeter at A & W and then we took Malcolm up the hill where we dropped my Grandpa off at St. Anthony's retreat and then we came back to Exeter and got our stuff unpacked and then we went and had root beer floats. Then on Friday we didn't have to be with Blue Street until 5:15 pm and my mom and dad didn't have to be with Cornet Chop Suey until 6:30 pm so we went sight seeing for quiet some time. First, we went to old town Exeter and looked at the murals and then we drove up the hill and looked at the river, the museums, and the shops. We then went back to Exeter and had some lunch and then we took both cars back up the hill. My mom and dad watch Blue Street as James and I sold cds for them at St. Anthony's retreat. After, that my mom and dad sold cds for Cornet Chop Suey and James and I watched them for a bit before we headed to the Lion's Arena. At 7:45 pm we sold for Blue Street at the Lion's Arena. We met my mom and dad back at the hotel and we had a late dinner. James even caught Malcolm in the refrigerator. Then Saturday we all started our day at 11 am. My parents sold for Cornet Chop Suey and James and I went and we watched High Street because that was the only time we could see them play. Malcolm enjoyed them so much that he was dancing in the isles and he was dancing on the dance floor. The band loved watching him. James and I watched a little bit of Shelley, Bill, and Eddie play and then at 1:30 pm we sold cds at the Lion's Arena for Blue Street. Malcolm enjoyed dancing for the audience in that set as well. We ended up at the Memorial Building to have some lunch and since Malcolm was asleep Sylvia was watching him while we ate our lunch. Well my mom saw James and I so she asked us where Malcolm was and I showed her. Long story short Sylvia armed wrestled my mom to see who would get Malcolm. It ended up my mom won so we walked down to the Memorial Tent and we watched Dixie Dominus (they are such a great youth band) and then we watched Cornet Chop Suey. After that at 5:15 pm we headed up to the Memorial Building and we sold cds for Blue Street. Malcolm joined a parasol parade at that set. Then we watched High Sierra and Titan Hot Seven and then we headed down to the Memorial Tent at 9 pm and we sold cds for Blue Street. On Sunday at 10:15 am we went to the Memorial Building and we sold cds for Blue Street's gospel set and then we walked down to the Memorial Tent and we watched Cornet Chop Suey play. After that set we went to St Anthony's Retreat and we walked around and took pictures and talked to some of the High Street band members. I had so many highlights at this festival as well, but a few of my favorites was watching Malcolm dance to High Street, watching him when his auntie Sherri would sing and watching Sylvia and my mom arm wrestle (I still wish I got a picture or a video of that).

James, Malcolm and I in Exeter

Malcolm at the Three Rivers Museum

Me playing with a puppet

Malcolm dancing 

Malcolm in the refrigerator

Malcolm in the hotel room

Listening to auntie Sherri sing 

Greetings from Matt, Bruce, and Steve

Malcolm and Mommy

Malcolm and Grandma

Malcolm and Grandpa

Snow

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Three Rivers Jazzaffair and Malcolm's dedication/Mother's Day

Okay I know this is 2 months late now but I have been extremely busy with a baby boy. Malcolm is now 4 months old and he is such a joy to be around. I love him so much. He has been to his very first jazz festival... yes he went to the Fresno Mardi Gras but he was only a few weeks old so we didn't stay all 3 days. Instead we only went on Saturday and we only watched Blue Street play. So in April we went to Three Rivers Jazzaffair. We left early Friday morning and we met my parents in Visilia where we checked into our hotel room. We went shopping for a bit and then we headed up to Three Rivers. We went to the Lions Arena first and we watched a bit of Night Blooming Jazzmen and then at 4 pm we watched Cornet Chop Suey and then at 5:15 pm we went to the Memorial Tent and we watched/ sold cds for Blue Street and I helped watch my mentor's daughter. She loved Malcolm so much. Then at 6:30 pm we drove up to St. Anthony's Retreat and watched Cornet Chop Suey followed by Blue Street. I had the joy of helping my mentor with her daughter and then after that set we drove back to Visilia. Then on Saturday we woke up and got ready and had breakfast. We then drove back to Three Rivers. At 9:45 am at the Lions Arena we watched Titan Hot Seven followed by Blue Street and during our set we had lunch. Then we drove to the Memorial Tent and at 12:15 pm we watched Cornet Chop Suey followed by Grand Dominion followed by High Street which is one of our favorite bands because they take you through the decades. Then we walked up to the Memorial Building and at 4 pm we watched/sold cds for Blue Street with Bob Draga. We had such a great time at that set. At 5:15 pm we went to St. Anthony's Retreat and we watched Cornet Chop Suey and then at 6:30 pm we went to the Memorial Building and watched High Street with Bob Draga, That also was a great set. Then at 7:45 pm we watched Cornet Chop Suey and then we walked down to the Memorial Tent to see if Blue Street needed our help or to see if we could take Malcolm back to the hotel to sleep. We ended up taking Malcolm back to the hotel to sleep. On Sunday we woke up, had breakfast and then got our things in the car and checked out of the hotel and we took pictures of Malcolm because it was his very first hotel stay ever. We then drove up to Three Rivers and at 10:15 am we watched/ sold cds for Blue Street's Gospel set. We even saw a huge wild turkey, I took my mentor's daughter outside so that we could see the turkey and I could get a picture of it. Then at 11:45 am we drove to the Lions Arena and watched Titan Hot Seven and had some lunch followed by Blue Street, We sold cds there and I helped with my mentor's daughter, When it started to rain we went near the dance floor, My mentor's daughter even helped with feeding Malcolm and she gave Malcolm's lots of kisses. After Blue Street we stayed and watched the Au Brother's play and then after that set we said goodbye to my parents and they drove home back to Santa Maria and we drove back to Fresno, My highlights this festival was getting a baby blanket from Dewey which Malcolm just absolutely adores, seeing my mentor's daughter with Malcolm and all the help she gave me plus all the kisses she gave to Malcolm, High Street announcing Malcolm as part of their family, all the pictures Malcolm got with the musicians he met, Malcolm meeting Danny Coots and Katie Cavera, and my mentor showing me how to keep my son warm when he gets cold and also my mentor show me how to clip my son's nails. I had such a fantastic time. Then on May 5th James and I took Malcolm to get pictures done by Rev-Photo. Ashley did a great job keeping Malcolm happy and Mike did a wonderful job taking pictures. On May 7th my parents and Tim came to Fresno and we had lunch and then we went shopping for a bit after we went shopping we came back to the apartment and we had dinner and then after visiting for a bit they left and went to their hotel room. On Mother's Day we met them at church and at the end of the service Malcolm was dedicated along with Alyse's children. Then we went to Red Robin for lunch. After lunch we came back to the apartment and we opened Mother's Day gifts and of course Malcolm opened his gifts since he was dedicated. After opening gifts my parents and Tim left and went back to Santa Maria and I took a bit of a nap and relaxed the rest of the day, I had a great first Mother's Day and it was so memorable  because Malcolm was dedicated and because my parents and Tim were here.

Malcolm's first hotel stay

Grandma and Malcolm enjoying Cornet Chop Suey

Malcolm smiling at grandma while listening to High Street

Me and Dewey 

Malcolm meeting Katie Cavera 

Malcolm meeting his great grandpa Paul

Wild Turkey 

Malcolm

Family picture

Me and Malcolm

Daddy love

Malcolm and me with Malcolm's adoptive grandma Sheila

The boys who got dedicated

Malcolm with his foot on the table at Red Robin

Malcolm in a suit for his dedication

The family is ready for Red Nose Day

James, Me, and Malcolm

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Jubilee by the Sea and woman's ministry baby shower

I know I am about a month late with the Pismo jazz festival update but I have been so busy with work, dentist appointments, and obgyn appointments. And I also have been sleeping a bit more. Most may know and most may not know I am now 7 months pregnant with a baby boy and I was blessed by the woman's ministry of CEFC. They threw me a baby shower on the 8th of November. However, this baby shower was not only for me because there are two others in the church body who are having baby boys as well so the baby shower was also for them and it was the best baby shower ever and it was the neatest way to do a baby shower. But, first I am gonna talk about the Jubilee by the Sea. So on Friday October 23rd we left Fresno really early and got to my parents house around about 9:30 am and at 11:15 am we went and we watched Jeff Barnhart play his set and then after that set we sold for Ivory and Gold in the Seacrest banquet hall (which is the old Marie Calendars). Then at 1:45 pm which was right after Ivory and Gold we sold for Swing Nola (Swing Nola was the members of Blue Street who were already there and since Sherri was in South Africa for work they did not have Blue Renditions. Hopefully, next year they have Blue Renditions). Then at 3 pm we went and we saw Draga, Tatrow, Cavera, Coots, and Leyland play their set. At that set Katie Cavera sang the song "Angry" just for me. It brought back so many memories and I enjoyed it so much. Then at 4:15 pm we went to the Seacrest banquet room to watch Danny Coots play with Brian Holland. Then we went to St, Anthony's Lu's Landing at 5:30 pm and sold cds for Swing Nola. Then right after that set Dave, Matty, Rick, Kevin, Alana and Kevin and Alana's kids went to Pismo's Fish and Chips for dinner. It was such a blessing to hang out with them and it was so much fun. I always enjoy everything that anyone in Blue Street does for us. After dinner James and I went to the Vet's Hall and we watched Cornet Chop Suey's last set. Then on Saturday October 24th at 11:30 am we went to Lu's Landing and we watched Scala's Rhythm Jesters (which was a really good band... Pismo was the first time we heard them play). Then after they played we stayed and watched Jeff Barnhart play with the Red Skunks and then we watched Cornet Chop Suey play. After Cornet Chop Suey we went to the Seacrest Banquet Room at 3:15 pm and we sold cds for Ivory and Gold and then at 4:30 pm we went to Turk's Place and we watched the Midri Brothers play and after that set we sold cds for Blue Street. Then at 7 pm we went to the Vet's Hall and watched High Sierra play and then at 8:15 pm we went to Addie's Street and watched the Au Brothers play. Then at 9:30 pm we went to the Seacrest banquet room and sold for Blue Street. The 9:30 set was their last set that night so it was their request set and it was the set they usually get crazy at. I always enjoy watching what the boys of Blue Street can pull up their sleeves. Then on Sunday October 25th we started our day at 9 am selling cds for Blue Street's gospel set.Then at 10:15 am we went to the Vet's Hall and watched Jeff Barnhart play with the Midri Brothers and then at 11:30 am we went to Addie's and we watched Cornet Chop Suey and then after that set we went to the Seacrest banquet room and we sold cds for Ivory and Gold. After Ivory and Gold we stayed and we watched Jeff, Larry, and Bob play the last set of the Seacrest banquet hall. The highlights of this festival was Jeff being so amazed at how skinny I looked for being 6 months pregnant at the time, eating dinner with some of the Blue Street members, Katie singing angry for me, Jeff and Anne giving us a gift for our son, the gospel set for Blue Street, the last set for Blue Street on Saturday, the inspirational set for Ivory and Gold, and of course getting my new cds (I love them all). Then on October 26th James and I meet with some good friends for a bit and on October 27th we celebrated our 5th anniversary, We went to Toledo's for dinner that night. On October 28th I met with Michelle to talk about the baby shower and a week before the baby shower I talked to Paula because she was preparing a devotional. Then on Halloween we went to the Lite the Night at our church. On November 8th we had the progressive lunch baby shower right after church. We all met in room 111 and then we headed to the houses. The first house was Michelle's house and that is where we had soups and of course Paula gave my devotional there. Then we headed to Tammy's house and we had sandwiches there and that is where Cricket gave the devotional for Alyse and then the last house we went to was Brittany's house where we had dessert and Jerre gave the devotional there for Naomi. The woman's ministry blessed James and I with a car seat stroller combo and we are so blessed that after our son is here we will have a lot of help from our church family. Thank you so much everyone. Then on November 10th right after I got off work Sheila picked me up and we went James and Robert at the Savemart Center for Winter Jam. We had such a blast. Malcolm was moving around while the music played but he moved so much when Family Force Five and Switchfoot played. He seemed to like the heavier music a lot more. Malcolm moved a lot at the jazz festival as well. I of course had to get up early the next day (November 11th) and be at work at 7:30 am but I got off at 1:30 pm so I was able to come home and nap (at least until we had the inspection that day). Like I said I have been busy with appointments as well. I had a dentist appointment on the 16th and the dentist told me once baby boy is here then they can start working on fixing my front teeth which makes me so excited. I can't wait to have my beautiful smile back. Then yesterday I had an Obgyn appointment and so far everything looks good. Baby boy is measuring right and his heartrate was around 150 and he made his mommy gain 14 pounds this month which is a huge jump in what I was last month. If everything goes right my maternity leave will start January 6th.

James and I @ Addie's 

Katie singing Angry 

Dave joining in on the march

Nate and Matty playing for the audience

My dad, my mom, me, and James @ Addie's 

The children's book Annie and Jeffo got us for Malcolm 

Robert, me, and James @ Lite the Night

My red velvet jazz cake made by Brittany

My "It's A Boy" balloons 

Our car seat stroller from the Woman's Ministry (Thank you so much)

Malcolm Owen Chastain (Nicknames: Mal and from his grandma Shonda little MO)








Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Three Rivers Jazzaffair

Yes it is that time again. I know that the jazz festival has almost been a week ago this Friday but I have been trying to recuperate. James and I had such a great time and my parents loved Three Rivers as well. So James and I drove to Exeter Thursday night after I was off work and we stayed there for a few minutes before I realized I forgot the most important thing that I needed so James, my parents, and I got in my dad's car and we drove back to Fresno to get what I forgot. And we even went to get a rootbeer float. When we got back my mom cut my hair and on Friday we all woke up early and we walked around Old Town Exeter for a bit and then we went and showed my parents around Three Rivers and we went and had lunch at St. Anthony's and then we ended up going back to Exeter because again I forgot what I needed. When we came back we went and watched Cornet Chop Suey for a bit at 4 pm at St. Anthony's and then James and I got in our car and we went and watched Blue Street at 5:15 pm at The Lions Arena. I even got to help my mentor with her three year old daughter which was so much fun. I enjoyed my time with that three year old. At 6:30 pm James and I went and watched Cornet Chop Suey and then at 7:45 pm we headed to go and watch Blue Street at the Memorial building. After Blue Street ended at the memorial building we stayed and watched Cornet Chop Suey and then we headed back to the hotel room. My mom even taught me how to do my makeup. On Saturday we all got up early again and at 9:45 am James and I headed to St. Anthony's to watch Blue Street. Just before we started my mentor's daughter saw me and told her daddy she wanted to see me so her and I hung out for a bit and then I went and hung out with her as she had breakfast. After she was done we went to see Blue Street play. Then at 11 am James and I headed to the Memorial building tent to see High Sierra play and then at 12:15 pm we walked upsatirs to the Memorial building and we watched Cornet Chop Suey play and that is where grandpa Paul gave me a gift. At 1:30 pm we walked back down to the tent that was at the memorial building and we watched Blue Street. Then at 2:45 we drove to the Lions Arena and we watched High Street with my parents. I even disco danced with Matt from High Street. That was also so much fun. James and I stayed there and we watched Bob Draga and friends at 5:15 pm. My mentor's daughter helped some little girls build a fairy house which was so much fun to watch. After Blue Street finished we hung out with Blue Street for a bit and we had dinner and we watched Titan Hot Seven for a bit. Then we left and went back to Exeter. On Sunday we woke up early and at 10:15 am James and I headed to the Memorial building for Blue Street's gospel set. My mentor's daughter and I went outside and I read her a book 4 times in a row and we walked around a bit and we sat and watched Blue Street for a bit as well. We even picked some roses for her mom and her dad. Then at 11:45 am we went down to the Memorial building tent and we watched the Au bothers and then at 1 pm we stayed at the tent and watched Blue Street. I watched my mentor's daughter dance with many dance partners and we took some selfies and she also colored a bit. After that set I said my goodbyes and gave my hugs and then James and I went to Riemers and had ice cream. Also Sunday morning we went to Antoniette's and I had a white chocolate raspberry white flat which is half latte half cappuccino. Some of the highlights of this festival was when my mom cut my hair and taught me how to do my makeup, walking around Exeter and Three Rivers with my parents, watching my mentor's daughter, my mentor's daughter looking at me and saying "Mimi let's take selfies," helping building a fairy house, disco dancing with Matt, and of course spending time with Blue Street.

Exeter water tower


Exeter sign


Me at the lake


Me trying to move a rock


New addition at St. Anthony's


Inside the new addition at St. Anthony's


Tile work of Mary


Snow on the mountains


Disco dancing with Matt


Disco Dancing while Steve plays


Disco Dancing with High Street