Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 Three Rivers Jazzaffair

It is that time again where I update you on yet another jazz festival. James, Malcolm and I went to Three Rivers Jazzaffair April 13th to April 15th. We had such a blast. Before we left Fresno we had to run some errands. I had to go get my paycheck and then we had to go to my bank and James bank and to get gas. And then we left at about 11 am. We made it to Exeter at 12:21 pm on Friday and we unloaded the car and had lunch and packed our meal for dinner and my mom trimmed Malcolm's hair. Then we went to the dollar store and to A & W for Rootbeer floats. Then after A & W we went up the hill to Three Rivers. At 2:45 pm my mom and dad went to St. Anthony's Retreat to sell cds for Cornet Chop Suey and James, Malcolm and I went to the Memorial Building to sell cds for Blue Street. Then at 4 pm we headed to the Lions Arena and we watched High Street play and after that set James, Malcolm, and I sold cds for Blue Street. Then after Blue Street we stayed and we watched Cornet Chop Suey. Then at 7:45 pm we went to the Memorial Building and we watched High Sierra play. And right after that we partied with High Street. Malcolm danced with Sylvia at that set. On Saturday we got up early and we had breakfast at the hotel and then we headed up the hill. At 9:45 am James, Malcolm and I sold cds for Blue Street at St. Anothy's Retreat. Then we went to the hospitality room and hung out with some of the musicians. Malcolm enjoyed that a lot and Sam took a picture of Malcolm and then he sent it to his mom. I love how much the musicians love us. At 12:15 pm we watched Cornet Chop Suey and then we watched a little bit of High Street (we had to leave early). Then at 2:45 pm we went to the Lions Arena and we sold cds for Blue Street. James, Malcolm, and I stayed and ate lunch while Tom Rigney was playing. Then at 5:15 pm Cornet Chop Suey played. At 6:30 pm we went to the Memorial Building and we sat and talked to some of our friends and Malcolm kept on saying Hey Babe to Sylvia. Then at 7:45 pm we sold cds for Blue Street. On Sunday we woke up and had breakfast and packed up and then we headed up the hill. As we headed up the hill we took some pictures. At 10:15 am we went to the Memorial Building and sold cds. Dave gave a great message on complaining/grumbling (something I defiantly needed). And then after that set James, Malcolm, and I got to catch up with my mentor and her husband for 20 to 30 minutes. We had some lunch with them. Then at 1 pm we headed to St. Anthony's Retreat and we sold cds for Blue Street. Malcolm got to help Matty carry in his banjo/guitar stand and he jammed out on the drums with Sam for a bit.  I wish I got a picture of that. After that set we said our goodbyes and then we headed to the Lions Arena and we watched Cornet Chop Suey and we had our second lunch. Then we went to Reimers for some ice cream and to buy some candy. The highlights of this festival was Malcolm dancing with Sylvia, catching up with my mentor and her husband, Dave's message, Malcolm jamming out on the drums with Sam, having a rootbeer float, having ice cream at Reimers, Malcolm flirting with Sylvia, Malcolm saying Hey babe to Sylvia, partying with High Street, seeing how high the rivers are, and Malcolm getting his hair trimmed.

Malcolm's new hair cut

Grandma trimmed Malcolm's hair

Snow on the mountains

Mommy and Malcolm

Mommy, Daddy, and Malcolm

Grandma, Grandpa, and Malcolm


Malcolm 

Mommy and Malcolm at the Museum

Grandma and Malcolm at the Museum

Helping uncle Matty


Malcolm laughing

Grandma feeding Malcolm ice cream




Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 Fresno Mardi Gras

Oh my goodness it has been exactly one year since I have posted. I have been so busy. We went back home for our birthdays. In August we went to Sacramento for the Sweet and Hot and for my parents' anniversary. Then we went back home for the Pismo Jazz festival and our anniversary in October. And we went home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We took Malcolm to Avila Valley Farm for the first time and to Monarch Grove and we took him to meet Santa Claus and see some Christmas trees. In January we celebrated Malcolm's 2nd birthday. He had a party at his Shepherd's house and then we went to Chuck E. Cheese on his birthday with Brian and Becky. He had so much fun with that but he was afraid of Chuck. And now for what this post is really about. Anyways, Thursday February 8th grandma Shonda and Tim came and we celebrated his birthday with them and Becky came as well. Malcolm got some great presents. He got some Paw Patrol toys and he got a toy drum set which he loves and he got a wagon which is great for the jazz festivals. My mom and Tim also brought some of the stuff that was given to us by my grandma Holm including Malcolm's cornet and trumpet that we got during Christmas time but we couldn't get it into the car. Grandma Holm also gave Malcolm a few books and a Thomas the train blow up bed which is great for the jazz festivals. We also had Tim take some things back so we could fit our new couch and love seat in our living room. Then early Friday February 9th we sent Tim on his way back and James, Malcolm, my mom, and I all went to the jazz festival and we ended up listening to some Gino and the Lone Gunmen in the Atrium and then we went to Subway and we ate our lunch and then we went back and walked around and James and I got our badges and then James took me to work while grandma took Malcolm around. I am not sure what bands James and my mom went to but I know at 1:45 pm they sold for Blue Street and the first set the singer was not there. Then when I got off at 5:30 we went back to the Double Tree and we sold for Blue Street with their special guest Randi Cee. After that set we headed to the Atrium and we watched Grand Dominion with their special guest Brian Casserly and at that time my dad came. Then at 8 pm we went to Salon C/D and we watched Sister Swing and then we watched Gino and the Lone Gunmen. Then we came home and had dinner and put Malcolm to sleep. Saturday February 10th we woke up early and got ready and we went to the Sequoia room and we listened to Devil Mountain at 10 am. Then after that at 11:15 am we went to Salon C/D and we sold cds for Blue Street. After that set we went to the Atrium and we watched the Dixie Dominus for a little bit and then we went and we ate lunch. Then at 1:45 pm we went to Salon A and we watched Gator Nation and then Gino and the Lone Gunmen. Malcolm ended up taking a nap so we laid him down in his wagon. After Gino and the Lone Gunmen we watched Yosemite Jazz Band. Then we headed to the Atrium and sold cds for Blue Street at 5:30 pm. Then at 6:45 pm we headed to the Salon C/D and we watched Tom Hook and then Gino and the Lone Gunmen's Elvis set and then Gator Nation. I ended up walking between Gino's set and Blue Street's set because we didn't realize they were playing at the same time and James told Gino he would sell cds for him. After the Gator Nation set we came home and we had dinner and put Malcolm to sleep. Then Sunday we woke up early and headed to the gospel set. James and I bought some coffee from Starbucks. Blue Street's gospel set started at 9:30 am and it was in Salon C/D. We sold out of cds at that set. Then at 10:45 am we went to Salon A and we watched Gino and the Lone Gunmen's last set and we said bye to Gino. At noon we went to Salon C/D and we watched Sister Swing and then at 1:15 pm we went to Sequoia room and we watched Blue Street's last set. The whole time we were at that set Malcolm was blowing kisses to his adoptive auntie. After that set we talked to Malcolm's adoptive auntie and she blew him kisses back and then we said bye to everyone else and then we came back home. My parents' packed up and then they headed back home and I ended up taking a nap. We had Shepherd's group that Sunday but we ended up not going because we were so tired. The highlights of the festival was Malcolm blowing kisses to his adoptive auntie, my mom and dad meeting Ashley Kothe and Sammy's parents, buying a mask from Ashley for Malcolm, doing the parasol parade and the masquerade parade, Malcolm trying to get a kiss from Ashley's youngest daughter and Malcolm jumping in Ashley's oldest daughter's lap and giving her a hug, Malcolm dancing with the swing dancers, me getting my Gino and the Lone Gunmen shirt from my mom, getting my new hat from my mom, and of course all the swing dances I got to dance.



                                                     My mom, James, Malcolm


Dancing with Grandma


Grandma and Malcolm with a pirate minion


Grandma and Malcolm


Dancing with one of my dance partners


Mommy and Malcolm during the Masquerade parade


Masquerade Parade 


Grandma and Malcolm during the Masquerade Parade


Daddy and Malcolm during the Masquerade Parade 


Daddy, Mommy, and Malcolm during the Masquerade Parade 


Malcolm in his new mask 


Sitting listening to the band play


Elvis Smile


Grandpa and Grandma


Grandma and Gino


Me in my new hat 


Nap Time


Swing Dancing with Tom


Me in my Gino and the Lone Gunmen shirt





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