Chadwick Stokes - First Concert of 2020

Last year we hit so many concerts. It was entertaining, but a little exhausting, and we have no plans for that many this year. The music scene here is just so amazing, with so many awesome bands coming to Colorado!

This past Saturday was supposed to be our first concert of the year, but you know what they say about the best laid plans?!

Gwen was sick on Friday, and only got feeling worse on Saturday. So while we had a babysitter all arranged, it didn't feel right to do that to Gwen (or to our James!). So, Trav told me to go, and that he'd stay home with her. I texted a few friends, but no one was around... so I went by myself! Not something I'd normally do, but it was actually a lot of fun!

It was a small venue, which is always a great way to get that up close experience. The main act was Chadwick Stokes... a musician I absolutely love, but normally see him in very large venues playing with Dispatch! But first was an opener I wasn't familiar with, until someone pointed out that Daniel Rodriguez was one of the lead singers of Elephant Revival! So two huge bands, and I got to see their lead singers up close in an intimate setting.

They played great sets. Chadwick and the Pintos played mostly their own songs, but with two Dispatch numbers thrown in, which was super fun. They also brought Daniel back out for a few songs.

 It was a very fun night, and I'm even more excited for Dispatch in July!

(Hopefully with Travis... but you know what they say about the best laid plans... )


Sick Day

Gwen is home sick today, so we are taking a well deserved lay in. She's feverish, and headachy, so we're just trying to do everything we can to support her body as it fights off whatever this is. So much is going around right now... 30% of the lower grades are out at Gwen's school, and I know someone who's family was half taken down by the flu, and the other half with pneumonia! Hopefully this is neither of those, but today we're bedding down and taking it easy. Send us healing energy!


All Those Ages Ago Today

I'm writing this just moments before I'm publishing it, not something I generally do anymore. But I wanted to talk about the talk that Gwen and I are having today. She already learned about Martin Luther King Jr at school, and we've talked about it at home as well, but I think the thing that blows my mind, the thing that I want to emphasize this year is just how recent all of this was. It feels like such a different world now, that King's speech seems like so many lifetimes ago. But MLK, Jr would be 91 if he were still alive today, and his assassination was less then 52 years ago. Ruby Bridges is younger then my parents! 


While we have come so far, its important for Gwen to know just how recent that was, how far we still have to go. Talking about what it means to be a good ally, how important it is not to be silent, and how close we actually still are to all those things that King had to speak out against, and Bridges had to power through. It feels like lifetimes ago, but its not... its within my parent's lifetime, and its still today.