The Rock Home Companion


petunia goose

As you know, I love Garrison Keillor, and as it is always best to emulate those you want to be like, on Mondays I am starting my own version of the news from Lake Wobegon, all except for we have no lake – only a middlin’ goldfish pond out back, surrounded by dead black-eyed susans and visited by the constant cold concrete goose-pot full of dying petunias.

Since this day is going to be devoted to what I want to record for my far-away family, please know that I’ll be posting things within the full spectrum of my depressive goofiness, such as this amazing song.
 
I realize that if you’re not my little sister or little brothers, this may not be as enjoyable to you, unless of course you grew up with the Simpsons as we did coupled with hymnals, porch-singing, and all-state choir, arguing over who got to sing alto. 

Today, from the Rock Home Companion:

This is the second day of my life that I have a 2 year old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old! Jude, my three year old, is extra needy for the Mama kisses this week with two brothers having birthdays. My baby, Ian, turned two yesterday, that sweet third-born who could live off a hug. If all babies acted like that one, I’d have two more by now. My oldest, Isaac, turns five on Wednesday. He’s such a curious hunk, always wanting to learn, especially to teach what he’s learned. 

little teddy rooseveltI’m really excited to see him again this year in his pre-school’s book parade. Instead of dressing up for Halloween, they dress as their favorite book character. Last year Isaac was Theodore Roosevelt as a little boy.

h5q.jpgHere’s a current picture of him with a zucchini from our forgotten garden. Doesn’t it look like it could turn around with a big set of lips and say, “Feed me!” 

In other news, I talked about how organizing a toy closet gave me a little perspective on my muse over at Blissfully Domestic’s Blissful Creating today. Check it out.

I love y’all.

Amber

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14 Comments

Scott Carothers
Reply October 12, 2009

Pre-school’s book parade?

That would be so much fun!

I would have dressed up as Amelia Bedelia or Tip the dog.

Roosevelt is cool though.

Jennifer
Reply October 12, 2009

Five!? Are you sure? Do you have your dates straight? That can't be right. Where has the time gone?

Jo@Mylestones
Reply October 12, 2009

Oh I love this Rock Home Companion idea. Love it.
And now I'm wondering what a spiderpig does. Maybe if I find one, I can ask him my favorite question, "What do you DO all day anyway?"

And wow, how crazy is it to say your oldest is 5? And your youngest 2? Where oh where are our little babies going?

Jennifer
Reply October 12, 2009

Two birthdays in one week... that's fun!

Ok... dressing as your favorite book character... fantastic idea!! :) Oh I wish I could have done that!

Lora Lynn
Reply October 12, 2009

Word of advice: a boy turning 5 is hard on a mama's heart. No matter how ready you are to have them be five, it is a golden moment. Plan on spending that day feeling very introspective. I sat and watched mine turn into little men right before my eyes. I don't know why it's big, but it's a big one. Savor it. Soak it up. Enjoy it.

Corinne
Reply October 12, 2009

Oh my goodness what a week! Do you get the daily emails from The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor? http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/ (you probably do, but I look forward to that email every day!)
What w wonderful idea for a post, love the photos as well!

brittney
Reply October 12, 2009

Aw, well I like the idea of your new Monday blog tradition! Happy late birthday to Ian and happy birthday to Isaac! Your family is so beautiful, and it's fun to watch your babies grow. (Kind of like that big zucchini that may or may not have a personality of it's own.)

Stephanie @ Geezees
Reply October 12, 2009

I love the Rock Home Companion idea!!!

Danielle
Reply October 13, 2009

Listening to A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday nights while eating homemade pizza is a tradition in our home. Love your idea!

nic
Reply October 13, 2009

Yes, me too. I love this new tradition!

I dressed up as Clifford one year. I think Ike is way cooler, though, for dressing up as Theodore Roosevelt.

Sarah at themommylogues
Reply October 13, 2009

I am here to tell you that Lake Wobegon is exactly how Mr. Keillor describes it. Truthfully, there is no actual Lake Wobegon. But my little town is one of a few that claims to be the "true" Lake Wobegon. And it was an honor a couple of years ago, to have Prairie Home Companion broadcast from our ballroom, overlooking the lake at sunset, complete with a row of ice houses and fishermen. Garrison spent much of the evening just staring out over the lake, as if he was watching it all take place right there. In any case, we listened every Saturday night, and he might as well have been describing our own neighbors. And those accents? Pretty close.

John
Reply October 13, 2009

Well, Mrs. Amber, you do that on Mondays...sing a song for us exiles, us prodigals who hearts and feet are prone to wander, us wayfarers who pause to hear the distant whistle of a train and dream of snow and children and Halloween and wonder if the leaves are turning back home...you'll do that for us, won'tcha Mrs. Amber?

Adventures In Babywearing
Reply October 14, 2009

Oh gosh. I was so upset at the grocery yesterday when they were OUT of zucchini. And you have these huge ones there. That's awesome.

Steph

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