I made this video a couple weeks ago and already forgot to post it here! We had a great time visiting my parents in Bonita Springs, (Halfway between Fort Myers and Naples on the Gulf Coast). It is so beautiful there and we had nice weather for the five days we were there.
I shot all of these clips on my iPhone while we were out adventuring. We took a harbor cruise down in Naples and saw dolphins and multi-million dollar homes, we went to the beach two different days, took the kids to the splash park, swam in the neighborhood pool and ate a lot of good food! Here is a video that highlights our trip.
A year in the making….. footage taken every day of my baby’s first year!! (Photos for first 3 months and then video every day thereafter). This is a little long but worth watching. He is such a sweet, happy baby. We sure are blessed!
This post is nearly REAL TIME since the video was taken less than 24 hours ago!! I am already taking daily videos for Bretton’s first year video. We went swimming yesterday while enjoying the beautiful day over at Bradie and Jason’s house. I wanted to see if the baby would like the pool as much as he likes the bath. The water was a little chilly at first and I had a lifejacket on Bretton which he didn’t love a whole lot. Once I took it off him, he seemed pretty content in the water!
I came across this video that some new parents put together of their son during his first year. They took a couple of seconds of video every single day for the first 365 days then strung it together in this 6 min video. The baby grows up before your eyes…. it is the cutest and sweetest video and made me cry throughout. So beautiful. Of course I am mad that I didn’t see this before Bretton was born because I totally want a video like this for Bretton’s first year. I figure that as of today he is 103 days old but I do have a few videos from the first couple of months that I can use and a ton of photos. I have a Flip video camera handy so I have just replaced the batteries and I am excited to get started videoing my little guy 😉
A few weeks ago some of my old-time buddies from the band Skywind came together after several years apart, for the sole purpose of playing at a Benefit for a very sick little baby girl named Charlotte. Charlotte is the daughter of the lead singer, Wally, and was diagnosed with a mass around her liver that kept her in the hospital for nearly 4 months (out of the six since she has been born). Read Charlotte’s story on Caringbridge.
Back in the day (1997-2003) Skywind was an immensely popular rock band made up of guys from my HS. Rich, the drummer, is one of my man’s Bffs.
I didn’t take many photos that night because I was busy rockin out next to the stage (with Ang and Steve)but I took several videos at the show…. find them at the bottom of this post. Apparently there were tons of people we went to HS with at this show but I didn’t see many of them because I was rockin out. I did see a couple fo people that I never in a million years would have thought would be at the show…. check this out: Just before Skywind comes on I am up in front of the stage and a short person moves next to me. I look down and see these big brown eyes looking up at me…”Ms. Sauer, is that YOU?” OMG, it was one of my students (a second grader) who was there with her sister (6th grade) and her mom. I was like, “what are you guys doing here?” “We know Wally, our mom works with him!” They were there to support Charlotte and it was an all-ages show. Small freakin world. Thank the lord I wasn’t shitfaced or anything. I can’t go anywhere without watching my back!!
Here are the few photos I got of the evening (after the show):
Tanya, Dana, Me and Jamie
Richie and Angel
Colleen and Matty (who loves to make goofy faces in pics and annoy his wifey)
Amy, Raylene, Cassie and Me
Make sure to let the videos stream all the way before you play any of them 😉
Before Skywind played, Wally brought his oldest daughter (Josie) up on stage to play a song together
Here is an OLD song from Skywind, one of their first from the first album
Ohmygoodness, what can I say about this woman to express how
Lovely, Class, Sexy and Beautiful she is?
I am so incredibly blessed to have had the experience of seeing Sade (pronounced Sha-Day) live in concert. Most people have never had that experience and this past week I got to see her not once, but 2X!! When the tickets went on sale last spring, we splurged and bought awesome seats to see her in Chicago and also in Minneapolis.
The Chicago show was at the United Center on Sunday, August 7. Our seats were on the main floor, dead center in the middle section, row 16. Amazing seats!! John Legend opened for her and even though I didn’t know any of his music, he put on a good show. I was upset that security made me check my camera because I would have gotten some amazing shots, however halfway through the show I remembered that we had an iPhone with a camera so I started taking a few pics. We were much closer than these appear…..
The show in Minneapolis was just two days later, on Tuesday August 9. We went to this show with our Bff Rich and his father. Our seats were 17th row, main floor, but in the section on the far right. Not as good as our seats in Chicago but they were still darn good! I took photos and videos of the first half of the show using my brother Jeff’s Canon G12 but I took so many long videos that the battery ended up going dead halfway through, around the same spot in the show that I started taking pics in Chicago!
Most of the photos I took were really bad until I figured out how to use manual settings on Jeff”s camera. Once I did that I got some decent shots. Then the battery died, go figure!
Sade in concert is absolutely AMAZING!!!
I saw her on Sunday night in Chicago and will be seeing her again tonight in Mpls. We had amazing seats for both shows. I wasn’t able to bring my big camera into the show in Chicago but I got a few with the iPhone. For tonight I borrowed my brother Jeff’s camera and I expect to get some awesome photos, stay tuned.
For the time being, here is a video of Sade performing Love is Found in her show. Can you believe she is 52 years old?
A few weeks ago while still in Texas, I took a drive down to San Antonio with Chaitra and Linda one weekend. I had been to San Antonio once before (11 years ago) but really wanted to see the Riverwalk and Alamo once again. I am kind of bummed that I didn’t take any video footage at all while spending the whole summer in Texas, but I finally remembered to take some while in San Antonio. With the help of Animoto, I created this little video with some of my video footage and photos from that day. Hope you like!
PS The song is San Antonio Rose by Willie Nelson. A little too twangy for my taste but goes perfectly with the video!
PPS Click the smaller play button on the left side, as the big play button in the center will play the video in full screen and totally distort it
As I mentioned previously, Noemy will be moving out of MN very soon to join her husband who is a Specialist in the Army. To help give her a proper send-off, Noemy’s family got together for a big surprise party. And boy, was Noemy surprised!! She thought she was going over to her mom’s house to pick her up for dinner
I love surprise parties like that where the person is actually really surprised!
A few other photos from the party….
There ya go!
Man, is it really Thursday already today????
Snoop Dogg with Method Man & Redman at Epic Nightclub
Well, first I worked 12 hours. But who cares about that!?
I got to see Method Man, Redman and Snoop Dogg at Epic Nightclub!!
It took some deliberating about whether to go or not since the tickets were kinda spendy, I had worked a ton that day already and I also haven't been feeling good for the past few weeks. You know me though…. rarely do I pass up a good time or a good concert. So glad we decided to go! Since Myth Nightclub recently closed it's doors, Epic is hosting many concerts now instead. The club is very cool with all of it's remodeling, much better than when it was The Quest.
I brought my dad's camera along and tried to get a few photos but none of the ones I used without a flash turned out very well. These guys move around too much to get a clear shot, especially Redman! Here are a few of Meth and Red….
Hmmm, I wonder what Method Man is doing here!!!!?
This is the best shot I got of Redman
This shot is blurry but kinda cool; they were spraying water from a water bottle
I was playing with my settings a little and thought this shot was kinda cool too
Meth & Red rocked! It wasn't the best show of theirs that I have seen but it was still a lot of fun. After a short intermission the BIG DOGG himself came out to rock the house.
I have never seen a public blaze fest like I did at this show. Wow!
Unfortunately my memory card is only 2 gb and the camera is 14.7 megapixels. Every time I tried to take a video my card would fill up and then I had to start deleting. This was the only video I ended up getting and keeping…… Snoop with Lady of Rage
Last Wednesday Living Colour was in town to play a gig at Fine Line Music Cafe. We've been fans for about 20 years but hadn't ever seen them before, we so jumped at the chance when tickets became available. Before the show we met a friend downtown at Pizza Luce, where we ordered dinner in the restaurant. It was really good; much better than I remember from a past experience with their late-night pizza-by-the slice. I'll link to the review as soon as I have it written up. After dinner the three of us went to the show, which was really good! It was loud but the guys sounded great. My brother Jeff was kind enough to let me borrow his camera for the weekend, so I got a few decent photos.
I also discovered that the G9 has HD video…. I owned the same camera for a year (until I dropped it) and must've had it set on the crappiest quality you can get because I was never happy with the overall quality. I took a few videos at the show but had to reduce the size of the video for Youtube. Check out "Cult of Personality" below