Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What A Day...and Weekend

I didn't know it was possible to love Greg Laswell more than I already did. Then, we went to see him play in the city last Thursday night and I have to say that I think he's even more amazing. The timing was perfect. Mum and Dad came up to visit for the weekend so they looked after Lilly on Thursday night, and we went into NYC with Jerry, Mel, Abby and Tim. Greg Laswell was playing at the City Winery, which in and of itself was a fantastic restaurant. We reserved a table for six and were about five tables away from the stage. The food and wine were delicious and came out at various intervals throughout the show. And did I mention that Greg Laswell was incredible? Here...don't take my word for it. You can see for yourself. These are not the best videos as they were taken with Jim and my phones, and the waitresses are often walking back and forth, but you can still hear how amazing he was. This is a little montage of some of his songs. I had to include a clip of "What a Day"...it's my absolute favorite Greg Laswell song so please, ignore the people who keep walking in front of my phone :)

We had a fun night out and got to catch up with good friends at an incredible venue. We tried to get tickets to see Citizen Cope play here in a few weeks but it's already sold out. We'll definitely be going back to this place.

Then, we got to spend the rest of the weekend with Mum and Dad! They took the train up on Thursday to visit (and to retrieve Mum's car which I drove up after Christmas). We had a great few days hanging out and doing what we always do. We went out multiple times for bagels and coffee. Dad went to the gym. Mum was knitting up a storm. And Lilly took part in everything! I came into the living room at one point and Dad was using these bands to stretch his legs, which immediately sparked Lilly's interest. It didn't take long for Lilly to start stretching too. She got this really serious look on her face. It's a look we're starting to see often, when she's following directions. I see it when we go to her music class every week; she'll be standing in the middle of the circle, dancing to "Pop Goes the Weasel" with a dead serious face, following whatever instructions Natasha (the music teacher) is giving. If I tell her we should be sitting down, she says, "No Mummy, Tasha," and the second Natasha says it's time to sit down, Lilly is 2 inches away from Natasha, sitting on the ground. She takes these things seriously! So, she took stretching with Mum and Dad seriously too. As you can see, we spent the majority of our time together in pajamas, drinking tea.

Lilly spent the weekend saying "Gigi and Papa" as many times as humanly possible. She even woke up in the morning calling for them, which we encouraged. Jim texted Mum from our bedroom one morning to let her know that since Lilly was calling her, she should feel welcome to go and get Lilly out of her crib. Lilly showed Papa, "Daddy's huge bike," and kept bringing Gigi her knitting needles. Any time Dad tried to read an email or check something on his phone, Lilly walked up to him and said, "Papa, yook" (Papa, look). She does not like sharing attention! It was a wonderful weekend with no special plans, endless cups of tea and lots of chats. Mum and Dad enjoyed taking the train up so much that they're coming again in March. I love having weekends with family visiting to look forward to.

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