a flippin’ good time

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we had an amazing weekend at the bluegrass festival. i had a long list to get ready and now i have a long list of everything to remember for next time.

we are thankful to friends for having us join their traditions.

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i missed my brother deeply and could hear his music in my mind. i missed my childhood as i heard songs and saw strangers that looked so familiar. i cried at concerts (no surprise to some, i know) and clapped harder than i have in a long time. i moved myself front and center so i could hear nothing but the music.

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i also threatened to leave my kids home next time if they complained once more. i was so hot i worried i wouldn’t make it if it was a truly hot september. i was sore from sleeping on the bare tent floor since we forgot one of the thermarests. jerry and i got very cranky at each other in the stands of stage 1 (a sort of side show for those behind us).

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but i fell in love with my wildcat loving husband again and rejoiced at my kids’ enthusiasm for music.

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i had a moment that i used to dream about…that i would someday have children of my own. that i would take them to the festivals of life. that i would be the mother of sweaty, sleepy children. i got it.

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too bad there was a wave of flippin’ bird flu that is still making its way (dad, you would have gone home in fear of throwing up). not knowing it at the moment, micah threw up right after this picture was taken.

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we thought it was the turkey leg that micah and ben were gnawing on, but it’s moved beyond those two. five down so far. at least is moves quickly. bless y’all.

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we loved the nearly non stop fire, the flower bouquets, kid built forts (way to go, boys), silly tricks…

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so much work but such a truly fantastic time.

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so now we dry out, rehydrate, plan for another time, and get used to lights and toilets that flush. eliza’s response for things like washing her hands has become, “but i didn’t do it at windyfield.”

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5 thoughts on “a flippin’ good time

  1. Kristin,
    All I can see are the first photo and the marshmallow-in-pocket photo, but they’re beautiful. Yes, you are the mother of kids who take in the festivals of life.


  2. my parents took us to this festival at least once. i think we complained too much and we didn’t get to go back. my dad went without us. :)
    i have to say that the camping thing looks….exhausting.
    especially with the flu.


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