Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Newport Folk Festival was this past weekend in nearby Rhode Island. We didn't go as it's quite expensive and the tickets sold out almost immediately, but we did spend most of the weekend watching NPR's streaming live feed on their website.

"I and Love and You" by the Avett Brothers. Sorry the video is so big; I can't size it down, but you can go watch it or listen to the audio of their set here.

The full 2013 archive contains photos, video, and mostly audio of lots of the festival's best acts: I particularly like Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Colin Meloy, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, the Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earl, the Milk Carton Kids, Shovels and Rope and JD McPherson. Unfortunately, they're still missing coverage of a bunch of great acts like the closing set by Beck which we caught online: it was tremendous.

from NFF's Tumblr Blog

Maybe next year we can actually make it to the show. It would be pretty sweet for the girls' first concert to be the iconic Newport Folk. Bob Dylan (and their Papa) would be so proud of them.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Final Round-Up of Cute Pics

Here are the last of the vacation photos. Thanks to Jane and Amy and Mike for providing their photography services. If I had to do it all myself, you'd have been able to enjoy the shadow of my thumb in the corner of every one of the five pictures I took the entire week.

Here are the links to the rest of the vacation posts, in case you just got here are wondering what the heck is going on:

Vacation Preview
"I Like Adult Women Named Liz" (My sister-in-law dared me to name it that! Sorry for the inside joke.)
Things You Need for a Perfect Beach Vacation
Beach Fun!
Around Long Island
Things to Do on an Island Vacation

"Before I die I want to: Go to 7 Continents."

"Before I die I want to: Have a house full of cats."

Just a sip...

Yum! (Oh, no!)

The End

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Things to Do on an Island Vacation

On Thursday, I posted a bunch of pictures of us playing on the beach during our recent family vacation. But what else is there to do at the beach besides getting cooked in the sun and collecting sand in your bathing suit?

Sort sea glass

Make sea glass art projects

Play checkers and tic-tac-toe

and Jenga

and Croquet (and posing)

More croquet

Pretend the croquet mallets are crutches and you're Tiny Tim
God bless us, every one!

Bake and eat cupcakes

Milk toasts!

Make people take pictures of your food with their phone at every meal like you're some kind of Millennial generation Instagram hipster. Look cute while doing it to avoid refusals.

Play Minecraft

Hack into the NSA
(Note: the NSA is now reading my blog - Hi, guys!!)

Drink hot chocolate on cool mornings

Play ice cream shop with Grandpa

Go kayaking

More kayaking

Kayaking is always fun.

Make "light paintings" with glo necklaces

Eat lobster

Lots and lots of this...

...or actual napping, if you prefer.

Read on the stairs

Read in a chair

Read while relaxing

Sit a spell

Take a walk

Watch the sunset

Spot seals!


Lots of s'mores

Some more s'mores

Wait patiently for s'mores

I think we totaled about 72 s'mores consumed in one week.

Drink out of the garden hose

See - there are endless opportunities for fun!