Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Off to the Carnival & My New Friend

On Sunday we took the kidlets to the local carnival/fair called, The Tour de Terrace. And they…had..a..total..blast! :)

We were there for just over 4 hours. We enjoyed the street fair vendors and all their lovely wares. One particular vendor and ware caught my eye and—surprise of all surprises—my hubby bought it for me!!! Can you tell what it is? ;-)  DSCN0424

If you guessed “violin” (not “shotgun” like one gentleman asked—Ahem), you’re right! Pretty neat, huh? Granted I haven’t played in a good 20 {gag! choke!} years, but I am determined to get back into it. {You know, there’s something very sobering about being able to say “Twenty years ago I…”}

Now before you think we spent some insane amount of moolah, I must admit that we got a really good deal. And if I hadn’t cried like a big ol’ baby, I wouldn’t have it now in the first place. {“So you see, children”—says the booming, overhead voice of the announcer— “crying does pay off!”}

Of course I wasn’t planning on crying. And it certainly wasn’t a full blown tear-fest either. Rather it was more of a “Bite my lip and hope I wore waterproof mascara!” kind of moment. It was so strange! I mean, I never feel that strongly over an object to actually cry over it. {Okay, there was this one time when I was about 7 years old and I saw a musical Santa Bear, but that’s a whole other story.}

I was standing there, listening to the gentleman explain how he restores instruments from a little shop in Oregon. My eyes kept scanning the violin from top to bottom, and all I could say was, “It’s so beautiful.” Then Dean asked if I could hold it. The man said “Of course she can!” and gently placed it in my hands. The moment I held that gorgeous instrument, tears sprang to my eyes. It felt as though I were embracing an old friend, silly as that sounds.

When I tried a few notes, the results were less than stellar. {Sounded like a cat getting its tail stepped on.} But feeling it under my chin, the bow’s gentle weight in my hand, my fingers curved slightly over the strings…I was in heaven.

So yes, long story short: I’ve got a new violin and I’m so very, very happy! :) {Now if I can re-learn how to play it without killing my family’s ears, I’ll be doing great! Hee hee!}

Now, here are some choice pictures from our fun little outing. As you’ll notice I’m not in any of them. That’s because I can’t ride without my motion sickness acting up. And let’s face it, no one wants to see that! Plus, I didn’t want to risk hurting my new “friend”. :)

PS: Ethan suffered a motion sickness attack after the 3rd round on the Wipeout (appropriately name, don’t you think?). He was standing in line for the bumper cars when I saw all the color slowly drain from his face—including his lips! I rushed over, pulled him out of line, and made him sit down for several minutes. Whew! Crisis averted! ;-) Okay, back to the pictures. Enjoy!

DSCN0364    Abby bought 2 of these cute little “dogs” from a street fair vendor. DSCN0395

DSCN0380                                          View from atop the Ferris Wheel

DSCN0398DSCN0444    DSCN0464DSCN0466      Abby always seems to have the most fun wherever she goes!

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6 comments:

Rachel said...

Looks like fun! I expect a show the next time I'm at your house. :-)

Heidi said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. I'm so happy for you, Denise! :)

Lisa said...

How sweet! I bet you pick it back up just fine. I went over 10 years without playing the Clarinet, and when I tried to start playing again, I did better than I thought I would. Stopping by on a Blog walk to say hi!

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

Stopping by and following from the TOS Blog Walk. What a great gift from your husband! It looks like the carnival was a memorable one for all! Blessings!:)

Katie :o) said...

Oh! What a fun read! I found you through second cup of coffee. But when I am feeling decadent, I make a pot of chai :o) Loved the violin story! I just started playing the trombone again last year (after a 15+ year break)! I'm having so much fun that I just joined a second band :o) It sounds like you played in the past... you'll be surprised how quickly the music comes back!

All American x5 said...

Stopping by from the blog walk.

Sounds like a wonderful addition to the family.

Great pictures.

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