Monday, March 16, 2015

So...Memories Mix::Summer 2009

Memories Mix
Pour Some Sugar on Me::Def Leppard
Smooth::Rob Thomas
Viva La Vida::Coldplay
Two Step::Dave Matthews Band
Fool In the Rain::Led Zepplin
The Freshman::The Verve Pipe
Walking In Memphis::Marc Cohn
Mr. Jones::Counting Crows
Machinehead::Bush
Better Man::Pearl Jam
Senorita::Justin Timberlake
Livin on a Prayer::Bon Jovi
Satelite::Dave Matthews Band
You've Got a Friend::James Taylor
Piano Man::Billy Joel
Bye Bye Bye::NSync


This is a mix that I made for my siblings in the summer of 2009.  Every song reminds me of one of my siblings - I love listening to it.  Living so far away from them, I really like having anything that makes them feel a little closer to me.

There a two songs that are missing though:
The Gambler::Kenny Rogers
Blue::Eifel 65 (totally reminds me of Little Brother)



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Thursday, March 12, 2015

So...The First Girl Mix Ever

Girl Mix 2009
Didn't Tell You This Tonight::Samantha Mumba
Lucky::Britney Spears
Breakaway::Kelly Clarkson
Rich Girl::Gwen Stefani
Pocket Full of Sunshine::Natasha Bedingfield
Boyfriend::Ashlee Simpson
Can't Get You Outta My Head::Kylie Minogue
No Air::Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
I Was Born to Make You Happy::Britney Spears
No One::Alicia Keys
Sweet Escape::Gwen Stefani
Get Out (Leave)::JoJo
Big Girls Don't Cry::Fergie
I'm Like a Bird::Nelly Furtado
Unwritten::Natasha Bedingfield
Pieces of Me::Ashlee Simpson
Behind These Hazel Eyes::Kelly Clarkson
Sometimes::Britney Spears
One Step At A Time::Jordin Sparks

And the legacy began...

I love that my girlies love music :)



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Monday, March 9, 2015

So...First Daughter's First Mix

I am such a proud mother.
My daughter has discovered the art of mix making.  And she's pretty good at it!

This is her first mix.  She is very much into music and knows all the songs and artists on the radio plus some.  She has an impressive musical catalog in that smart ten-year-old brain of hers.  She's even been making copies and handing them out to friends.  It's awesome.

She picked each of these songs herself.
And I must say - I'm pretty proud of her taste in music. 
We have taught her well :)


First Daughter's Mix 2015
Sail::Awolnation
1983::Neon Trees
Mercy::Duffy
Count On Me::Bruno Mars
Beggin::Madcon
Human::Christina Perri
Too Close::Alex Clare
Tiptoe::Imagine Dragons
Good Feeling::Flo Rida
Immortals::Fall Out Boy
Bleeding Out::Imagine Dragons
Come With Me Now::Kongos
Uptown Funk::Bruno Mars
Blank Space::Taylor Swift
Animal::Neon Trees
Love Runs Out::OneRepublic
It Will Rain::Bruno Mars
22::Taylor Swift
Maps::Maroon 5
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark::Fall Out Boy
Turn Down for What::DJ Snake & Lil John

She hopes you enjoy!



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

So...Andrew's Sweet Mixes

These two mixes I made for my older brother.  The first was made around the same time as my Mother Mixes.  The second was made quite a bit later.  I think I made it about five years ago?  Anyway, they're both really good, more of my favorites, and pretty sweet tunes.

Hope you enjoy!


Andrew's Sweet Mix 1
3am::OAR
Grace is Gone::Dave Matthews Band
Miss Misery::Eliot Smith
A Plain Morning::Dashboard Confessional
Let Her Cry::Hootie & the Blowfish
Headlights::Dispatch
Window::Guster
Bubble Toes::Jack Johnson
Fa Fa::Guster
Hey Girl::OAR
Flying Horses::Dispatch
Your Body is a Wonderland::John Mayer
Nightingale::Norah Jones
If Only She Knew::OAR
Cover This::Dispatch
X-Ray Eyes::Guster
Say Yes::Eliot Smith
Walk With You::Dispatch


Andrew's Sweet Mix 2
I Don't Wanna Be::Gavin DeGraw
Dream Girl::Dave Matthews Band
I'll Do Anything::Jason Mraz
About Mr. Brown::OAR
Rehab::Amy Winehouse
Crazy::Gnarls Barkley
My Love::Justin Timberlake
Too Late to Apologize::One Republic
How Many Words::Blake Lewis
Love & Memories::OAR
The Sweet Escape::Gwen Stefani
She Will Be Loved::Maroon 5
I'll Be Here Awhile::311
Geek in the Pink::Jason Mraz
I'm In Love With a Girl::Gavin DeGraw
Waiting on the World to Change::John Mayer
Santeria::Sublime
Gots to Get Her::Blake Lewis
On the Way Down::Ryan Cabrera
Boston::Augustana
Out of My Hands::Dave Matthews Band

I love my brother lots.  I hate living so far away from him - I don't nearly have enough of him in my life.  But I love that no matter how long it's been it always feels awesome talking to him or hanging out when we can.  He's wicked awesome.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

So...The Mother Mixes

So...obviously I never finished my Christmas memories.
Oops.

Blogging doesn't seem to be my strength these days.
So I thought I would stick with something I am good at - making mixes :)

I've been cleaning out the nooks and crannies of my house and basically have been trying to generally declutter every aspect of my life for the past two years.  In the process I have come across many many mix CDs.  Most are badly scratched and some aren't even playable.  But I do not want to lose these mixes - they are each a part of my past and hold precious memories.

So...I'm documenting them here on my blog and share them with you because really, it's great music.

These Mother Mixes are the mothers of all mixes.  These are college to me!  Back in the day of Napster and illegal music downloading and burning CDs was awesome.  I would find and download (for free!) every song by my favorite artists, which back then were mostly Guster, Dispatch, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, and Dave Matthews.  I also loved finding acoustic versions and covers of my favorite tunes.  My computer had a playlist of over 500 songs (probably more actually) that would play of shuffle all day long.  Each one of these songs are on the soundtrack of my college life. 

Feels like studying for the next mid-term, writing a paper, eating vending machine food, and waiting for my boyfriend to call while lounging in high school soccer sweats on my bed up on cement blocks in my poster-walled dorm room.
Seems like a lifetime ago, but when I put on this music I feel like I'm right there again.

If you're looking for some chill music - check these out.

Mother Mix 1
Mouth (acoustic)::John Mayer
Two Coins::Dispatch
So Long::Guster
Another Lonely Day::Ben Harper
Don't Know Why::Norah Jones
It's All Understood::Jack Johnson
Day By Day::Five For Fighting
Typical Situation::Dave Matthews Band
Evaporated::Ben Folds Five
I Feel Home::OAR
Brilliant Dance::Dashboard Confessional
Sleep::Phish
Angry Anymore::Ani Defranco
Alright::Five For Fighting
Waiting on an Angel::Ben Harper
Lullabye::Ben Folds Five


Mother Mix 2
Crazy Game of Poker::OAR
Bang Bang::Dispatch
Drink the Water::Jack Johnson
Both Hands::Ani Defranco
Burn One Down::Ben Harper
Drowning::Dashboard Confessional
Angel::Dave Matthews Band
How::Lisa Loeb
Air::Ben Folds Five
Creep (acoustic)::Radiohead
Perfect::Guster
Hangover::OAR
No Such Thing::John Mayer
Drive::Dispatch
Not A Pretty Girl::Ani Defranco
My Beloved One::Ben Harper


I hope you enjoy!



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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

So...12 Days of Christmas Past::2006

Live Nativity::Christmas 2006::San Jose, CA
 
In 2006 we were back to San Jose for Christmas.  I was large with child, expecting Second Daughter a few months later.  Christmas Eve we got together with family (that's Brother In-Law in the background and Cousin as Joseph) and did a living nativity.  We did not do that in my family when I was a kid so it was really fun for me to watch!
 
First Daughter was Mary, Husband was the donkey, and First Daughter's first doll (cabbage patch) was Baby Jesus - you can see her (him) in the purple crib (manger) in the lower right corner.
 
Christmas "shopping" was easy that year.  First Daughter was very excited about certain things and had very simple expectations.  I ended up wrapping some of her favorite toys, and her favorite movie (Wizard of Oz) so she could open them on Christmas morning and get excited.  She didn't have any expectation for new toys so she was so excited.  It actually was the best.
 
But we weren't complete cheapskates that year - we did buy her new stuff too.  She was into princesses so she got a couple dress up dresses and shoes, a crown and play jewelry.  We just multiplied her stash of presents by wrapping already owned gifts :)
 
That is the only memory I have of that Christmas.  My pregnant brain must have forgotten everything else :)
 
 
 
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So...12 Days of Christmas Past::2005

First Daughter::Christmas Eve 2005::Orem, UT
 
Christmas 2005 was our first Christmas alone, in our own apartment in Orem, UT, just the three of us.  It was different, much more quiet, but wonderful.  It was the beginning of creating many of our own family traditions.
 
1::Christmas jammies - both Husband & I had this tradition in our families growing up, but this was the first year that we bought them for our own little family and for our own sweet daughter.
 
2::Christmas bear - this tradition kind of created itself and it started this Christmas with First Daughter.  First Daughter's nickname has always been "Bear," so I was so excited to get her a Christmas bear for her first Christmas.  Husband's family had a tradition that they each had a Christmas character (Husband's was Santa) and they had a stuffed animal/pillow with that character and then got ornaments that went along with it.  Getting the Christmas bear was my attempt to keep that tradition continuing, but it ended up just turning into Christmas bears for all the kids on their first Christmas.  The bears have the year embroidered on their paw so we can always remember when their first Christmas was.
 
3::Baum's Christmas trees - we bought our Christmas tree that year at Baum's, a local tree lot that was recommended to us by a friend.  We bought our tree there every year since.  (Actually, this was our first year not getting our tree there - it was kinda strange - especially since I am definitely a creature of habit/tradition).
 
4::Christmas book - we get a family Christmas book every year.
 
5::Christmas movie - we also get a Christmas movie.
 
6::Christmas card - this was our first official Christmas card.  Well...I think we sent out Christmas cards that first year after we got married...but this was our first take-a-family-picture-for-a-Christmas-card experience.  It made us feel like real grownups :)
 
Having a baby made Christmas morning a little different.  First Daughter had no anticipation waiting to see what Santa left her, and she was a champion sleeper, so we didn't get up until after 9 or so (which was normal for her).  We had a wonderfully relaxing morning opening the few presents that we had.
 
Family memories are the best, and the first memories of our sweet little family feel magical.
 
 
 
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