Monday, May 18, 2009
have bench ~ will wander
i have this small wooden bench. my momma made it many years back it was part of my first "dining set" when i lived in my first home as a single mama, just taylor and i. i have carried this bench around from house to house ever since. the table and matching bench are long gone, but this bench remains and has seen many places. now it has found a renewed sense of purpose, bench monday. (lol) now on mondays when i can't find a bench i like, i can throw this little one in the family truckster (aka minivan) and take it on location. sounds so important. :)) today we did just that. i wanted to do a birthday bench monday to continue celebrating kellen's new 5th year, so i blew up a bunch of balloons stuffed them into a large trash bag for travel, tripod is already tucked in the truckster, and off we went for a drive. destination unknown. i had 1 place i mind, a large grassy spot with a huge patch of dandelions all white and fuzzy, when we pulled up it had a big "no trespassing" sign.... bummer. so we all drove on. found a second great grassy place with walking trails full of weeds and wildflowers, perfect for us. pulled out the trusty bench and kiddos and props and started to set up. once i was almost ready this time using my remote for the first time ever, i hopped up, kids all ready, balloons all placed, push the remote and nothing happens! grrrrrr... i hop down, get closer, hit remote, now it works... camera was too far away. move tripod closer , kids still on bench, wind picks up, off go the balloons! noooooooo!!!!! run after what i can, most pop, 1 just keeps on going, 2 red ones survive. (i started with a full rainbow mind you, le sigh) ok arrange 2 remaining balloons, hop up, and click, phew! who knew bench mondays could be so exhausting? the kids had a good laugh at my expense, which i am sure they do most days with me and my silly ideas, plus we found a nice new place to wander. we like to wander. and we got our shot. now we wait for next monday, where to next??? what is truly funny to me is there are now 736 members in the bench monday group. this means on mondays, crazy people with cameras are hopping up on benches around the world! that is just plain silly, and well i like that.