Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fireflight Rocks VanAndel Arena

Today the Winter Jam crew pulled into Grand Rapids, ready to rock.  Rainah and I showed up after lunch and caught up with Jessica.  We were able to go out for coffee and hang out most of the afternoon, which was great!  We even met up with Don and had dinner with Jess and Justin at the BOB.  We had all-access passes, so we pretty much got to go anywhere... backstage, the buses, and we got to pretty much pick where we wanted to sit.  We watched the first few bands, and the Fireflight took the stage.  Rainah is kind of in awe, I think.  She just sits in her seat and stares.  I tried to get her to stand up and dance, or clap, but she was content just sitting and watching.  Fireflight was awesome, playing to a pretty full Van Andel Arena.  We hung out a bit after Fireflight played- Rainah chowed down on some cotton candy, and we talked with Jess a bit more at the merch table.  We caught up with most of the band to say good-bye and left around 9ish.  Rainah did pretty good considering she had no nap, and the afternoon and evening were so crazy.  I had a great time, too, and it was really great to see everyone.  I was also excited to catch up with an old highschool classmate who is in Newsong, so that was a nice surprise, too!  Here are the photos:

One of Fireflight's biggest fans

Robert Pierre

Phee takes the stage behind his drumset

Justin and Glenn


Uncle Justin


Sunday, March 21, 2010

More Artwork

After taking pictures of Rainah painting a few weeks back, she decided I should take some again- yesterday and today she spent lots of time drawing and then had me get out my camera.
She told me that this was a drawing of a mouse (3/20)

Rainah with her masterpiece (3/20)

More artwork (3/21)

So pround (3/21)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Night With The Butterflies

Each year during the months of March and April, Meijer Gardens brings in butterflies - lots of them. The kids always love it and they have lots of fun activities. They also offer a night to members only to come in at night, and watch the butterflies fly around at night. The kids bring their flashlights and have a great time. This year we ran into the fabulous Zwart family, which Rainah was thrilled about, as Simon is her best buddy. We had a great night of food, music, activities, and beautiful butterflies!

Rainah getting her tattoo

Snacking away on cookies

Anna and Simon getting their tattoos

Jen getting lots of hugs

Rainah looking sleepy

Rainah dancing to the music

Simon showing off his moves up on stage