June 29, 2005

Blog Fodder Starts Tomorrow...

We are getting ready for the trek to God’s Country… otherwise known as… Pensacola, Home of the whitest beaches, the Naval Aviation Museum… and my folks. We leave tomorrow evening, traveling for four hours, stopping over night in Lake City and then continuing onward the last 4 – 4 ½ hours the next morning.

The boys are so excited, I swear they’re reverberating. Our annual ceilidh is on the 4th at our family reunion and this is the year my eldest performs with a real instrument he has been studying to play, rather than singing with the other kids or beating on a drum. As I pack my suitcase, my home is filled with the sound of a trumpet and many wooden flutes, as The Great Omnipotent One also carves flutes and each of the boys owns one and in their excitement they have all picked up an instrument.

I don’t know if I’ve blogged on our ceilidh. It’s held at my folk’s home, right after we feast on ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad and TGOO’s homemade blueberry/peach cobbler, and right before we light off the fireworks. There is an assortment of drums, wooden flutes, and other noise making type instruments as well as one fiddle, one regular flute, one keyboard, sometimes a set of bagpipes, and this year the addition of a trumpet. This is where TGOO and I will play our fiddle and flute duet. There is A LOT of singing. It is ended by what has become a tradition of the women dancing in a circle to the beat of one drum.

All my cousins will be there from both sides as well as my aunts and uncles from both sides, some having traveled as far as California. It’s going to be fun… and I’m not sure who is more excited, me or the boys.

Posted by Boudicca at June 29, 2005 11:07 PM

This sounds FUN, and I want you smuggle me with you, can kneel and wear a poncho

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 29, 2005 11:38 PM

I can't wait to hear all about it. Such fun!

Posted by: vw bug at June 30, 2005 06:54 AM

Now that's a real celebration!!

Posted by: Sissy at June 30, 2005 07:41 AM

I have to know... do you pass the quaich? That's a fine celtic tradition that should be upheld at any Ceilidh.

Posted by: Contagion at June 30, 2005 08:04 AM

I can't wait either. See you tomorrow.

Posted by: Morrigan at June 30, 2005 08:45 AM

Ooooo! I wanna come too!

Posted by: Oddybobo at June 30, 2005 08:55 AM

No, Contagion, I don't pass the quaich. Once I get it in my hands that's where it stays. */;-)

Posted by: TGOO at June 30, 2005 09:22 AM

I hope you have a wonderful time! It sounds great!

Posted by: Richmond at June 30, 2005 10:17 AM

That sounds great!!! My folks are in Pensacola, too. We'll be right over!

Really, though, enjoy your day. We're going to see the Blues fly over the beach tomorrow. (Crowds, little to no parking, debris still from Ivan, sharks). I know, we're BRAVE/CRAZY to go do that, but hey, we owe it to our country!!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at June 30, 2005 01:13 PM

You gotta get a quaich like the one I gave to Contagion as a gift. You can fit how many beers in that thing? Nine? Ten?

It's like a pewter dog bowl :)

Posted by: Graumagus at June 30, 2005 01:29 PM

Ooh--gotta have dancing too! Love the dancing. I used to go to Irish ceilis alot when I did Irish dance. I loved the way that everyone could go and have fun--babies, old people, everyone. It's not really popular here in England though, so when I moved here I started Scottish dancing. Very similar, and still lots of fun. Hope you have a great time!

Posted by: Julie at July 1, 2005 08:13 AM