Monday, August 24, 2009

Get Your Babypants On

I have spent most of the past two weeks on vacation from work, working on house projects: My housecation. Mrs. LIAYF and I completed many home projects during this time, but as often happens, did not get as much done as we had hoped. The reason? Most notably we didn't figure enough time in for running back and forth to the local hardware stores to pick up that one item or another that particular day which we didn't realize we needed until we actually realized we needed it. You get the idea.

Anyway, as previously mentioned, we did manage to fit in a few fun activities with Lukas during a couple of extended weekends along the way. Notably, this past Saturday we attended PEPSAPALOOZA, a local music event to raise money for the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). We joined PEPS after Lukas was born and found it to be a helpful way to meet other local families with newborns and share stories and ideas. And, now that we are experienced parents, Mrs. LIAYF decided to give back and became a volunteer coordinator/facilitator for a local group of new parents. She arranged for her PEPS group to attend this festival of Kiddie Rock bands.

A funny thing happened on our way to the music festival. I had a senior moment and misread our directions and was pretty sure I was lost. That is, until a car passed us on the freeway with emblazoned on its back bumper. We immediately knew to follow that car to the venue since the headlining act was caspar babypants.

I followed that car so close all the way there I would have made the FBI proud. And when we finally arrived and pulled into the parking lot, the driver got out and said. "You were following me, weren't you?" I copped to it and then asked if I could get a picture of him with Lukas, since he turned out to be caspar babypants himself, otherwise known as Chris Ballew lead singer of one of my favorite rock bands The Presidents of the United States of America.

(At least Mrs. LIAYF seems happy to have met Chris)

The show was excellent. The kid focused bands these days really know how to rock. And although it was well past Lukas' nap time by the time he went on stage, we stuck around to hear caspar babypants. It was well worth it as he even mixed in a couple of cleaned up Presidents songs. It was an excellent way to round out our two weeks away from work.

If you haven't already, I would strongly suggest you check out the caspar babypants album. Of all the kid music I have heard, this is by far the most fun and catchy album. It is loaded with quirky, fun songs reminiscent of the Presidents vintage stuff, only geared towards the little ones.

Plus, it may just help you find your direction.


Surfer Jay said...

Perty cool dude. Did you offer him a peach? They're free! Millions of them

SciFi Dad said...

That? Is awesome.

Peaches was such a huge hit around the dinner hour here that I had to dig out my old Presidents CD and play it for them.

Unfortunately, when I let my daughter choose the song to hear after Peaches, she chose Kitty. Uhm, yeah, not such a good choice.

But now I'm off to learn more of Caspar Babypants.

PJ Mullen said...

No home project is ever complete without at least three trips to Home Depot and/or Lowes because invariably one or the other won't have what you need.

I'll have to check them out, loved POTUS back in the day. I sing the Peaches song to my son because that was his favorite fruit when he started eating solids.

Playstead said...

Now only if Jerry Cantrell were there as well.

Lady Mama said...

Okay I'm going to check out casper babypants! (What are they paying you or something?) Sounds like a fun day to round off your holiday.

I SO get the whole dashing back and forth to the hardware store charade. Been there.

Your wife is very pretty!

Captain Dumbass said...

Ha! I was just singing Peaches a week ago. I actually tweeted it. I'll have to check that album out.

Being us... said...

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the Presidents and listen to them alot. Jacob loves the "dune buggy" and "Peaches" song(Paul's theme song for moving us out to the country), etc....

I will check out this new album! Thanks for the post!

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

how incredibly cool!!! I will definitely check out that album too.

FilmFather said...

My 3-year-old demands we play "Peaches" if he's having peaches for lunch. Will have to check out that caspar babypants album...thx for the heads-up.

Lindsay said...

How. Awesome. I am definitely checking that out - finding catchy music that is appropriate is a tall order.

Creative-Type Dad said...

I had no idea the Presidents were making kids music. I'll have to check it out...

Krystal said...

I love kids music!! don't ask - my radio is permanently tuned to Kids Place Live - I love and hate Satellite radio, honestly I do!

Unknown said...

Like what are the chances? I can just see Chris looking in his rear-view mirror going, "Who is that nut? And how did the FBI find me?"

Kori said...

That man's hands are freakishly enormous. Just sayin.'

and I am crawling in shame over here, head hung low, because, um, kids music? appropriateness? I am a parenting failure. I believe that the They Might Be Giants Album, Flood" might be the closest thing we HAVE To kids music in our house.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Jay - I tried to sell him one. Didn't go over to well.

@Scifi - Let me know what you think. I know you will give an honest opinion.

PJ - very catchy music. So is the kids album

@Playsted - I would love to hear a cleaned up kids version of Dirt.

@Lady Mama - Thanks, I agree. Pretty.

@Captain - Let me know what you think.

@Petra - Great music. Check them out.

Beingus - Dune Buggy is one of my favorites too.

@Film Father - Lukas likes it too.

@Falk Family - That is awesome, I agree.

@creative type dad - Just Chris, but yes, great cathcy kids music.

@Krystal - It has come a long way from the Barney days.

@CK - I think that was his exact thoughts. He mentioned something about the paparazzi when he saw me in the parking lot. I wonder if posting this makes me one of them?

Kori - Yes, that could just be his advantage. His voice is pretty good too though. This CD would be a great place to start.