July 20, 2008

Bushel and a Peck

Well, it was time. Time for a change, time for something new. Time for integrating the little man into the blog. Time for extending my beloved blog to include the general and larger changes in our family this past year.

Certainly not time to let go of our little Keira (see sidebar) but time to refresh and create something lovely for my ramblings. I really hope you like it! It's still got a couple small tweaks but you can definitely see the big changes!! Bloglines, and all you subscribers of the quick fix - give a sista some props and come see the blog in all it's newly adorned glory. At least once. I know your way is faster, but hook a sister up with a visit.

As for the title change, allow me to explain:

My grandfather whom I love dearly and with whom I have a most precious relationship, handed me - his oldest granddaughter - a very special gift when I was perhaps 4 years old. Maybe younger. He would gather me onto his lap, hold me close, and sing the song "A Bushel and a Peck". As time went on, I started to learn the words, and we would sing it together. Each time we saw one another, we would at some point find time to take a couple minutes and sing "our song". Sometimes quietly and no one would even notice, and sometimes loudly and sweetly for all to hear. Might sound silly to some and I admit that through the teenage years, I chagrined and rolled my eyes when my grandpa would close in on me to sing "our song". But as I've gotten older, I have begun to understand the words to that song and understand that even in their silliness ~ they speak to the volumes of love that you can have for another person. And even on my last visit back home, Grandpa and I took a moment to sing it to each other. Actually, we've gotten quite good...he'll sing a line, I'll sing a line...it's perfected in its age of 30+ years. Never gets old, remarkably.

Doris Day sang it - actually, several people sang it. But I sing it too. I find it's a part of me and always brings a smile to my face...and more importantly, I caught myself singing it to Quint about a month ago. That's musical legacy, folks. From one to another and down the line...I'm sure you could tell me about your own family song or saying that gets passed down and is precious to you. Maybe Quint or Keira will be singing it to their kids someday...and wouldn't that be something?

Thanks Grandpa....I love you.....a bushel and a peck...

I love you a bushel and a peck

A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck

A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap

A barrel and a heap and I'm talkin' in my sleep

About you, about you

'Cause I love you a bushel and a peck

You bet your purdy neck I do

I love you a bushel and a peck

A bushel and a peck though you make my heart a wreck

Make my heart a wreck and you make my life a mess

Make my life a mess, yes a mess of happiness

About you, about you

'Cause I love you a bushel and a peck

You bet your purdy neck I do

I love you a bushel and a peck

A bushel and a peck and it beats me all to heck

It beats me all to heck, how I'll ever tend the farm

Ever tend the farm when I wanna keep my arm

About you, about you

'Cause I love you a bushel and a peck

You bet your purdy neck I do


Norma said...

looks great.......who did it for you?
your peanut is growing already!!!

Kim said...

The blog makeover is AMAZING.. I LOVE all the pictures on the side... the are soooo darling.. the one of you 3 laying on the grass is priceless...
Great job..
Love the story of your grandfather...
Have a Great Weekend..
Quint is soooo darn cute... he keeps getting cuter and cuter..

Linda said...

A great gift to give your children.. Something you now treasure. I remember that song when I was little and think it is so wonderful your Granpa gave it to you.. You have more in your life then money can ever buy... Linda

Erin said...

My mom and dad have sung that song to me for as long as I can remember and it is one of Mollianne's favorites. When she gets out of the tub, has trouble sleeping or is trying to ignore a storm approaching, she will look up at me with those huge brown eyes and say, "Mommy, would you sing me bushel and a peck?" She even sings it with me. We have the wonderful opportunity to carry those songs on - "You Are My Sunshine" and "Baby Mine" are two more of Mollianne's favorites that I will catch her singing to her stuffed animals from time to time. I can't wait for you to hear Quint sing that to his Tonka truck one day.

Love you!

Suz said...

I love the new look and the family pictures are amazing!

Briana's Mom said...

The blog looks FANTASTIC!!! Oh my gosh! And all the photos are breathtaking!!!

Eloise said...

Love, love, love the new makeover! Your banner is the greatest - such wonderful pictures and a dear, dear sentiment, especially when you read the story about you and your Grandpa. I was the oldest of 12 grandchildren for my beloved granddaddy, and he always told me I was his #1 (not sure what he told everyone else - hopefully not the same thing!). Everyone should have someone in their life who makes them feel so special and loved.

Helen said...

Hey there,
I'm a lurker - just wanted to say your blog looks excellent and i LOVE the photos you have of Quint down the sidebar! They're amazing!

Anonymous said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!! It is so cute just like little Quint. I sure wish you lived closer so Noah and Quint could be close...We love you guys.
Michele (Cali Cuz)

The Gang's Momma! said...

That song is special in our family too! My teens rolls their eyes and grudgingly puts up with my snuggles, but the rest of The Gang eats it up still.

Love the new look - fresh and hip and very easy to look at. Great job!

Dawn and Dale said...

It's BEAUTIFUL Christie!!! You must love it!!! :)

The family pictures are SOOOOOOOO cute!!!! Your little man definitely BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

Kelley said...

I love the new look...it is fantabulous!!

4D said...

Looking good!

Keep smilin!

frogglet said...

Love it Love it Love it!!! The pictures are great!! I love the title too. It is something I shared my my grandfather also, wishing he was still here.
I should do somethiing like this with my blog.
Have a great day!

Joan said...

My grandma used to sing that song all the time. I just found your blog and i love it.

Unknown said...

I pour out the happy tears every timme I come here. This is wonderful

Kayce said...

The blog looks amazing! I love all the family pictures too!

Anonymous said...

My mom always used to sing this song to us.

I love the new pictures, especially the one of your guys in the baseball caps!

Emy said...

Again... it's looks AWESOME!! I love that song too. My Mom sang it to us but with totally different words.

Emy said...

Again... it's looks AWESOME!! I love that song too. My Mom sang it to us but with totally different words.

Dena said...

Absolutely love those pictures, what a beautiful family!
The blog is so fresh and clean, makes me want to give mine a bath!

Looks great, love the changes.

Diana said...

LOVE the new look!!! Your family pictures are GREAT.

Stacey said...

OHHH I love the new blog... and your little family is so beautiful, it just warms my heart! I also sing this song to my kidlets and they love it. James even sings it back to me now and bed time is just not the same without it!

Anonymous said...

The new look is fabulous!
Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Stephanie said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Very classy!! I meant to tell you before (sorry) that the pictures of your family are seriously gorgeous!!!! I love the one of Quint with the funky little hat on!! Seriously darling!!! :)

Donna said...

I LOVE your new blog design and the story behind the song...how cool to have such an awesome memory of your grandfather to pass down to your children!

The family photos are fantastic. I love the photo front and center of the both of you kissing Quint. It couldn't be cuter!

Donna :)

Jennifer said...

Looks awesome! And the song is adorable...

Anonymous said...

Christie, this is (A bushel and Peck your Grandpa) with tears in his eyes saying THANK YOU for the honour that you have given me. I love YOU and the Family and can't wait to see you and the new great grand son he has the demeaner of a very happy little boy and maybe even some mischievous in his little smile. I think it was said you might be comming this way about Christmas, so grandma and I are wishing it was Christmas time right now so we can hold him and I can sing our favorite song to him. We LOVE YOU,ANTON and QUINT Grandpa and Grandma Nonamaker

Kelly & Todd said...

I love the new look and the story behind the new name of your blog. My grandpa and I share a special thing as well. Everytime I see him and it's time to say good-bye I always pinch his nose. I've been doing it since I was very little and it's our thing. In fact, at my wedding our photographer took a picture of the two of us together and I'm pinching his nose. Your story reminded me of that so I thought I'd share it with you. Sorry for rambling on.

Again, I love your new blog and following along with you, AB and Quint.

-- kelly :-)

Rebecca and Andrew said...

As always, LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blog and seeing your exquisite son. Someday he will be a ladies man and you won't be able to stop it! =) What a cutie.
Anyway, this song...I grew up with my dad playing it by the Andrew's sisters. Still listen to them to this day. I'm a retro chick from waaay back. Great theme!

Lesa said...

Love the song and the makeover of your blog. Everytime I hear that song I remember my girls doing Auditions at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth. They always added the Doodle, doodle, doodle ~ Doodle, doodle, do... to it.
Fun memories.