Punk Rock Parents

Thursday, April 23, 2020

When Simple Plan just gets it right.

I love pop punk music. That's it. Forever and always it will always make me happy and I will listen to it even when I am like 65. It's happening. I am at peace with that.

Despite what some may say, the genre never really went away. In fact those bands that we loved in the early 2000's are still making music. Remember Simple Plan? Those pop-punk kids from our friendly northern neighbor Canada.

Well like the rest of us, they have aged. And pretty damn well I must say. They released a new song with State Champs called "Where I Belong" and dammit it struck a chord with me. This song is exactly what 2003 was like for me. It perfectly summarized what meeting Joey and Matt was for me. (I love it when that happens)

 In 2003 I was so lost, but at the time did not even realize how lost I was. My life was a complete mess. Nothing but broken streetlights. I was not myself and miserable. I was doing anything I could just trying to escape. Looking back now I see it real clearly. Back then I thought I was just living my life without a care in the world.

Then I met these 2 punk rock boys from a town I had never heard of 2 hours away.

Who would have ever thought that meeting these guys would be the answer. That these funny, crazy, smart, talented boys would feel like home. And the handsome one would become my reason, my obsession, my everything.

I didn't have to pretend to be someone else. I'm finally breathing. Like I never could on my ownI was me, mistakes, regrets and far from perfect. And they were them, mistakes and regrets and far from perfect. We built a family of young people in a house in the middle of a cul-de-sac. We had no idea what we were doing with our lives, but it didn't matter because we had each other.

We went through all the scary grown-up things that everyone has to do. We found careers, homes, and even had punk kids of our own. We may have figured some stuff out but deep down we are still kids faking it. And the best part is that we are still a family and still having fun.

I'm looking in the rear-view mirror
Everything looks the same

There's nothing but broken streetlights

And I'm just trying to escape
I'm waiting on a distant feeling
I'm waiting for things to change
It's getting hard to ride on empty
But maybe I'm not so far away
'Cause it feels like home

I found a reason
And suddenly I'm not so alone

I'm finally breathing

Like I never could on my own
Start the countdown, let's get it on
Scream our lungs out to our favorite song
'Cause this is where I belong

I can tell you just don't get it
And that you'll never understand

I'm sorry that I can't be perfect

But I'm not changing who I am
Maybe there's no destination
Maybe I'm gonna make mistakes
Let you in on one of my secrets
I'm still just as lost as yesterday
But it feels like home

Look past the warning signs
The same ones that told me

"Yeah, you just turn back and run

Play it safe before you come undone"
If you saw through my eyes
This view is worth it
Can't believe me when I say
There's no place in this world I'd rather be

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Friday, October 26, 2018

Bass Lake 2018

The whole family packed up in July and headed out to our favorite place on earth. We had an awesome lake front house for a week and to make it more special my Nana came with us! She spent her days relaxing on the patio while the kids (and Joey!) spent the time running around and off as many surfaces into the water as they could. 

The annual talent show was awesome. Mom, Pops and Nana took home the trophy! We had a lot of yummy (mostly restaurant!) dinners. There was a pretty bad fire near by all week that even forced us inside one day. We went to pizza and watched Hotel Transylvania 3. It was Ellie's first movie theater experience and she did awesome. We even hit up a brewery.

This year was all about relaxing and it was absolutely amazing. 

I have the pictures to prove it. 

I can't wait until next summer. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Grand AF

As soon as school let out it was time for the annual birthday trip. The rules of the birthday trip is that it has to be somewhere we have never been before. So this year we headed to Arizona for a trip to the Grand Canyon. After a family wedding in Kingman and a stop at Bedrock we bunked down in Williams and took the drive up to the canyon.

Of course I knew about the canyon. I had seem people's pictures on social media, on TV and movies but none of it could prepare me.

We parked near a visitor center and took a short walk and all of a sudden we caught our first glimpse.

It was mind blowing.

My head could not comprehend what I was seeing. It was way to grand and way to beautiful. It was like my brain couldn't believe that it was real.

I kept thinking...... It looks like a Disneyland backdrop.

We spent the day taking the free tram to different view points.

Pictures can't do it justice. I took like a million anyway.

Here are the highlights.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Dabba-Do Time

This year's annual birthday trip took us to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon. We stayed in Williams, AZ and on the way to the canyon we made a pit stop at a place that I didn't think really existed.

Bedrock City

And yes I mean like Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney, Bedrock City!

Even the kids were there...


This place was as cheesy as I hoped it would be. Really it was everything I hoped it would be.

I have a feeling these would be their exact faces if they ever were arrested.

Joey took the rap for Phi.

Louie really needed to learn a lesson.

You can explore the Flintstones's and Rubble's houses. Or the market, beauty salon, post office, and even school.

You can "drive" a cool vehicle just like Fred does. 

Or slide down the back of a dinosaur just like Fred does!

Then we hooked up our pre-historic trailer and headed to the Grand Canyon.