Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Theme Song

Back when we lived in Greeley and before we had kids, every now and then we would join Brett's parents at a Rockies game in Denver.  If you have ever been to a professional baseball game, then you know that there is a lot more going on than just the game.  There is the "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sing-along.  They do the wave sometimes.  There are snack vendors walking back and forth, up and down the aisles making sure that if you are hungry or thirsty, you don't have to miss a minute of the game.  But, if you do happen to miss a play, don't worry!  Up on the Jumbo-Tron you can see a replay of every play ... which is very important for me, because I don't always know when something exciting happens! :)

Which actually reminds me of my first major league game.  We were out in California seeing family and we went to a Dodgers game; a whole bunch of us.  Somehow, I ended up at the very end of the row - out of touch with the rest of the group, and apparently, the game.  At some point, the rest of the family stood up and started getting their things together.  I was caught up in all the action in the crowds and the noise, but had no idea what was happening on the field.  I asked the person next to me, "Is it half-time?"  To which they smiled, "No, honey ... the game is over."  Huh ... that was fast! :)

Anyway ... also on the big screen they have pictures of the players, their numbers and stats and when a particular player comes up to bat, they shoot up their picture and profile ... and play their theme song.  Sometimes the songs are current, popular songs and sometimes they are old favorites.  I don't know if the individual players get to choose their own songs or if they are chosen for them ... sometimes the tune fits the players "look" sometimes not so much.  This got me thinking, of course ... "What would my theme song be?"

What would I choose for myself or what would someone who knows me well choose for me?  Hmmm ... those are good questions!  The fun songs that come to mind would be, "She's a Maniac"* by Hall and Oates or "Rain Drops Keep Fallin' on Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or maybe something silly like ... "Take a Load Off Annie" by The Band.  (Which as kids we were convinced was "Take a Load off Fanny" ... much more entertaining to sing!)

In spite of the songs that come to mind ... it appears that my children have already chosen a theme song for our family.  How do I know?  Because they play it constantly and have choreographed a number of dances to it.  See?

This song, the dancing and the words, actually are a pretty good reflection of our life.  Our life, like this semi-choreagraphed dance video is almost always on the edge of chaos.  We are often off doing our own thing and going in our own directions with moments of coming together ... of being synched ... like dinner time.  We each have our own abilities and skilz. :)  Some of us like to stand off to the side and observe, taking it all in (Lydia).  Some of us take center stage and show everybody what we are made up (Norah).  Some of us want to be more than we are right now and we run around trying a little bit of everything (Ashley).  While some of us are so confident and cool that we share bits of ourselves and then let others do their thing (Aaron).  In our life, keeping the song in mind, we also have times when we make mistakes and have to either move on, or make it work.   I love how my kids just throw themselves in to their dancing and whatever happens happens ... and if it's not quite how they intended it to be ... they fake it!

As for the words to the song ... while it doesn't seem to be relevant to our family (Have any of us ever been to a dance club?!?) ... It appears that it does fit us.  Here's how I see it:

by Taio Cruz

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes  (Yeah ... me, too, sometimes, but probably for different reasons.)
Saying AYO!
Gotta let go!  (More like, "Liddy, please let go of Mommy's leg" ... but kinda the same.)
I wanna celebrate and live my life (Yeah ... gotcha there ...)
Saying AYO!
Baby, let's go!

I came to dance, dance, dance, dance
I hit the floor  (Did you see Aaron hit the floor ... He's on the floor a lot.  Maybe the gravity is stronger here.)
'Cause that's my, plans, plans, plans, plans  (Many of my plans are the "fly by the seat of my pants" kind.)
I'm wearing all my favorite
Brands, brands, brands, brands (Does Wal-Mart count?  How about Target?)
Give me space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands  (We have an entire house and all of six of us are right. here.)
Ye, ye
Cause it goes on and on and on (Yep, some days are like that ...)
And it goes on and on and on  (Yeah ... the longest days of my life have been within these four walls.)


I throw my hands up in the air sometimes  (Sometimes I also grab my hair.)
Saying AYO!  (Not sure about this part ...)
Gotta let go!  (Yes ... please let go of Mommy now.)
I wanna celebrate and live my life  (That's my plan, at least.)
Saying AYO!
Baby, let's go!  (I like when Brett says, "Let's go out.")

'Cause we gon' rock this club  ("Club" as in a group of people, right? ... we are our own little, twelve-legged club.)
We gon' go all night  (That's pretty much all I remember of the first few months home from the hospital.)
We gon' light it up
Like it's dynamite!  (Sometimes our house looks like it's been hit with dynamite.)
'Cause I told you once
Now I told you twice  (I'm afraid I say that ... "Don't make me tell you again..."  Ugh.)
We gon' light it up
Like it's dynamite!

I came to move, move, move, move
Get out the way me and my crew, crew, crew, crew  (There at times in small spaces [doctor's offices] when I feel like this about our many-membered family.)
I'm in the club so I'm gonna do, do, do, do
Just what we, came here to do, do, do, do  (We moms do and do and do ... and then we do some more.)

Ye, ye

Cause it goes on and on and on  (Yep ... and on and on .... and on ...)
And it goes on and on and on  (Are we done yet?)


I throw my hands up in the air sometimes  (Sometimes I also close my eyes and try to find my happy place.)
Saying AYO!  (Sometimes I say "All. You. Out."  That could be it.)
Gotta let go!  (Please let go ... Mommy just wants to go potty ... alone.)
I wanna celebrate and live my life  (I'm trying.)
Saying AYO!
Baby, let's go!

I'm gonna take it all like,
I'm gonna be the last one standing,  (Usually it takes me 15 minutes to get to my bed after I say goodnight ... just a few things to get done first ... dishes, laundry, tidy up ...)
I'm alone and all I  (Well ... no, not really alone ... but still sometimes lonely.)
I'm gonna be the last one landing  (Hopefully into my bed.)
'Cause I, I, I Believe it
And I, I, I
I just want it all, I just want it all  (I still want it all ... I'm just afraid I won't be able to stay awake for it.)
I'm gonna put my hands in the air  (Do I have to?)
Hands in the air  (Okay, okay ...)
Put your hands in the air  (They're up already ... sheesh.  Maybe use your manners, next time.)

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes  (If all else fails, I also pray for patience.)
Saying AYO!
Gotta let go!  (How long until Daddy gets home?)
I wanna celebrate and live my life  (Help me, Jesus, to celebrate my life ... even the days of endless diaper changes.)
Saying AYO!
Baby, let's go!  (Just you and me?  Out?  For dinner?)

'Cause we gon' rock this club
We gon' go all night  (Hopefully not tonight.  Hopefully tonight will be a sleeping night.)
We gon' light it up
Like it's dynamite!  (Well ... yeah ... life can be like that, I guess.)
'Cause I told you once
Now I told you twice  (Okay ... I'm listening.)
We gon' light it up
Like it's dynamite!  (Hey ... Yeah!  I got it ... dy-no-mite!)

(Oh ... is it over already?  Can we play it again?)

*This was the song that my sis-in-law woke up singing on my wedding day ... sort of prophetic of her! :)


  1. do you think so? it was certainly a labor of love ... but it was worth it! :) like most worthwhile things, of course

  2. I loved it! It was great to see Aaron get in there too! :-)

  3. This was take one of three ... and definitely the best. They were all really into it! Of course, mainly because the camera was rolling. :)

  4. SO fun! I've had that song in my head ever since... :-D And that is not the song I had in MY head on your wedding day, just to clarify. Must've been another sister-in-law... I believe I had "goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married..." in MY head. :-D Love ya!


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