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© Tim LaBarge 2008

The past couple of days have been a pleasant blur of activity.
Little Jack turned one. We celebrated that little milestone twice in the past couple days – and since the doctor gave us a ‘birth month’ instead of a ‘due date,’ we might as well celebrate several more times.

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I was always a bit jealous of my brothers having birthday cupcakes during summer vacation. We were usually up in the mountains in Colorado. No matter how old they were, they’d get one candle on a cupcake. I don’t remember if they got presents…I just remember it felt good eating cupcakes at camp in a meadow high in the Rockies.

Leo’s first two birthdays have been celebrated with cupcakes on the Sunday morning of Pickathon. So it’s only fair we had cheesecake for Jack this past Saturday evening during the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival out in Fossil, Ore. We’ll certainly have cupcakes again this year for Leo’s third. Come find us at Pickathon.

There were about a dozen kids in our camp this weekend. And while none of them are old enough to really play an instrument, it was fun to watch them pick up instruments and join in circles and absorb what was going on.

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The festival itself is really a portrait of wholesome. A sweet little town of about 400 tucked in the hills of the high desert opens its doors to a couple of hundred folks. The highlight for me was watching the young musicians take the stage as part of what they called The Grand Young Opry. So good and so pure.

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