Wonka Tonka Day… [1-1]

As I mentioned previously, Grandma Mushka started a tradition years ago for New Year’s Eve.  I later passed that tradition to Trevor, and not too many years ago to my girls.  The tradition has changed and grown a bit in the past couple of years.  Some years there have been as many as 15 kids marching around Nita’s kitchen singing the song written by Colby.  The song has humble beginnings (which I missed) and come from a story that I am not at liberty to share here (you just never know… he may want to be President of the United States someday).  Regardless the origins of the song, the kids love it each and every year and the singing of the Wonka Tonka song and banging of the pots and pans brings a smile to most everyone’s face.  (I’m not sure my Grandma Margaret would have smiled, but she and Mushka were built quite differently.)

The tradition goes something like this…
All children (and any adults wishing to participate) get a pot, pan, lid or any thing metal that comes from the kitchen and Nita is willing to allow in the march.  With the pot/pan they must also find a clanging instrument (aka… spoon).  There is a warm up period for everyone to become comfortable with the instruments and learn the lyrics to the wildly popular Wonka Tonka song…  I am hoping I have them all correct here and if I do not, I will be sure to have the corrections posted at a later time.

Wonka Tonka – (The New Year’s Song by Colby)
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou….
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…

This year’s parade was a bit smaller in number.  There were three marchers, a few standing by with pots and pans and the leader.  Here they are… Reagan, Emma and Olivia led by Colby in the New Year’s Wonka Tonka March 2012

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.