Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Night Out with Veggie Tales

On Wednesday evening, Quinn and I got to have our first "Mother-Son" date. We went out to see Veggie Tales Live, that was being held at a local church. I only just heard about this show a few days ago. A guy I used to go to church with in SC posted on Facebook that he had taken his son to see it (they live in Kentucky). I looked the show up online and was quite surprised to see that a show would be here in town. I was thrilled that tickets were still available! I even got brave and drove into downtown and bought tickets early...only $10 each! (My trip into downtown would be a post all its own...I hate driving in downtown with all the one way streets. I always get turned around and this trip was no exception.)

What is a Veggie Tale, you might be asking. Well, it is a Christian cartoon series, featuring vegetables as the characters. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber get letters from children with various problems and they give the child advice based on a Bible Story....only these Bible Stories are a little twisted. For example, Moses and the Exodus turns into "Mo and the Big Exit"....set in the Wild Wild West. Mo gets the Israelites away from Pharoah aka "The Mayor" by crossing Death Valley, California. God allows it to snow in the desert. The show always ends with a Bible Verse and the famous phrase "God made you special...and He loves you very much!"

Quinn loves Veggie Tales.....I mean he L-O-V-E-S them.

Here are Quinn and I before the show started. We even got to sit with some friends from church. As we walked through the parking lot, we saw Kim and Claire, our pastor's wife and daughter. Even though they were attending the show with some of Claire's friends, they asked us to sit with them too. Kim took our picture. I'm not sure who was more or Quinn.

Each episode is interrupted with a silly song sung by Larry the Cucumber and various other characters. So this performance was supposed to be "The Silly Song Countdown", but various characters wanted to do songs other than Silly Songs. The show teaches that you should share with your friends, so each character ends up singing the song they wanted to do. And in the midst of all this they did 3 songs from the 80s.

Here are two characters: Bob the Tomato and Junior Asparagus. Junior is supposed to be a young vegetable, while the others appear to be "full-grown"....(adults).

Here is Larry the Cucumber singing "The Song of the Cebu".

These are "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything."

This is a scene from the song "Endangered Love"...where Larry is in love with Barbara Manatee, a character from his favorite soap opera. Larry utters the famous line "I'll take you to the ball Barbara Manatee!" ( I also found out this is Pastor's favorite Silly Song!)

This is some of the characters performing that 80's hit "Walking on Sunshine".

And the #1 Silly Song of all time...."The Hairbrush Song". Larry gets out of the shower and realizes he can't find his hairbrush.

"Oh where is my hairbrush? Oh where is my hairbrush? Oh where oh where oh where oh my hairbrush?"

And in The Hairbrush Song, Junior asks the most important question of all....

"Why do you need a hairbrush? You don't have any hair!"

Quinn had the best time at this show. He pretty much looked like this throughout the entire thing. As each song would end, he would scream and shout and clap his hands. Then he would turn to me and say "Again Mommy?" And I would say, Yes they will sing again.

Pure joy....clapping for his Veggie Friends.

And the grand finale was the Veggie Tales Theme Song.

"If you like to talk to tomatoes....if a squash can make you smile...if you like to waltz with potatoes...up and down the produce aisle.....Have we got a show for you!"

The only thing that would have made this even more fun was if Buddy could have gone with us to the show. If you know us in real life, then you know why Buddy wasn't there. He insisted that we go on without him, since this was a one night event.

Quinn had a great time, dancing in the aisles to the songs. He especially seemed to like the 80's song "FootLoose". That's when he really showed some great dance moves! I think I even saw him try to breakdance for a second! He absolutely loved everything about the show. I was a little nervous, since he had never been to a show, but he didn't seem scared of the characters at all.

I also have to say the people working the character costumes must have really practiced. The mouths moved in time to the words of the songs. The eyes moved up and down to help indicate feelings.. It was really well done and the dancers were great at engaging the audience. I would go see this show again for sure!

Quinn, I know you probably won't remember this day when you are older, but I will! I will always remember your big smile and the look of excitement on your face! I hope you always remember that God made YOU special and He loves you very much. And I love you very much too! Love Mommy


Pam said...

That looks like it was so much fun. We love Veggie Tales at our house, and I know my kids would have loved the show! Maybe we will get a chance to see it some time...before they get too old!

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, Veggie Tales weren't around when my girls were little, but we had Sesame Street Live. I still remember how much they loved it.

I'm so glad you have this blog. "5" remember your outing, but you will always remember the way how much fun you had and how excited Quinn was. You will have these pictures and your writing to share with him when he is a young adult and can appreciate it...and some young lady will appreciate learning about this part of his life. You are creating memories. :)

Love you,

Kim said...

I enjoyed seeing you there. What a special night for you and Quinn. It was fun to watch him enjoy it knowing what a huge Veggie Tales fan he is.

I too enjoyed the 80's Hits and found myself dancing along.

And yes Ken does sing Barbara Manatee to Claire quite often :)