My Kids Take the Stage

So this spring 2 of my boys (14 & 11) started taking guitar lessons. The had both gotten guitars a couple months prior and really seemed to enjoy playing and had taught themselves a few songs. So when a facebook post popped up about a local teacher offering a free lesson for students to check it out, I contacted him and set up the first lesson. They loved it and learned what seemed like a lot in the first lesson alone. Not long after they started they were invited to come check out the showcase for the other students who’d been learning for a bit longer. They each played 1 song, backed by a full band. I wasn’t sure how long any of the students had been learning or IF my boys would ever really WANT to take the stage like that. But they said they did and when the time came, they both said yes they wanted to. So they each spent a few months perfecting 1 song to perform.

And last Sunday, they did it. They walked up the stairs, took the stage and faced a full house and they both did AWESOME.  I couldn’t be prouder. Not because I think they’ll be famous rock stars anytime soon, or ever, but because they found something they love and they work hard at getting better at it. And they were brave enough to share it with a crowd of people.  They’re definitely a great example of living their best lives and not letting fear stop them!!

Check out their performances…

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all photos courtesy of Caplan Studios

My #Last90Days Challenge UPDATE #MadeForMore #AWhatIfLife

Soooo, after a full month of the challenge I haven’t done perfectly. But I’m making real habits. I’m feeling better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The things I’ve been doing are working. My anxiety is more under control than it’s been in a couple years. Life isn’t any less stressful, like AT ALL, but I’m still feeling better.  If you haven’t tried doing a daily gratitude list or meditation, I HIGHLY recommend it!

There will be some big changes coming but more on that later. Good things, great things. Things 2 months ago I was letting fear get in the way of.

Freshman Football

They’re record wasn’t great and there were missed games for injuries. But the memories were worth it all…

 

 

 

I took this pic, it’s not a great quality photograph but I couldn’t delete it after he told me that I’d caught him taking a quiet moment to pray before the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my two faves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some awesome pro shots…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of blood, sweat and a couple tears went into EARNING these numbers!

Wilson Phillips w/The Rembrandts

It was truly a year full of concerts so when I had the opportunity to see Wilson Phillips pretty much in my own backyard, I couldn’t pass it up.  And honestly I was blown away by how great of a show the put on. They of course did all their hits but all did a super fun mix of covers etc.  And Carnie Wilson is HYSTERICAL. I totally want to be her BFF!

I, not surprisingly didn’t know much at all from The Rembrandts but the ONE everyone knows…think ‘Friends,’ made it all worth it.

Northwestern Football

I got ‘Large’ tickets for him and a friend (and of course ME) to a Northwestern football game for his (early) birthday present.

Was a gorgeous day. And a great game!

February Scentbird: Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce

In February I got my second Scentbird subscription scent, Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce. I really like this one! It’s light but a little warmer than last month’s.

Here’s Scentbird’s description:

Tropically bright top notes of neroli leaves and papaya blossom blush with sweet sugar over airy, white amaryllis, lilies, and soft narcissus. A soft blanket of cashmeran and musk add a warm, calming glow to the base of this perfume after the soaring runway takeoff of white florals in the heart.

 

Check out what I thought of January’s scent here!

If you’re not familiar with Scentbird here’s how it works:

PICK A SCENT from our extensive assortment of designer perfumes.
JOIN get a monthly supply of the luxury scent of your choice in the sleek Scentbird vial for $14.95 per month.
ENJOY Receive a monthly purse spray with a 30 day supply of the perfume of your choice.

Use my link here to join and we’ll both earn free perfume!

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“They grow up so fast”…”Cherish every moment”…”They’re only little once”

All these are things that parents of young kids can easily tire of hearing. I know as a mom of two just over a year apart, I drew many comments from well intentioned strangers.  Thankfully, only once after becoming a mother for a third time did the urge to punch one of said strangers come to me, just for a moment, while at the pharmacy with two children dancing around my feet while a third cried to be held while I needed all the arms I had to handle what I was doing.  But I quickly reminded myself that this presumably very kind lady had not seen my morning and had no idea how much I’d “cherished” them that day and how little her ‘advice’ was helping me at that exact moment.

Now I don’t presume myself to be a wise old mom, ready to pass down all the answers to parenting, but I am far enough removed from the diapers and carseat, etc to know…they were right…it does go so quick!  I know I make empty-nesters giggle as I share my struggle to accept the growing up of my boys, the first of which will graduate 8th grade this year, but high school feels like such a huge milestone to me.  Being able to look eye to eye with my “baby” leaves me unable to deny that while in fact the days STILL are long, the years have flown by so insanely quickly.

I swear this feels like just yesterday and a thousand years ago all at the same time!

We LOVE the 90s

There’s just something about the music from when you were a teenager that takes you back. So when I saw an ad on Facebook for a show practically in my backyard at a beautiful venue featuring Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc, I HAD to go!!!!
So I rounded up the crew, made up some matching “Ice Ice Baby” t-shirts and we hit the town 90s style!!!

First we hit the bar, where I was so excited to see some themed specialty drinks…
I couldn’t resist having a Funky Cold Medina at a Tone Loc show, but the Ice Ice Baby had to be tried too…

If you’re familiar with any of these acts you’d probably wonder how they’d fill three hours (yes it was slated for a three house show). Of course they each did their big hits, they did some covers and they did some free stylin’. Mostly it was just a party. We sang along and danced the whole time. It was a total blast! SO glad we went!!

And I’m surprised this needs to be said but if you plan to see any of these guys (or similar) know that it won’t be completely kid friendly. We did see some pretty young kids and even some grown ups were slightly shocked by some of the content. That’s just your common sense PSA for the day!

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Drama Queen

I’ve probably been called a drama queen once or twice in my life. But never did I expect to called ‘assistant director,’ but I currently am. I offered to help with the drama club play this year at the middle school because last year it seemed like the teacher advisor didn’t have much help…and apparently I was right. I showed up to the first rehearsal and was declared the assistant director.
We’re running on a super short timeline with just 2 weeks of practice before they put on Death to the Drama Club. They’ve been working hard and I’m impressed with how far they’ve come, especially the lead parts, so quickly. And I’m enjoying getting to know a group of kids I mostly hadn’t met before. Hopefully I’ll have some fun photos to share of a successful show next week!!

Kid President and ConAgra Making Sure #ChildHungerEndsHere ad

This post is brought to you by Child Hunger Ends Here and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

 

If you’ve never watched a Kid President video you really need to check him out. He’s funny andinspirational. And he and ConAgra teamed up this month to help raise awareness for child hunger.

It comes as no surprise that Kid President helped ConAgra meet it’s goal of donating the monetary equivalent of 100,000 meals to Feeding America, thumbtack-bigbut that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get involved and make a difference. To learn ways to fight hunger in your community visit www.childhungerendshere.com and click on the “How You Can Help” tab. The need is HUGE. The need is widespread. Kids from every state in our country face the reality of child hunger. In face, more than ONE in FIVE children may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s over 15 million kids. That is NOT ok.

As a single mom, I’ve had to learn to pinch pennies. Some weeks we have been known to get creative with what is in the cabinets because unexpected expenses make things tighter then planned. And often the boys don’t get to toss everything they’d like into the shopping cart. But regardless of how they can occasionally feel, they’ve never truly gone without. That means they are better off then 20% of the kids in our country. If you can say the same for your family, please take the time today to do something to help those who are not as fortunate.

 

Because after all….

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