Sunday, September 27, 2015

Taylor Swift

I believe everyone can recall their first concert, mine was supposed to be the Beastie Boys, but they cancelled the show last minute.  So when Bennett asked to go see "Fresh Beat Band" a year ago, I stalled.  They were a band on a TV show, and were incredibly goofy.  I was holding out for something better, and the best became available when Taylor Swift started touring.  She is one of the best pop country singers, and has grown up and evolved into a wonderful singer, performer and role model for our little girls.  She writes wonderful music that is from her heart, and she was coming to Nashville this Fall! 

Shannon and I decided that we would take the girls together, a fun memory for them to share.  So we pulled the girls out of school half day, and drove up to Nashville.  We checked into our hotel room, got ready and the girls decorated posters for the concert.  We listened to her "1989" album, which was what this tour was based on, and just hung out.  We had VIP tickets, which got us in early to eat dinner, have cocktails and listen to the opening acts.
So excited for their big night!
Just us girls
When we got to our seats we found bracelets taped to each seat.  We put them on, but didn't realize the significance until the show started.  Taylor kicked off the show at 9:15PM, and the whole arena was aglow with everyone's computer operated bracelets!  They glowed pink, blue and green and it really was cool to look around and see everyone's wrists matching as we danced for the next two hours.  
Steven Tyler
Moving catwalk
Alison Krause
Thrilled about her new T Swift tshirt
Something special about this tour for Taylor has been her special guests.  Every concert, in every city, she has had a guest performer sing a song with her.  Being in her home of Nashville, we were excited to see who she had lined up.  Lucky us, she had three: Kelsea Ballerini, Steven Tyler and Alison Krause!  Of course the girls didn't recognize her guests, but we did!!

The girls did great for the first hour of her show, but started to fade as 10:30 approached.  They were still awake, just not as enthusiastic.  Thankfully she sang "Shake it Off" at just the right time, and the girls popped up and sang along.  She stopped singing around 11:30, and then had a fireworks show in downtown Nashville following the concert, which we watched while heading back to our hotel.

Love my girl!

It was a fun-filled night, and everyone was pooped when we got home, but what fun we had!  I can't wait to see who Preston decides to see, and I hope I get to take him!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday Preston!

1 Day Old
I can't believe how fast all of our children are growing up and changing.  Their hairstyles are changing, their clothes preferences are changing, their interests are changing....they are becoming individuals!  This month Preston turned 7 years old!

As much as I want all of our children to look like me, have my tendencies/habits and share my interests....Preston is his Daddy!  He looks like his Daddy, he is athletic like his Daddy, and he is analytical like his Daddy.  The only thing I have going for me with Preston, is the fact that he likes to snuggle with me and he is good at manipulating his mommy.  The only other reach is our LOVE for Mexican food, primarily cheese dip!  I blame my cravings for Mexican food during my pregnancies for the reason my boys LOVE Mexican food now!

7 Years Old

I think Preston had a pretty good birthday...he opened presents before school, Steve and I surprised him at school as mystery readers, and then had lunch with him and his class.  We even pulled out the "selfie stick" in the cafeteria, which was a big hit amongst the kids.

7 yrs old at SCE

Mystery Reader for Bday Boy!
Goofy 1st Graders!
The other table of Ms Jones' students

Of course after school, Pres wanted his birthday celebration to continue, so after swim team practice, we let him pick where he wanted to eat.  He chose Tecate!  We had a great dinner, and completed the annual birthday questionnaire.  Just when Pres thought we were wrapping things up, they surprised him with a large sombrero and sang Happy Birthday to him!  He was so startled, yet so happy was awesome!

My lil stud
Love each and every one of our children, and their unique personalities!  Happy Birthday Preston, we love you BIG much!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Don't Turn Around for a Minute!

6 months old - happy baby!
I have always heard from friends that the "babies" in the families are the most adaptable babies, but grow up fast, and ultimately give you the most grief.  So far....Walker is right on the money with those statements! 

Walker was an absolutely wonderful baby!  He slept through the night at 7-8 weeks, was happy and content regardless of not having a rigid nap schedule (which was hard to do with carpools and big kid schedules).  He was a great eater at a young age, bypassing most baby food and going straight to table food.  He never took a pacifier, and easily transferred to sippy cups by age one!  He was a dream, right?!

just under 10 months
Walker was also my earliest walker, at 10 months.  He had no fear and mastered going up and down the stairs in our house by 1.5 years old, and was a professional climber of any and all pieces of furniture!  If he wanted something, he would just push something to a nearby counter and get it.  He also didn't need to whine long for Bennett or Preston to give him what he wanted.  Because of all of this, the writing was on the wall this summer.  I knew that he was going to be more challenging than my other two, so I panicked and enrolled him in an additional mother's day out program so he would go all five mornings of the week.  I felt a little guilty at first, but it didn't last.

In fact, my mental well-being is much healthier now that I have all of my mornings to myself to exercise, clean, run errands and work.  I have found that I can not leave Walker alone for more than a minute before he finds trouble!  His latest was something that occurred in less than 5 minutes.  I left him sitting at the breakfast counter (the big kids had just left for school), so I could go put my hair up and brush my teeth.  I came out to find him drawing circles with a black sharpie on my sofa!!!!!  I went completely crazy, screaming and twirling around in a rage.  During my spinning, I noticed his artwork on 3 other chairs in my living room, in addition to a stool and several areas on the hardwood floors and a glasstop table.  Steve was out of town, but that didn't stop me from calling him in hysterics asking for help.  Minutes later I got several text messages with youtube videos on how to remove the stains from him.  I immediately started cleaning, and wasn't having much luck, so I took pictures and posted them to Facebook, asking for help.  During this whole period (about 45 minutes), Walker didn't move from where I put him during my freak-out episode.  He just stared at me, as if he didn't know me.

Thankfully a dry cleaner was able to successfully remove 90% of the stains (who would've guessed to use a dry cleaner?), but it was that morning that I stopped feeling guilty about putting him in "school" 5 mornings a week.  Walker needs interaction with others all of the time, whether it is playing with friends, running around outside, or being read books.  So I am a complete believer that I made the right decision for this time in his life.  I am hoping he rounds the corner after his 2nd birthday, as I would love the opportunity to spend some time with him one on one, but I need to be able to trust him for longer than a minute.  So until he is interested in TV, or can entertain himself for 20-30 minutes safely.... I guess he will continue his 5 day a week regimen at mother's day out.