Thursday, March 31, 2011

Is This Day Just For Fools?


Happy April Fools' Day! Here's to hoping this day doesn't leave us looking like a fool. ;)Link

This past week has been like all the rest. Same song, different day...or week...or month. LOL Busy, busy, busy. School, Girl Scouts, volunteering, subbing, and then some. We're hoping for a fairly restful weekend and that makes me very happy!



I'm hoping to spend some time reading some of Kristan Higgins' books. You can visit her site HERE. Have any of you ever read any of her books? I'm currently reading All I Ever Wanted and love it! I can't wait to read her other books as well. I sooooooooooooo enjoy paying less to read books on my iPad. And Neeley and I have been visiting our post library quite a bit lately. Not that I ever have time to read in what "spare time" I do have but I do enjoy looking at a good book now and then. :)

Don't forget............Today is the day to show your support and wear blue for Autism Awareness Day. Let's all spread the word!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Scenes From Happy Feet

Neeley and the rest of the kiddos in the RBEMS Elementary Drama Club presented "Scenes From Happy Feet" the other night, and it was PRECIOUS!!!!!







Can't wait to see what show they choose to perform next!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunshine, Say Ye??

We have had some relief from all of the hectic days thank goodness.

Neeley has been able to get caught up on some assignments for Girl Scouts.




And we were also able to spend quite a bit of time last weekend outside enjoying the warmer temps. Soooooo thankful to wake up on Sunday to highs in the low 50's and sunshine!! Woo Hoo!! After church, Neeley loaded up and went just a few blocks over to one of our favorite warm weather hangouts. There is a public park here that has tons of play space, a petting zoo {with some of the ugliest animals mind you}, and beautiful flowers and just really neat things to look at. We love to go there in the afternoons after school for a break before homework. Or sometimes we'll head there on the weekends since it is close by and fairly inexpensive entertainment. You know I can't go there without taking a few pics.....











Aahhhhhhh.............times like these are so good for the soul to help bring you out of the cold weather blues. What's it like where you are??

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Heart And Soul By Maeve Binchy


{DISCLAIMER: I apologize for the pic being so tiny. For some reason, I am having some technical difficulties today. I think it's more user error than anything else. :) }

Have any of you ever read this book? I just finished reading it on my iPad and I'm not so sure about it. I've read several of Maeve Binchy's books before but this one was just plain difficult to get through. So disappointing.

But........now I get to purchase another good read and my want to read list is growing, growing, growing every day thanks so your great recommendations.

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Taylor Swift ~ Speak Now Tour 2011 ~ Oberhausen, Germany ~ March 12, 2011

I had previously made this fantastic video of all of our footage from the Taylor Swift concert. Unfortunately, blogger isn't cooperating with me and I can't get it to load, so you'll have to snippets here and there that we have. So sorry, but enjoy! The show was amazing!!

video

Friday, March 18, 2011

Taylor Swift @ Konig-Pilsner-Arena In Oberhausen, Germany ~ March 12, 2011



We surprised Neeley and her bestie with tickets to see Taylor Swift way up in Oberhausen, Germany, on the 12th. Yes, the exact same day/night as the European Spelling Bee down in Ramstein. Were we crazy? Well...at the time we bought the tickets we didn't know about the Spelling Bee.

So, here's the story.....


We made the trip from the Spelling Bee in Ramstein to this hotel in Oberhausen in record time. We got all checked in and the girls were soooooooooo excited!



We had passed this sign on the way to the hotel and there was much squealing, yelling, and laughing coming from the backseat of the car.



See that itty bitty sign in the background? ;)



We arrived just in time, as the line to get in was getting long. Thankfully a security officer who spoke some English was able to tell us which line was shorter and going the fastest.



Once inside, of course, we had to pick out the shirts, and purchase the programs, bracelets, and some yummies for the show.



Mr. Bowden Brigade provided some glow sticks for the girls to use. And they LOVED them. Wait...I think that was an understatement. ;)



The grown ups had a pretty good time as well.





Look at all those people!



The girls got to move down a few rows since there were several empty seats. So they really felt special at their very first concert!



And then the show started, and that was that! AWESOME!!











Yes, folks, she came this close!! The girls were in awe...







At the end of the show, she handed her guitar pick to a little girl in the audience. Oh, what every girl would {or wouldn't} do to have one of her guitar picks. Amazing!!



We had the best time! I ♥LOVE♥ that Taylor is still a somewhat wholesome girl who hasn't turned to trash. And she is someone that girls like Neeley and her besties can sort of look up to and listen to without us parents having to censor the music.

After the concert, we headed back to the hotel for a good night's sleep. We had no plans for Sunday except to sleep in a bit, get up and eat the wonderful breakfast spread provided by the hotel, and then pack up and head for home. The girls were thrilled with the events of the weekend. It really was a great time! They had to have one final toast to end the weekend.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

European Spelling Bee



Neeley competed in the European Spelling Bee last Saturday. Despite the word roughewn bringing her down, we had a GREAT time!

We stayed at the cutest lil German hotel.....



Once we got checked in and unpacked, we settled in for dinner at J R Rocker's. We thought it might be a fun place for Neeley and her bestie to play while we waited for our food.



Can we eat now?



Yep, that's one slab of brownie, y'all...



Waiting in line to register for the Spelling Bee the following morning.



Waiting on the pronouncer to arrive.....



Can you tell it was a wee bit early in the A.M.??



Waiting, waiting, waiting for the bee to begin.......so glad to have her bestie there to cheer her on.



Listening to the rules and meeting the judges.



Neeley's first word was ramen. Yep, ramen. No.words!!



#32, your next word is roughewn. And this is how the story goes.....
Neeley:"r-u-f-h-u-n-e, rufhune" Judge: "I'm sorry, that is incorrect."

So we skeedaddled on out of there and made our way to Oberhausen for the Taylor Swift concert. Now that, my friends, is a whole 'nother post!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011