American Idol tour

August 31, 2008

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Nate scored some free tickets to the American Idol tour for tonight. I was really excited because although I have been to many concerts most of them have been in smaller venues. The last time I was in a arena for a concert was for DCTalk and the time before that was for the New Kids on the Block so its been a while. 

So here’s the recap. It is pretty much like watching the show. They let each idol sing 3 songs starting with Chekeze who was number 10. They were all pretty good. Micheal Johns was really great. Carly was amazing too. Seysha sang flawlessly. David Archeletta sang well but creeps me out. The real star was David Cook, of course. He was great. He has a great voice but is a rocker. He had so much charisma on stage. And of course the crowd went crazy for him, being the hometown boy and all. He came out wearing a Royals jersey which got everyone going. I look forward to David Cook really making it and not sinking into obscurity. 

I’ll say this, it was good but I’m glad it was free because that makes everything better. (and I don’t think I would have wanted to pay a bunch of money for that). I am so much of a people watcher that I enjoyed watching people respond in this situation (and silently making fun of them). A highlight was that there was a pop tart mascot that stood in an entrance tunnel by where we were seated and danced around as if no one could see him. 

So although I have never voted, the rightful winner was David Cook and I look forward to buying his cd when it comes out.

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Guitar

August 28, 2008

I have always wanted to learn guitar. I have tried and failed many times. I think my hands are just way too small. But I have been told that even children can play the guitar so that can’t be an excuse. or can it? 

Anyway, my biggest regret in life was my major in college. I should have been a music major at CBC but I was so rebellious against the fact that that is what most of the girls did there. So I chose…no silly, not a pastoral degree….. but education. I would have gotten a pastoral degree but…well you don’t want to know my opinion on that. Oh and by the way, teaching is not my gift. I found that out my last semester of my senior year of college when I did my student teaching. I hated it! I should have been music major so that throughout the years I could have had the skills to use my passion for music and worship. And I probably would have learned the guitar too. 

Alas, I didn’t, so on my 32nd year of life I vow to learn the guitar. My gracious teacher will teach me his sweet skillz so that I may not regret any longer. And maybe, just maybe I’ll lead worship one day with a guitar. Wish me luck!


Birthday present

August 27, 2008

I have watched every season of American Idol. Its no secret that I love to sing. I love when people sing. I can truly say that I appreciate the art of singing. I’m not going to lie, there are times when I have wondered what it would be like to try out and make it. But I digress….

My husband got a tip on some free tickets to the American Idol tour that is stopping here in KC. So on Saturday I will see my first (and probably only) American Idol concert live. I’m very excited because this was a good year. Especially with the home town boy winning it all!


Facebook it is.

August 26, 2008

Well I guess I am choosing facebook. Reluctantly. I don’t understand what is so much better about it. I’m sure it will grow on me. In a month our so I am going to close down my myspace because I am a minimalist. So be my friend and if you know the tricks of facebook, fill me in.


What am I doing wrong?

August 24, 2008

I’m sitting here at 10:35 am on a Sunday morning typing this. I should be at church. Every Sunday since the birth of our children I have gone to church by myself with my kids. Its something I have always done because Nate has always been at church at the crack of dawn. Usually it is no big deal. Today was different. 

You see I have a strong willed child. He came into this world with drama and has challenged the very fiber of my being every step of the way. For the most part, I thought he had grown out of it. He has his moments but not like he used to. He wants to do what he wants to do and he will fight for it. Today he chose to have a moment. He didn’t want to go into his kids city class. He just didn’t. I needed him to do this because Nate was speaking and I wanted to hear him. I told him to go in. I tried to force him he just screamed “No” and ran away from me. I wanted to take him away from everyone and try and reason with him  but he wouldn’t go so I had to drag him. Yes, drag him around the corner. Gave him a few swats, threatened to take away his video game and still he caused a scene. Everyone is looking at us. I’m sweating bullets. But with Ethan, when he gets this way, there is nothing that can change it. Nate was about to get on stage and I pulled him out to try and calm Ethan down. They went into the mens bathroom which has some really great acoustics. I think the whole church could hear the discipline. So I had to get Abbey from class and drag Ethan to the car. And after some more discipline he is in his room and I am missing church. 

I tried everything from calmly talking to him, trying to see why he was acting this way, to taking away his favorite thing, to spanking, to time out. Nothing works with Ethan. We are consistent with him. I’ve read all the books and tried all the techniques. When He chooses to act this way, there is no stopping it. For the most part he is the most wonderful child and brings delight to our lives. But on days like this…I wonder what am I doing wrong?  

So I sit here embarrassed at the scene that was caused at church on the day that my husband is speaking. I wonder what people are thinking. I wonder what could I have done to change what happened today. I wonder if our lifestyle is creating some unrest in my child. I wonder if I am doing a good job of training up my children or if I am screwing them up for life. I want to raise emotionally healthy children who love the Lord and enjoy life. 

I guess I’ll have my own church today, put on some worship music, listen to a good podcast and spend some time praying for the Lord to have favor on my children and help me train up these precious lives.


10 days

August 24, 2008

Just got done with working 10 days in a row without a day off. Ugh. I don’t likey. But I am thankful for a job to say the least. 

Last night we had dinner again with Chris and Terri, friends I have known since 5th grade. They are on staff at a church plant in Lee’s Summit. I love history with people. I love memories and talking about old times. Sure you may have changed a bit but I think there is something special about old friends. And I’m excited that we can connect with them and create new memories!


Facebook?

August 22, 2008

Years back I was introduced into Myspace. I loved it. I spent hours eavesdropping on other peoples conversations and reconnecting with old old friends. It was great. I would change my profile and song every week. I would get so excited if I had new comments, new messages and new friend requests all a the same time. It was just great.

Then I learned about blogging. I started reading people’s blogs and writing on my myspace blog. I got hooked. I pretty much stopped going to myspace as much and just read blogs.

Now the big thing is facebook. And everyone has one. It used to just be a college campus thing and now everyone and I mean everyone has one. I like things simple I don’t want to have to check a hundred things. So should I get rid of myspace and get a facebook account?? I’ll still blog. I have been holding out on facebook because of the principle of it. And now I’m feeling like I’m the only one who doesn’t have one. 

So what do you think. Facebook or myspace?