Burning Up!

Last Saturday we took the kids to see the Jonas Brothers Concert Movie. My oldest had it all worked out before she asked me to go. “Mom, it would be so much cheaper for you to take me to see them at the movie theater than it would be to take me to see them LIVE in concert.” She is right. “Besides, Mom, you know we would never be able to get tickets to their concert anyway.” She is right about that also.
As a parent, I like the Jonas Brothers. They have good, clean, fun, upbeat songs that I like to listen to along with my kids. Shhhh, don’t tell them, but I listen to the CD’s sometimes when they are at school. :) (Yes, kids, I know you read this too!) Anyway, I have to say I was not really looking forward to seeing this movie. I think it is because I didn’t think it would be very good watching them at the movie theater versus seeing them live. I have been to many concerts over the years, being a music connoisseur myself. There is nothing like watching a band play live. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The 3 dimensional quality to the movie made it as if you were really there at the concert. It was filmed in NY city and titled, “Burning Up Tour.”
I got a kick out of looking over at the kids and seeing them sitting so still and quiet. The only song I saw my son (who loves the Jonas Brothers) singing to out loud was “Burning Up.” I never once saw either of my daughters singing along. I could never go to a concert without singing, dancing and clapping…including this one. The only difference was that I didn’t stand up to dance…just wiggled around in my chair. I am sure my kids thought I was so crazy, who knows, they might have been a tad bit embarrassed that their mom was scootin around, singing out loud. One time, my youngest asked me to stop singing. I didn’t care, I was having fun and enjoying the music. It was dark and our family was the only people on our row of seats (that surprised me!). I really don’t think anyone was watching.
I finally can now tell you which Jonas Brother is which. Before the movie, I couldn’t tell you which one was Joe, Kevin or Nick. I would always ask the girls, “Now which one is that?” I’m glad we went and would recommend your family to see it.
Enjoy the pics,
Shan

I never know…

…what will come out of my little girl’s mouth. She has the funniest things to say and I wish I could remember them all.

Tonight, before I tucked her into bed I helped her read her phonics book from school. This is her homework. I could never be a school teacher because I just don’t have the patience. She struggles to read so much and I am afraid she might have dyslexia like her older sister. You have to understand, she will read a sentence…it will take a LONG time to get through the sentence. She sounds out every word and she struggles remembering the sounds for each letter. I get frustrated with her because she will read a word in the first sentence of the paragraph and the very same word will be in the next sentence…and she doesn’t remember it. So tonight I was getting impatient, as usual (I hate to admit), and she blurted out, “Mom, don’t get upset with me, I’m just a CHILD!” with this very serious tone and look on her face. I immediately busted out with laughter and she laughed too. I couldn’t help but be more patient with her after that statement! :)

Just had to share,
Shan

Create

I found this video and it touched me so much. I know if you watch it you will feel the same way. I really can’t summarize or add anything to it, because it is so well done; I don’t want to retract from it. I hope it inspires you as it has me.

With Gratitude,
Shan

"Wish You Were Here"

Even though the video is meant for teenagers, I believe it has a message for everyone. Be “present” with the one you are with. Loved it so much, just had to share…we all need a little reminder of this from time to time. We get so caught up with what’s going on in our lives that we think, “we just don’t have the time.” It’s not true, we make time for things that matter to us. I really believe this. For my own family…I am reminding myself too! :)

Time passes too quickly to let “things” take away precious moments we could have with the people we love.

Happy Wednesday,
Shan

36 Things

In honor of my Sister turning 36 today, I wanted to come up with 36 things I love about her.

36 Things I love about my Sister Carrie.

  1. She’s my Sister!
  2. Her smile.
  3. Her laugh!!!
  4. She has great taste in music. (only one exception so far…ha ha ha, you know which song I’m referring to. :) )
  5. She’s sentimental. If you give Carrie something and you mean something to her, she will keep it and cherish it.
  6. Good friend. She is loyal to her friends and still talks to friends she’s made over the years.
  7. She’s put up with me all these years :) Sorry!
  8. She’s loving.
  9. She cares deeply about people. Sometimes, too much to where she neglects her own feelings, wants or desires.
  10. She is a great Social Worker.
  11. Her funny “faces” she makes.
  12. She’s a great Aunt. The kids think you are so cool and love doing stuff with you. Remember, they used to call you Aunt Giggles.
  13. We both have brown hair.
  14. We both have brown eyes.
  15. She loves her family.
  16. She loves Twilight :) We will forever be able to talk about the Twilight Series!
  17. She loves Grease :) Remember all the times we danced around the room to the Grease Soundtrack!? Carrie also likes Grease 2 and knows all the lyrics. :)
  18. She loves to play games. I will never forget the countless number of times we have played: Uno, pass the ace, Yahtzee or whatever games we would play together. There were times we would laugh so hysterically we couldn’t breathe.
  19. She’s musically talented with the violin.
  20. Her niece says, “She’s fun to be around.” I totally agree!
  21. She is very intelligent.
  22. Straight ‘A’ student.
  23. She knows how to cross stitch.
  24. She loves to put together puzzles…very good at it too!
  25. She loves kids.
  26. She loves the Lord.
  27. She’s a Texan!
  28. She has always looked out for our baby brother, Ricky.
  29. Her brother-in-law says, “I love that she always goes to the family reunions.” I second that!
  30. She’s financially responsible by paying off her car note. That is HUGE!
  31. She always calls me on my birthday…thank you!
  32. Sometimes she comes to visit me, although not enough…whaaaa :)
  33. She listens to me when I want to talk.
  34. She has a great sense of humor.
  35. She makes me laugh.
  36. Last but not least, she’s Carrie…there’s nobody just like you in the world. You are very special.

However far our lives may take us,

some things will never be more than a memory away…

things like laughter, bright moments that never fade,

and the warmth and happiness we’ve shared as sisters.

Happy Birthday, Carrie!

I love you,

Shan

Happy Birthday Sister!

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