Answer: Robbers Cave

So only one person here and one person on Facebook guessed the answer for our riddle.  Both were right.  I don’t think I have written a riddle since grade school.  We had fun putting it together.

Robbers Cave State Park‘s name derives from it being a former hideout for infamous outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr.  DH {Dearest Husband} and I have been wanting to take the kids there for a long time now.  So after spending the week gardening, we packed up a picnic and spent the day at the park.  The caves there are breathtaking!  We had so much fun climbing on all the rocks.  Our Son is working on his Second Class rank advancement for Boy Scouts and needed to go on a 5 mile hike.  The trail sign said, “allow 2 and a half hours for this hike.”  We were thinking it couldn’t be that bad.  Oh. My.  It was the most challenging hike I have ever been on filled with climbing millions of rocks up and down hills.  While our Son ran ahead of us because we “were slowing him down,” our youngest daughter plugged along and only had to stop for a few water breaks.  She said as long as she was able to ride the paddle boats when we were done, she would continue walking.  That’s my girl…goal in mind to keep her motivated.  I enjoyed listening to my oldest daughter keep me updated with the latest in’s and out’s of ‘teendom.’  It took us an hour and a half.  {I was so glad to work off all the calories I ate the night before at Red Lobster!}

This was a wonderful day together!  The State Park was completely FREE except for the paddle boats.  We are looking forward to going back again in the future.

Family, it’s about TIME,

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I’m finally getting around to posting the photos of my in-law’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Party.

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My camera’s battery died not long after The Jonas Brothers (JB) got on stage. So I finally got a hold of K’s camera and chose 100 (yes, there were more than 100 photos taken!) of the best photos for the new slide show. It is posted above this post on my blog.

In the beginning you will see K walking up to JB’s tour bus. We found out from our good friends Amy & Allie (thanks y’all! =) ) that you could write on the tour bus. So with Sharpie in hand we made our way there. Fortunately it was not swamped with fans. I thought that was pretty cool. Unfortunately, I am sure it has probably been written over since then. Oh well, we won’t think about that. 🙂

Of course many of the pictures taken, we zoomed in for closer up shots. But there are a few where we didn’t, so you could see how close we were to the stages. There was one stage in the middle, round & rotating. In addition there were two ‘catwalk’ stages. We were only 9 seats away from this catwalk stage and only 10 rows back from the main circular stage. I am very pleased with how the pictures turned out. K has them hanging on her bedroom wall. (not all million of them, just her favorites, mostly of you know who, Nick of course!)

K had the idea to use the video function of her camera. Not sure if it was ‘legal,’ but considering they wouldn’t let her go up to the stage when we were so stinking close; I think it is Okay. If I can figure it out, I will try to upload it on here.

I am looking forward to the next concert I can take my kids to see. A & J are begging to go to one now. A says she would like to see Hannah Montana. Not sure who J would like to see. I definitely spent way too much time away from a pastime I enjoy immensely. Who says 30 somethings/moms can not go to concerts? I think the last concert I went to before this one was Amy Grant’s when I was pregnant with K! That was 14 years ago!!!! Besides, I should support the bands I enjoy, right!?

Love MUSIC,
Shan

Right Of Passage

Wednesday my first born took her right of passage into ‘teenagedom.’ It is official…she is definitely a teen with all the rights and priveleges that come with it. This includes a crush on her favorite pop star, Nick Jonas. The only thing she wanted more than anything else in the world for her birthday was to go to the Jonas Brother’s Concert.

I grew up attending many concerts. I remember thinking how much fun it would be to take my own children to concerts. To be at a music concert is like no other…there is excitement in the air. I am so grateful that K loves music as much as I do. It is something we have in common and I love sharing it with her. Unfortunately, I think it is becoming “not so cool” to be around mom. I understand. I used to be a teen too. She indulged me, though, considering it was the only way she would go =) At first, after finding our super close tickets on the internet, I didn’t think K was very excited. I felt I was more excited than she was. Finally, Wednesday night, once we pulled up to the Sprint Center and she saw the Jonas Brother’s Bus… she began to shake. Her enthusiasm was pent up and now she was realizing what was really happening.

I won’t bore you with all the gory details. But, we DID have the BEST seats! I don’t think I have ever been as close to a stage at a concert before. It was amazing. K smiled, screamed, danced and did all the fun things that you do at a concert. I looked around and felt so happy…like I was in my element. Here we were enjoying music with thousands of other people who felt the same way we do. Yeah, I know it sounds corny…oh well! K was hoping to be able to make it up to the stage to touch one of their hands. The Nazi body guards did not allow that. That was a total bummer as it would have made her concert more complete to say she touched Nick, Joe or Kevin.

I was very impressed with the amount of songs they played considering this was their 28th concert of their world tour. What was even more impressive was how talented Nick Jonas is. He played every instrument on the stage, sings, & writes the majority of their songs…plus he’s the youngest! On top of this, he talked with the audience about his struggle with diabetes. He seems very grateful to be doing what he’s doing, very down to earth. No wonder K likes him so much. 🙂

It was a memorable night and K’s Dad & I are grateful we could give her such a fun, early birthday gift. These pics are the ones I was able to take before my camera died. I will post more of K’s pics later.

Rock On,
Shan

P.S.: Those of you who are receiving this via e-mail, the pictures are posted on my blog: www.familybringsjoy.blogspot.com