Monday, November 14, 2011

Tulsa Weekend

Ashley and I had the best weekend a few weekends ago that I'm just now getting around to blogging about.  We had tickets to see REBA!!! "The" Reba! 
Ashley came home on Thursday afternoon and we headed out Friday to go to Tulsa.  The concert was Friday night at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. 
Ashley had researched hotels for us to stay in after the concert.  She found the Doubletree Hotel which was just about two blocks from the BOK Center.  I thought she picked this for the sake of convenience.  I was wrong.  She secretly knew that they had these:
And this is a perfectly good reason to me!
It came time to go to the concert so we headed out for the short walk.
We were SO excited to know that REBA was in there!! 
We only waited a few minutes before the doors were open and we were in the same house as REBA!!  We were giddy with excitement!  We found our seats which were great!  Floor seats!  We could hardly wait for it to start.
Finally the first act came out.
Eden's Edge!  They are a new group and were very good!  I especially liked that they ended their set with a beautiful  acappella hymn 
Next was Steel Magnolia.  I didn't know anything about this group but Ashley caught me up on them.
She was very good and wore a very cute flower in her hair.  She performed solo for a few songs.  Her partner is having some personal issues and was unable to be there that night.
James Otto(I didn't know who he was either) came out to finish the set with her.  Lots of good music!
Ok...the next act I DID know who they are, or at least a few of their songs anyway.
The Band Perry!  They were so good and sang some fun songs!
Their hit song "If I Die Young" was one of my favorites of theirs.
And then..........we PATIENTLY waited...not really...but we did wait...for the set to be changed over to REBA'S set!
 And then.........Here she is!!

The queen of country music!! Ashley and I were so overcome with emotion! 

She was AMAZING!
She sang all of her famous hits...some old and some new.
She was making eye contact with Ashley for this pic!
She sang her hit "Does He Love You" with Kimberly Perry from the Band Perry.
Reba was giving her the stink eye!  If looks could kill...
Yep...that's the stink eye!  "Gurlllllll, don't you be messing around with MY man!"
She sang her hit "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" and dedicated it to her father, who is in a facility recovering from a recent stroke.  A slide show of old family photos played above her head.  Oh. My. Goodness!  I was fighting the tears and a few did escape down my cheeks...very touching song.
At random moments, Ashley and I would turn to each other and say, "That's REBA"!  All night long!
Of course she ended the show with "Fancy".
We had such a great evening!  
We walked back to the hotel and were too keyed up to go to bed so we drank a Dr. Pepper and ate leftover Halloween midnight!  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playing Catch Up!

Several weeks have gone by so I'm behind on my posting.  We have had a lot of stuff going on it seems.
The kids have both made several trips home lately...WHICH I LOVE!! I can never get enough of these two!

The first weekend they were here, Colby went to the deer lease with my brothers to check things out there and get set up for deer hunting.  Ashley and I had a concert to go to....KELLIE PICKLER!

Here we are at the concert venue waiting for it to start.  We were having fun before it ever began....lots of interesting people"observe".

The Jane Dear Girls were the opening act.  They were pretty cute and did a good show.

Finally it was Kellie's turn!  She is just the cutest little thing!  And I mean LITTLE.  We have been a fan of hers since her American Idol days.  She is really funny and interacted a lot with the crowd.

I just knew I would have to leave the auditorium while she sang "I Wonder" but I made it through it.  This song is the one where she's wondering what her mother, who abandoned her as a child, thinks about her now and if she's proud of her.  TEAR JERKER for sure.  We had a great time and I'm so glad Ashley likes for me to be her concert buddy!

Colby left to go back on Sunday but Ashley was staying for the week for the birth of Sweet P.

We were all so excited for this baby to get here! 

I got some baby loving that evening and she is just a little doll!
Colby came back home the next weekend also.  He and Allan were going to the WORLD SERIES!!  
They were so excited and I was so excited for them!  I'm so glad they both got to share this experience with each other.

While the guys were at the World Series, Ashley and I were at our church Halloween party.  OH MY GOODNESS...what fun we had!  I'll have another post strictly about the party later.  We are a big 'fan', if you want to call it that, of "Toddlers & Tiaras" on TLC so that is who we dressed as.  I was the crazy pageant mom and Ashley was Miss Circus City Ultimate Grand Supreme...toooooo funny!

Ashley is coming home again this weekend because we have a date with...........

We are so excited!  I know we will have a great time!
We are also celebrating my mom's birthday this weekend!  Happy Birthday, Mom!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Fun!

Happy Friday to all!
I'm so excited for the weekend because these two are coming home!
They haven't been here together since August when they came for mine and Allan's birthday so I'm sure we'll have a fun time all being together.
This just really cracks me up!  Sandy laid like this, staring into her empty food bowl for several minutes yesterday.  I'm sure she was thinking, "If I stare at it long enough, the food will eventually appear." 
This is our newest kitty that doesn't have a name yet.  I was really not wanting another cat and hoped she would keep moving on down the road, but it appears she has adopted us.  She is a sweetie though.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

After a week or more off from blogging, I'm back today!  This is what I'm loving this week.
I'm LOVING that Monday was the dedication of playground equipment in honor of my sweet friend, Cindy, that passed away a little over a year ago from an aggressive brain cancer.   Cindy was a pre-school teacher for many years and enriched the lives of so many children in our town.
This fun piece of playground equipment was bought from donations and t-shirt sales honoring Cindy. 
Cindy's husband, father, daughters and grandchildren were on hand for the dedication.  It was a wonderful time to once again remember Cindy and her love for children.

I'm LOVING that we're still plugging right along on building our house.  I'm learning how to stain!
I'm LOVING that I can be goofy with my friend, Tammy!  Tammy is precious and we always have a good time but it usually ends up with silliness going on!
I'm LOVING that Ashley is coming home this weekend and will be here for a few days!
I'm LOVING that Ashley and I are going to see Kelly Pickler in concert on Saturday night.  I think it will be a really fun time until she sings that song about her mother that makes me cry every time!  I may have to make a bathroom run when that song comes up.
I hope everyone has a great Wednesday and rest of the week.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Teen Celebrity Crushes

Like most teenage girls, I was 'in love' with celebrities back during my pre-teen and teen years.  I could hardly wait for each issue of Tiger Beat to come out to see which of my heartthrobs were on the cover.

There was Greg Brady/aka Barry Williams. 
What girl didn't love him?  I am the oldest child in my family, with two younger brothers.  I ALWAYS wished that somehow I would get an older brother like Greg.  He just seemed so perfect!
I just knew that one day if I was ever in an accident that this handsome rescuer would be there to save me.
Johnny Gage/aka Randolph Mantooth, from the tv show "Emergency" was so good looking and always there to save the day when some tragic accident occurred.  I'm thankful that I never really needed him, but I just knew he WOULD be there if necessary.
Leif Garrett  was another crush of mine.
I had posters of him on my walls and some of his albums.  I think his hair was coveted by all the young girls.  Maybe even Farrah Fawcett got her sense of style from him.  Poor Leif has not been so lucky in his adult life with all of the run-ins with the law and such.
What happened to those golden locks of hair and that fresh faced appearance?  So sad.
These next two guys were my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES of all time!
David Cassidy was so gorgeous!
I was a faithful watcher of The Partridge Family and I have all of their albums along with all of his solo albums.  I had posters on my wall that I said goodnight to each night.  I felt like "I Think I Love You" was being sung to me every time I heard it.
Sadly, David has had some encounters with law enforcement also.
His mug  shot is not quite as scary as Leif's.  He is probably kind of smiling thinking it's the paparazzi taking his picture instead of a law enforcement official.  Anyway, I did love him years ago!
Donny was my main guy!  I was going to marry him I thought.  I just loved everything about him...his music, his face, his hair, his smile and his purple socks.  I even went through a stage of wearing purple socks all of the time. I knew all the words to every song and never, never tired of listening to them.
When he and Marie had their variety show for a couple of years, I was a faithful watcher of it.  There was no such thing of vcrs and recording like that, so I had my little audio tape recorder and would sit close to the tv and record each of their shows and replay them over and over and over!  I was such a great fan! I was fortunate to get to go to an Osmond concert when I was in high school!  I loved every minute of it and still can't believe I actually saw them live!

I was THRILLED when Donny decided to be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars!
I rarely vote on these reality tv shows but I HAD to support Donny!  He really took the competition so seriously and gave it his best.
And then he and Kym won!  I was so happy for them! 
Through the years Donny has been one of the few that grew up being a child entertainer that has really not had any bad publicity about him.  He has a wonderful wife and kids and it seems that family is still first and most important in his life.  I will be a fan forever!

Then there is this guy...
"Whatcha talking 'bout Willis?" haha  He was not a crush at all, but he was really cute back then!