We had a great weekend out on the road. It's not just business... when time allows, it's so much more. Take a sneak peek.
Thursday evening we drove to Meridian, Ms. We were playing at the Riley Center Theatre. It was soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!!
As you know, Denise is our trainer out on the road... our workout is so necessary because of our lack of self-control at the dinner table. Denise is getting all of our workout toys ready... I remember toys use to be fun to play with - not these! Time for sweatin'!
With our Christmas tour just around the corner, we have to take advantage of every opportunity to prepare and practice our music. Our sweet drummer (who also plays piano) helped Denise and I practice, while Shelley and Michael (our piano player) went to lunch with Michael's family - this was Michael's birthday weekend (lucky duck).
We want to thank Bill and the fine folks at the Riley Center who were so accommodating - nothing but southern hospitality!!! We couldn't get over how wonderful the audience was... we wanted to take their picture AND again show you how beautiful this theater truly is (the spotlights makes it a little blurry).
While POG was in Meridian, Darby (my daughter) was on a field trip (with her 3rd grade class) to the Tenn. State Museum. She and her friend Abby enjoyed learning the history of Tenn.
Saturday we were in Birmingham, Al. for a GOG conference. What a great bunch of girls! A HUGE thanks to all the Moms and Chaperones that brought these young ladies. After the conference we get a chance to meet some of the girls and hear their comments. We just LOVE meeting them!!
After our GOG event it was time to celebrate Michael's official birthday. So on the way back home to Nashville we had his party on the bus. I was in charge of the cheese tray and fruit. We had some of the most unique cheeses ever! Everyone's favorite was the French (I can't spell or pronounce it) cheese with a fig jam spread - DELICIOUS!! Denise made the meatballs and Shelley did a spinach artichoke dip. Shelley also had Dara (a great friend) make Michael's cake - from SCRATCH!
It was a chocolate cake with chocolate mouse between each layer. Can I get an "AMEN"? (My mouth is watering just thinking about it again). Thank you Dara and thank you Michael for letting us celebrate such a wonderful day with such a special person. GOOD TIMES and more pounds packed on before Christmas. ( I told you how important is was for us to work out on the road).
We sang Happy Birthday to Michael, shared some memories of the past, laughed a little, cried a little and ate A LOT!!!
These are the "Days of our Lives" so make each one count with those you love!!!
Now it is time for Darby to come home from school - it is almost time to trick or treat! Stay tuned for those pictures.
Here's another "Blast From The Past" from an Opry trip and other fun behind-the-scenes moments!
Look around! The trees are beautiful and a cool front just blew in. Yay, I can finally wear some fall clothes:)
Here is the tree in my front yard...
Here is a picture of my new boots I just bought. I'm so excited to wear them today for the first time. I got the at our new Nordstom's, Hip Hip Hooray!!!! It finally came to Nashville. We've been waiting for so long.
CHANGE - It can be scary and wonderful all at the same time. I feel like my life is full of changes right now. My 14 year old (Spence) is not a baby anymore. We are about to change into the Christmas season of touring. I love it, but it is sometimes challenging on the family. My 11 year old (Price) is figuring out who he wants to be. Stu and I are finding ways to communicate better than we have in the past. Hopefully God is changing me. I'm working on getting rid of some of the things in my life that I've tried really hard to find security and peace in other than God himself. It's no coincidence that my bible study this fall would be "No other god's" by Kelly Minter.
One thing that never changes is God's love for us!!!! He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. AMEN!
Today we are in Meridian, MS singing in a beautiful theater. I have been a little slow getting around today. The weather is cold and rainy. Makes you just want to curl up and read a book. However, Leigh and I are going to try to make ourselves workout. Shelley is on a fruit and veggie detox so she has no extra energy to give at the moment. Here are some of the torture devices that I've brought along to make our workout more enjoyable. NOT!!!
After we do that, we'll have lunch LOL!! Then hang out, maybe read a book, sound check, a fantastic show, them go to bed. It's a pretty good day.
Tomorrow we are going to be at Girls of Grace Birmingham. If you haven't got your ticket, you can still come. I can't think of a better thing to do on a Saturday if you are a teenage girl! Have a blessed day! Embrace the changes and enjoy the ride:)
Our leaves in Nashville are beginning to turn... the Maple trees always seem to blow me away with the brightest colors!! I recently found out it is because they have the most sugar in their leaves - well YEAH, of course they do... my child seems to be pretty "bright" when she eats her sugar too. Isn't that so interesting?
Speaking of SUGAR - Is your household going all out this year with candy and costumes? It is so hard when Halloween is on a Monday...being on a school night makes it tough. Last year was so incredible. Darby was Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz" and her cousin Leila was visiting from S.C. and she was a "Genie". We had a blast...We went to one of our old subdivisions in Franklin (the houses are closer together) and the girls came back home with a major stash of sugar!!! Good times!!
Another "Harvest" tradition is a trip to downtown Franklin for more candy, games and a Chili cook-off. I had to get this shot with Darby, Leila and the Scarecrow... how cute!
Each year gets better and better - I love living in Franklin!
Whether you are dressing up or handing out candy - I hope you enjoy this "Harvest" weekend with good friends and great fellowship (and maybe a little sugar too). xoxo!!!