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Shelley Says...

Well, we are finally doing it. Starting our blog. It has long been in deliberation and a state of construction, but we finally have our site at a place that I would consider "blog friendly."  For those of you (all 22) who read my "25 Days of Christmas Blog", this will be much the same. Exciting, ground-breaking news from the ever evolving and ultra fascinating lives of POG. This will be a place where we will daily (well, maybe not on weekends ALL the time) keep you updated on all things personal and professional. We have waited and waited for the internet, twitter, facebook and like to just GO AWAY. We just don't get it. We are 40 something years old and technologically challenged. This is coming from a girl whose daughter asked me just tonight if I knew how to download a Selena Gomez song, (she really already knew the answer) and I said "absolutely not."  It would have to wait until her father got home from golfing. I would say he is the opposite of me when it comes to all things computer...(He is president of the Steve Jobs fan club by the way...)

So, here we go with the first POG BLOG...I hope you're sitting down.

We had a great weekend...but before I get to that...can I name drop for one sec....

We sang the national anthem LAST weekend at the Charity Celebrity Softball Tournament for CMA Musicfest Week.

Our kids got to meet this guy....

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery...such a sweet and humble guy. GOOD FOR HIM is what I say!!!!!! I hope he becomes hugely famous... mostly because he couldn't have been nicer to our kids.

Leigh and I also met Lauren...


I didn't have the heart to tell her she had something on her face.


This weekend.

David and I went to a great showcase Friday night for a new artist named Dara Maclean. She has new song on the radio called "Suitcases". You are going to LOVE her. Make sure you check her out. A seriously great voice but even better heart.

Saturday we got to sing at the Grand Ole Opry. We always love doing this. We sang "Love and Laundry" and of course, "King of the World"  in honor of Father's Day.

Sunday was of course Father's Day. Caroline had this idea that she wanted to do a "scavenger hunt" of sorts for her dad. So we had all sorts of little gifts like pictures, cards, balloons, and cupcakes in different locations, all leading up to the "BIG GIFT".

That is, if you consider the movie Tron in 3D a big gift...

I must mention the favorite cupcakes in Nashville come from a store called Iveycake. And you all KNOW I am total cake snob to the maximum. The gal who owns it (Ivey) is the sweetest thing you will ever meet, and the CUTEST. Pretty sure she's never tasted one of her cupcakes though, if you know what I'm sayin'. Her husband, Mark, used to play bass for us a long time he plays for Carrie Underwood. He really moved up in the sho!

Aaaaaaanway, if you ever come to Nashville, you MUST go visit her and try one of each flavor she offers. My favorite is called the "I Do"...white on white loves!

Father's Day night dinner was all at David's request....steak on the grill, twice baked potatoes from the Pioneer Women's Cookbook, this really good salad called "Crunchy Romaine Toss" sans broccoli-his request, and green bean bundles. We ate with our neighbors...I'm sure you'll hear more about them in the future....but I did want to give Kirsten a big kudos for her green bean bundle contribution. She did very well, especially considering she would rather shove an ice pick in her eye than cook anything....

After dinner, Caroline and neighbor Sarah performed their third installment of their Sunday Night Summer Shows. This is an actual series they have created, and they are very serious about it.

Tonights show was a tribute to Selena Gomez. I'm down with that. I can think of worse role models for sure.

The show was very dance oriented tonight. Sometimes it's singing, or playing instruments...always a surprise. Good memories.

Here they are in their matching show costumes about to make their big reveal...

The little guy in the blue shirt is Ben, Sarah's brother. He usually participates too, but since tonight was a Selena Gomez tribute, he decided to sit this one out. Too hard on his manhood. (Notice the S and G on the porch columns...I told you they were serious.

And yes. That is a TV on our porch...37 inches...husband obsessed with TVs. And Steve Jobs.

So that was our I write the girls are all freshly showered from their dance show and watching a "Good Luck Charlie"...and all is right with the world...

love you guys,

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My Mother's Day

Hello everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful restful weekend, and that all of you moms had a nice Mother's Day! I have such a wonderful mother myself, and two great mom-in-laws, too! I was actually really on it this year. I got their cards and gifts in the mail on WEDNESDAY! I was so impressed with myself. We left on Saturday to travel to Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, and yesterday we sang in all three of their morning services before flying back to Nashville. So, I didn't actually get to spend much of Mother's Day with my babies (David, Caroline and Bella!) but my birthday was last weekend, so I pretty much already felt spoiled and that I had had enough gifts for awhile!!

Caroline made me THE CUTEST things for Mother's Day at school. She knew I would be gone, so she was so excited to give them to me on Friday after school. She told me she couldn't even let the dog out to potty first, because I HAD to open her gift...

This is the envelope she decorated with my gift in it before I opened it. She informed me those were "heart balloons".

I made her stop and take a picture...can't you tell by the look on her face she was so ready for me to open it??!

The first thing she made me was this little wall hanging that said "I Love You To Pieces". It was decorated with some puzzle pieces with adjectives that she thought described me.

I'm not really sure about any of those descriptions,on a consistent basis anyway, but I'm glad that's how she sees me. However most days I strive to be almost all of them. However, "Pretty" is not one of them...the only time I strive for that is when I'm going onstage...and that's just being honest...hahahahaha!

My very favorite thing she made me is this little book that she wrote and illustrated that had all these facts about was the cutest. I totally started crying on the first page, because it was so sweet, and because she was beaming while I read it. I actually brought it with me to San Diego so I could show the girls. Leigh got a great laugh out of it, because kids are just honest. And it is hilarious....

Here is one of the pages of the book...

She loves the way I MAKE POPPYSEED CHICKEN!! How sweet is that?? I LOVED how she drew the steam rising and those black poppyseeds. SO awesome! We actually just started reading the Chronicles of Narnia together at night about a month ago. She checked out "The Magician's Nephew" on her own at school, and we both really loved it. We are almost done with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." She got the movie from her grandma for Easter, so we are trying to finish the book before we watch it. It has really been a bonding time for us that I didn't expect. Obviously she is not getting the greater metaphor yet, and I can't say that I am fully, but CS Lewis was one of a kind. A genius. I find myself as I'm reading to her trying to arrange all of the characters to their counterparts in the gospel. It gets me side-tracked sometimes, so I will have to ask her what is going on in the real story! HA!

I just wanted to share a little piece of my Mom's Day with you....hope you all are well and will come see us on the road really soon.

Love, Shelley