Mr. Groban…

I posted about my new love for Peter Hollens’ Christmas music yesterday – but then I felt like I was cheating on my old love of Christmas music which is Josh Groban. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love his voice and just because I’m listening to Peter does not mean I’ve forgotten about Josh! 🙂

In fact, this summer, Steve and I attended the Tim McGraw, Faith Hill concert and while we were there they were advertising for Josh Groban’s new tour. Steve was not interested, but I found a group of girls that was interested and we went a few weeks back. And let me tell you. It. Was. Amazing.

Josh Groban Concert

I know all of his albums by heart and many of his songs have touched me personally for one reason or another. This is the second time I’ve heard him in concert.  And I don’t like to compare the two, but….this time was even better because of these fun ladies I went with and his opening act was Idina Menzel from the original Wicked broadway play and more importantly Elsa in Frozen. Idina and Josh in one room – does it get better than that?? Okay, it does get better because our good seats got even better when he sang a few songs on a little pop-up stage right in front of us!

He could use a haircut, but his voice was on point!

Josh Groban Concert

Josh Groban Concert

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A little Christmas gem…

Here’s a little holiday gem that I came across this year – Peter Hollens, A Hollens Family Christmas.

I first heard his voice when he worked with the Piano Guys a few years back and it’s still one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I was streaming that song recently when his album was recommended by Amazon. (Thank you Amazon for knowing me so well, and recommending plenty of things I love!)

And then the following year, he released Mary did you know which was beautiful.

His voice is smooth and classic and the more I hear his work the more impressed I am. Do yourself a favor and check him out – his Christmas album is on Amazon prime so you can listen to it for free!

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ASU Fans…

When we moved to Wisconsin – we became Packers and Badgers fans and loved feeling vested in a team and loved rooting for them (2011 super bowl ring a bell?!)

When we moved to Arizona we were still Packers and Badgers fans, but we also became sun devils. Buy the kids a couple shirts and take them to some games and they’ll be fans for life! Whether its in the stadium or on TV these kids are fans. We ended up having a decent season, but even if they were terrible – the kids would’ve still loved it. Something about the stadium – the energy of the crowd and loud music to dance to…and kettle corn of course – you can’t lose with kettle corn or even a pocket full of candy.

There was only one game we didn’t take the kids to this year – we took friends instead – and they felt cheated knowing we were there without them! They are sun devils through and through!

 

Cannon tried his hardest to get on the flex cam (I think he figured with the shirt off it would be more obvious that he had muscles!) but he never made it! Maybe next year…

 

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Stand still…

I was listening to a gospel pandora station one Sunday morning as I was getting kids ready for church. As I was bathing a child this song came on the station. I’m not one for mourning the loss of stages but this song spoke to me. In that moment, it made me cherish the thought of bathing a small child. And even more so it made me realize how important it is that I document this time – through photos, videos, personal anecdotes.

This song has popped into my mind multiple times in the last couple weeks as Christmas seems to be arriving at an abnormally fast pace. I love this season and there’s a part of me that just wants it to stay a little bit longer. I want to remember just how excited Briggs was to play the sheep in the live nativity. I want to remember Cannon’s excitement of telling Santa he wants a beanie boo. Or Hallie’s love for doing Christmas puzzles set up in the living room. Or Bennett’s dedication to making sure the Christmas lights are always on. Or Hunter and his friend riding their scooters down to the Christmas house to check out the lights. Or sitting by the tree to read another Christmas book.

Christmas Puzzle

There’s so many happy feelings and I know as they get older the excitement changes. This is what I want to bottle up – the feeling in our home this Christmas season. I would love for time to stand still just a little longer.

Ive been taking pictures for a long, long time
Some are on paper but most are in my mind
Snapshots and memories of the days when you were young
I plan to keep them long after you’ve grown and gone

I remember watching as you took your first step
Seems the clocks been running faster ever since
Every day a little taller, it says so on the wall

The days are passing
And they’re not going to stop
And if I could, I would

Ask time to stand still
So I could hold you a little longer
I’d make the minutes stop
So we would always have today
I won’t let the sun go down
Until you know how I feel
I love you so much
I wish time could stand still

Fingerprints all over the sliding glass door
And I can barely see underneath the toys on the floor
I have wished away the sleepless nights, the noise and the messes made
But my heart reminds me
I’m gonna miss these days
So if I could, I would

Ask time to stand still
So I could hold you a little longer
I’d make the minutes stop
So we would always have today
I won’t let the sun go down
Until you know how I feel
I love you so much
I wish time could stand still

 

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Who wore it best…part 2…

In part two of who wore it best…

I ordered pictures of the kids to update our wall. I excitedly opened the box and the kids were just as excited to see their nearly life-size photos. I had to chuckle when I walked over to the wall to hang up the first photo. And to my surprise Bennett was wearing the same shirt that Hunter was wearing in our pictures a couple years ago. (The only difference was Hunter liked his polo shirts unbuttoned whereas Bennett prefers it buttoned up.)

Our kids are going to look back at their photos and wonder if they only wore hand me downs! We may have family pictures that look relatively similar over the years as the same blue/gray clothing gets passed down from one kid to the next!

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