Wednesday, August 24, 2011

They Call Me Mom

These pictures are from a few weeks ago. We live really close to Lake Michigan, yet we hardly ever go there. I'm not sure why. We should. It's beautiful. 

It makes me happy. It makes them happy. 

Their independence seems to be growing by the day. 

They call me Mom now. 

Thank goodness we're having another. I want to be Mommy for just a little while longer.

[The winner of the NEEDTOBREATHE album is Jenny D. I'll be sending you an email shortly].

Friday, August 19, 2011


We're in. It's all in. Thanks to the help of more than a dozen people, everything was moved in 3 hours flat. We are all loving our new place. The yard, the space, the being able to play our music as loud as we want. LOVE it.

We have been blasting NEEDTOBREATHE this week and Sylas sings his heart out reminiscing about our fabulous time in Chicago. 

I am struggling with how to adequately express our gratitude for everything that took place AND how to write about it without it becoming a book. 

Are you ready for a ton of pictures?

We picked up our tickets at Will Call at around 6 p.m. and were delighted to also find 3 meet and greet passes in the envelope. There was a little note from NTB's tour manager telling us to meet at the "West Gate" at 8:25 p.m. I thought it a strange time as the guys were playing from 7:25 to 8 p.m. and then Taylor Swift was starting at 8:30 p.m. We honestly don't know any of Taylor's music, but wouldn't other people be wanting to get back into the arena to see her? 

Come to find out it was a private meet and greet for JUST SYLAS!!!!

I've never seen our son so nervous. He was starstruck and could barely speak. The guys were great though, getting down on his level and setting him at ease. 

All four of the guys were so genuine, asking Sylas questions about music and his favorite instrument. Of course drums. We had been chatting for about 10 minutes when Joe (the drummer) stepped out of the room. He came back with the head of the snare drum and all of the guys had signed it for Sylas. 

After Sy's initial shock wore off, he started chatting a bit more and was asking Bear about the new record and which guitars were played and the name of the album, etc. I was so proud. We spent about 15 minutes with them and I know it's something that is going to stick with Sylas for a long time.

We then headed back into the show and shortly after Seth joined us. After that I think Sylas forgot about Ryan and me. 

Towards the end of the show, Seth took Sylas RIGHT DOWN by the stage. I think every member of Taylor Swift's band waved to Sylas. One of the guitar players even handed him his guitar pick. And right after Taylor's last song, she leaned down and handed Sylas her very own guitar pick. 

Sylas is now a Taylor Swift fan. 

 We didn't get back to our hotel room until midnight and sweet little Sylas just laid in his bed staring at the ceiling for at least 15 minutes. 

It was a magical night. One we will never forget.

This photo didn't really turn out, but I had to share as this is how Sylas looked for most of the evening.

Thank you NEEDTOBREATHE for being so incredible. We look forward to your new album coming out in September. [Check out their site to listen to a couple of their new songs.]

AND we have an extra copy of their album "The Outsiders" to give away. If you'd like, please leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner via sometime on Wednesday, August 24. Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Not Even Nine in the Morning

And here we are. $10.50 at Menards was so worth it.

[Also my first post from my new phone. Fun!]

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I am dying to tell you all about our fabulous trip to Chicago. But I can't right now, because we're moving. 



We found a sweet little house to rent that will suit the needs of our growing family much better than our 2 bedroom apartment. 

So, needless to say things are bit crazy right now. 

But I do need to mention that Seth and all the guys from NEEDTOBREATHE are truly remarkable. I look at the photos that Ryan took and I get so emotional. Here we have this little guy who wears glasses and leg braces and walks with a walker and these four guys treated him with such respect and kindness. 

They gave him dignity in who is. They made him feel remarkable. 

See! I'm not even looking at the pictures, but writing those last few lines has me in tears. 

For now I'll leave you with a couple of photos of Sylas and Seth from our lunch on Tuesday. Amazing concert details to come.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fighter

Last year, Sylas was one lucky kid and got to go on NeedToBreathe's tour bus. Pretty awesome, right?

Well, a little over a month ago, I received an email from Seth Bolt, the bass player for NTB. [He's the guy in the white shirt].

Seth had recently found my blog and said that he immediately remembered Sylas. [Really, who can forget Sylas?] He was so inspired by our story that he started sharing it with family and friends. In particular a friend [Ella Mae Bowen] who is getting started in her music career. Seth has been assisting Ella Mae in writing and said,  "Sylas has remained the inspiration for much of our writing and her [Ella Mae's] vision for the impact she wants to have on the world. Sylas has also earned a new nickname. To Ella Mae Bowen and I, he's "The Fighter"." 

Ella Mae is in the process of starting an organization called "The Fighter's Foundation," whose main purpose will be to help out families who have been hit with major medical bills. I don't know a lot about it yet, but I'm sure I'll be hearing more about it soon. 

Maybe even tomorrow, because, yes....

Yes, we are having lunch with a Mr. Seth Bolt in Chicago and then we're off to see NeedToBreathe and Taylor Swift, tickets compliments of Seth. Sylas is beyond excited to see his "Buddy Seth" and we feel so privileged to have this opportunity.

And lastly, I must not forget to thank "Buddy Seth" and Robyn from the NE Patriots for sending Sylas a great big box of goodies. I think we now have a Patriots fan in our family.

P.S I've been meaning to tell you all the Sy got new glasses. He picked them out himself.  Doesn't he look handsome and grown up? Makes me all weepy.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Small Style Superhero

She likes to pick out her own clothes now. Which may or may not include boots and legwarmers in eighty million degree weather.

She blazes her own trail, making her mark. This girl is ready for anything.

The other day it was a tutu, a tank, an apron and her rain boots. 

She was so delighted with her attire, that she twirled and spun in front of her mirror for a full 15 minutes. She asked if I wanted to spin, but content in my watching, I said, "Not right now, baby."

She replied with the most compassionate tone, "You're too big, mama?"

[Well, I kinda am...31 weeks and counting].

But that's not how I want to live, content in observing, but not participating. 

When does this happen, this getting too big

Linking up with Mama Loves Papa.

On Ivy...

Halter Top (aka Super Hero Cape) - Matilda Jane
Bathing Suit - Target
Legwarmers - Babylegs
Boots - Bearpaw