Thursday, April 8, 2010


Tweenhood-You're past the toy stage and video games rule, so does music and sports. Your sense of humor is so much like mine, we love to laugh together. You have a distinct fashion sense…sweats and tee shirts! You have more freedom…and responsibilities. You’re a planner, like me; you are an artist! I love it when you help me…with the dishwasher or starting my car on cold mornings…those little tasks help me out so much more than you’ll ever know. I love the games you like to play in the car “I’m thinking of a country that starts w/ the letter A” or Slug Bug. I love traveling with you. You make friends so easy…all your teachers say so. I feel so much pride watching you play sports. And when I’m watching you play with little kids. I wonder what you will become…I think you’d make the perfect coach. You’re already drawing plays for your different teams and your basketball team even used Peanut (your offensive play) in a game. You also like to create leagues and tournaments for your made up teams. You design the logos and jerseys and determine what city they play for. You chart out the seasons games and brackets for tournaments. Maybe you’ll work as a league commissioner or sit on the board for a sports organization or work in the marketing dept for a sports team. In a few short months, you'll be in Middle School. You're excited while I'm freakin' out. I know you'll love it there. It's hard to accept how fast you're growing up. You have a good head on your shoulders and I think you'll make good decisions. I pray you use common sense and God gives you wisdom because tough choices are coming. I'm excited to watch you grow up. I hope you enjoy the journey!
Love you, Mom.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Exit Interview

2009 has ended and I wanted to remember some of Jayden's favorites. So I interviewed him and here are his answers:

Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite sports team(s): Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, NY Jets

Favorite athlete: Jerryd Bayless #4 Portland Trail Blazers
Favorite movie: Star Wars

Favorite TV show(s): The Office, iCarly

Favorite cartoon: Spongebob Squarepants

Favorite band: Family Force 5
Favorite song: Get Your Back off the Wall
Photo of FF5 at Creation in July

Favorite food: BBQ ribs

Photo of Jay eating ribs at Knott's Berry Farm in September

Favorite drink: Mt Dew

Photo of Jay drinking Mt Dew during SeaKrest in September

Favorite candy: Lindor truffles

Favorite video game(s):

NBA 2K10, Call of Duty 3

Favorite color: green

Favorite Animal: Yorkie
Photo of Lola taken in July
Best Friends: Carlos, Grant, Parker, Brenden, Matt, Chris, Kris and Kellon

Photo of Jayden and Carlos in June

Photo of Jayden and Kellon in October

Super Bowl Prediction: Eagles beat Chargers

I do not agree. Go Chargers

Photo of Jay and I after his football game in September

Favorite Memory of 2009: Creation

Photo of Jayden, Tamara and Travis at Creation in July
Best Accomplishment in 2009: Making both the Bend High and Summit COBO teams

Goals for 2010: Become the best B-Ball player

Looking forward to in 2010: road trip

Monday, November 9, 2009

Trevor and some other bands

First off let me just say that I'm a terrible blogger. Lots has happened in our lives since July...but I haven't blogged any of it. Maybe I'll do a catch up post later. But for now...

So Friday night was AMAZING! Janet, Trinity, Anesha, Jayden and I went to the "Creation Festival: The Tour" concert. FM Static, Beautiful Republic, Audio Unplugged, Jars of Clay and most importantly...Thousand Foot Krutch. My very favorite band.
Janet and I got there early to save our spots in line. While we were waiting we heard some girls say they saw Trevor (Trevor McNevan is the lead singer of TFK and FM very favorite) get into his tour bus out back. So Janet and I decided to go for a little walk and when we rounded the corner and saw three tour buses I was thinking I wonder which one is his.
From there it was like slow motion.
A door opened. Someone was stepping out. He was wearing all black and had a bleached faux hawk and I told Janet "that's Trevor". And...he walked right over to us. And he was so cool and sweet and adorable. I can't remember what I said but I sure remember what Janet said. She said "this is Carrie and she's your #1 fan". Are you kidding me? You are one of my best friends and that is what you say to him? Ugh. Anyway, he told us to hang out after the show (and of course I am) and I got a picture with him.
While we were waiting for the auditorium to open, we noticed one of the doors open so we all RAN in and got our seats. Third row...pretty good. Then we were told they opened the doors by mistake and we had to leave to let all the VIPs get their seats first. Fine. So we go back out to the lobby and the doors open again and we run, again. This time we got seventh row but right on the center isle. The concert was in a church with pews. I was surprised and bummed cause I wanted to be standing by the stage. Someone also said they weren't going to allow anyone to stand in font of the first pew. Lame. Then we were told we were sitting in VIP reserved seats and by this time the auditorium was filled and if they made us move we would have had to go all the way to the back. Luckily they didn't. And the show started and very slowly people started walking up front to stand thinking they'd get sent back to their seats.
They let us stand but made us sit down between bands. Lame. But soon we learned as soon as the lights went! Anesha had broken her foot a couple weeks ago so she and Jayden stayed back at our seats which worked out perfectly.
FM Static was up first. I was using Jayden's camera for all the bands leading up to TFK cause I didn't want to get caught using a professional camera and then they'd not let me shoot TFK. So I kept it hidden until then. Jay's camera didn't do too bad.

He loves Jesus!
This is a sweet shot.
Then Beautiful Republic performed. They weren't bad but I was getting annoyed cause FM Static only did like 4 songs and I was getting impatient for more Trevor.
Another artist, B. Reith was supposed to perform...swine flu.
Then Audio Unplugged (Mark and Will from Audio Adrenaline) performed. They had to call the band quits a few years ago when Mark lost his voice. His wife left him too. He had a very powerful message about that time in his life. The morning after she left, it was very cold and he got into his old truck not expecting it to start. He was praying when he turned the key and it started but also the song on the radio was an old Audio A song, The Good Life.
"Good Life"
I've watched my dreams all fade away
And blister in the sun
Everything I've ever had is unraveled and undone
I've set upon a worthless stack
Of my ambitious plans
And the people that I've loved the most
Have turned their backs and ran
[CHORUS:]This is the good life
I've lost everything I could ever want
And ever dream of
This is the good life
I found everything I could ever need
Here in Your arms
Loneliness has left me searching
For someone to love
Poverty has changed my view
Of what true riches are
Sorrow's opened up my eyes
To see what real joy is
Pain has been the catalyst
To my heart's happiness
What good would it be
If you had everything
But you wouldn't have
The only thing you need
That song hadn't played on the radio in years.

Finally Thousand Foot Krutch! I took close to 700 pictures at the concert and most of them (like over 650) were of Trevor. But...the more pics you take the better chance you have of getting shots like these...

After the show, Steve Augustine threw his drum sticks out into the crowd. I am very proud to say my friend Janet got one.

I like the dimples.

I think this shot is amazing. I love the way it's composed with the mask in the background. I'd like to say I knew what I was doing when I took it, but it was a total happy accident. Just perfect timing.

I'd like to think he posed just for me here.
Great TFK Shot. Steve and Joel get a little love too.
This one might just be my favorite. Wow!
After TFK we went out in the lobby and Mark and Will were signing autographs.

And this totally made Trinity's night.
Then we got TFK autographs and pictures. When Trevor saw me he was like "Hey, parking lot girl!" Then he said...and I quote "lets hang out again sometime". Yep, I'd like that!
Goofy shot. I think I might have been leaning on him.
The night was absolutley awesome! We all had a blast. Even Anesha enjoyed the "head banging music". Ha! I can't wait for the next concert.
But wait...there's more. Last Friday night, I went with Ray and Violeta to take the high school seniors in the youth group to the Skillet "Alive and Awake" tour. One of the girls, Dresden, really wanted to buy VIP tickets but needed a leader to go with her. So I selflessly volunteered. ;)
I took Jayden's camera because I was afraid they wouldn't let me in with my Canon.
We got in early for a Q&A with Skillet.
John Cooper is pretty cool!
Jen Ledger is a rad drummer.
That's Ben.
Korey Cooper...John's wife.

The first band out was The Letter Black.

Decyfer Down was awesome.

So Jay's camera took some pretty fantastic shots.

Hawk Nelson was next. They're my favorite...after Trevor!

That's Dan.

Live Life Loud

Jason Dunn is so cute...
...even when he's nerdy.

Skillet puts on a phenominal show!

Thank you Salem!

Two great concerts and I'll be looking for more. Also concidering a career change!