Chris, Ann, Mom, and I headed to Tinley Park on Saturday evening for a Jimmy Buffett concert. We had lawn seats and were pretty excited to be at the concert.
During the course of the month leading up to the concert, I learned that it was one of my mom's dreams to go to a Buffett concert with her kids. Yay for dreams realized! And look how empty it was behind us when we first got our seats on the lawn.
This picture is horrible of me, but I was laughing too hard for Ann to take any other picture. She had pulled out her phone and was joking about holding it up, and I said, "Watch this!" and pulled my flip phone out. Haha!
"Chew a little Juicy Fruit...It's good for the soul." Mom thought of everything!
Waiting for the concert to begin.
A beautiful sunset while we waited.
Just me and my mom. And things are filling in behind us.
My brother thought he was going to take a nap before the show.
And it begins!!!! I promise that is Jimmy Buffett way down there! :)
He had really cool backdrops for each song.
There were two guys in front of us that had these light up fins on their heads. Chris and Ann said it made it easier to find us when they went for a bathroom break during the show.
See, there he is on the big screen.
Cheeseburger in Paradise! "I like mine with lettuce and tomato..."
"Fins to the left...Fins to the right...and you're the only bait in town"
With a really cool shark background. They just swam around like it was a great big tank.
This is a non-zoomed picture from our seats on the lawn.
Those who know me well, know that me and the sun do not get along. I don't really tan, even if I do get an appropriate amount of sun. I more just get a reddish tint. Nothing golden for this body. But rarely do I get an appropriate amount of sun. So, sunscreen it is. Saturday I went to John's t-ball game from 12-2. I almost went without any sunscreen, but as I watched Ann lather John and Michael, I decided I should probably do something. I didn't feel like trying to find any adult sunscreen, so I just used this stick that Ann has for the boys. It literally looks like you're applying deodorant to yourself. Apparently, I wasn't very methodical. Saturday evening, this is what I discovered on my right hand/arm:
And my left arm:
The left arm is my favorite. One whole strip that I missed. It's like when you miss a portion of your leg shaving, except with sunscreen!
The redness definitely made me realize that it was a good thing that I wore sunscreen, because otherwise both my arms would be that red!
It reminded me of the time when I was 12 and I had a bathing suit that scooped in the back and I had my brother apply sunscreen. He only applied it to the edge of the swimsuit instead of going slightly under the suit. At the end of that day I had a burn line around the edge of my suit that looked like Africa.
And this is why I prefer to be indoors all summer long.
Tonight I went to the local carnival with the family. I told Ann my t-shirt should have read "I'm just here for the funnel cake." Last year, the first ride Ann and John wanted to ride was the teacups. I thought, "Hey, this is a kid ride. No problem." After the teacups, Mom had to take me home and it took me 4 days to recover. When we were leaving this year, I told John, "No matter what I say, DO NOT let me ride the teacups." So, when he was in line, I jokingly asked if I could ride with him and he said, "Sure." :) It was fun to follow the kids around and watch their faces as they rode. Michael loved all the rides he was able to go on. And I loved my funnel cake. Actually, I was a little depressed watching everyone else ride because I miss being able to ride. But I refuse to chance the sick feeling I get just watching the rides. The one thrill seeking thing I like to do, and my body won't let me do it anymore. Sometimes it kind of stinks to get old.
Today I had my eleven year old client. We went to the library (his favorite place because he LOVES to read--insert heavy sarcasm here). I gave him his treatment plan to read while I went to the restroom. You would have thought I asked him to rob a bank. "NO ONE EVER reads in summer!!!" Then when i came back from the restroom, I reviewed the treatment plan with him and asked him to sign it. "I have to WHAT?!" I don't think he actually said it, but he was definitely thinking, "NO ONE EVER writes during the summer!" Then I wanted to do a thought web with him about trust. When I told him about it, he said, "I HATE thought webs." And he definitely told me he ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT write when he is not in school. No problem, dramatic little kid, I can write for you, but you have to give me the thoughts. "I have to THINK. I don't know how to do that in the summer!"
No drama or hysterics for this kid. Actually, it wasn't that bad. He's a pretty easy-going kid and I enjoy working with him. And I eventually got him to do what I wanted him to do. :)
And then as we were leaving the library, he said, "There are so many books in here." "Ummm...it's a library." "But NO ONE reads anymore!"
Today is Emily's birthday. She gets the great honor of being able to usher in the roommate summer birthdays. And I'm so glad that she gets to celebrate first!
I made her a "Happy Birthday" sign for the front door because she would be the first to leave in the morning and I knew I would not be able to see her until this evening to wish her a Happy Birthday!
Don't mind the artwork. I made this pretty late last night because I had to wait for her to go to bed so she wouldn't see it before today.
And now I just have to wait until she gets home so I can give her present to her. I'd tell you what it is but she gets to find out first!
I am so glad that God put Emily and I on the same path for the last 8 years. I couldn't ask for a better friend and roommate. Emily spurs me on with her go-to attitude and her optimism. I constantly try to sway her over to my laziness and realist/pessimist nature, simply because of the guilt I feel when she doesn't succumb! Her love for others is another thing that I wish I could bottle and drink for myself. Thanks for being awesome, Emily! Happy Birthday!
Let's see. I am in my thirties and single. I love spending time with my family, friends, reading, playing games, and spectating (but not playing) sports. I was born in Illinois, raised in Georgia, and went to graduate school in Texas. I now live back in Illinois. I work at an agency doing in-home therapy with kids and their families. I attend Bethany Baptist Church and work with AWANA, volunteer in the nursery, and am active in the Career class. My favorite drink is Dr. Pepper (I even like Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies). Winter is my favorite time of year and in the winter I love to curl up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.