There are no words (except these).

For my birthday back in January, Ryan got me tickets to what was sure to be the most mind-blowing concert I’d ever experience.

It was. And I’m pretty sure it will always hold that title (these guys being a very close second).

Billy Joel and Elton John were – what else? AMAZING. For decades they’ve been musical icons and I really love that their appeal spans generations. When the twin grand pianos were raised onto the stage, I began to scream. Then when they came out…oh man. It would be embarrassing to describe how I reacted, but it’s probably along the lines of what you’re imagining.

Singing along to great songs I’ve grown up listening to felt just as incredible as I had anticipated. I loved that they played together, then separately, then together again. Elton John didn’t say much between his songs, but he very frequently gave these adorable “Look what I’m doing! Isn’t it cool?!” open-mouthed, jubilant little boy looks. He seemed genuinely ecstatic to be up there. I told Ryan that I want him to always wear a top hat and his flamboyant coat and tails and live in a big magical tree in my backyard. I would have special chimes that I would ring when I wanted him to come out with his piano and entertain me. I would feed him on berries and twigs – not to be mean, but because it’d only be appropriate given the rest of the circumstances.

Yes, that he does. (Photo credit goes to Ryan.)

Billy Joel – wow. I have to admit that I was a little more excited to see him than Elton, and my intuition was right on. I knew how much I loved his music, but I had no idea what a fantastic entertainer he was. He was hilarious, he was real, he was A-MAZING. And he stopped “River of Dreams” (EDIT: I cannot believe I called it “In the Middle of the Night” at first – I promise I knew it was called River of Dreams. I guess this concert really DID blow my mind) mid-song to play “Oklahoma” – then continued where he’d left off with the song. He came out from behind the piano and played the guitar for “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Then for another song (that I don’t remember right now…) it was just him and the mic, which I didn’t expect, but wow – he spun the stand around and threw it up in the air and halfway across the stage for someone else to catch. Nothing that hasn’t been done at a concert before, but I was impressed that he was just as fun to watch without the piano.

(He’s behind the piano in this case.)
Some dude somehow got onstage and proposed to his girlfriend. I’ve always kind of wanted to witness a public proposal, but this was kind of like “…what just happened? Why is he in the front row when the girl to whom he’s proposing is behind the stage in the nosebleeds?” As much as I love proposals, it was by far one of the least exciting moments of the show. Am I starting to paint an accurate picture?

And the jamming – oh, the jamming. I think the piano is the most beautiful instrument out there and when I hear someone who can REALLY play….oh man. It’s just insane. And two of them on the same stage? I’m surprised downtown Tulsa didn’t implode. Of course, they ended with “Piano Man.” We were a little disappointed that there was no encore, but as I told Ryan, you just can’t follow “Piano Man.” When they play that song, you know it’s over.

No “Pressure” and no “For the Longest Time”….sigh. Even so, I was humbled to be there; to be entertained live by two of the greatest musicians of our (and our parents’ – which is SO GREAT!) time. Thanks, Billy and Elton. And THANK YOU RYAN!!!

Saying bye-bye.

Gather ’round, children. It’s story time.

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Sarah saw something furry sticking out from the sheets on the guest bed.


“Hmm, that’s curious,” she speculated. So she daringly pulled back the covers a bit.

“I do wonder what it could be!” Her imagination running wild, she pulled back the covers some more to reveal the mysterious specimen.

“Why, it’s my sweet little kitty cat! Caspian, you silly dear, I’m ever so glad to see you.” So she brought him out to the couch to cuddle.

And Caspian told Sarah a secret.

And Sarah pondered the secret.

From Sun to Snow…..

Ryan and I got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico a little after 7 last night. We had SUCH a wonderful time. The weather was absolutely perfect from arrival to departure. (It’s just too bad we had to come back to 34-DEGREE WEATHER. C’mon, Oklahoma. For real.)

While checking in pre-bright and early last Saturday morning, we made the very upsetting discovery that our DSLR was on top of the piano at home. Devastating for a girl whose livelihood partially depends on being able to take awesome pics of everything. However, I was determined to have a good attitude so I looked at the bright side – at least my iPhone takes pretty good pictures.

Also, Ryan’s dad generously allowed us to use his 5-megapixel point-and-shoot – so that was nice.

Without further ado, some (okay, a LOT of) photos of our trip:

The food and drinks were, of course, amazing.

Teehee! This was a drink that my mother-in-law got. Afterward we did silly things with its face, but I won’t bore you with those pictures.

The resort is BEAUTIFUL!

And there were beautiful flowers EVERYWHERE.

I frolicked in the ocean

and chilled by the pool

and collected seashells

and happened upon an iguana

and took the obligatory “feet on the beach” picture. (Okay, I’m really posting this one to show off my awesome little girls’ section at Target flip-flops. Dig ’em?)

One day, we went fishing (read: my husband and in-laws went fishing and I went trying-not-to-cry-at-watching-fishies-dying). The boat ride was sooooo wonderful.

My father-in-law is silly. Well, at least around me.

And my husband is cute.

Like that transition I did there? Also, this picture is from before we started bothering to turn off the flash – but yes, I really am that white. I am a vampire.

My mother-in-law bought me this dress I eyed from a vendor on the beach. Also, Ariel’s voice is in my necklace.

One day, Ryan and I walked to this pier

and admired the view.

The pools were AMAZING.

Goodbye, Mexico, and thanks for the wonderful vacation!

AHHHHHHHH!

Let’s all take a moment to let the beauty soak in, shall we?

I found out from a friend’s Facebook status early this morning that the new Target by my house is open. I’m pretty sure I screamed, at least internally, and knew that I had to check it out.

I was not disappointed.

When I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed by the smell of brand new carpet. Everything was so clean and very well-stocked.

I had a few things to pick up for vacation (we leave tomorrow!). I also tried on clothes and shoes and squealed over all the home decor (and, let’s face it, baby swimsuits). I hadn’t anticipated this part, but there is a grocery store inside! Not just the food that typical Targets have – there is produce and everything. It’s not Super Target by any means, but definitely exciting.

Best part? There’s a STARBUCKS inside!!! Farewell, driving all the way to 71st and Aspen!

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Guess what I had for dinner?

And they were delicious. (Well, as delicious as frozen waffles can be.)

I really wanted to blog about my trip to Disney World last May, but I can’t find the pictures on my computer!! So this post will be a hodge-podge of pictures that I’ve taken on my phone – which tend to document the awesome randomness of my life the most accurately.:)

I threw a little tea party on Valentine’s Day. It was so cute and we had a great time! Caspian wanted to join, but I told him no.

This is my sister getting a total make-over on her hair! Look how long it was! It’s been like that for YEARS.

I got to make the initial cut for Locks of Love!

All chopped off, and three excited girls in the mirror!

New ‘do! From left to right: myself, Josey (best friend and hair stylist extraordinairé), my smokin’ hot sister Mary, and her best friend Tracey! I’m so glad I got to be there for this. I don’t get to see my family very often anymore so it’s awesome to be there for at least the milestones:)

Hope you enjoyed!

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