I won’t grow up…

There has to be a reason, in spite of my dotage, my knees that loudly crunch as I run up and down the stairs of The Big Top, the lines on my face and the gray that Hollie so artfully covers for me, why I seem to know the music and lyrics of practically every popular (and not so mainstream) artists these days. I could say that it is because I LOVE music, almost all music. It’s true. But, truth be told I blame the kids.

I do.

These dang kids!

Then again, I wouldn’t trade the chance to go to the Triple Ho Show with this girl.

Or stand for a few hours in the rain at the back stage door with the hopes of catching a glimpse of someone.

Or someone’s dog, out for a quick walk and pee, accompanied by a member of someone’s entourage.

Cute dog though.

Okay, truth be told, I didn’t get the standing in the rain backstage fan-girl/fan-boy experience but she invited me and introduced me to her friends and fan-girl/fan-boy community.

Then there were moments like this.

And the music.

Charli XCX

Um, me. Tweeting #TripleHoShow.. During the show. Quite a few of my tweets and pictures ended up on the big screen for everyone in the SAP Center to see.

Jessie J

Nick Jonas

Pete Wentz

Demi Lovato

And the latest and greatest, exciting “new” boy band, 5 Seconds of Summer…5SOS to the fans. Except they aren’t necessarily the wholesome, boy band some might think they are. I imagined some parents attending the show with their young 5SOS fans realized that for the first time last night.

Parents, listen to the lyrics…check them out on social media…just saying.

Me, I like the boys from Down Under. I hear their music here under The Big Top a lot. They remind me of a young Green Day band off their ADHD meds. I’m kind of partial to their Mrs. All-American but I also love their covers of the Romantics’ What I Like About You and Green Day’s American Idiot.

Honestly, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a rainy day and evening in December with one of my kids.

Priceless!

Idina Menzel is my Spirit Animal

Or is she really Adele Dazeem? Regardless, she is bad-ass and by far my favorite vocalist EVERTake Me or Leave MeDefying GravityLet It Go…and so much, much more.

And this, this is perfection.

But paired up with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, how could it be anything but?

In case you are wondering, my Travoltified name is “Lara Stewaeert”

light and fluffy

Although Hazel has absolutely no patience while sitting in a very slow drive thru line at our friendly, neighborhood Starbucks with her Mima, she did discover this week that her hot chocolate is even more delicious with one pump raspberry syrup.

Inspired by The Lego Movie, which he has managed to see twice already, Daniel handled the assault to his senses during the dance preview creating this awesomeness with his Legos.

Meanwhile I found myself identifying with Tresa Edmunds here about living with our “magical burdens”.

Yes…blah, blah, blah…and laughing until I cried.

In other news, I sent off my submission to audition for Listen To Your Mother because dear Kizz encouraged me to try again because she thinks I have plenty of stories to tell.

Meanwhile this girl attended her first Stockton Thunder hockey game.

Truth be told, it actually was not her first hockey game. But this time she was not a sleeping, swaddled infant. No, she was right there cheering and yelling and people watching with her family. She probably liked it best because she could yell like crazy.

My daughter, Hollie Austa, is a pretty awesome person. One thing most parents wish and hope for is that their kids are better people than they are/were. Yes, she is a great mother. I’ve already talked about that. Today she just confirmed what I already knew about her (and her sisters and brother). She has a very kind heart. Not everybody would have come alongside someone to offer the kind of patience, kindness and help that she did for someone we know today. But my kid did. Proud of you Hollie!

And lastly, right now this is one of my favorite songs on my running playlists for so many reasons.

I don’t always listen to Gangsta Rap when I run.

because I can’t help but find myself smiling – Disney on Ice presents Rockin Ever After

Overheard conversation:

I know this is supposed to be for the kids but I just can’t help myself. I’m smiling ear to ear and having such a great time!

Me too.

Jodie, Daniel, Hazel and I were so lucky to attend opening night of Disney on Ice presents Rockin Ever After at the Stockton Arena and yes, I agree. On the surface, one expects this to be a show for the kids…for all the little Disney Princesses and Princes, some in costume attending last night…and it was. But this is truly a show for the whole family. An evening of entertainment for anyone who is willing to relax just a little and experience this seeing the joy, the fun and the wonder of it all through child-like eyes.

Even better, was the opportunity as a Feld Ambassador to get down at ice level and get some pretty amazing shots that I want to share with you now proving that I am a better photographer than Donald.

Favorite part of the day? Holding Hazel’s hand as her favorite princess, Rapunzel, danced with Flynn to And At Last I’ve Seen the Light. Of course we sang along because we can and because we sound amazing singing that song together.

Then Merida made her Disney on Ice debut.

Amazing!

Then graceful, beautiful Belle took to the ice…

and with the enchanted characters of the Beast’s castle, invited us all to be their guest.

Hearing my son singing along was definitely another favorite part of the day. He later confided that they are learning that song in music class at school and he really, really, really likes it.

And I found myself smiling even more ear to ear because…my son loving music class and singing and Disney and…

Go see this show this weekend at the Stockton Arena! Go see this show next week at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento! You and your family, go see this show!

Tickets are now on sale for Disney on Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After as the show continues at the Stockton Arena, February 7th through 9th and then on to Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, February 12th through 17th. Tickets available through Ticketmaster Retail Locations, Ticketmaster.com and the Stockton Arena and Sleep Train Arena Box Offices or call 1-800-745-3000.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, All reviews and opinions are indeed my own. Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows.

and?

In the news today, both Olympian Tom Daley and actress Maria Bello both came out…well, sort of…actually both pretty much declared that they were in love, each with someone special who just so happened to be of the same sex as they are.

And all I could think when I read the news of their revelations was “So?”. Because why is this a big deal?…Still? Talking about this with Jodie today, who happens to be a big fan of Tom Daley, I spoke it out loud. Won’t it be great if someday soon, real soon that when someone chooses to publicly declare that they are in love with someone of the same sex or the opposite sex it will be no big deal? Well, except for the fact that they are in love…they have found their soul mate…they are happy. And we will be happy for them. Because, love.

Meanwhile I am thrilled beyond thrilled for something else in the news about someone I have known since his mama and I were happily gestating together. I loved watching the amazing human that is Noah Daniel Wood grow and play and just make life so much more fun along with my Zoë, who happens to be just 3 weeks older than him. The fact that Noah’s music is just plain beautiful is no surprise to me knowing your parents. Congratulations Noah. I expect to hear much more from you.