Saturday, September 21, 2013

Music Rant

I am a lover of music!

Always have been.

I think this comes from my dad.

I have heaps of memories of my dad cleaning

on Saturday mornings to everything from

Shaggy to Phantom to Queen!

To this day I can NOT

repeat CAN NOT 

sweep or mop or put away clothes or drive or cook

without some music blaring!

Music is also the soundtrack of my life.

When I hear a song it can take me back to any memory

a 7th grade sleepover (No Doubt - Spiderwebs, Gangsters' Paradise)

high school stomp (Destiny's Child - Survivor)

dating Jared (Lone Star - Front Porch Looking In)

Bostons first song he knew the words to (No Doubt - Hollaback Girl)!

{p.s. quite a coincidence that two of those were No Doubt songs - surprisingly not that big of a fan}

playing at my Aunt Vinas with cousins (The Proclaimers - 500 Miles)

dance auditions at HNS (Coolio - 1,2,3,4)

making music videos at Jessica Chappels (Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine)

{Which was surprisingly reprised at the Hendrix Household 5 years later ;)}

freshman year of college (Dixie Chicks - Landslide)


Next time you see me...ask me what song reminds me of YOU!

Anyway, you get the idea!

I love music.

I love lyrics.

Right now one of my favorite songs is Katy Perry's, Roar!

My favorite line in the song is

I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

I feel like every week I am trying to stress that to my girls at church.

I want them to know how important they are.

I want them to know who they are so that when life comes charging at them

tossing trials at them left and right that they will be able to endure each trial

with the knowledge that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them!

My other fav song right now is Sara Bareilles' Brave.

Not sure if you have heard  it.

But it is GREAT!

I truly love every lyric in this song.


I get goosebumps towards the end of the song when she says...

"show me how big your brave is!"

We each put on a brave face everyday.

Everyday we have to do hard things!

Things that challenge us.

So, we put on our brave faces and we go out and do them.

We get to choose to embrace our weaknesses BUT not feed them!

The only thing better than this song is the music video!

Find your quirks, the thing that makes you different, and


You know the old saying that goes something like

" you because everybody else is already taken!"

Go on now.......


Monday, September 16, 2013


I think we had been in Melbourne about 5 days when me and Jared had a *convo that went something like this:

Me:  "So, question?"

Jared  "Ya?"

"Not really an easy way to say this, so I am just going to put it out there!"

"Um..ok! You're scaring me a little!"

"If you told your boss your family wanted to move home.  Do you think you would get fired?!"

{without any hesitation he replied}

"Probably. Yes!"

"Ok, good to know!"

All I can say is...I am glad I stuck it out past those five days!!  
It has been one crazy year!
Thats right! 
One year!
(well in two weeks...but whose counting?)
Where has the time gone?

In the last year our Aussie vocab has gotten "heaps" bigger!
Thought I would give you an update on some of our favs!

First things first
Australians  or should I say Aussies
shorten anything they can.
Names, cities, shops, basically any word..
they shorten it!

Conversation = Convo
breakfast = brekkie
afternoon - arvo
12 noon = midday
toilet = loo
tomorrow =tomoz
Sheryl = Shezza
football = footy

My friend, Kerri, recently had a baby.  
Hence, all these new baby lingo.

crib = cot
binki = dummie
stroller = pram
c-section = caesar
whiny kids = winging (my fav)
naughty kid = ferrall (sp?)

Sports in Australia are huge!  Especially Australian Football.
However, do not ask someone who they "root" for.
Because then you might get awkward silence...
Possibly even get cursed at...
Or told to "bugga off!"
Rooting = Sex

Some of my other favorites...
When they don't want to do something...
You get this response...

"I can't be bothered."
"Get stuffed!"

They ad "as" to things.
Probably the one I use the most!

Sweet As
Lame As
Cool As
Weird As

After they sing happy birthday to someone.
One person yells out "hip hip"
and everyone follows with HOORAY!
Repeated 3 times!

I am sure their is more lingo but I can't think of anything else right now.

I am so glad that we decided to make it past those five days.


for the rest of my life I will have to really really think hard on which side of the car is the drivers side

or which side of the road i should be driving on

we missed out on big family events

sundays are kinda sad and lonely

my kids write the letters k and b differently (look it up)

at Bostons baptism we will be missing ALL of his favorite cousins

but mostly I am so glad I stayed EVEN IF for the rest of my life 
I will have an Australian sized hole in my heart when we eventually move home.  
I have made some amazing friends.  
Truly, some of the best people in the world. 
Not to mention the scenery is breathtaking! 

Now, when I hear the word ADVENTURE! 
I don't cringe!
I smile.
A real big smile!
Because that's what we are on...
our very own

One of my Young Womens drew this for me and I LOVE it!

p.s. come visit....we only have a year! Or, should I only have a year! ;)