So if you're up for a review of the last month, read on...
April 3, 2013 - Rattlesnake Lake with da boys!
This lake is just 2 minutes from our house....we packed a picnic and then had a nice walk.
April 21, 2013 - Space Needle Girls Night with my Mom
My mom and I had a much-needed girls night and went to a nice dinner at the Space Needle, where we were able to chat about some things and enjoy time together.
I've been wanting to eat at the Space Needle for a loooooong time, but it's mega expensive. Will was a generous husband and let me splurge on our girls night :)
Yes, that is a bacon bourbon brownie. No it was not as weird as you think.
April 28th - Indie Music Channel Awards, Los Angeles, CA
I went to LA for a weekend for the IMC Awards, as well as some work projects. It was a busy weekend, but worthwhile. I actually won 8 awards at this crazy awards show! Including Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. I was not expecting that.....in fact I was ready to go towards the end of the night when they were getting to the big awards and listing off the huge list of nominees and producers. I thought there is no way I will win, as a classical artist I just can't compete with people in the pop, country, rock genres, etc......so you can imagine my utter shock when I heard them call my name.
My friend, filmmaker Ryan McNeal was my "plus-one" for the evening, and did a fabulous job holding my purse and my awards. He got lots of compliments on the purse, by the way. Haha.
With the founder of IMC at the awards reception the afternoon before the awards...
After I parked my rental car to head to the awards reception, my very nice Michael Kors sandles completey busted right there. I had to go across the street to Rite Aid and buy some flip flops and throw the others out. Here they are. $7 baby. And I dare say, I much preferred wearing these ones anyway. ;)
Spent time with the guys editing my Requiem music video....
Justus, my video producer. Great guy.
Eric, an additional producer on my music video.
Out of order -but view of Seattle on the plane ride home....
Getting a tutorial from Ryan in DaVinci Color Grading...
I was lucky to find some time to visit the LA temple grounds while I was there. Totally the best part of my trip hands down. To get away from "Hollywood", very nice.
Oh, out of order again, but me with "morning-after awards show hair". Lovely. Keepin' it real.
Oh goodness, could these be any more out of order. More from the awards. Here's me doing a mirror check in the bathroom at the Hollywood House of Blues!
Where they ended up. Preston asked me "Mom, what are those?"
I said: "They are trophies for my music."
He said, "No those aren't trophies because they don't have handles." Because, ya know, in Disney Cars the Piston Cup Tropies have handles ;)
While in LA, I had lunch with my friend and fellow composer Jo Blankenburg. He's the composer who wrote the music for the Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and many other big movie trailers. Epic music, very talented and a great guy. Intense conversation with his German accent over Vegan cuisine in LA.
I also had lunch with my friend and fellow composer Christopher Tin. He has two Grammy awards for the Classical Crossover category and we know each other from the Recording Academy/Grammy stuff. Really fun guy - introduced me to Korean BBQ, which was interesting!
Meanwhile....back at home....the boys were having their own set of adventures with Dad in charge.
Let me just interrupt these photos to say, I browsed these on Facebook while I was in LA and was like "Oh that's cool, Will took the boys on a hike"....until I saw THIS picture!....
He took them on a very forbidden hike that he knows he wasn't supposed to take them on. See that ledge?
BIG NO-NO. He was in so much trouble.
Even worse, after I returned home, Preston kept telling me about the hike they went on, and I would say "Did Papa hold your hand?" and he said "No, I just walked around, but don't worry, I wasn't too close to the scary edge".
I about had a heart attack.
Their reward for hiking 5 miles....
This photo tore at my heartstrings too when I saw it while I was in LA....look at that face. He is soooo beyond tired....
All righty! Bored yet? Because there's still more!!!! :)
My welcoming home party at the airport! Soooooo nice!! Preston was so excited to ride the "train"
It's super cute that Will had them all in their PJ's with their hair done all nice to greet me :) I love my men.
I just wanted to spend time with my boys. So we played Sheriff Woody...
Also enjoyed the really nice sunny Seattle weather and played in the water in our front yard...
And then went to the waterfall to get ice cream of course!
And lest we forget the train station?? And cookies too?
Will and I also had a date night to a piano concert of my friend David Nevue...
We also went for a lovely Sunday afternoon picnic after church....it was soooooo nice out. We had sandwiches and looked at waterfalls and went for a short easy hike on a trail. We had so much fun together. I LOVE my family!
We also had some cousin time so that James and Elizabeth could get some painting done on their new house...
I finally replaced our fireplace mantle picture with an updated family photo and new frame.....it's a bit smaller than the last one (that took up the entire wall), so now we have lots of room to eventually add more photos around this one.
Somewhere in there I also had food poisoning and was sick for 36 hours.....blah!
I knew we were gearing up to be out of town again, and so the day before we left I spent some time with the boys at the park, making sure I got lots of hugs/kisses and mommy/son time!
And then we dropped them off at Grandma and Grandpa's house for 5 days while we took off to New Orleans....
May 11 - 2013 - ZMR Awards, New Orleans, LA
Neither Will or I had ever been to NOLA before, and so even though we took a red-eye all night to get there, we first spent some time driving around the French Quarter exploring...
I can't say New Orleans made me feel super safe. It was kind of a dirty little town. There were even some shootings while we were there. I did not feel safe even standing in front of the theater where our awards show was. BUT that is not important.
The important thing is we finally got a NAP after our red-eye flight....
Later that night...
Thanks to my amazing friend Noelle for sending me the idea for the hair style, as I was completely clueless as to what to do with it. Here you can see where I got the idea from...
Ok, so then we went to the awards. Will totally forgot to bring a tie with him on the trip. We even stopped at Walmart to buy him one, but was astonished to find their tie selection had not improved since 1992.
So he went tie-less...but still cute :)
Ok so who are these people.....
This is Marc Enfroy, another amazing musician who I had the pleasure of being a nominee with for "Best Neo-Classical Album of the Year". Marc's music reminds me a lot of Tim Janis's music if you are familiar with him....
Just so you know, this dress was completely modest and that is not really my bra. The dress was lined and it was an "effect" under the lace. Not that you care, but just in case.
This is Damon Buxton, a guitarist. He gave me the absolute sweetest compliment that night. He told me "Your music is like a whole wall of angels hitting me". That made me blush and it was so nice.
This is Will and I in our car after the awards totally ready to go get some food at Denny's at 2am!
Oh this is me with Bill Binkelman who is a music critic. Really nice guy.
Me outside the Joy Theater in downtown New Orleans...
I'm only posting this goofy one so Noelle can see how I did my makeup...I found the most amazing false lashes, by the way, by Revlon.
So after the awards show (I did not win, by the way), we spent the next day driving around and exploring Louisianna. I can't tell you how good it was to get out of that dirty city and see some more beautiful areas.
We ended up going to Oak Alley Plantation, which seriously was the best thing we'd done so far! So pretty, romantic, charming.....
What vacation report would be complete without some selfies?
And here is me on the phone with my boys on Mother's Day...oh how I missed them! It was so sweet to talk to them. My dad told me that in church, they were passing around Mother's Day treats for all the moms. Preston looked very sad and went up to him and said "Can I have one for my mom?". And when we got back home he was so excited to give it to me :) SUCH a sweet kid that Preston. Love him.
After Louisianna, we boarded a flight which took us to Houston and THEN to Tampa. My little brother and his wife and two adorable girls live in Tampa. We hadn't seen them in about 4 years because his wife hates to fly anywhere. So it was really fun seeing them again...here are some photos from our time in Tampa.
My adorable niece, Abby, attacking that sundae!
I was really missing the ocean, so it was really nice to smell the salty sea air again. :)
We spent a lot of time trying to find food. The first day we were there I tried very hard to keep to my healthy ways, but found it almost impossible to find healthy options at most restaurants. I was kind of surprised. Most places had an itty-bitty healthy portion of the menu (which did not look good). Most all of "seafood" seemed to be some cruel trick - where it was fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and even alligator!
It was REALLY nice to get back to Seattle to the land of normal seafood :)
Anyway, we're back at home now.
Here is what our cute boys were up to at G&G's house while we were away....they got so spoiled! They LOVE going to their house.
In other news, I did a radio interview for One Voice from Africa. If you care to listen here is the link:
I also just released my first debut music video. I would love for you to see it -here it is:
Hopeully it won't be another entire month before I blog again. Next on our list is painting the exterior of our house Memorial day weekend. wish us luck!