Idol Fun...

Tara and I felt like little eighteen year old girls at the American Idols Live concert on Friday...it was so fun! We even had our "Blaker Girl" t-shirts and might have exhibited a few signs of a mini-crush:) Actually, the older woman in back of us really did think we were eighteen--Tara was so pumped! The woman was shocked when we told her we had five boys between the two of us!

Our quick trip was a wonderful diversion from the norm of running households and caring for children. We were able to escape to a world of little responsibilities, if even for 24 hours! *My husband asked me to edit this post to make everything clear--for the record, we were gone 29 hours:)* The concert really was better than either of us expected. For me, it was so exciting to see how these kids have gone from young singers to talented performers in just a matter of months--amazing! I love music...but even more, I love seeing people grow in their gift. I think it is a beautiful thing. Gosh, these guys were good. Really good. Some of the Idols that hadn't caught my eye in a big way on the show really stood out on the tour. I definitely want to go again next year because it makes the whole season feel complete.

I got to thinking about how silly it might seem that two adult women were so excited to go to an American Idol concert. Right after Parker was born, I seriously think I did nothing if it wasn't related to babies and raising children. I was consumed! It really didn't take me long to figure out that I needed to still do things that I like to do. I had become one of those annoying moms--oh no! So now, American Idol is something I get to do for fun after the kids are asleep. I get to check out for a couple hours a week and allow myself to be entertained by some (mostly) talented people. This past season, Tara and I reverted to eighteen year old girls every Tuesday and Wednesday night. I've found that this type of fun is so important for me. We're in the thick of raising children during their formative years--very serious business most of the time. God has entrusted us to bringing up little human beings and this is the most important and challenging job we will ever have. I've found that I am a better mom if I allow myself some time doing things like this...along with other things I enjoy, including writing on this blog. Of course, I also need to be responsible with my time...so I better get offline. It is all about balance!


Carrie said...

Well said! Balance is a tough thing to master. I certainly don't have it figured out yet. Glad you had a fun adventure.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had fun :)


Liz said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I loved the seeing the pictures.

You are so right, it is really important to still do the things that we enjoy. And, balance of course is key..well said. I totally agree with you! Glad you were able to enjoy your time away.

Kati said...

Oh how fun! The pictures are great...thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

It looks like it was such a fun concert! How cool that you got the chance to go!

Wendy said...

So glad you were able to go! Sounds like a lot of fun.

Balance is a hard thing to master...working on that.

Munchkin Land said...

Oh how fun for you! =) I'm so glad you had a great time and were able to get away for some "you" time. Hope to talk to you soon...

Elise said...

I'm so glad you had fun! :)

And I absolutely agree with you - it's very important that you still retain parts of you that indulge in your favorite things - it doesn't make you any less of a good mama! In fact, it may make you even better - more relaxed, more fun, etc.

(Shhh - one of my indulgences after the children are in bed? Dance Dance Revolution on the Playstation! And I'm really good, if I do say so myself.)

Margaret said...

hey girl - I think it is very cool that went to that! I would have if I had the chance! It is fun to do things we used to do before babies!
Take Care

Amanda said...

i have been to two idol concerts! They are so much fun! I WOULD LOVE TO GO SEE BLAKE!!!!!!!!

AndiMae said...

I am so jealous! Not necessarily of the Idol concert- I haven't watched it in years b/c we don't have cable- but just of your fun little weekend alone with a friend! Granted, I am not quite ready to leave Elliot alone yet, but nonetheless, it does sound so fun!

And I also agree that it is so important that you not only keep, but also nourish parts of you that are not mama, but YOU. I think that taking the time to pamper yourself makes you a better mama in the long run!

Love you!

AndiMae said...

P.S. It is so funny and cute that that lady thought you guys were 18! I bet you got a kick out of telling her that you actually are mamas of FIVE kids :)

JenLo said...

I am SO jealous! Sounds like a lot of fun!

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