May 26, 2012

Birthday Lunch Tradition

A couple years ago, my best friend, Laurie and I started a tradition with our moms where we go to lunch together and just get a chance to hang out for awhile. This time was a bit different than most. We weren't exactly sure what time it was going to work out, because their family had a bunch of running around to do, so we went to Target and killed time. I could spend hours in Target, so it wasn't a problem really. It's a good thing I didn't have money, because I would've been buying so much with all of the Summer stuff being in.
Saw this and thought of Hollie (American Idol)

Anyway, we decided on Jake's Tex Mex! It's a lot of Texas southern type food and is so good. It's a town specialty, so just about everyone who works in the area was there and the line was out the door. We drove around several times in the parking lot looking for a spot but didn't see anything! We ended up parking on a residential street around the corner LOL.  Laurie, her mom and sister had already ordered and paid by the time we got there, so we were a few minutes late of catching up with them. I had the Taco salad, which was delicious, but I was so full by the time I was half way done. It was so much fun being able to be with them! Laurie just got back home from Michigan and already leaves again for Europe to study abroad on Sunday. I didn't realize just how soon it was! They filled us in on all the craziness of their lives with random things coming up in their family, traveling and all that jazz. We told them about our upcoming trips and that was pretty much it, because it doesn't feel like much has changed with us. We said goodbye and told each other that we would Skype while she's away in Europe!

Later that night, I went to practice/a meeting for the worship team at church. It felt weird being back, because I haven't gone in so long. Its either been laziness on my part or its been canceled the times I've been scheduled to sing. It was good seeing everyone again! A few people commented on the week I'd been having with the Idol finale and my friend, Jane, even asked if I had gotten Colton's number. I laughed and said "I wish, but no!" We talked about the direction we want to take the team in and celebrate some of the other things that have already been going on. With having two church campuses, it has definitely changed things a bit...but, it means that God is really blessing our church in so many ways. After the meeting, everyone who is scheduled to sing Sunday stuck around to run through the songs. It was getting frustrating, because I wasn't hearing the parts at all, most of the time. Either its been awhile for practice or I just can't hear even what little bit I could pick up on before. We kept running the choruses to make sure they'd click, but I felt like I was all over the place and singing random harmonies. I really hope it's different Sunday morning and will sound better with the band. It's good to be back into it, though. It was fun! I know they'll help me get it down and if I can't, they're always encouraging in that department as well. They're really supportive and I appreciate it in moments like that. Should be interesting to see how it all comes together!

That's all for now,

May 25, 2012

Your 2012 American Idol Is....

After almost a year of auditions, going through thousands of people in different states and cities, and millions of people voting...Phillip Phillips has been named the new American Idol. I could not be happier for him. I wasn't a huge fan at the beginning; Colton and Hollie were my favorites. Well, after both of them went home and Jessica was the only one left I started pulling for him. I always thought he was extremely talented, but just wasn't quite sure if his music was exactly something I'd listen to.

Tuesday night at the finale, he really blew me away with his single. It was catchy and totally him. It upsets me when people say "Well, he only won because girls think he's cute" or "He got the sympathy votes!" He had eight procedures during Idol and had severe kidney problems throughout the competition, but no one knew anything about it until the very end. He won because he is a true artist. I'm sorry, but people don't vote that much, just because a person is cute. You can't listen to 'cute' on the radio.

Hopefully now that the season is over, Phillip will be able to get some rest and get well before the tour starts up. I'm so excited to see him perform again and really excited to hear his own material. I love that throughout the season, he never changed who he was or tried to persuade votes a certain way. Heck, he could've milked his being sick for all it was worth, but he didn't. He didn't even let on that anything was wrong, people just always thought he wasn't that excitable. The way he pulled through is truly inspiring, and I can't wait to see what he does when he's feeling 100% better.

Also, can we just take a few minutes to recognize that this is now 10/11 seasons that the person I've wanted to win and voted for has won! The only time I was wrong was with Scotty McCreery...I demand a recount ;) HAHA.

That's all for now,
Shelby <3

Summer Playlist

    Here are a bunch of songs that are fun for Summertime or just that I'm really loving/want to make my theme songs for this time of year!

  • Ain't In No Hurry-Zac Brown Band
  • One Way Ticket-Carrie Underwood
  • Rockstar-Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
  • Our Kind Of Love-Lady Antebellum
  • Perfect Day-Lady A
  • Kissed You Goodnight-Gloriana
  • Walking On Sunshine-Aly and AJ
  • On The Ride-Aly and AJ
  • Love Makes The World Go Round-Ashlee Simpson
  • It's Alright, It's Ok-Ashley Tisdale
  • Hip To My Heart-The Band Perry
  • It's My Life-Bon Jovi
  • Livin On A Prayer-Bon Jovi
  • American Saturday Night-Brad Paisley
  • Everybody's Here-Brad Paisley
  • Mud On The Tires-Brad Paisley
  • Water-Brad Paisley
  • Circus-Britney Spears
  • Oops I Did It Again-Britney Spears
  • Lucky-Britney Spears
  • Hold Up My Heart-Brooke White
  • My Maria-Brooks And Dunn
  • Neon Moon-Brooks And Dunn
  • Our Lives-The Calling
  • Blown Away-Carrie Underwood
  • Do You Think About Me-Carrie Underwood
  • Get Out Of This Town-Carrie Underwood
  • Flat On The Floor-Carrie Underwood
  • Good Girl-Carrie Underwood
  • See You Again-Carrie Underwood
  • Some Hearts-Carrie Underwood
  • All I Ever Wanted-Chuck Wicks
  • My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me-Danny Gokey
  • The Last Goodbye-David Cook
  • The Time Of My Life-David Cook
  • There's Somethin Bout Love-David Archuletta
  • Give Your Heart A Break-Demi Lovato
  • Here We Go Again-Demi Lovato
  • Together-Demi Lovato
  • Unbroken-Demi Lovato
  • Flying Machine-Everly
  • If My Heart Had Wings-Faith Hill
  • The Lucky One-Faith Hill
  • Sunshine and Summertime-Faith Hill
  • Club Can't Handle Me-Flo Rida
  • Blue Clear Sky-George Strait
  • Heartland-George Strait
  • Wild At Heart-Gloriana
  • The Way It Goes-Gloriana
  • Let's Get Crazy-Hannah Montana
  • Anywhere But Here-Hilary Duff
  • Wake Up-Hilary Duff
  • Anywhere With You-Jake Owen
  • Keepin It Country-Jake Owen
  • Why Ya Wanna-Jana Kramer
  • Crazy Town-Jason Aldean
  • Wide Open-Jason Aldean
  • Feels Like Sunday-Jesse McCartney
  • We Can Go Anywhere-Jesse McCartney
  • Public Affair-Jessica Simpson
  • Burnin Up-Jonas Brothers
  • Chillin In The Summertime-Jonas Brothers
  • Feelin Alive-Jonas Brothers
  • LA Baby-Jonas Brothers
  • Summer Rain-Jonas Brothers
  • Summer Love-Justin Timberlake
  • Teenage Dream-Katy Perry
  • Part Of Me-Katy Perry
  • Long Hot Summer-Keith Urban
  • You Gonna Fly-Keith Urban
  • I'm In-Keith Urban
  • My Heart Is Open-Keith Urban
  • Alone-Kelly Clarkson
  • Miss Independent-Kelly Clarkson
  • Mr. Know It All-Kelly Clarkson
  • Live Like We're Dying-Kris Allen
  • American Honey-Lady Antebellum
  • Dancing Away With My Heart-Lady Antebellum
  • Friday Night-Lady A
  • Love I've Found In You-Lady A
  • Stars Tonight-Lady A
  • We Owned The Night-Lady A
  • Dirt Road Prayer-Lauren Alaina
  • She's A Wildflower-Lauren Alaina
  • Nothin New Under The Moon-LeAnn Rimes
  • Nothin Bout Love Makes Sense-LeAnn Rimes
  • One Way Ticket-LeAnn Rimes
  • With You-LeAnn Rimes
  • Sweet Serendipity-Lee DeWyze
  • Live It Up-Lee DeWyze
  • It's Gotta Be Love-Lee DeWyze
  • Breakout-Miley Cyrus
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Miley Cyrus
  • Party In The USA-Miley Cyrus
  • Time Of Our Lives-Miley Cyrus
  • Stay-Miley Cyrus
  • What Makes You Beautiful-One Direction
  • All Night To Get There-Rascal Flatts
  • Play-Rascal Flatts
  • Red Camaro-Rascal Flatts
  • She'd Be California-Rascal Flatts
  • Summer Nights-R.F
  • As If-Sara Evans
  • I Keep Looking-Sara Evans
  • Perfect-Sara Evans
  • I Keep Looking-Sara Evans
  • Out Of Summertime-Scotty McCreery
  • Walk In The Country-Scotty McCreery
  • Better Than That-Scotty McCreery
  • Hit The Lights-Selena Gomez
  • Love You Like A Love Song-Selena Gomez
  • We Own The Night-Selena Gomez
  • How Will I Know-Whitney Houston 
  • Hollie Cavanagh and Colton Dixon's performances on Idol
What are some of your favorite songs right now or theme songs for Summer?

American Idol Finale Pictures

I wasn't able to post the pictures in my last post about the American Idol finale, because I had already made it so long, I didn't want it to be too overwhelming! LOL. Here are most of the really good ones from the night! Enjoy! :)

South Carolina

South Carolina

Vila Clothes belt dress
£30 -

Soft leather jacket
$360 -

Hat Attack brim straw hat
$97 -

Festival Attire

Festival Attire

WKSHP oversized shirt
€69 -

Monki high rise shorts
€25 -

Beaded shoes
£45 -

Envelope clutch
$68 -

Wet Seal metal jewelry
$9.50 -

Heart ring
£3 -

Owl ring