Britney Spears Concert?

Okay, so it is totally on my 40×40 list – going to a Britney Spears concert. Which, honestly at the time, I wasn’t sure if she would ever tour again. She is coming to Indianapolis but it conflicted with my schedule. There was even a Groupon for the concert.

The stars were so aligned but it wasn’t meant to be.

Maybe, next year?

Disney World Trip 2010: Lost Kids, Trapped on Rides, and Just Complete Fun!


Of all people, my dad was the one who got us this deal to go to Disney World. My kids have NEVER been and I had been feeling guilty because my oldest child was almost 11 and never had experienced the magic of Disney.  My parents took me to Disney World when I was 10 and I visited Disney Land twice as a teenager.

We stayed off campus at a nice resort. It would be nice to go back and actually stay at a Disney resort for convenience.

We spent day one at the Animal Kingdom, which was cool but very packed. The highlight of the day was seeing Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth. She actually touched our stroller as they were going into the back entrance of a ride while we were shopping in a gift shop. They look exactly like they do on tv! ūüôā

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{Wordless Wednesday} Top of the Volcano to You

My mom and I at the top of a volcano in Guatemala. We did pay for a mule to get up the mountain!

We are quite crazy adventurous!

40 x 40 Updated List

I can cross a few more things off my 40 x 40 list. I’m slowly creeping towards 40 and how many have I accomplished? More than I’ve posted about that is for sure! I will updating this list.

As, I look back on the list, I’m curious as to what I was thinking on some of the items! (Go to ¬†Britney Spears concerts, WHAT?)

Laser Tag

I’m so lame with my personal blog. This has been in my “saved” drafts since October 2009. This is not a spot for up to the date information!

Laser tag was not originally on my 40×40 list. However, I’m adding it in. It is something everyone should on their “list” of things they want to do.

It was my oldest son, Peyton, ninth birthday over the past weekend. I really don’t know what I was thinking but we let him invite 4 friends to go play laser tag in lieu of a “traditional” family party. Since my little brother’s birthday is just the next week, we combined groups and he invited 3 friends too.


For those of you just joining in, my little brother is 21 years younger than me. I have a daughter that is older than her “uncle.” Peyton and Braden are exactly 51 weeks apart and routinely share a birthday party for convenience. They are more like brothers or cousins than uncle/nephew.

Our vehicle consisted of Bryan, Peyton + 4 friends, Sofia, and me. Uh, yeah, I heard my lifetime quota of  balls and stinky farts in that 45 minute drive. Apparently, my son is very normal because all of his peers talk about the same two topics.

Because I had Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupons, (imagine that, right?)  and only nine eligible kids to play Laser Tag, we had a spot each game for an adult to play. Bryan reluctantly took the duty first round. I knew he would love it, though. He was the sniper and you could see him hopping around as much as the kids.


Same with dad/grandpa.¬† He was overheard from the observation deck hollering, “So this is where all the weenies are!” They pretended like they didn’t really want to play but the little kid came out in all of us.

Finally, it was my turn. Somehow I ended up on a team with all adults and the NINE boys in our group were on the opposite team. Needless to say, once one of them hit me, they surrounded me and wouldn’t go away!

I will say it was one of the best nights in a long time. I should have played more than one game but it was hot, I’m aging, and hopelessly out of shape. It is a fun way to get your adrendaline up and spend quality time with the kids. Somehow Laser Tag did not end up on my 40×40 list but it should have been.

Oh, and the little boys had fun too! (wink)

Eli was almost old enough to play but it was probably better he didn’t. I don’t think it would have been a safety issue for him but here’s the scene that played out in my head. Eli gets shot in laser tag. He can’t shoot anyone else for those 10 seconds so he gets upset. Ridiculously upset, which is the only way he works upset. Threatens to throw his gun out at the kid who got him and then gets us all kicked out.

Or maybe he would have been perfectly fine and oblivious to the fact that he got shot.  He will have to wait until he is six to find out!

Sofia played some arcade games and kept turning in her points for candy. Candy is her number one priority in life so she had a great night.

Of course, any kind of event involving my little brother, Braden,  is not complete until he throws up, which he did right before we were headed into eat pizza!


I’ve never made any kind of official list about things I’d like to accomplish/do in life. I hear myself often say, I would love to do that or it is on my “list” without really having a list.

So, after reading Just Heather’s 40×40 list, I’ve been inspired to write my own official list. Since I’m going to be 30 forever, I should have plenty of time to complete this list.

  1. {Completed} Visit New York City.
  2. Go on a girl’s only weekend.
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon.
  4. Plant more trees.
  5. {Completed} Take my kids to Disney World and see their eyes light up with the magic.
  6. Go to a Britney Spears concert.
  7. Take the kids to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum again.
  8. Organize my photos digitally and real photos.
  9. Take a road trip with the family.
  10. Meet Peyton and/or Eli Manning.
  11. {Completed} Travel with a purpose like I did in 2008. (Preferably to Columbia or Africa.)
  12. Visit Texas.
  13. Take a tour of the White House.
  14. Go blonde.
  15. Renovate my kitchen into my dream kitchen.
  16. Take the family to the Wilderness Lodge in Wisconsin Dells again.
  17. Go to the Superbowl.
  18. Be a work at home mom with a flexible schedule.
  19. Take my kids to the Indianapolis Zoo again.
  20. Take my kids to Christmas at the Zoo again.
  21. Get to a healthy weight.
  22. Run a 5K.
  23. {Completed} Get my upper lip hair lasered.
  24. Try golf for at least 18 holes.
  25. Take and pass the CPA exam. (Even though I have no intention of being a CPA!)
  26. Teach a coupon class to share my couponing skills with others.
  27. Visit Maine.
  28. See the Statue of Liberty.
  29. Visit a live taping of the Oprah show.
  30. Go camping.
  31. Visit Machu Picchu.
  32. {Completed} Hike to the top of volcano. (Okay, so I rode a horse half way up, does that count?)
  33. Learn to speak Spanish conversationally.
  34. Ride a camel in the desert.
  35. Make my own jam.
  36. Ski in Colorado or Utah.
  37. Ride my bike on the Monon Trail.
  38. Write a sitcom script. (I already have a great cast of characters.)
  39. Vacation in Hawaii.
  40. Visit a Hot Air Ballon Festival.

Extra Credit (Basically, things that I should have thought of to put on the list but missed somehow!):

  1. Laser Tag
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