2013 Concert Update

So super excited about the show that is just added to my concert list this year… Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z! I’m going with Adam and Eva… it’s going to be so much fun!!!

2013 Concert Calender

January 27: Rock of Ages

January 31: George Strait, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

May 10: Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley with Randy Houser and Joanna Smith

June 2: Les Misérables

July 26: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

August 8: Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line

August 23: Brad Paisley with Chris Young and Lee Brice

September 22: Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch

October 11: Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett

Fairy Godmother

***Update: There was only one person in the world who told me the link to this was broken… thank you BFF Brigitte! 🙂 This post was actually from yesterday.

Today I officially became a godmother. Yup, it was Chloe’s baptism. She was such a good girl… She cried when they dunked her (hey, I would cry too if I was asleep and then suddenly dunked in water!) but was great the rest of the day.

I am beyond excited to be her godmother… It means so much to me that Kati and Nate chose Mike and I. My first piece of advice to her was whispered in her ear as we stood in front of the church: “You should never be naked in front of this many people again.”. I know, it’s the little lessons I look forward to sharing.

No, honestly, I am so excited to be a part of Chloe’s life and can’t wait to help her on her journey as a Catholic and in life. More pictures to come once I get them!

This one is of Chloe right after mass. She was not happy at all to be stuffed in her car seat and I’m sure worried that she was wrinkling her beautiful dress!


Shadow’s Adventure (A Special Saturdays With Shadow)

Today we decided that since a decent storm went through this week we’d give snowshoeing another try. At the last minute I told Mike that I wanted to take Shadow along with us. The only snow that he’s really ever seen is the couple of inches we get once or twice a year. I thought it’d be fun for him to come out and hike around a bit. We had the best time! I’m so proud of him… he hiked along with Mark, Mike, and I like he’s been doing it for years. He did get a little tired at the end, but figured out that if he walked in Mark’s tracks, it was a lot less work.

The weather was beautiful – it actually started snowing on the drive up, stopped for the beginning of the hike and then started again right at the end. We ended up hiking 3.24 miles in a couple of hours (there was some pretty good uphill chunks this week).

Shadow & I In The Snow
Shadow & I In The Snow
Running In The Snow
Running In The Snow

Hiking With Daddy

We are both pooped. It was a great hike and if we had our way both of us would still be napping. I can’t wait to take him on another grand adventure!

Rock of Ages (The Movie)

There has been very little on TV this week, so Mike and I decided to rent Rock of Ages to see how it stood up to the musical.

Rock of Ages (from IMdB)
Rock of Ages (from IMdB)

Director: Adam Shankman

Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, and Tom Cruise

Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Plot Summary: (from IMdB) Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

Rating: SKIP IT! Go see the musical instead!

Where to start, where to start? Tom Cruise is officially creepy. Let me get that out. I hated him in the role of Stacee Jaxx. He didn’t look like a rock god, he looked like an aging old man. Find better roles Mr. Cruise. Let me also say that I hate Julianne Hough’s voice. Stick to dancing, you sound auto-tuned. The one good part of the movie, believe it or not, was Russell Brand as Lonny. Pretty sad when Russell Brand is the shining light of your movie.

You see, this is why I’m not a big fan of musicals being made into movies. In fact, I’m terrified to watch Les MisĂ©rables because I’m pretty sure they’ll destroy that one too. I think the only one I have ever liked the film adaptation of was Chicago, but I haven’t seen the musical, so I might actually end up hating the movie once I do. Definitely skip this one and see the musical instead!

Ratings Explanation:

  • Theater: This means the movie is awesome. Go see this movie in the theater – well worth the $100 you’ll spend for a night out to see it on the big screen!
  • On Demand: Since no one actually rents movies anymore, this category has changed to On Demand. This means it’s a great movie, but it is as good at home as it is in the theater and worth seeing a little sooner.
  • TV: This means the movie is ok. Wait for it to show up on HBO and see it for free.
  • Skip It: Movie sucks, don’t waste your time.

Favorite Song Friday

Today’s song is “Don’t Stop Believin’” by none other than Journey. This one is stuck in my head for a couple of reasons. The first being that we watched “Rock of Ages” (the movie) this week (stay tuned for the movie review). The second is that it’s been brought up (and sung!) a couple times at work. So, it’s stuck in my head. Not a bad one to kick off the weekend!

Happy Friday!

Snow Day!

The weather reports said it was supposed to rain today. I guess technically, it did. In the form of snow. Five inches of it! It was a little unnerving to drive as it’s falling… especially when it gets really heavy. It was down way lower than it normally is (our house is typically right at the snow line, yet I drove for about 20 minutes in it). It was really beautiful too. I spent a few minutes just sitting in my car when I got home watching it fall… it was so peaceful! Then I grabbed my camera, the dog, and headed out to play! Shadow has seen snow one or two other times. He loves to run in it and to eat it. This has to be one of my favorite pictures of him:

Snow Bunny!
Snow Bunny!

I’m still learning to photograph – lighting in the snow is still a little tricky for me. I love how the trees look when they get snow on them – especially the huge oak trees all over our property:

Snow on Oaks
Snow on Oaks


Lemon Pepper Panko Crusted Chicken with Pesto Pasta

Tonight I tried another Pinterest recipe. It was for a lemon pepper panko bread crumb crested chicken with pesto linguine on the side. It was delicious, although I think it needed a lot more lemon pepper than the recipe called for – that’s the one thing I would change. I only got hints of it, when I like a lot of lemony taste.


Lemon Pepper Panko Crusted Chicken
Lemon Pepper Panko Crusted Chicken


2 chicken breasts

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 cup panko bread crumbs

3 Tbsp olive oil

8 oz linguine

1/4 cup pesto


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

For the chicken, set up two wide shallow dishes for the breading process. In one dish, beat egg and add milk, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. In the second dish, add breadcrumbs. Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness approximately 1/2″ thick. Dip each piece in the egg mixture, coating both sides and letting any excess drip off before transferring to the breadcrumbs. Coat both sides, lightly pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken to ensure they are well-coated. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil.  When the oil is hot, add chicken breasts and cook about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Transfer to baking sheet and continue cooking in the oven until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.

For the pasta, heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat.  Generously add salt and add pasta to boiling water.  Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.  Drain and toss with pesto sauce.


Today I went on an adventure with my husband and our friend Mark. Let me start with the fact that these two are crazy when put together – they do things like the Death Ride, climb mountains, etc. Sometimes I tag along and sometimes I can’t hang. Today’s adventure was to go snowshoeing. Mike and Mark have been doing it for years, but I decided to borrow a friends (thanks Kassie!) and give it a try. It was seriously fun. We ended up hiking almost six miles in right around two and a half hours… having a blast the whole time.

Mike & I Snowshoeing
Mike & I Snowshoeing

We haven’t had a very good winter this year, so the snow was not as fresh as we would have liked it, but this really was a blast. And, it was great exercise!

Mike & Mark Hiking
Mike & Mark Hiking

We hiked in a little along a road that runs between our neck of the woods and Placerville (it’s closed in the winter because they don’t clear the snow). We then detoured off into the fresh, untouched snow. It was so beautiful… every now and then we would stop and there was nothing but silence or the wind in the trees. The weather was absolutely beautiful – we almost didn’t need gloves (and at the hardest parts I thought about taking off my top layer). The wind picked up a little at the end, but it wasn’t too bad. It was a beautiful day!

The View From The Top
The View From The Top
Mike & I At The Top
Mike & I At The Top
Mike & Mark At The Top
Mike & Mark At The Top