Monday, July 30, 2012

Doing Some Catch Up

Well, I am sad to say we are not breathing salt air anymore.

The good news is we are on the road again by tomorrow, driving up North to be at a long time family friend's wedding.  One of those do-laundry-and-repack type of trips. Thank goodness I can watch the Olympics while I fold clothes!!
 We are so excited to go to this wedding. We have been through thick and thin with four other families over the last 20+ years and we are all gathering for this celebration. You say road trip to this group and the people are in their cars faster than you can blink.

On our trip to San Diego, Doug, Brenna and I met up with my sister to see the top ten from American Idol in concert. Oh my gosh. It was so stinking fun!!! Brenna was so worn out by the end of the concert I honestly thought she was going to fall asleep during the last song. 
While we were exiting the arena with a thousand others, we came to the parking lot and the fireworks from Sea World were exploding over our heads. Of course we stopped to watch and in so doing, heard loud bursts of screaming on the other side of the arena. What was up? WELL, come to find out that the singers were coming out and signing autographs.
That sleepy girl? No where to be seen. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree. The next thing you know, we were marching back into the arena to see what was what. Sure enough, there was a big crowd waiting for each of the top ten to come out, along with lots of security and the news crew.
I didn't think we could get a spot close enough for Brenna to see.

I was wrong.

skylar and brenna

We stayed for at least an hour and a half. Brenna found herself a little spot by a ramp, which my sister and I kept guard over the whole time.  Doug would wander up and down the line, keeping us informed of who was coming down the pike.
The news team came to our spot and interviewed the person next to Brenna. Being who she is, when the news caster asked the person who their favorite singer was, Brenna chimed in and gave her opinion as well. I think she ended up on the ten o'clock news. LOVE that kid. I just love her.

deandre and brenna

They just kept coming and coming!!!
Each one stopped at Brenna and gave her a HUGE hug (or two) and posed for a photo. It was incredible. I have never seen so many nice, considerate stage performers.

Hee Jun is Brenna's favorite, right next to Skylar. When he stopped to say hi, she blushed harder than I have ever seen. It was so cute. Hee Jun took the time to ask where Brenna was from, how she liked the show, if she was tired, was the show worth the drive out....Doug later reminded me that Hee Jun had worked with the disabled before American Idol. 
I think Brenna has good taste.

colton and b.

holly-and yes, she is as small as they say. brenna is 4'11 and i'm pretty sure holly is shorter!

elise..brenna's smile just KILLS me!

phillip-um, yeah. my favorite.

By the time Philip Phillips came out, the crowd was pretty intense. Brenna just about got shoved out of her position, but by then, we had made friends with a family smooshed next to us and their daughter helped Brenna get her last hug of the night. 

We hit the bed by 12:30 a.m., and I have to tell you, it was worth every excited grin from my child. 

Okay, gotta go finish packing. I have more news in the world of art to share with you when we return.
See you next week!!


  1. WOW!!!!!!
    How excited is that girl!?!?!?
    Amazing how it all worked and I think it was meant to be.
    Oh her face just says it all.
    What a great week you guys had.
    Have fun on your next adventure.

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. That was an experience, all right! There was Erica saying "Oh, that just made my day" when Brenna hugged her and there was the first, Josh, whose face juuuust melted at the sight of her and of course he hugged her. It's amazing to see the effect Brenna has on people - and it's completely genuine! She's the Real Deal and this auntie loves her to bits!

  3. Oh my goodness~ I have been watching AMERICAN IDOL for a long time. I can't believe that you actually saw them in real life... Wow. Phillip Phillips was a great singer, especially on the last episode.

    Sounds and looks like you had the best time ever!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ciao Bella
    Sensible Sarah
    Your newest follower

  4. What a sweet post...you two are having FUN!! Love all of the smiles! Have fun at that wedding, too!

  5. I just want to cry. Seriously, that must have been like a dream come true to her. I can only think of one singer who could have topped the experience, and we know who HE is...

    What wonderful people they all are! I'm so glad you have the pictures so she has the memories for a lifetime.

  6. I just love all those big smile. How exciting. So happy for you guys..
    Hope you have a safe trip..


  7. OMG how amazing is this post?! I am smiling like a lunatic! i love AI and what a fantastic story this is. I love the photos and your daughter is so completely happy, its incredible how wonderful you were able to get all these shots of her with the performers. I love it!
    :)) Fran T
    PS I like Phillip too;)

  8. amazing. i can't even imagine the excitement. if i eer get to go to a concert, i want to go with brenna. she's the star

  9. How incredibly exciting for all of you, but especially Miss Brenna!!! I'd be grinnin from ear to ear too if I saw all those idols at once. So excited for her & sooooo glad you went back to see what all the excitement was about!!
    Smiles Friend,

  10. SO COOL!!! I am jealous :) We love AI !!

  11. I am such an American Idol fan and love that your daughter got to see those amazing artists. So cool!