Life Group Love

Life Group Love

Right before Christmas, I snuck away with my life group ladies for a fun night together. We all LOVE Rolando’s (a Latin food spot downtown) so we had dinner first….(with a waiter who took a GREAT group pic of us!)


And then we went to an iconic house in our area- the Hodo house. They decorate and people line up for miles to drive by. We actually took the church bus so we could all ride together! ha!

The Hodo house is in it’s last year because one of the owner’s passed away, so I’m glad I got to experience it before it’s gone.


Donut Showdown

Donut Showdown

Our small team hosting a Donut Showdown for our entire 70 person team.

We bought 1 dozen glazed donuts from 9 different places in town (should have been 10, but one place doesn’t make glazed donuts).

We cut them into quarters and put them on numbered plates (so it was a blind taste test).


Everyone came and sampled donuts. Most people marked around a plate (sort of like a clock), and took them back to their desks.  Some pieces weren’t worth taking a second bite of (seriously bad!), but a few were standouts.


We had them vote on overall best, overall worst, and best glaze. It as a tight race for best! Only one vote separating the winner and the two runners up.  There was one donut that was most polarizing- it was 3rd place for best AND worst.

And the two worst spots were clear- they got TONS of votes.

Just a fun thing to do at work, and interesting to find the best donuts in town!

Circle Christmas Party

Circle Christmas Party

My sweet group of friends gathered together for a little Christmas gift exchange. We did a “favorite things” swap where we gave each other things we loved.

We started with our favorite snack foods- cheese ball, cranberry salsa, peppermint bark….my friends are good cooks!


Tara has this beautiful Christmas tree candy dish, and she filled it with little individual cheese balls. So festive! She also found these vintage plastic cups, too! (She’s our lover all things classic)


We ate and opened presents in the living room around Rebecca’s “fire.”


And then we made these holiday cocktails.  They were (sorry not sorry) not good.  Too pepperminty.  haha!  But just champagne with a candy cane would have been good (without the peppermint schnapps)


So we dumped them out and made new drinks for dessert. ha!


We sat around talking and laughing for a good while.


And Rebecca cuddled her dogs.  They were so funny.


We gave each other such thoughtful gifts.  Tara made us all homemade seasoning blends and earrings, Rebecca gave us each a beautiful mugs, and I gave microfiber face cleaning cloths.

But Rachel wins. She made us these 4 things bags- mine is PERFECTION.  Jesus and Hanson and Broadway and sequins.  Nailed it.


So so so so so (there aren’t enough “sos” in the world) for these ladies.

Friends are gifts!

Most Recent Hanson Concert Update

Most Recent Hanson Concert Update

I know most of you don’t care at all which Hanson songs I’ve heard live, but I love keeping up with it!

Here are my stats:

1. August 07, 2004 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom- Underneath Tour
2. October 27, 2007 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa- The Walk Tour
3. August 04, 2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall- Shout it Out Tour
4. September 09, 2011 Memphis, TN Delta Fair and Music Fest (no setlist available, but I remembered some songs that I heard and added them to the list)- The Musical Ride Tour
5. May 05, 2013 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom 1st show (MOE)
6. June 08, 2013 St. Louis Uncorked  (no setlist in the database, but I kept my own)- Anthem Tour
7. September 15, 2013 Antone’s Austin, TX- Anthem Tour
8. September 16, 2013 House of Blues Dallas, TX- Anthem Tour
9. May 17, 2014 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
10. May 16, 2015 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
11. May 17, 2015 Tulsa, OK The Hop Jam
12. October 24, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues- Roots & Rock N’ Roll Tour
13. October 25, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues- Roots & Rock N’ Roll Tour
14. May 21, 2016 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater (MOE)
15. May 19, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
16. May 20, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
17. May 18, 2018 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
18. May 19, 2018 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
19. May 16, 2019 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
20. May 17, 2019 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Performing Arts Center – String Theory
21. September 14, 2019 Hutchinson, KS Kansas State Fair
22. December 9, 2019 Dallas, TX House of Blues


Some highlights:

With You in Your Dreams in Austin
Madeline in Memphis
Scream and Be Free in Dallas
Never Been to Spain encore in Austin
Man from Milwaukee at MOE 2014
Thinking of You at MOE 2015
Chain of Fools at House of Blues on the RNR Tour
Yearbook at Hanson Day 2017
Lucy at Hanson Day 2018
Lullabelle at Stoytellers at MOE 2019
Breaktown at String Theory
On and On in Kansas- Tyler sang it with me!
What Christmas Means to Me in Dallas- my FAVORITE Christmas song!
Where’s the Love with mom in Dallas

Here is my list of Hanson songs I’ve heard live according to HansonStage’s database (including a few shows that weren’t including in their databases that I kept myself):

You have heard 457 songs live
You have heard 187 unique songs live

Middle of Nowhere

Thinking of You – 5
MMMBop -11 (they only listed 9, but I know I heard this in
Memphis and St. Louis)
Weird – 3
Speechless – 1
Where’s The Love – 11
Yearbook – 1
Look At You – 3
Lucy – 1
I Will Come to You – 1
Minute Without You -11
Madeline -5 (they only listed four, but I know I heard it in
With You in Your Dreams – 2 (includes Taylor’s solo performance at his lecture at MOE 2015)
Man from Milwaukee – 2
This Time Around
You Never Know – 4
If Only -5
This Time Around -10
Can’t Stop – 1
Wish that I was There- 2
Love Song – 1
Hand in Hand- 2
In The City – 8
A Song To Sing – 2
Love Song- 1
Save Me- 2
Runaway Run – 2
Lonely Again -1

Snowed In
What Christmas Means to Me-1
Little Saint Nick-1
White Christmas-1
Merry Christmas Baby-1
Run Rudolph Run-1

Live From Albertane
Gimme Some Lovin – 1
Shake a Tail Feather- 1
Ever Lonely -1
Money – 1
3 Car Garage
Stories – 3
Strong Enough To Break -5
Dancing In The Wind – 2
Penny and Me – 12
Underneath – 3
Lost Without Each Other – 9
Broken Angel -4
Crazy Beautiful – 5
Hey – 7
Lullabelle – 2
When You’re Gone- 1
Deeper – 3
Get Up and Go – 3
The Walk
Great Divide – 3
Been There Before – 8
Georgia – 1
Watch Over Me – 6
Running Man – 1
Fire on the Mountain – 1
Go – 1
Blue Sky – 1
Tearing it Down – 2
Something Going Round – 3
The Walk – 1
I’ve Been Down – 1
Got a Hold On Me – 1
Great Divide (acapella) – 1
Shout It Out
Waiting for This- 10
Thinking Bout Something – 9
Kiss Me When You Come Home – 2
Carry You There – 1
Give a Little – 5
Make It Out Alive – 2
And I Waited – 7
Musical Ride – 1
Voice in the Chorus – 4
Me Myself and I – 1
Live and Electric
Optimistic – 1
In a little while- 1
Rock N Roll Razorblade – 4 (one wasn’t in their count, but I
know I heard it at a concert before)
Fired Up -7
I’ve Got Soul -8
Get The Girl Back -8
Already Home – 4
Cut Right Through Me – 2
Scream And Be Free – 6
You Can’t Stop Us Now- 3
Juliet- 4
For Your Love- 2
Tragic Symphony- 2
Lost Without You- 2
Get So Low (Condor Sessions)- 1

Finally It’s Christmas
Finally It’s Christmas-1
Wonderful Christmas Time/Come On It’s Christmas-1
Winter Wonderland-1

String Theory
Reaching for the Sky- 1
Joyful Noise-1
Where’s the Love-1
Dream It Do It-1
Chasing Down My Dreams-1
Tragic Symphony-1
Got a Hold on Me  -1
Yearbook  -1
Siren Call-1
Me Myself and I  -1
Reaching for the Sky Part 2 -1
This Time Around-1
Something Going Round  -1
Battle Cry-1
You Can’t Stop Us-1
Broken Angel  -1
What Are We Fighting For-1
No Rest for the Weary  -1
I Was Born-3
Sound of Light  -1
Tonight -1

Against the World
Don’t Ever Change- 1
Better Man-1

Roots of Rock N Roll EP
I want to take you higher- 1
Hold on, I’m Coming- 1
Remember the Time- 1
I believe in a thing called love- 1
Thinking out loud – 1
Members Only EP
On and On – 6
Call Out My Name – 1
Roller Coaster Love – 7
Best of Times – 5
Sound of Light – 5
On the Road- 1
Show Me the Way – 1
What’s Your Name- 1
Panic in the Streets – 1
White Collar Crime – 3
Sunny Day/Cecelia- 1
Down – 2
Never Let Go – 2
Dance Like You Don’t Care – 3
Give Me Your Best Shot- 1
What are We Fighting For- 1
Heartbreaker- 1
Call Me – 1
Need You Now- 1
Grace Unknown – 1
Follow Your Lead – 2
Get Out of My Heart – 2
Up All Night – 1
No Sleep for Banditos – 1
Ooh La La La – 2
Stop Me in My Tracks – 2
No Rest for the Weary – 2
Something Loud – 1
Siren Call – 1
Do You Believe in Love – 1
Man on Top – 2
Joyful Noise – 1
Feeling Alive – 1
Somebody that Wants to Love You – 2
Ghostwriter – 1
Reach out for my Hand – 1
I Don’t Want to Go Home – 2
I Lift You Up – 1
Bittersweet- 1
Working – 1
Gold Miner – 1
Young and Dumb – 1
Bad for Me – 1
Sophia – 1
Being Me – 1
The Ugly Truth – 1
Waiting For This / Watch Over Me / Rock N Roll Razorblade / In The
City medley – 1
Lonely Again -1
Sexy Robot (teaser) – 1
A life without you – 2
Rockin Robin – 1
Its a Long Way To The Top – 1
Hole In My Life – 1
Let Love Rule – 1
Never Been To Spain – 2
Oh Darling -2
Dancing In The Streets – 2
Living on Tulsa Time – 2 (I know I heard one other time)
It’s a long way to the top (If you wanna rock n roll) – 1
Signed, sealed, delivered – 1
Teach Your children – 1
Hole in my life -1
Let love rule- 1
God Only Knows – 1
I want to take you higher- 1
Cecelia- 2
Twist and shout- 1
Whole lotta love- 1
You may be right- 1
Movin’ out -1
Me and Julio Down by the schoolyard- 1
Chain of Fools- 1
A Song for You – 1
I want you back – 1
Stand by Me – 1
Ain’t No Sunshine-1
Sweet Home Oklahoma- 1