Saturday, September 25, 2010

Centennial Park on a Saturday

You know how sometimes you take for granted the things that are right in your own back yard? Well, living in Nashville can be like that. There's more live music here at any time of the day than almost anywhere in the world. There are more historical sites than you could ever possibly take in in a day, weekend, or even a month. So, this week we had made a plan to take the kids and hang out in Centennial Park today. What a great choice it was! There was an art festival and our friend Lauren Gingles met us there with her dog "Scout" who the kids really love.

One of the outstanding things about Centennial Park is the Parthanon. It's one of the treasures of Nashville. The kids really thought it was cool. They each took their scooters and we zoomed along the walking trails and ended up back at the ponds where we fed the geese with bread we brought from home. It was such a perfect day. The weather was gorgeous!

Here are some pics...

The kids with Lauren and Scout

The Parthanon


feeding the geese


The Thomas family

After we left the park we came home and worked more on the house. We cleaned the garage today...if you know us, you know what a chore that was. I got cracked up because a couple of families actually stopped by our house and got out of their cars thinking we were having a garage sale. Bless. We worked our tails off this afternoon. It looks great!

Tonight we had fondue. Cheese and chocolate. MMMMM!! The adults watched "Sweet Home Alabama"...one of our favorites. I don't think any of us will have a hard time sleeping tonight. I hope your weekend is going well. Thanks for stopping by and taking a minute to read!  Blessings to you.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Academy of Country Music Honors

Monday night we went to the Academy of Country Music Honors at the Ryman. It's always so cool being in that historic building. One of our producers, Bert Hensley, produced the red carpet event and all the staging for the awards show. They honored several people that evening including Keith Urban and Mel Tellis.

ACM Honors

Keith Urban

My beautiful wife and I had a great night!

Martina McBride


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Thanks to Bert for the tickets and a great date night with Sheryl! Have a great Thursday, everyone!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Update

Sorry for my lack of blogging. It's been a bit of a jumble lately. Since I updated, we've had a lot going on. Maddie is now serving on the security squad in the mornings at Granbery. She's very proud to have been chosen. (and I am thrilled at having to leave 30 minutes earlier...no seriously, I am. Really.) But isn't she a cutie??

The l'Ete Du Vin Nashville Wine Auction--one of America's oldest and most premier wine auction is one of our clients. Gary and I produced their show . It's always a high society evening filled with great wine and great philanthropy.

Pictured here are Gary Musick, Holly Whaley, and BST. Good friends! Love these guys!

Some of the goods up for auction



Tammy Skeens is one of most awesome production assistants. She is our power point genius!

Mark and Holly Whaley are long time board members for l'Ete Du Vin. Holly and I even ended up working together on the Heart Gala a couple of years. Mark and Holly have become great friends of Sheryl and me.

The Friday before Labor Day all the Gary Musick staff went bowling. crazy people BOWLING!
L-R Jonathan, Melanie, Keith, Bert

Anna Musick and Brandon Scott Thomas...friendly fire. We'll see, smarty Anna, who will emerge the victor!Hmmm....why don;t you ask Anna WHO the victor was???

Jim Sheridan---former creative guy with Jim Henson and the Muppets and other completely cool stuff that he likes to keep mysterious! Jim and Dana are some of the best people we work with.


Anna, Gary, BST, Don, and Jonathan...anyone know who made HIGH score of the DAY? Hmm? Anyone wanna take a gander??????
LABOR DAY!!!!! We had a little family cookout at River Park. It was awesome!!

The explorer in Sam came out that day. He was so cute!

After Labor Day, my buddy Chan's father passed away and I drove to Marshall, TX to be with him and his family. The Channing and Thomas family have walked through a lot together. There's no way to assign value to them in our lives. We just knew that we wanted to be there for them

These are my other girls! Kaitlyn and Shelby are so precious. I love them!

I had to hurry home because I had an important meeting for the Heart Association that I was producing. It was a research reception dinner highlighting and thanking the men and women who give so much to the organization. The event happened at our place. One of the event spaces we manage called "The Berger Building".

There were real human hearts there on display that you could examin and touch with gloves. It was fascinating and amazing to learn some of the new advances.

Human heart, people. A human HEART!




My next little gig was to help Ken Brisbane and Loews Hotels develop and create a festive environment for the ribbon cutting for their new World Headquarters for Loews
Hotels.VIPs cut the ribbon including the CEO of the Loews corporation as well as Nashville's wonderful mayor, Karl Dean
Our ZOE trip to Houston was great. Dustin Gist rocks my world. Love that guy! We got to see a ton of Sheryl's family. Man-it always goes so fast and I wanted to remember to take pictures... but nothing. Sam got cold on the flight. He retreated into his shirt.

I came home to the Gem Cast finishing their run of Colors. They're now starting on Get Down Tonight. They are a great cast and very hard working,

Jasmin looks so great. This is her 3rd contract with us.


The Norwegian Cruise Line GEM Cast
Today was home improvement day for us. cars (and clothes and dishes) washed, rolling the trampoline all the way down the street--saying goodbye to Mr. Trampolini. I pruned my tomato plants, we mulched and painted the mail box.

Not quite sure what to do here......

OOOOOOOOOOhhhh...great idea! I keep saying, "How is this thing really 15 FEET??? Thanks to our neighbor, Ken, this wasn't a complete disaster!


We needed a break by the time we got to the cul-de-sac. We should have just stopped for a block party. I am so sore and tired!

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This video features a few of the Gem Singers and a couple of dancers. I love the song! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and week ahead!

Monday, September 06, 2010

ZOE in Conroe

Come join us this weekend as ZOE travels to the greater Houston area. We'll be at Conroe Church of Christ on Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there!
(thanks to Marc Kondrup for this art work!)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sheryl

I know for a fact that I have the best wife in the world. Look at her. What's not to love? Thing is...beyond being beautiful on the outside, Sheryl is one amazing person on the inside. There are so many qualities that I lack that she makes up for. She is like a puzzle piece that fits perfectly with me. God teaches me through her. He's transformed many areas of my heart through knowing and loving Sheryl.

Sheryl is teaching pre-school this year at Otter Creek School. She gives all day long and then comes home and gives some more. She's funny, sincere, honest, loving, compassionate, and loves her family. (And...have you HEARD her sing? It's been 18 years since I first heard that voice and I've never gotten over it.) The work of a mom is exhausting. Being a wife to someone like me is also tiring at times. :) Every day I realize more and more how blessed I am to have her in my life.

On this holiday where we celebrate those who "labor" I want to raise my glass to Sheryl. Honey, you ROCK! And to mom's everywhere...thank you for all you do!