The Teenage Twins Birthday Trip

Before I divulge the location of the birthday trip for the darling twin daughters, can I just say that I’m less than inspired that only TWO of you commented on Flexible Friday (thanks Kerri & Wendy) about whether you have a ME day or ME hour and what you do with your ME time?!

Ladies, seriously. No one schedules time for themselves and will share how they do it?

Or are you all so busy with your ME time that you’re unable to click the “Comment” link at the bottom of the post and comment? Come on, we’re suppose to be inspiring each other here!

Okay, I’ll stop ranting about that and move right into a rave!

I’m taking the girls to Nashville for the CMA Country Music Festival.

Stop laughing.

For many, country music has become more mainstream with artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, etc., who have all had crossover hits in recent years.

True Confessions

For me, I’ve loved country since I was in grade school. I have Charley Pride albums. I saw Kenny Rogers in high school at the State Fair.

I have the Statler Brothers autographed 8 x 10 picture.

Ahem, your laughing is getting louder. I can hear it in Georgia.

It’s not the only music I love. I really love all kinds of music. I can’t imagine life without music. As I noted in the “About Sherra” page, I had an iPod before iPods were cool.

I was a teen in the late 70’s and early 80’s and also went to Summer Jam concerts and heard REO Speedwagon, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Head East, The Baby’s and even went on .38 Special’s tour bus.

See how well-rounded I am?

But Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, T.G. Shepherd were all concerts I loved too.

I can still hear the Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson, Roy Clark and Johnny Cash albums that my parents played.

Yes, we did watch Hee Haw at my house in the Midwest.

Should I not admit that? Sorry family.

It is a requirement to like country music if you live with me. PhilBillPaul tolerates it. The Grunter not so much.

“Poor Phil” (as my family likes to refer to him) has sat through Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and some others I’m sure I’m forgetting.

All three of my girls love it. Maybe it is more of a chick thing?

I had always heard about this big Nashville event called Fan Fair and wanted to go. Some years ago, they changed the name to the CMA Music Festival and moved it to downtown Nashville.

My friend Ann
shared with me that when Dan returned from Iraq that she wanted to do more things for herself (oh, that sounds like a ME day or even better, a ME trip and she might need a friend to go with her!).

One of those things on her list was to go to more music concerts because she loves music so much. She had just recently gotten more into country music and wanted to go to a live concert or two.

Don’t give me an idea if you don’t really mean it. I told her I knew of a concert that might be beyond her idea of a *little* live concert. It’s actually a four day event and anyone she could think of would be there.

We’ve been for the past two years and were going to go again this year. Alas, that darn husband surprised her with a trip to England.
(Nice job Dan 🙂 )

I got over it and then mentioned to my girls that maybe we could go if they wanted to chip in and it would be their birthday present.

We’re leaving today and if you even remotely like country music – it is an event like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. You can check out the details and all the artists who will be performing at

It’s an amazing event and this is fair warning that you will have to endure pictures that I will post next week when we return!

On Flexible Friday, I’m already thinking I’ll post some of my favorite country songs.

Yee Haw!

Admit it, you want to know what’s on my iPod.

If you stop laughing, I might just tell you…


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    Ann says:

    I know you’ll have a GREAT time–even without me!! It was a hard decision for me…CMA music fest or England. I’m so lucky to have a BFF AND a husband willing to be my travel agent! Dan won out this year but I’m sure I’ll be going to Nashville with you, Sherra, again next year. 🙂 It is an amazing experience for those who love country music. I’ll miss my ‘boyfriends’ singing right to ME and I’ll REALLY miss Greg and asking him for yeatht infecthion medithine!! ROFLOL! If you all run into Mark, tell him I said “Hey!” Do the girls have their skirts, boots, and hats ready?? Happy Birthday trip Wizzy and Roger Leroy! XO

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    Tammy says:

    For me, listening to country music torture in the biggest way. That said, I hope you and the twins have an amazing experience and enjoy every banjo-picking minute. Be safe! Have fun! And be red (neck that is…)!!!

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    Sherra says:

    Tammy » Then you’re not listening to the RIGHT country music dear!! Broaden your horizons, give it another shot. And stay clear of the banjo-picking variety 😉

    Ann » Your boyfriends sang to me and Lisa but I know they missed you. Just to clarify for any readers going back to read comments…neither Ann nor I had a yeatht infecthion – we just like to bug Greg at the hotel because we’re like that. Dan and I will have to speak about double-booking you for your trips in the future.


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