A to Z Challenge – Day 13 – M



I think my girl just realized that 26 stories in 30 days is a lot of work so she’s sitting on the couch watching Sam and Cat on Netflix while playing on her Nintendo DS.

She picked Music for the letter M so I will tell you about the only concert we’ve attended.

On July 1st, last year, Emily and I attended the R5 concert!

R5 is a band made up of 4 siblings and 1 friend.  Of the siblings, Ross, the lead singer is really well known to the little ones as Austin Moon in Austin and Ally  on the Disney Channel.  The oldest sibling and base player is Riker Lynch which Emily discovered on Dancing With The Stars.

Riker is Emily’s favorite!

To make this concert even better, I bought Emily the meet and greet pass!


It was more like get behind the curtain, get your picture taken and move on than a meet and greet but my girl was happy so I am happy!

Just before entering the room for the picture, Emily told the lady that Riker was her favorite so they had her stand between Riker and Ross!!!

See that look on my girl’s face?


I believe the photographer captured the moment when Emily decided to go for it!

As soon as the picture was taken, Emily turned to her right, told Riker she loved him and hugged him with everything she had!

My girl!!!

Riker said he loved her too and hugged her back!

I am so proud of my girl for seeing an opportunity and going for it!

How I wished I had a chance to squeeze Donnie Walhberg that way when I was her age

We had awesome seats in the VIP section!


It was a “rock” concert.  It was really loud ans the light show was impressive!

Look at my girl!


This is my girl with sensory issues!


She stayed for the whole show, on her feet, singing and dancing till the end.

I explained to her about the “encore”

Than as soon as the lights were on, she said: “Let’s get out of here!”

On the way home, she was super excited about the experience and about hugging Riker.  When I asked her if she wanted to do this again, she said no!

Have a look at my girl enjoying the R5 concert : Here

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Seize the moment

After almost 17 years of learning valuable lessons from Emily…

I’ve taken a page from her book today!

To seize the moment!

This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I heard an add for R5 on the radio. It sounded like they were coming to our town this summer. 

As I made my way to the kitchen, the add was done and Emily had that look on her face. The “Oh My Gosh!!!!” look. 

I asked her if I heard right?

And she just moved her head up and down. 

Would you like to go?

She just moved her head up and down again. 
I had no idea when the tickets went for sale and if they still had some so Jon and I went into hyper gear.

We registered with the venue, looked for tickets, got the best ones available. It’s a seated venue… We are 10 rows from the stage and my girl is excited….


I didn’t give her time to really think about it. 

I seized the moment.  She said yes and I ran with it!

The next part is a secret, don’t tell Emily!

If someone is reading this to Emily, make-up 3 or 4 sentences and switch post 😜

Emily, if you are reading this, on your own….


If you can read through this than keep reading!

After securing tickets for the concert, I researched meet and greet. 

I don’t know how meet and greet works… I know absolutely nothing about all of this. I’ve never been to a meet and greet.  I wish I did, oh… How I would have loved to meet Donnie from the New Kids On The Block…

I regress…


If there was a meet and greet I could get for Emily… 

This would make this so much better… They wouldn’t just be so close and so far all at once, she could meet them. 

I found it!!!!

I could buy a pass for Emily but I didn’t want to buy a pass for myself so I emailed the meet and greet planner and called the venue and asked questions and got confirmation that I will be able to accompany my 17 year old to meet and greet the members of R5!

So I did it!  I seized one more moment. 

I upgraded Emily’s ticket to full on priviledges.. 

For her first ever concert, she will meet and greet the band. 

She will shake hands or maybe even hug Ross and Riker Lynch!  

Whatch out boys, she’s a huger!  

The memories she will make!

I will plan for everything that could possibly go wrong and hope that she comes through a stronger girl!

And from now till July 1st, I will be listening to R5 on my phone and in the car. Learning their songs and getting ready to share one more thing with my girl. 

I quite frankly never believed she could go to a concert. She’s always said no, she’s never wanted to go and never even agreed to let me look into going. 

Now, she’s excited about it. 

I’m excited about it. 

I’m taking my girl to a concert!!!!!