Friday, February 29, 2008

Party Night!

I'm having a "Girl's Night Out" soiree tonight at my house... cleverly disguised as a Pampered Chef party. (But really it's more like a "Mom Gets To Get Out Of the House" Party.)

At any rate... if anyone needs any Pampered Chef products, I've got it all figured out how to order them online now. LOL. Email me at joyce dot rizer at

Thursday, February 28, 2008


I'm dying to tell you all about my oh so exciting day in the presence of Statler Greatness, but I'm exhausted. Life is kicking my butt at the moment. When I do get a chance, I also have to tell the story about Ashley and I going grocery shopping with Carrie Underwood and Gossip Girl Guy. Not that they knew we were there. But we knew they were.
In the meantime, I shall share this.

Who Gets RFD?

Just found out (too late to crash it) that the Statlers are on Crook & Chase tonight.

Who can I beg to tape it for me?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Ramblings Continue

I wasn't going to share this story, but Carrie from Jacksonville brought the subject of Gerry House up in the Six Random Facts post, so I decided I would.

I wake up each morning to WSIX. I listen to Gerry House on the way to work, and Big D and Bubba on the way home, mostly for Nashville traffic info, but also because - especially with Gerry - I like to hear radio "shows." I don't need to hear "that was, this is, let's take caller 8." But Gerry has a really entertaining show. Unlike the other 2 country morning shows in Nashville, which put me to sleep.

At any rate, the radio is on, I'm watching the clock trying to decide when I need to get out of bed, and Delaynie comes running in. "Look! Mommy LOOK!" She throws open the curtains and there are white dots trying to impersonate snow flakes laying on the cars and curbs. We're talking like... tablespoons of snow.

So after about 15 minutes of listening to Gerry do his morning "Liars Club" game and a couple songs and some other miscellaneous ramblings, I hear Al come on and do the news. Then, and only then - after my daughter got up, had breakfast, and was half way dressed - did I hear any sort of mention of an overnight "snowstorm." School systems throughout Middle Tennessee are closed, including Davidson County.

Very confused, I turned on the TV. And sure enough, school closings are crawling across the screen. "Crazy!" I think. This county wide school system they have in TN is crazy. Delaynie is eagerly watching the list of schools flash by. "Don't get your hopes up kiddo," I tell her. "You know Mr. H never cancels school, and it looks great on our end of town."

I knew by the squeal that came out of her that I was wrong. I still have no idea why. But no school for Laynie. So we had take your daughter to work day.

She did get to play in the snow at one point... what there was of it. We had to go pick up an Alan Jackson CD and the crazy kid talked me into walking over there so she could walk through any and all patches of white she could find. I got her back for making me excercise though. She didn't have gloves and I did. She got a snowball in the back. Heh heh heh.

On the way back she started singing Carrie Underwood's "American Girl" for some reason. So against my better judgement I told her Carrie was in the studio today cutting Country Countdown USA. I didn't let her meet her, but I did let her walk by and see her through the studio window.

So that was my day. If I ramble long enough I might pass enough time that I could tell you who the next host of Nashville Star was going to be. However... that information is currently embargoed. They said until 12:10pm Pacific Time, but I'm pretty sure they mean am. To give the announcement a chance to air across the country.

If you want to know before then, I suggest turning on NBC after your late local news.

Tomorrow has the potential to be an incredibly momentous day in my life. I will actually be in the same room with Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers. Probably, knowing me, hiding...worshipping from afar. But in the presence of greatness.

It's only taken me 12 years after I moved to Nashville.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Late Night Ramblings

It's been a while since I sat down and aimlessly rambled for a while, so tonight's your unlucky night.

First off, I'm totally tickled by the things I'm learning about everyone in the Six Random Things About Me post. Love it -- keep 'em coming!

On the other hand... I'm getting fed up with bio writers in this town. I've decided what I need to do is start pre-interviewing artists before we interview them. We cut a show today that had two things that I took from the bio that were completely wrong. Maybe I should just require the artists to read their own bios before we do a show. That way when I lead you towards telling a story, you know it. And we get our facts right.

The worst ever though, I will never forget, was Clay Walker's bio for his last album. It said Clay had written two songs on the CD, and named which two they were. I wrote an entire episode of shortcuts with phrases like "12 songs on the CD, including 2 Clay wrote" and questions about where he found certain songs. Turned out he'd written like 6 of them, and Jon had to re-write the show on the fly. (I've since learned to make sure I get complete songwriter credits before I write a show.)

Next topic: Text messages -- love 'em or hate 'em? I personally hate them most of the time. Granted... they can be useful when you're trying to find someone at a concert, or if you need to get a message to someone that you know can't take a phone call. But I think they're best as one way conversations. The whole concept of typing on a telephone is lost on me, I absolutely hate doing it. It's ok, you can say it -- Probably because I am too long winded to even try to reply in 8 words or less. And the cost is ridiculous. I don't use it enough to justify the $20 it would be for unlimited texting, so it costs me 15 cents a message (which means 30 cents if I have to text my husband! GRR!) and you don't have any sort of refusal. Before you know it, you have $8 in data charges, some of which weren't even remotely useful. Which is precisely what brought on this rant... Delaynie received several "emergency alert system" test text messages from Greenville College, which I'm pretty sure she didn't sign up for. Gah.

I've never used "Gah" before - out loud or on the computer. But my favorite blogger (ok, probably the only blog I read with any sort of regularity other than my own) uses it regularly, and it seemed to fit the occasion.

I'd tell you who my favorite blogger was, but that might lead me to tell stories about how I knew her husband back when he was dating a co-worker of ours but still married to the previous wife. Those stories aren't pretty. And since her hubby is a local media personality I'd better save those stories. His new wife -- whom, for the record, I've never met -- is a very entertaining writer though, and I love her blog.

How's THAT for rambling?

Next topic - how much I love Southwest Airlines. Even after the flight delay from HELL, which was not at all the airlines' fault... it was the evil forces that made me fly into an airport in Timbuktu. With about 3 clicks I rebooked our flights for my son's graduation today - same flight, cheaper. Love 'em!

I'll be boarding a few Southwest planes next month as I hop around Florida... details on that later. First though, I have to get through Hell Week 1.0, which long time readers recall is my affectionate phrase for Country Radio Seminar. A few of the things on the calendar:

Private Show with Mrs. Brooks
Seminar with Mr. Brooks
Guitar Pull with Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram, Jewel, etc. etc. etc.
The famous Sony Boat Show
Dinner with John Michael Montgomery
Randy Travis Private Show

And a few other competing events that I probably don't have a prayer of actually making it to. And oh yeah... those educational type seminar things during the day. OH - and the New Faces Show. And the ACM Jam with Brad Paisley! I need to get a CRS agenda.

Fun cities that showed up in my blog stats today: Paw Paw, MI; Kokomo, IN; Cut Off, LA; and Broken Arrow, OK. Who are you in Broken Arrow ? -- I see you here regularly. Would love to meet you. Someone in Cockeysville, MD found me after Googling "Amy Paige." I also had my first ever (to my knowledge) visit from Latvia. Someone looking for Washington DC Landmarks.

On the subject of Google Searches, many of them come from people who google Producer J - who apparently is a rap producer. Can't you just imagine their disgust when they get here and read stories about Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood? Today's (other) Google searches that got people here include:

What time zone am I in? (which got them here)
Jimmy Buffett Concert Tour
Carrie Underwood Love Life 2008
Loriane Crook
Kix Brooks Singing Backup

XM is looking for a few good interns -- including 2 for our shiny new Nashville offices. Apply to be my intern here. I didn't write that stuff that's up there, but the number one requirement to intern with me is that you can't germ the stars. I guess that didn't sound official enough, so they re-wrote my requirements. There is also a position for a Bluegrass intern in Nashville, and all kinds of interns in D.C. and NY. I don't even want to know what Opie & Anthony make their interns do...

Ok, I've rambled long enough. I really should be cleaning my house... I'm having a Pampered Chef party Friday night... which is really an excuse for a Mom's Night Out. Which hopefully will prepare me for the week ahead!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Six Random Facts About Me

I was tagged by default by Derek, who challenged anyone who read his blog post to do their own Six Random Facts About Me. The hard part here is for me to come up with stuff y'all don't already know... I feel like my life is an open book! Here goes. Did you know....?

1. I have a (very fat) cat named Melody. Delaynie named her after Ariel's daughter in Little Mermaid II.

2. Vanilla is my favorite scent - and flavor of coffee.

3. I drink 4-6 cans of Diet Mt. Dew a day. Or else.

4. I wear Reebok tennis shoes.

5. I was one credit short of completing a minor in Drama in college. That course was Acting II, and there just wasn't any way I was going to take it.

6. My middle name is Maree. That's not a typo.

Now... I tag all of you to post a comment with your own 6 Random Facts. And my Stat Counter lets me know that you were here, so don't pretend like you aren't. :-P I see you.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Oogling Cute Boys

If you don't go back and read the comments on the blog posts as they grow, you're really missing the fun of this blog. Here by popular demand is the 6 week picture of baby Cebastian.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hey California Country Music Fans!

Hey gang... I got a call from Big Machine tonight... there are still tickets available to a Trisha Yearwood event tomorrow in West Los Angeles... you'd need to be there at 5pm. Come on Trisha fans -- get out and support your girl!

For more information send an email to .

I tried to post it on PG but couldn't remember my password, so if someone wants to put it there, go ahead, as well as any other Trisha fan sites. I'm sure it will be fabulous as it always is whenever Miss Yearwood opens her mouth.


What's everyone up to? Nothing much exciting going on here that I can blog about... much as I'd love to blog about the artist that's royally ticking me off... I probably shouldn't... so I won't. For now.

I've TiVo'd the Celebrity Apprentice, but I've yet to watch it... it sounds really good. Things seem to be looking good for Trace, accoring to the press releases they send out. I did watch the Kellie Pickler USO Diary the other night... me thinks down deep Kellie isn't quite the dumb blonde she plays on TV. Cheers to her and Storme (and crew) for going over there and visiting our guys and gals in uniform. Ashley is going to get me addicted to One Tree Hill if I'm not careful.

So since my world is boring... fill me in on yours!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lucky Numbers

707... a very lucky number, don't you think?... I've been praying over it for a week now... this's decision time.

Come on sevens... don't let me down now. If you're around this morning and can spare a prayer.. 707.... 707.... 707....

Update.... it was indeed a lucky number! 707 was our randomly assigned lottery number for Delaynie's potential new school... out of 70 some kids, she is THIRD on the list to get in. WOOO HOOO indeed!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Message to Garth

Hey GB... make sure you pick up the new Chris Cagle CD... there's a message to you in the liner notes! And from all the rest of us -- ditto!

You can get the CD for just $7.99 right now at

Release Day Rest Stops with Chris Cagle next Tuesday - every hour on the hour - on XM's Highway 16!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

No Place Like HOME!

We landed at Nashville Int'l Airport a couple minutes after 3am. Brain. Dead. I had to take a cab home, because there was no way I was getting behind the wheel.

The biggest stab in the heart over this trip was that I was traveling with a group who had gone up to testify on Capitol Hill. Part of their group was flying out of Reagan on US Air, which is how I normally get home. Their flight was cancelled, and they were given hotel rooms and food vouchers! We were given water and peanuts on what wound up being a 5 1/2 hour delay.

Since I don't have a car, Delaynie got to play hooky from school today. I've pretty much just slept. Delaynie came running in an hour or so ago going "Mommy, mommy, mommy, it's SNOWING!"

My house is a wreck, lol. But it's sure good to be home!

1:25 a.m.

1:25 a.m., I am finally on an airplane. I'm exhausted. But I'm on an airplane! I think that's a good sign. listen

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's midnight Cinder...

It's midnight Cinderella. listen

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Hello, to all my International Readers!

Hello, to all my International readers! It's the middle of the day there... it is currently 11:30 at night and I have spent 4 hours in the Baltimore airport and I am bored silly. Feel free to text message me if you are awake. listen

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Who says you can't go home?

Okay, who said that I wasn't going to make it home tonight? You are the smartest blog readers that I have! Currently my 9:20 flight which got delaynie untill 10:30 has now been delayed indefinitely. Indefinitely. Because we don't have flight attendants. Our flight attendants are coming in from Providence, expect to get here at 11:40 which means I am not going to take off from Baltimore - assuming the pilots haven't timed out by then - I am not going to take off from Baltimore until after midnight. So therefore it will not be tonight when I get home. That's the update from BWI! listen

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I'm taking a survey.

I'm taking a survey. Raise your hand if you think I'm going to make at home tonight. Now raise your hand if you think this business trip is never going to end. My flight is currently an hour and 10 minutes delayed out of Baltimore. It's supposed to leave at 9:20, now I'm not scheduled to leave until 10:30. There is icy rain coming down and I have a feeling I am going to be sleeping at the Baltimore International airport this evening. We shall see! listen

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Country Roads - Take Me HOME

I swear y'all... I have never wasted the stress and tears on a business trip like I have on this one. Thankfully, I've never had the business trip from hell like this before. Nor will I ever again, because I have learned some big lessons on what kinds of things should NOT be done when you're traveling alone and don't know where you're going. Really I'm just grateful to be going home in one piece.

I'm incredibly glad that I started the To Do List on Blogger before I left, because I've had to refer to it many times. And although I got quite a bit of it done, I feel very unsatisfied with the work this trip. I told you I would tell you why I was coming up here... but the reasons I wound up coming up for didn't wind up coming to fruition. We'll just have to see how it all shakes out from here.

In the meantime, I did get a lot of things done... but I sure could use another day here. Actually, if I just had the time I wasted on ridiculous transportation issues -- including the late night hours I spent wandering the streets looking for my hotel -- I'd probably be much more satisfied.

Unfortunately though, it's departure time. I'm off to get a shuttle to get a train to get a shuttle to get a plane to hopefully remember where the heck I parked. I think I spent more time in transportation mode than I actually spent in work mode.

There's NO Place Like Home!


Statler Brothers and Tom T. Hall going into the Country Music Hall of Fame -- along with Emmylou Harris -- this year.

There have been a lot of rumblings that direction... especially after The Statlers went into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame last year. I'm so excited for them!
FIGURES that I'm in D.C. when they finally come into the building I spent 6 1/2 years working in!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I'm Here!

I started to post last night about today's trip, and I was going to title it "A little whine with that cheese?" Because it was a bunch of bitching and moaning.

Flying into Baltimore on a Sunday night, when you work and stay in D.C. and have about a $10 budget for transportation, basically, not a good idea. You can't get there from here. Unless you're willing to waste half a day's work, which I wasn't.

The only thing that could have made the whole journey any more comical was if they'd lost my luggage. (shopping!) However, they didn't. So here I am, safe and sound at Eckington Place, after a nice visit with Kim, my former intern, and a nice comfy car ride courtesy of Sandi (and her oh so silent chauffer.)

Off to tackle that "To Do List."

Blogging from the Airplane

This is been the trip from hell, and I haven't even gotten off the ground yet. I'm currently sitting on the airplane, blogging from an airplane just because I could. I'm an hour late and counting. And when I get there, I won't even be in Washington, I will be in Baltimore. Which is kind of like going to Nashville only flying in to Huntsville, Alabama. Stay tuned. listen

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Write a Letter To You

If I could write a letter to me
And send it back in time to myself at 17...

I'm totally swiping this idea from the afternoon jocks at XM161... but I like it. If you could write a letter to yourself at 17... what would you say? And don't worry... none of us can say it as well as Brad Paisley did.

I thought this would be easy. 17 sucked for me. Boy, if I had the chance to see some of those people again...grumble, grumble, grumble

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wouldn't change much, because it's all the crap you go through that gets you to where you are today. And I kind of like it here.

However... there are some things I would tell my 17 year old self, even though I probably wouldn't listen.

Dear Me at 17,

Breaking News -- People suck. You're seeing that now. But guess what? Their loss. Don't waste your time trying to figure out people like Tracy G. and Cathy B. They will soon be footnotes in your autobiography. Actually, if you ever write your autobiography, you wouldn't give them the satisfaction of mentioning them.

(And in case you're wondering, you're not going to get famous enough that you're ever going to write your autobiography.) Although... this thing called the internet is going to come along... and your life is going to be an open book, in an odd sort of way that doesn't involve pages.

By the way. As soon as you hear the term "Google" invest in it.

Back to Cathy for a minute. Boyfriend-stealing-former-best-friend-little-wench. She and Mat don't even make it to graduation. tee hee hee

Unfortunately, she's not going to be the last girlfriend you lose. Did I mention people suck? They hurt other people. 20 years later, that hasn't changed. Maybe if you can learn that lesson now, it will hurt less later. Maybe.

If I'd have written this letter to you at 14, I'd have told you that your Senior Year was going to wind up this rotten, you could have worked at graduating early. Sorry about that.

I'd have also told you to take Spanish instead of French. Do that in college, ok? You aren't ever going to have the need to parlez francais. Ever.

When you get to college, go ahead and shorten your name to Joy. Easier to lose 2 letters now than 4 letters later.

If I told you that you'd have a much better time staying home than going to your Senior Prom, you probably wouldn't believe me, would you? But at least you get an awesome dress -- and you will wear it again. But when you're going in to shop for the fabric for it... remember the speed limit is 45 on Fort Street.

And just tuck this away -- 20 years from now, you won't be able to remember Todd's last name. In fact, you'll wonder what on earth you were doing with a blonde.

You'll also wonder why you stressed so much over things that just didn't matter in the long run. Those hot shot kids that think they're the biggest thing to happen to that small town? They're going to spend their life there. You're going to go out and see the world. And leave them behind.

It would actually be a good idea to start keeping a scrapbook. Your kids will get a kick out of 80's fashions someday. Wait until you look back on that hair of yours.

You might also want to stop making fun of country music. It's about to be cooler than you could ever imagine. Pay attention to this kid named Garth you're about to hear on the radio. He's going to change your life.

As much as you think you can't wait to get the hell out of there and never see those people again... there will come a day that you won't know what ever happened to Mike and Joe and Mark, and you'll wish you did.

Now. Go find Mike Hauk. Shouldn't be hard, his locker has always been right next to yours. He's a good guy, you should tell him that. In fact, just hug him. You won't get the chance later.

Hang in there... things get better at 18. They're awesome at 22, and you're gonna love the 30's.

The Happily Married,

Mother of 3,
36 year old version of You

Your turn. It's cheaper than therapy. ;-)

To Do List: Eckington

I'm organizing the things I need to do while I'm at XM HQ next week. I was trying to find a way to make a running list in email that I could update when I realized - DUH - much easier to just do it on Blogger and then I can check it off as DONE! Done items are marked in red.

So... to start the list:



Human Resources (address change)

Kory & Steve

Chris Cagle RDRS (Opens, Close, Load in Interview, Soundbites x 11, Music???)
Trent Willmon ShortCuts (Ingest Music, Build waveforms, MPA Music, Edit Interview, Group)
Music City Connection #20(Build Waveforms, MPA, Group) Sandi -- this is the Pam Tillis / Jon Randall / Leslie Satcher one we went to in Franklin!
Music City Connection #21 (Build Waveforms, MPA, Group)

8 In Car Audio Pieces (Create, MPA) ELEVEN DONE!
Chris Cagle Promos x 3 (MPA)


I am getting SO excited! It's been too long since I've been to the Mother Ship -- and I have a lot I'm hoping to get done.

More on the reason for my trip in a future blog.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Release Day Rest Stop: Chris Cagle

I just love the song "What Kind Of Gone." It's catchy, it's clever, and it gets stuck in your head. Love it. Not as much as I love "Miss Me Baby" but it's up there.

However, you can love a song but not necessarily love the singer. I've worked with Chris a couple of times in the past, but it had been a couple of years - a pretty tumultous couple of years - and I wasn't quite sure what to expect today.

Well he was great. Genuine, and sincere, and excited about his album. But sometimes very raw and emotional - nearly to tears at one point. He was pretty up front about his recent past, and the kind of man he was looking to be. His faith is strong, and hopefully his resolve is too. I really enjoyed our session. I've only heard a few of the songs on the album, but so far, I really like them.

It was funny, I was introduced to him of course as being with XM... so I explain the program to him and he starts off by reading the promo lines about 'every hour on the hour' it like the light bulb goes off, and he says Cool - I can listen, I have XM!

He listens to The B0neyard, Willie's Place, and America, FYI.

Release Day Rest Stop with Chris Cagle -- February 19th on XM's Highway 16!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

God Must Be Busy

A year or so back, my preacher started out his sermon with the phrase "Now, I don't really like country music..." and proceeded to talk about a song he DID like -- "Jesus Take The Wheel."

So me and preacher man had a little talk shortly thereafter. And I told him... as gently as I could... that I realized he was fairly new to Nashville and maybe somehow hadn't heard this...bless his heart... but this was Music City, USA. The Country Music Capitol of the World. And when you are addressing an audience in The Country Music Capitol of the World, saying you don't like country music isn't the wisest word choice you can make. Because the better share of the people you are talking to probably not only like country music... they quite possibly have something to do with making it.

And furthermore... how on earth do you grow up in Lexington, KY and not like country music?

At any rate... in our Ash Wednesday service tonight, he read lyrics from the latest Brooks & Dunn single, "God Must Be Busy." I was beaming with pride.

It actually tied into the scripture from Isaiah, but I couldn't help but think about all the tornado devastation from last night and how applicable the message was... how many people were praying all night to be spared... and all morning to understand what had happened... and tonight to be grateful that it wasn't us. If God really hears our prayers, on days like today, He must be REALLY busy.

That's why we love country music. It's real life.

Long Night

Just checking in to say all is well here. It was a very long night of tornadoes moving through Tennessee. I watched Dan and DK --0ur 10pm news anchors -- sign off at 2:30 this morning when they lifted the last tornado warning for Davidson County. The weather team was still going.

We just got some bad storms at my house... no hail... a lot of wind. Sumner County wasn't so lucky, I'm afraid. The light of day is going to bring a lot of bad news.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Hot off the Presses

Listen in! KEITH ANDERSON - XM's Highway 16 - FRIDAY (2/8) at 3pm ET

New CD C’mon won't be in stores until May 20th, but I hear we might have a couple of tracks....


Happy Endings! My former intern, Ashley, who was up here a couple weeks ago job hunting got a job offer yesterday from one of the interviews I set her up on. Ashley will be working in the management office for Diamond Rio / Sara Evans / Josh Turner. (Katie, at Josh's record label, told me about the opening when I was passing Ashley's resume around -- big thanks to her!)


Release Day Rest Stop! Next Up -- Chris Cagle. Taping Thursday.


Next Stop on the Producer J. World Tour: Washington, D.C.
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!


Upcoming topic of discussion: Webkinz.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Party Like A Rock Star

Tomorrow my baby turns 11. *sniff*sniff*

Having a February birthday has proven to be challenging. Not, mind you, that it's my fault. She shouldn't have arrived until March, but she had other plans.

Given that she spent the first 8 years of her life as the spoiled rotten only grandchild, we usually haven't needed to do a big birthday present. Between Christmas and her Birthday, there really wasn't much left on the store shelves that someone hadn't already bought her. What we have done in the past few years, however, is given her some kick-ass birthday parties.

This year - surprise, surprise! - it was a Hannah Montana birthday party. And if I may say so -- it rocked!

The day started with "Red Carpet Arrivals" at our house. (Love the $1 clearance rack in the WalMart fabric section!) Each guest received a personalized VIP Laminate, just like mommy brings home from the schmooze fests. Each girl got a turn being the "Pop Star" and the other girls came up to have their laminate "autographed." It was pretty funny to see them falling down and fawing over each other. We have a HM game that includes a CD where they have to "perform" either a specified song or dance move, which they had a blast doing. We had a Hannah Montana cake and purple soda and she opened presents - most of which were Hannah related.

Then the chauffers loaded up the VIP's and took the girls to the local theater to see the "Best of Both Worlds" 3-D concert experience. It was pretty good actually, and the girls rocked out on the back row. Afterwords the family chauffers arrived to pick the girls up from the theater.

The best part for Laynie was that this was the first time all five of her "BFF's" got to be at one of her parties. "This was the best day of my life so far."

Rock on.