I am the self proclaimed number 1 Abandon fan! If you have never heard of them, then you need to click here or here now! I might be a little biased seeing that my brothers and their friends founded the band. One brother, Josh, used to be the lead singer but is on hiatus to be home with his wife and baby and is the worship pastor at my church, but he is still involved in writing music for the band and the other, Justin, used to be the electric guitar player/backup vocals and is the lead singer now (and also on my It Works team and is wrapping Texas between tours!) I am so proud of them and where God has lead them in life. Below is a video that my kids and I did a couple of years back. The kids are almost as big of fans as I am and they love singing the songs and pretending to be the members of the band. Through the past year the band members have changed a bit but the heart and passion of Abandon is still there and their music is still so amazing! Justin, Steven, and Ben are great together! I wanted to share this video to our favorite song before the new album gets released soon. Enjoy!
I hate winter! Hate the cold, the snow, the shorter days, no sun, I could go on and on. Christmas doesn't even cheer me up enough to appreciate the yucky conditions. But I am too connected and attached to my hometown in Indiana to move. Most, not all of my family is here. (Most, not all of my siblings are in warm, lovely Texas! A place that I like to visit but would not want to move to.)
There is one thing though that I do kinda like about this time of year and it is really silly but it is the Elf Yourself videos from Jib Jab. (Remember, I love to laugh!) They aren't out yet this year but I am looking for them. I subject my son and his family, and my step-sons to them every year. I even shelled out the yearly membership fee to get access to member only videos! I am including a Jib Jab video, although it is not the Elf Yourself of my son, his family or my step-sons, sadly, because those are hilarious. But I do need to keep some measure of peace in the family and I do want to see my granddaughter again. So I am posting one I made a couple of years ago of the members of my brothers band, Abandon, because they love the publicity and won't be mad :) Enjoy!
I have an iMac. DO NOT be envious! It is sooooo slow! I see the "spinning rainbow wheel of death" all the time! We are talking pre-high-speed internet slow, beep-bop-boop-dial-up slow. I have ran mac cleaners, free and paid, taken it in for service and had my brother look at it. It might be faster for a little bit but then back to the colorful orbiting graphic below.
I find little problems that it might be and it helps some but if I am honest I think I know the real issue. And it's a number, 8065 to be exact. That is the number of photos in my iPhoto folder. But not all of them are on the computer. The iPhoto library is actually on an external hard-drive. A 1T external hard-drive that the Mac store salesman said I would never fill up. (It only has 357 GB left out of 1024 GB)
Only 1725 of the pics are of my one and a half year old granddaughter! (give or take) They rest are of the dog, my son, daughter-in-law, my big family, my brother's band (Abandon) and you get the idea. I know I need to weed them out. And I have another external hard drive to move some less important, yet still want to keep them, ones to, BUT my computer is so slow that the actual moving of said photos will take so long that I probably will have a couple hundred new ones of my granddaughter before it's accomplished!
So my iMac has swiftly become one very expensive and slow digital photo album.
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