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Vacations and Happenings July 15, 2009

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There is no excuse for not writing in here more. I like to save this until I have something thought provoking and/or major Jonas related and neither has really been going on in my life currently. I have been keeping myself busy picking up shifts at work because I need the cash. I have been planning a Disney vacation for my two friends and I. I have been meeting with old friends, seeing great bands *Enter the Haggis*, and getting ready for the vacation I am on right now. I am trying to forget that the Jonas Brothers are touring about 4hrs away from me right at this moment and will be in PA soon and very close to me because I can’t afford to go.

So right now I am on vacation and I am trying to relax a lot. I am trying to do this because I think in doing this I am going to find out exactly what I will need to do in the months to come. I think this week I have finally made my decision and I am excited and scared. I was recently accepted as a seasonal cast member for WDW and I am Thrilled beyond belief, but I need more. I am planning to move down to Florida and I am fully prepared to do whatever it takes to become full time and try to get a position with that company in management or videography. I am ready to fight for it because I have decided there is no other place in the world that I want to work other than Disney.

So I have a lot of planning to do. I think that is what August will be for. I will be making two trips to Disney in August. One for vacation and one for Business. So is you are reading this, keep both trips in your prayers as I would love them to be safe trips and the business trip to be successful.

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Squished Dreams July 1, 2009

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So we all have those dreams of marrying that famous star that we love and adore. While I knew I did not have a shot, I dunno there was always hope. Anyways my dreams of winning the heart of a particular star was crushed today when Mr. and Mrs. Jonas announced via the Jonas Brothers Facebook group that their eldest son Paul Kevin Jonas had asked his girlfriend Danielle to marry him and she happily said yes.

While I am most happy that Kevin has found someone to share forever with, I am a little sad inside. I also think that they are very young to be getting married, unless they are planning a few years of engagement. While I believe whole heartedly that Kevin would not have asked Danielle unless he was sure that they could spend forever together, I am still scared and worried. I will just have faith that God will strengthen their relationship and make it last. I would hate to see Kevin go through a divorce and have the media all up in his business.

Wow this post is sort of depressing. Oh well, I’m sorry K-Train for sounding so melodramatic, but you are not even my age and I haven’t had a boyfriend in years, yet alone thought about marriage. Since my hands are tied in this matter, I am handing it over to the Lord.

Best Wishes Kevin and Danielle. Have a blast planning an amazing wedding!

Kev and Danielle they are cute together!

Kev and Danielle they are cute together!

 

New Jonas Cd= review time! June 17, 2009

So today was a big day in the Jonas World as the release of their 4th album happened. They swept iTunes again reaching number #1 in record time. I have no doubt that you will love this CD.

Lines, Vines, and Trying Times is by far my favorite Cd so far of the Jonas Brothers. This is a Cd that not only proves that they boys are growing up, but proves that they are doing what they love and producing a wide variety of music. This Cd has everything from crooning love song *Turn Right* to sad beautiful mellow song *Black Keys* and blast on the radio songs *Fly With Me*, Songs with a country twang to it *What Did I Do To Your Heart*, and more!

The Jonas Boys have a sound for everyone. Their song Much Better gives off an 80s vibe and the song Hey Baby gives off an oldie type vibe as well. There is so much variety I just couldn’t help but beam as the songs changed. By the end of the day my cheeks actually hurt from smiling so much! 

Their voices are also growing and mixing very well! I was happy to be able to pick out some Kevin Jonas in a few of the songs. And the strings on the Cd are amazing as well. They do a great job and mixing instruments. Nick even plays the Glockenspiel in a song! Crazy!

This is a Cd about growing up. Mostly about the pains of growing up. Complications in life and love. It’s Cd about strength and hope. 

Great Job Kevin, Joe, and Nick for making another wonderful piece of artwork. We love you and encourage you to keep doing what you love doing! You are great at it. 

Now for some of my fave  lyrics:

So turn right, into my arms. Turn right, you won’t be alone. You might fall of this track sometimes. Hope to see you on the finish line. ~ Turn Right

And the black keys never looked so beautiful, and a perfect rainbow never seemed so dull. And the lights out never had this bright a glow and the black keys are showing me a world I’ve never known, a world I’ll never know. ~ Black Keys

We’re chasing stars to lose our shadow, Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine. So won’t you fly with me~ Fly With Me

Love it! Love it! Love it!

Let me know what you think about it!

 

Lines, Vines, and Trying Times June 15, 2009

This is the title of the new Jonas Brothers Cd that comes out Tuesday, Tomorrow, June 16th. I will post a review when I get it, but hear me out.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately. The past week or two have been stressful and emotional. Though I have made a break through. 

For the title of their new album, the boys decided to go with a theme that has been occurring in their lives: Growing Up. It was explained in an interview with Kevin like this:

Lines: are lies that you tell or have been told

Vines: Strangle you or hold you back

Trying Times: no explanation needed

IN essence, growing up. We all experience lies, things that hold us back, and trying times. While the title may sound redundant it’s very reflective of life.

I’ve been experiencing these so called “growing pains” and I realized that I just need to make decisions and settle down. Yes, I’ll be doing it alone and we all know that I have a fear of being alone, however, this is no different than anything else I’ve done before in my life. I just need to go and do it. There  is a line in one of Kenny Chesney’s songs that goes like this: I knew I could never hold that girl, she was born to see the world. Well, as much as I want to stay at home and be with my family, I can’t. I know where I belong and what I need to do and it’s not going to happen in Philly, the subburbs, or in PA. I need to move. I’m just scared. Moving, alone, means starting over completely. In a new state, a new area, far from home…yes 15 hours by car, 2 by plane. Florida. Disney World. August is my deadline. I have until August to figure out if moving is the right thing for me. A mid-July trip to Orlando and the surrounding area is the perfect way to scope things out and make sure. If it doesn’t work out, well I can always come home and try again.

Another thing that’s been bugging me is that I really don’t see people. The one person I thought I would see a lot of, I’m not and it stinks. It turns out that this person is apparently, according to them, is not the person whom I thought they were. This person no longer calls or cares I guess. Which is fine since this person is moving far away at the end of the summer. To be honest, I saw this coming. I just was sort of hoping this person would prove me wrong or would be different than everyone else I know. But disappointment is never far away. I haven’t really been social because there is no one around here. But this does open up time to read, write, learn guitar, and so on. 

I’m not depressed or upset about what has been going on this summer. Yes, it gets stressful and frustrating with my parents and the job thing, but I’m content. I love being here and just relaxing. I need this, for my health and sanity. I like to ease into things and this is the perfect way to do that. I have the rest of my life to work. I’m still young and a knockout (personality wise). A lot of people understand me, no one will ever understand my obsession with the Jonas Brothers, but I could care less. I am who I am. And my obsession with the Jonas Brothers is because they are a group of great musicians with good heads on their shoulders. One day people will see that. Half the time, if people didn’t know the Jonas Brothers were singing a certain song, people would like their music. I’ll get on that soapbox another time. 

But life is life and I am excited to listen to Paranoid and Fly With Me all the time as well as the other music that will help me get through my own Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.

 

Fly With Me June 8, 2009

Hey All! Tonight I want to talk about my favorite boys.

First off: The premiere of their music video for Fly With Me was on the Disney Channel tonight. Even though the video wasn’t flashy or have a cool story-line and looked like it was made during their rehearsals, it was amazing! I think that it was perfectly Jonas Brothers. The video was exactly who they are. It was relaxed and fun. Joe’s facial expressions, the behind the scenes clips, Nick at his white piano, it was perfectly Jonas. I like how they let us in on the work they are doing for the tour. To see the turn table stage in action was amazing and really really cool. 

I really liked the video because it reminded me why I liked the Jonas Brothers to begin with. Their music is amazing, they are extremely talented, they always want to go bigger and better in bringing their work to their fans. They are simple, fun loving guys who happen to make music we all can relate to. They have family and friends who love them and support them. Yes, they draw crowds and attention, but for three young guys in an EXTREMELY loose entertainment business, they seem to have their heads in the right places. Someday I hope to meet them *away from the crowds maybe* and find out for myself that they really do have their heads on straight and that it’s not all the Disney Giant speaking in-through them. They are boys, they are young men in a very VERY fast paced world and they will fall because they are not perfect, but they will get back up and learn. Just because they are in the public eye all the time doesn’t mean they are exempt from making mistakes. They are doing the best they can with the lives they have been given and while I don’t know from experience, I can guess that being in the light all the time is not an easy job. 

So thanks again boys, for doing what you are doing! You are amazing young men *even the Frankster* and I think that you guys are on a great track. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all! Thanks for creating a family out of your band and not just be the Jonas Brothers with some back up band…thank you for being The Jonas Brothers *including band and all!*.  Just remember that you have all of us fans out here supporting you as well. You treat us great and for that, I respect you guys more than I respect any other celebrity!

 

A Quick Shout out to Mr. John Taylor who made his TV debut tonight on JONAS! You did a great job John! Hope to see more of you and the band the rest of the season!

 

Night At The Museum ~ IMAX May 22, 2009

So this morning I took my little cousin Kevin to see Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian at 10 am. We somehow managed just to make the movie, only to find out it started late. It started so late that they only played one preview…for Harry Potter 6! I am really excited about that movie, but on to this one…

I can never justify paying for movies these days. $10 is crazy let alone the costs of snacks. Today I payed $7 just for a medium sized bag of movie popcorn…next time I’m popping my own. On top of that the IMAX movie costs $15.50 for adults and $12.50 for kids. Really? $28 for a movie? Going to the movies has become a luxury item these days. I remember when you could get in under $5. These days, the movies are rip offs, especially if the movie stinks.

Now that I have you thinking that the movie stinks, I’m going to say that it didn’t stink. I haven’t seen the first movie so I had no expectations. In fact, I thought that the first movie sounded dumb. However, this is the movie Kevin wanted to see and he wanted to see it in IMAX. I love the IMAX experience even if I can’t justify paying for it. You can pickup every detail of the movie…there was even an IMAX theatre in the movie *look for it!*

I realize this movie has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. I read one today that said that the actors were horrible because they seemed to be looking at nothing which, for the most part, is what they were doing because when they were filming half the stuff wasn’t really there. However, I would beg to differ. I will admit that I hated parts of this movie. But the majority of it I loved simply because it served its purpose. For the hour and forty five minutes this movie ran, I actually was able to let my imagination wander on the thought of a museum coming alive. I found this an extremely interesting thought. I also am a fan of movies that teach life lessons, even if it is cheesy. This life lesson: Do what you love with people you love to do it with.

J.M. Barrie hit the nail on the head when he invited kids to see a performance of Peter Pan, knowing that the adults would not be able to appreciate it without being able to see the show through the eyes of a child. Sometimes I think that movie critics need to remember this. Of course you wouldn’t like it if you knew all the magic behind the movie and scrutinized every movement of the actors. Relax and watch the story unfold. Learn to laugh and open your mind up. Take a child with you for crying out loud. True, this twenty-something-year-old girl would have liked the movie even if I went with friends my own age, but that’s because I have the mind of 5 year old. I love to believe in magic. But sometimes I think we miss the purpose of things.

The purpose of this movie was to entertain. It was to make us laugh and let our imaginations run wild for a little bit. It wasn’t meant to mirror real life.  Therefore, I give this movie 4 out of 4 stars.

I could have done without the love story, however, Amy Adams was great *she always is*. I also loved the appearance by the Jonas Brothers as Cherubs. They were even able to sing a little bit of Love Bug. Also, stay tuned at the end of the movie for an extra little clip and to hear the Jonas Brothers song for the movie Fly With Me!

Did you see the movie? Let me know your thoughts!

 

What Are You Doing? March 17, 2009

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Youth Reaching Out.

I was inspired today. I am usually inspired by at least one thing each day but I was seriously drawn and I had to write about this. I guess when you do it as a part of everyday life, you don’t notice how big of a difference it is making. So it hit me today, kids today have some wonderful role models.

Did You Know:

~One in every 330 Americans will develop cancer by the age of 20. On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

~ 963 million people across the world are hungry.

~ Every year, between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats enter US Shelters.

There are countless statistics the show how this world is in need.

Did you know:

You can help?

Every year since I have been at Penn State University and for every year following I will participate in and donate to, THON. THON is a 46 hour dance marathon for children with pediatric cancer and the search for a cure. STudents work hard year round to make sure that this event goes off without a hitch and that we do as much as we can to help take the pain of a sick child away for just a few days. To learn more go to: http://www.THON.org

Since I was a sophomore in High School I have been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you think something as small as sharing your life with someone will not make a difference, you are VERY wrong. I have watched kids grow so much and see how they can be amazing people even if they come from less amazing backgrounds. 1 hour a week can make a difference. Check them out at: http://www.bbbs.org

What inspired me to write this today is a video that Selena Gomez put on her You Tube page. J.T. Austin and her traveled to Puerto Rico because they had found out about an island where tons of dogs were being left basically to die. You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u3zsBZ5sv4&feature=channel_page

You can also visit the website Islanddog.org to learn more about the Island, and how you can help or adopt a dog.

The Jonas Brothers have their website , Change For Children, (www.Changeforchildren.org) which offers others to donate to one of four causes the Brothers have chosen. One cause the Brothers strongly support is the cause for Juvenile Diabetes. This stems from Nick Jonas’ personal relationship to the disease. 

There are countless numbers of way to donate and to make a difference in the world around you. If you are a student, look up different organizations at your school. You may find that there are clubs like ProLife Club, S.A.D.D, Community Service Teams, and others. Better yet, grab a group of friends and join or create a group together.

If you are an adult, ask your company if they are part of any organizations or charities that you can be involved with.  If they aren’t involved in anything, ask if you can head something up.

When I look back on my life, I realize how lucky I have been to live the life I have lived. I love sharing my life with those around me. I love being able to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it is handing over old clothes to the Salvation Army or putting leftovers into an aluminum try and taking it to a homeless shelter. There is SO MUCH we can do! 

When I look at young people today like Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, and countless others who have taken their money and given it away or taken time out of their lives to do something that will make a difference, I think what good role models kids have today. 

My message to you. DO SOMETHING! No matter how small, you have the power to make a difference.  So what are you waiting for?!? Take that old sweater that has been collecting dust in your closet and head over to the Salvation Army, someone is bound to make good use of it!