Thursday, November 3, 2011

Teleportation, much?


While Eldra and I were in Calgary a few weeks ago, we saw this mysterious person standing on the side of the road.
I'm convinced it's Jake.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BEST. DAY. EVER! (Part 2)

If you haven't already read the first part of this post, please read it here.

TFK SIGNING!!! 
   So the Newsboys came back for an encore, which they played 2 songs instead of one, one of them being Jesus Freak from Tait's dcTalk days. After they left the stage completely, the lights came on and us VIP'rs got rounded up, and we headed back to the locker room. We all took our previous seats, and Eldra and I started chatting with the couple beside us, whom we talked with before. We all kind of spazzed. Then the announcer came in. "Ok, guys," he said, "I'm going to try to talk quieter because of how loud it was, but since TFK is tired, can we all stay in our seats as they come around? Thanks." He then exited the room. Eldra and I looked at each other and squealed. I frantically gathered my artwork, than realized that the people next to the door would some of the last people to meet TFK. I thought quickly, and told Eldra that that was where I wanted to be because, if we were at the end of the 'line/circle' we would have more time to talk with them without holding the other people up. I asked the couples around us if they didn't mind trading spots with us. Because all of us were kind of giddy about meeting them, it was quite easy to barter with them.
  Then TFK entered the room.
  It exploded with quieted cheers.
  Trevor McNevan led the way, stopping and chatting with every person, some people longer than others, as did Steve, Joel and Ty. When they got halfway around the room, Ty got talking with a couple of people and got left behind. Trevor, Steve and Joel arrived at the couple next to us while Ty was still half way across the room ^_^ Lol.


   Trevor finished talking with the couple, and turned towards Eldra and I. "Hey guys! Oooh, rocking the TFK," he said, smiling as he glanced over our attire. I was wearing the TFK t-shirt I acquired at YC Alberta 2010, while Eldra was wearing my TFK hoodie. Eldra and I both laughed and shook hands with all three of them, swapping introductions. We both got out our newly bought t-shirts for him, Joel and Steve to sign, which they did. We also asked them to sign the posters of them (which, ironically, was the same picture as the one on the t-shirts...). Meanwhile Ty just made it past the three-quarter mark of the room. I decided  to start showing them the drawings. The cool part is Eldra got most of their reaction on video so I'll try to repeat it word-for-word.
   I started with Joel. I first told him that he got to choose a drawing to take back home with him, then displayed the drawings. A gasp escaped Joel, while Trevor laughed in amazement. He looked up at me and asked, 'Can I seriously take one?" I reassured him that he could take one. This is the one he took.  ->

   I asked him if he could then sign the other drawing. "Absolutely," he replied, taking the cap off his pen. "That looks just like him too," Trevor said, pointing to the drawing that I wanted signed. I handed the other drawing to Joel as he repeated Trevor by saying, "And that looks just like me too". Trevor and Eldra laughed at his imitation. "That's awesome. You are seriously talented," Trevor said. Here is where I wish I said 'Thank you', but instead I said, "Well, like Manafest said, 'I'm created to create'." :/


 "So here's Steve," I said, displaying these two drawings.  "Yeeeah," Trevor laughed out as I congratulate Steve, whose wife just gave birth do his second daughter. "Thank you," he said before looking at the drawings. He examined them as I explained different things about them. Trevor laughed behind his hand. "She even nailed the hair..." he said quietly, just as I explained that hair is quite hard for me to do. Steve chose the upper drawing, then signed the other one. Joel looked at the back of the his drawing and noticed that the date it was completed on was recent. I told him that all the drawings were done in the past two weeks.
   Trevor thoughtfully asked if I had a card. Embarrassed, I told them that I do, but didn't have any on me, and the pieces of paper that I did write my email/blog address on were in my friends bag. So embarrassing!! Trevor said that I needed to write something down in case they ever needed something else done... (wow) That meant that Trevor asked me to give him my email...never thought I'd see the day...

  I saw that Ty still hadn't made his way over to us so I moved onto Trevor's pieces. I gave him the option of choosing between a drawing and a painting.

   A smile appeared on his face as he took the painting in his hands. "It looks way better, man..." he started to say but trailed off as he saw the drawing. Wow, he mouthed as he moved closer to me to study the drawing. "Those veins are rocking, wow! This is crazy!" he said, touching the veins on the drawing.

   "So you have the choice of a drawing or a painting," I said, thinking he was going to take the drawing. "Well, this is on a canvas, so I don't want to take it if you want it," he said hesitantly, shifting the painting in his hand. "Oh, trust me, I can do it again," I said quickly. "Well, if that's ok then I'll take this one," he said, looking down at the painting. Eldra suggested that I write my email on the back of the painting, so I did that as Trevor signed the drawing for me.
  And this is where I almost just 'talked' or 'babbled' as I like to say. Eldra said I didn't talk all that much, but I know I was just rambling! But I'm blaming it on it being past 11pm, my wounded tongue (I bit it really hard right after the TFK concert. It bled a lot!), and the start of a cold. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
   A funny thing that I continue to laugh at is that when Trevor gave me his marker to write my email and blog on the back of his painting, I wrote both of them down, gave the painting back to him, but didn't give him the marker back. So as we're talking, I, always having to close pens after using them, struggled to pull the cap off of the marker. When I finished attempting to pull the cap off, I hand it back to Trevor, telling him that he put it on too tight. LOL!! The funny part is that I didn't notice that I was trying to twist the cap off  ^_^ 

I love this drawing so much it's my profile
here on blogger  ^_^
  I don't remember what happened next, because Eldra stopped filming, but I think that Trevor excused himself to talk with the remaining two people that were waiting. But what happened after I will NEVER forget!! The best reaction to a drawing I've EVER gotten!!
  Ty came over to see what all the commotion was about. Steve showed him the drawing I did of him. "Oh WOW!" he said, laughing, a huge smile on his face. "Dude, those are, wow, those are even better looking..." He trailed off because he was laughing so hard (in amazement).
   "Ty, you're not left out," I said, taking out the remaining two drawings. "Are you kidding me?" he asked. "But there's one you have to take because you can't sign it 'cuz there's no room," I admitted. He immediately sobered up, pushing a dreadlock aside. "'K. Deal." He shrugged, looked over at the camera and gave it a confused half-smile half-"I'm scared" look.
   "Ok so there's this, and this." I pulled out both the drawings. "Oh my gosh, WOW! Holy smokes, that looks awesome!" he exclaimed, a shocked look on his face. Trevor looked over from where he was talking with the two fans. "Old-school, Ty," Trevor laughs before turning back. "Yeah, that's me before the 'dreads." Ty pointed to the older drawing.
   "So you have to take this one, otherwise you have to sign your cheek," I stated. A bigger grin expanded on his face "Ok, deal! That's awesome, I can't believe...wow! How long does it take you to do one of those?"

Ty before his dreadlocks
The one he signed
for me.
   It was there that my mind completely blanked on me. I told him that it depends on the drawing. Ones like the Trevor drawing took me anywhere from a couple of hours up to two days. "That's it??" Ty said. "Dude, she got it man."
   "This one I completed in less than two hours! SO EASY!" I said. Ty dipped his head in amazement "Your kidding me?!"
   I told him that I was doing this one again, I loved it so much. "Yeah, yeah, do another! That's awesome." Ty encouraged. He then asked for my name. When I told him, he said he recognized me from some pictures on Facebook. That is where the video ended.
    Joel and Steve joined Trevor to talk with the remaining two people. Ty took the drawing in his hand to look at it closer. He kept on saying how much it looked like him. "Some people who draw, can get the drawings to look good, but there is something missing in their drawings," Ty said thoughtfully. I explained to him that it's because most people put the eyes in first because they can't stand seeing the person they're drawing without eyes.
   "Eyes are what makes the person come alive. If you put them in first, your drawing will turn out worse than if you put the eyes in last. Because if you put the eyes in first, you slack on the rest of the drawing because the eyes already look like them. But if you put the eyes in last, you will already have made everything else look like them. When you put the eyes in, it completes them," I explained quickly.
   "Yes, that's exactly it!" Ty tapped me on the shoulder in agreement. I think he was happy that it was clear to him now... >_>  :)
   We talked for a few minutes more, then he went and signed the posters for the two women. He came back and we talked about some personal stuff. Ty asked me if I ever thought about being a tattoo artist. I told him, "No, but I have designed a tattoo for a character in my sister's book."
   Then Ty called the three of them back so I can give/show them the two huge paintings. I had them placed together face to face, so I pulled out the one they'd see first. It was the one I wanted signed because it was the album cover and not the painting of the three of them.


   Steve's signature is on the right bottom corner (right above my signature), with Joel's right above it. Ty's next to her hair on the left hand side, and Trevor's right below the Welcome. Trevor signed his with 'T-Rawk, Thx! Thx!. YOU RULE!!'
   Trevor was excited to be taking the painting of the three of them (Steve, Joel and Trevor) back to his studio. It's funny though. I noticed that Ty and Joel were more attracted to drawings, while Steve and Trevor were drawn more to paintings. I told Trevor that he could take the painting back to his studio, if it wasn't too much trouble taking it on flights. He said that it'd be no problem to take it back home. And that is where the final video ended :(.
   Trevor thanked me again, than opened his arms for a hug, which I gladly took (hey! What can I say... It's Trevor). Joel came up and gave me a hug as well. Ty and I went to hug just as Eldra and Joel went to hug, so all four of us did a dodge-one-another move. Ty and I backed up so Joel could go through, laughed, then hugged! Ty also hugged Eldra, as I shook hands with Steve (I don't know why he didn't hug... but ok). We said our good-bye's as TFK exited the room. I noticed that TFK was out before us, and I told them so just as they left the room. Eldra and I gathered our things than, being the last fans there, exited ice level, and returned to the merchandise level.
   We met up with our family again. Eldra and I milled around because the rest of our family were now waiting for TFK. We ended up walking into, Melanie, Chris, Bodan and Travis as they packed up their merch. The band greeted us. We talked for a few minutes, I took pictures of their bass player, and said our goodbye's. Meanwhile, my dad and brother were waiting for TFK. They told me this story after.
   My dad was taking pictures of TFK, as my brother got them to sign his t-shirt. Because Trevor's voice was out, he only smiled and patted Goose on the shoulder. When Goose got to Ty, he asked him to sign his shirt. Ty nodded, smiled, and took the shirt. "This is the artist's brother," my dad said, pointing to Goose. Ty's eyes widened in recognition. "Your sister's amazing!!" he said in awe-struck voice. Goose and Dad laughed. Neither Goose or I remember what happened. My mom asked for a picture of us with the band. Goose stood beside Trevor, Eldra in front of Steve and Ty, with me being on Ty's right.
   We thanked the band and, it being past midnight, headed for the exit of the building. Goose opened the door, and who should be walking behind us, but Bodan. Carrying a heavy rubbermaid container filled with t-shirts. "Just keep that open," he called to Goose. So we end up walking and talking with Bodan. He said he couldn't wait to come back, so I told him that Chris was already planning on coming back to were I live next year. "OH! I can't wait for that!" he exclaimed. We say our final goodbye to him, and head for our vehicle.
   Because my aunt and uncle joined up with us about half way through the show, we ended up talking with them for another twenty minutes before finally getting in our vehicle. Then drove for a half hour to get home.
   Eldra and I didn't get into bed until after 2AM!!

GAAAA!!! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!! I arrived with 15 pieces of artwork, and left with 8. I LOVE IT!!!! :)
I wish I could have filmed the entire experience from start to finish, but, alas, it doesn't work that way. But there you have it! It. Is. FINISHED!!
I may eventually post the videos somewhere, so you awesome people can see the reactions. I don't know.

A week later, I posted the pictures on Facebook, and Travis, Bodan and Melanie used my drawings for their profile pictures! Not only that, but Travis's wife told me that their getting my drawing framed and it's getting hung somewhere in their house.

THEN, Melanie (Manafest's wife), did a blog post on her blog, about my drawings, and that the band wanted to thank me for them. AMAZING!! I didn't think that this one concert would've become this big!!

And I'm not bragging, I'm just really excited and want to share it with you.
Signed with a sharpie - Leauphaun

Saturday, October 15, 2011

O_O...no WAY! BEST DAY EVER!!! (Part 1)


CAN ANYONE SAY EPIC?!!!!!!!
Yes, I know that this post is a little late (Like, a couple of weeks), but I've had trouble writing it as I'm not the writer of the family. But I am really excited about this and I want it to feel almost like a diary/journal entry.
Click on pictures to make them bigger. Please, if you want to save any pictures, don't crop off my watermark. Thanks.
Ok, where to begin...

Well, I guess at the beginning...the title. Which got deleted.

It all started when one little hobbit came to me... nah I'm just fooling with ya ;)

Newsboys, TFK, Manafest, Manic Drive, Greg Sczebel + more = ONE HECK OF AN AWESOME TIME!!!!
I shall start from the beginning... literally.

No, really, it actually started like this...

    We arrived at the arena around 4:45pm. My dad pulled the van around to where the buses were parked, and we saw members from different bands playing hockey in the corner of the parking lot. We watched their skills for a moment, than found a parking spot. We got out, posed for our mom, who wanted a picture outside of the building, than Eldra and I went into the building to get information about our VIP tickets, while Mom, Dad and Goose went to go buy ear plugs for us, as we forgot ours at home.
    As they left, Eldra and I acquired our VIP passes and headed directly for TFK's merchandise table. We debated which t-shirts we were going to get and both decided on this one.
    After we bought our t-shirts, the guy who was managing TFK's table noticed that I had a large bag with me. He asked me what was in there. I told him it was artwork for some of the bands. He became quite interested and asked to see some of it. So I showed him the two TFK paintings that I did in 2010. He looked at them, laughed, than asked for a picture of me with the paintings. Eldra and I held the two drawings while he snapped a picture. He thanked us than helped the person at the TFK table.
   I noticed that the person that was managing Manafest's merch table was his wife, Melanie. I went up to her, introduced myself as being the artist behind the Manafest drawing (she had commented on it prior to this). We talked for a few minutes and I dropped a few hints as to what the drawing might be.
   Then Eldra and I got called to go with the rest of the VIP people to go to the locker room where we were to meet some of the bands. We walked with everyone into the locker room and found a place to sit and wait. Everyone in the room received a envelope with 2 CDs, a 9" x 11" poster of every band, plus more.
   Everyone immediately opened the packages and rifled through them, Eldra and I included. I got talking with some people about art and music to fill the time. Suddenly we heard the person who was organizing the VIP area say, "And welcome, Bread of Stone!". Everyone clapped their hands and a few cheers broke out as the band entered the room. The band circled the room, talking to people, signing objects (mostly posters or CDs). Eldra and I got the band to sign their CD for us. Nice guys.
   The excitement rose to a higher level when Greg Sczebel entered the room. He was really nice, and full of smiles as he made his way around. Eldra, Goose and I actually met him years ago when he came to our Grandma's church. As you can see in the background, Manafest came in just after Greg Sczebel (he got almost as loud a cheer).   ->

It didn't occur to me until later that Manafest was wearing Greg Sczebel's (fake) glasses. LOL!!! Eldra and I were like 'why is he wearing those glasses??'.
   Manafest entered the room and looked around as people were cheering. As he looked at me, I waved my hand slightly to show him where I was. He nodded briefly and waited for the introduction to end. He immediately came around the short way to where Eldra and I were standing. He talked with the two other couples before  reaching us. He approached with a smile, so I gave him a hello-hug. We talked for a few minutes before I displayed the drawing that I did for him. It was of his wife Melanie. He gasped and gingerly held it. I laughed and told him he could keep it. He looked at me unbelieving, thanked me, than hugged me again. He said it was going on the wall next to the drawing that I did of him. ^_^. (Melanie actually did a post on my artwork on her blog. BLEW. MY. MIND.)
   A few minutes after he left, Jodi King entered. She was only female artist on the entire tour! Unfortunately, she had to leave before she got halfway around the room because she was playing next. There's not really anything to tell about that.
   But then came the the bad news. The organizer came in and announced that TFK was taking a nap because they left at 1 in the morning the day before so that they could make this concert. But that meant that the Newsboys could come in sooner.
  "Welcome the Newsboys!!!" was what we heard as they exploded into the room! Haha, not really, but they did come in with lots of energy. Michael Tait, previously in the band Tait and dcTalk, was a whirlwind when he came around! It was basically a 'hi-bye' type of introduction that we got. Yeah, not that great, but the weird thing is that he isn't tall like he appears in photos. He's 5'6"...maybe! I'm taller than he is, with my height being 5' 9". Eldra is almost as tall as he is! It was quite weird. The drummer was interesting because he is quite short as well, but he also looks like Bono from U2. From the reflective glasses, clothing style, even the hair style, totally reminded me of Bono. It was weird! (in a good way). But he was bouncy, which Bono isn't.
   So the Newsboys were in and out quite quickly as opposed to the other bands, who had made their way around the room at a leisurely pace.

   We then left the room and headed up to the merchandise section to meet up with our family. We acquired our earplugs, water, and left to go to our second row seats. We get there and listed to Jodi Kings final song. Unfortunately, we missed Manic Drive who played first or second :(
   Eldra and I talked in-between Jodi King and Bread of Stone with some of the people that were sitting around us. Bread of Stone was pretty good live. They had a good stage presence, their lead singer had an awesome voice so that made the experience enjoyable. (Lead singer and Drummer) >

 
 Their guitarist <-.
   The next performer wasn't very interesting; Johnny Diaz was more of a country singer -- cool --  but didn't hold much interest for me. But the next guitarist, Jay Calder, was interesting. He had an different way of playing, strumming all the way up the neck, swapping hand positions, tapping the wood. Very interesting!! But it's hard to describe with just words, so I found a video on YouTube that is exactly what he played.

Jonny Diaz
   I didn't get any pictures of Jay Calder.

   Next was Manafest. AWESOME!!! The concert was exactly the same as the one that we went to in July as well as his live DVD (see video for the opening song on his DVD), with the exception of a few songs. He did Avalanche, Bounce, Impossible, Every time You Run, and Fire in the Kitchen. So it was a way smaller show than some of his others which was kind of sad. But hey, you can't always get everything you want. But man did they rock out!!
   At one point I was taking pictures of Bodan, when Manafest came up to him and was singing on his shoulder as he played his guitar. Bodan looked up to my camera and did this huge smile/jaw extension thing but the only shot I got out of it was a blurry picture. As Mana was playing one song, I noticed that Melanie was about 10 feet away from me taking pictures of her husband. I swung my camera around and snapped a picture of her taking a picture of Manafest! LOL! We both lowered our lenses at the same time and looked at each other. We exchanged nods and smiles before going back to taking pictures. Here are some of my favorite shots of Manafest's show.

 Bodan
Manafest with his temporary bass player
Travis

One of my favorite shots. Mana's shoe next to his skateboard
Melanie taking a picture of Mana
   I waited for Manafest's concert to be over for a few minutes before taking my leave to go and show the rest of his band the drawings.
   I jetted up to the top level (merch area), leaving my art bag with Eldra, who stayed for Greg Sczebel, as Manafest had arrived to do signings. A huge crowd that had gathered around Chris (Manafest) and Bodan. While I waited, holding my binder which held the drawings, I struck up a conversation with a girl who was waiting for the crowds to disappear so she could have a picture with Chris and Bo. We both watched the mayhem that swirled around as people took pictures of them, or hurriedly snagged an autograph. We laughed at moments where Chris was looking lost, or when people took goofy photos with them.
  About half way through, Melanie pushed her way through the crowd and dragged Chris back to the merchandise table to help her with a problem. On his way back, he went around the crowd and passed me and my new friend. He glanced up and a small smile appeared on his face. He high-fived me and my friend before bravely entering the chaos once again.
   Soon after, the craziness dissipated and my 'friend' asked me to take a picture of her with the Chris and Bodan, which of course I did. Chris gave me a smile as I approached Bodan with a grin on my face. Bodan instantly recognized me, finished signing for someone, and moved off to the side so we could talk. I greeted him then brought out the two drawings that I had done of him. "OH MY WORD!" he exclaimed when he saw both of them.
He got a surprised look on his face when I told him he could choose which one he would take home. Bodan immediately hugged me, then took both of them in his hands and gushed over them, indecisive over which one to take. "I don't want to take your favorite one if there's one you like better," he said after some time of studying them. "I like both of them, you need to choose the one you want!"
   He ended up taking the profile-ish drawing. I asked him to sign the other one, which he did happily. He exclaimed at how much it looked like him, then hugged me again, thanking me. He studied the drawing again as Manafest's bass player came over and motioned for Bodan to come and help with their equipment. He turned back to me and thanked me again. I quickly asked him if Travis was going to come out because I had two drawings to show him. Bodan assured me that Travis was going to come out later. "He's probably going to break down and cry when you show him them," he said half jokingly because I had shown Bodan the two drawings of Travis. I laughed and thanked Bo.

Jon Bauer with his drummer
   I went back to my seat and listened to Jon Bauer, who was a worship kind of band/guy. Cool, but not my style.
   After he was done I went back up top to see if Travis was out, which he was. And surrounded by fans. ^_^
   I waited a few minutes until I could get near enough to him without being squished. He glanced up and recognized me, which was surprising since I didn't think any of them, minus Chris, would've remembered me from the July concert.
   I talked with him for a few minutes while he signed stuff for kids, before showing him his drawings. As I was pulling them out, TFK started their show. I thought about running down but decided that I was already here with Travis so I might as well give him the drawing. So I pulled them out and showed them to him. He almost did break down and cry, like Bodan said, as he looked at the two drawings. He wow'd over them (much like Bodan did) and insisted that I choose which one for him to take. I insisted back that he should be the one to choose. He then chose the forward drawing to take, and signed the other drawing. My best friends' dad was passing by, stopped and shouted over the music, "That's my god-daughter!" which is one of the things he calls me (and Eldra; Goose is his god-son). Travis looked up at him, grinning like he won the lottery, finished signing my other drawing then thanked me by giving me a big bear hug. I excused myself after thanking him, rushed back to my seat, and sat down as Bring Me to Life swung into full gear.
   TFK WAS AWESOME!!!!! They are nothing BUT awesome!!! I missed The Invitation-Welcome to the Masquerade because of meeting Travis, but arrived during Bring me to Life. I spazzed to Eldra about Travis's reaction, than grabbed my camera to start taking pictures. I didn't start going nuts until the next song, Move. We were rocking so hard!! Watch the video to see what I mean (from YC 2010). Definitely my second favorite song live!! E for Extinction came up next and everyone jumped around like crazy, then came my uncle's favorite song, Falls Apart. SICK!!! And can anyone throw up their Rawkfist??!! That song live is INCREDIBLE!!! Ty (their guitarist) rocked his dreadlocks off, while Trevor bounced his way through the song.
   This time, Fire it Up didn't have any pyro, but it did have explosive guitar riffs and drum beats. But the best song was Puppet. One of their oldest, still performed, songs. It has to be my favorite song off of their live DVD, so I was really excited to see it live again!! This is the song that got me hooked on learning the guitar. Check out the video from the DVD.
EPIC!!! The bass in the song was so amazing that our hair was moving with the sound waves!! Joel rocked that bass to bits! But because Trevor had sung for almost 8 days straight, his voice was giving out slightly. That meant that his mic was turned down lower than usual. AH, it was TFK so what's not to love??... Something that I noticed is that Trevor has gone back to his 'Flame In All Of Us' hairstyle. His naturally dark hair color with the shock of blonde in front. Both Eldra and I loved the all blonde style, but I guess he was tired of dyeing it every 2 weeks or so just to cover up the roots. I think the blonde hair makes him look younger, while the older hairstyle makes the tour feel older...only with newer music O_o :)

   Here are some of the pictures that I took.

Trevor
Trever silhouette
Ty's silhouette
One of my favorite shots of the night - Ty
LOVE THE DREADLOCKS!!!
WOOT! This is my computer's background  :)
FAVORITE!!!
   But this ^ is my favorite shot of the entire night!! I was taking rapid-speed pictures when Ty looked up at my camera, a serious 'rock' look on his face. He then got this adorable smile, than did a 'WAAH' face. That I missed because of the lack of light. It was PRICELESS!!! This was the one picture of the 4 that turned out. I'll do a montage picture on my photography blog.

   I did get some pictures of Steve and Joel, but I still haven't finished them in Photoshop. I will post some more pictures on my photography blog as soon as I get everything done. They were Epically Epic!!

   TFK left the stage, and it was stripped down and the Newsboys stuff was brought out. It took them only about 10 minutes, but it felt more like 30. But BOY! WHAT AN ENTRANCE!! The guitarist and electronic guy stepped on the two small discs (about 5 ft across each) that got lifted 10 feet in the air as they played the intro. The drummer made his way up to his drums. Then came out Michael Tait. The arena literally exploded with cheers as he danced his way on stage. He has one of the most demanding stage presence that I've ever experienced. I don't really remember this concert as much, even though I saw most of it with my own eyes (instead of through a camera). I do remember that the Newsboys did use the catwalk, unlike the rest of the bands, and the lighting was strobe-like. My seat was one of Tait's main stop points for singing (there was one at the end of the catwalk, as well as at the very beginning) so that meant that whenever he turned around...yeah you get the idea...:P It was quite hilarious, yet weird.
   At one point in the show, this little girl, maybe 8 years old, was resting her arms on the catwalk watching Tait walk up and down the catwalk. He stopped during one song, knelt next to her, took one of her hands in his and gently kissed it. ^_^ SO CUTE!!!
   Another point was when they got the entire arena to sing Mighty to Save. It was very loud and awe-some. They also played a song that they've only done live once before. Some of the crowd knew it, and some of it didn't. That's about all I remember from the Newsboys show. Eldra probably said more in her post.

   ...the best thing that happened??? Yeah, it gets better *waggles eyebrows*

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And that is where I'm going to end this post, because it's already too long.

Signed with an Eagle - Leauphaun

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lord of the Rings Award

Thank you, James and Jacob, for giving me this award!!

Now, I know all of you want to know what my big post is about, and it's supposed to be posted by now. I'm working on it people :) I'm almost done!! I just need Eldra to help me with a few more things, then I'm done. It will be posted before the week is through!

Ok, now onto the award.


I have to answer the following questions.

1) - Who is your favorite LOTR character and why?
My favorite character is Legolas. Yes, yes, I know! The elf that everyone loves... or at least, as Eldra says, every fan girl loves...:/ (NO, that's not why he's my favorite). Elves are my favorite of all the races in Middle Earth. 'Nuff said.

2) - If you were in Middle Earth, what species would you be?
Uh, I am in Middle Earth. And I'm an elf called Leauphaun. Can't you see the ears?

3) - If you were in Middle Earth where would you be from?
Since I am in Middle Earth, I'm from Rivendell. I was lost when I was only a mellenia old and got picked up by Elrond's sons, Elladan and Elrohir. They took me back, and I was raised in Rivendell. Then, when I turned 1,500, I got sent to Earth where tips of my ears got cut off because I was supposed to look like Men. Here I am.
The story of my life :)

So I have to tag 5 other people.
I tag

Elizabeth

I know y'all are busy, so don't feel pressured into doing this.

Signed with cheesecake - Leauphaun

Saturday, October 8, 2011

It's Been Two Weeks...

Hello, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja, Other People and Geese. It's been two weeks since the most epic day of my life!!

Why have I not blogged about my most epic day?? Well, I have, I just haven't finished my post. Mmm-hmm. It's taken me two weeks to get my blog post completed. Or not completed, as the case is. I still haven't finished it!!!
I just wanted to update so you guys didn't think I disappeared O_o

HUGE blog post coming soon!!

Signed with a bowling ball - Leauphaun

Monday, September 19, 2011

School (NO! Not THAT!)

Welcome Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja and Other People! I am sitting, waiting for my computer to back up it's memory on DVD's. 'Tis boring work, but it has to be done. It's on disk 3 of 5. Blah O_o

Don't worry, about the title, it's not THAT bad ;)

Well, we decided what I am doing for school this year and we went with online school where you can pick what courses you want to take online. It is great, not awesome, but just great. I wouldn't say it's the next best thing since sliced bread, but it's ok.
So, what courses am I taking online, you ask?? I'm taking

-Christian Studies (Bible)
- Marketing (what makes people buy products, creating product images, etc...)
and
-Digital Arts (My FAVORITE)

So I haven't started my CS or M but I have started my digital arts. And I LOVE it!! Not gonna lie, it's a little tough, but it's all good :) *gets smug look* *SLAP* 'Leauphaun, it's not good for you wear that smug look. It doesn't become you' *rubs cheek sheepishly*

OK It's later and I'm really tired so excuse my randomness ;) (though I'm sure you all love it)
Yeah, I'm loving the digital course. For lesson 2 we had to draw 5 sketches of different things with the program GIMP using our tablets (in my case my Intous4).
Here are my lesson 2 projects. I'll post them in simplicity order.

Swan


Dog

Darth Vader
^_^

Eye

Lion
So these are my 5 sketches and I have NO idea what my marks are on them because my teacher hasn't looked at them yet  >_>

My two favorite are the Swan and Vader

Signed with a jellyfish - Leauphaun

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Meeting Other Bloggers!!! =D

Greetings Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja and Other People.

You will never guess who we, (Eldra, Goose and I), met at the art show...

You'll.                                         

Never.                      

Guess....


SQUEEKS, SON OF THE KING AND TORPEDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

They are such awesome people!!!

So. The story...well, a shortened version.

So, some of you may know that Squeeks and her brother, Son of the King (aka, SOTK), live about an hour away from Eldra, Goose and I. We decided to meet up at an art show that I had entered. Well, lets just say that it was a lot of fun meeting up and talk about stuff. Books, collage, Goose, Tim Hawkins, usernames, ninja, dragons, LOTR (of course!!), Obidiah, writing, artwork...Goose again :) lol

It was great.

Guys, it was awesome hanging out with you for that short hour and a half!!!! We have to get together soon!!!! ;)
Goose wanted me to give you guys the link to Tim Hawkins. Here it is, part 1.

Signed with a handshake - Leauphaun

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well, Well, Well...The Cat Finally Did It

Well, as the title says, the cat finally did it!
What did the cat, Lily, do??
She caught the mouse!!!!

Yes, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Ninja and Other People, our 'borrowed' cat caught the mouse that has been terrorizing our house for the last few months.

A few months ago, our dad saw this mouse in the storage room in our house. He attempted to kill it but the mouse is part ninja because it climbed along the stucco walls, and disappeared. Eldra saw the same mouse around 3 months ago, and it scared the living mustard out of the both of us by crawling around in our room. It also was crawling around the edges of our kitchen. Very unhygienic. That was the last straw!!
My dad got some traps to get rid of the mouse, but we only caught 2 baby mice and not the 'big daddy' mouse. The big mouse seemed to be too smart, for the peanut butter was eaten from the closed traps. So we acquired an old cat from our best friends while they were on vacation and have had here even since.
She is a really lazy cat, and she doesn't like to be held, but she finally earned her stay.
SHE CAUGHT THE MOUSE!!!

But with the recent information, given to me by Goose, she has now puked up the mouse head which she had previously eaten. YUCK >_<

Yup. She's an old cat.

Sorry if this upset your stomach (it upset mine)

Signed with Apple Barrel Paint - Leauphaun

Monday, August 22, 2011

Concerts, Artwork, and School

Hello fellow Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Ninja, and Other People. I hail to you from the land of the...well it would originally be something like Catan, but I'm not that epic. So I hail to you from sunny Canada. Or not so sunny as it is cloudy outside.

I have just spazzed to my hearts content because I learned that my family and I are going to a concert in late September. The concert is called MapleNoise 'cuz it is a Canadian tour only. I AM TOTALLY EXCITED!!!! There aren't many 'Canadian Only' tours that happen, so this makes this a really special tour.
But it's funny how this tour got started. Fans of Manafest kept telling Chris (Manafest) that his friend, who had sung in some of Mana's hits, HAD to come out and perform alongside him. Chris heard the cries of the fans and organized it so his friend could come on stage.
Well, that "friend" wasn't just some singer. It is Trevor McNevan of the band Thousand Foot Krutch, and FM Static. So since Trevor is pretty busy with his own two bands he never had enough time (not to mention vocal strength) to come on stage and perform his own band, and then Manafest's. But this time the people were heard and they decided to do it. But since they are both Canadian (and friends since way back) they made it a Canadian tour only, to which most American fans are most displeased. But I'm not trying to gloat this over you, I'm just REALLY excited.

And that leads me to the second topic. Artwork.
I have been up to my neck in artwork projects!! This past May, I entered into this huge art gallery-thingy (I can't give the real name otherwise it would give away my real home). Well, I entered in May, and had June, July and all of August to get my artwork completed for this September gallery, but I kind of left it till August to complete them all. My bad.
So I have to submit 10 pieces of art and display them over 2 days in September, in which I can sell them, get commissions, or just display them. I am excited for that, but I STILL have 3 pieces to complete, even though one is a theme piece that won't be at the art thingy, but will be displayed for a month at a ANOTHER gallery. Even though it is connected to this art thingy. Am I making any sense??!! If not than try the best you can ;)

And the third and final topic...School. We all love it, need it, but hate it (not literal; school is good)
But if you don't know what 'you' are doing for school it can be a real bummer. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to a Christian school just down the road, or if I should stay homeschooled, or if I should do Online School with some classes in school. I really don't know, and I really don't know why I'm telling you guys this, but ok...

Anyhoo, this is a really random post because it is spur-of-the-moment, but I haven't blogged in a long while and I needed to do one. Thanks for reading this blabbah post.

Ah, and I see some of the readers have voted on my pole (yes, you think I never check them, but I do...)
And the results are...

If you could be an animal, what would you be?
Platapus: 1     
Manatee: 2       
Vinagroon: 1         
Stork!: 3   
Sloth: 3  
I have no idea what any of these animals are: 2 
                                                   

So the it is tie for a Stork!, and a Sloth. And that would probably be because nobody really likes the other ones. Hey, I would want to be a Manatee or Platapus...just saying ;)

Signed with a Black Hoodie - Leauphaun

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pizza Party + Manafest Concert: 2011

PIZZA PARTY!!!!!!

Yes, fellow Elves, Dwarves, Other People and Ninja.
Eldra, Goose, a friend of Gooses' and I, had a pizza party. With Manafest!
Ok, ok, maybe I should start at the beginning.
Saturday evening I randomly checked Manafest's tour dates to see when he was going to be playing nearest to where I live. To my utter astonishment I look to see that in 3 days he was going to be in MY CITY. Where I live it is more unusual to have bigger bands come, but the occasional band will drop in.
So I checked for the price of tickets, but couldn't find any prices on the website. My mom ended up calling the church and asking for more information. She found out that it was not only a Manafest concert, but a pizza party also. The deal? It was only $5 (per person) for the entire thing!!

Eldra and I decided to surprise our brother with the concert. We told him he was going for a haircut (which he HATES to get) and he was pretty disappointed. But that morning we dragged him to his room and turned on the video cameras. He was nervous at first when we cornered him and started filming him. We told him that he was no longer going for a haircut but going to a pizza party, to which he raised an eyebrow and said nonchalantly, 'cool'...with Manafest. His eyes bugged out for a second, than he got a disbelieving look on his face. He didn't think that we were telling the truth. We had to get our mom to confirm it before he actually got excited. :) I guess the jokes on us, eh Eldra??

Tuesday = Concert day :)

We arrive at the church and see that not even 100 people were going to be attending the concert. That means...mosh-pit!!! There wasn't even enough people for a legit mosh-pit, but it was still awesome :)

When the band came out the audience couldn't have been more awkward!! Half of the crowd didn't know whether to clap or cheer, or just be quiet when the Travis (the drummer) and Bodan (The guitarist) came out. It wasn't until Manafest came out that the cheering was loud. Totally awkward!!! :P

Manafest had some funny lines throughout the evening. I'm sure that, for those of you who have seen him on this tour, have seen/heard most of the same stuff. Like when he was talking about his Japan tour, he spouted off some words in Japanese which had the crowd in hysterics.
Manafest also had some advice for the guys. Today was him and his wife's 8th wedding anniversary which he had to give up to play for us. His advice?? Happy wife, happy life :)

Since I had already seen Manafest with this concert setup I could focus on other parts of the concert instead of just him. My favorite part of the concert was, believe it or not, the guitar. I love how the guitar parts sound live in comparison to the studio. I have been wanting to learn to play guitar for quite some time, and this concert just confirmed it. Well, having Bodan (the guitarist) encourage me to pick it up was the ticket ;)

So all-in-all the concert was awesome.

After the concert ended the pizza was brought out along with the band. Eldra treated me to a Manafest T-shirt so that we could get the band's signatures. THANKS ELDRA!!!!!!
I ended up showing Manafest this drawing, which he signed for me :)

Something funny happened. When I showed Chris the drawing of him he remembered me from YC Alberta 2010, and told me that other people had seen my drawing and done their own versions from it. I was bumfuzzled!!!!!! I had no idea that my drawing had that sort of an impact on other artists.

Like Eldra said in her post, we (Eldra, Goose our friend and I) were waiting outside for my mom and dad to pick us up when Chris came around with the band trailer to load the equipment up. He honked his horn at us and waved. We waved back and I hollered at him "Don't crash the van!" (he crashed the trailer before ).
He rolled down his window and said to us, jokingly, "Want to come on tour with me?"
Goose replied with "ROAD TRIP, ROAD TRIP!" while the rest of us cheered.

I ended up getting pictures of Bodan and Travis to draw, so look out for those soon!!!!!
CAN'T WAIT FOR SEPTEMBER FOR THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, THE NEWSBOYS AND MANAFEST TO COME!!!!!!!! Squeaks? Eldra?? Party time???
*sighs happily*

I know that that wasn't the most well written post ever, but I'm so excited!!! I'm sorry :3


Signed with a blueberry - Leauphaun