A Photo A Day | July 22 – 28

So I am indeed a slacker.  Missed a couple of days.

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MONDAY face nuzzling morning snuggling ūüôā

TUESDAY Carter came to visit at the end of my Book Party and miss Hannah read him a little story (I have written a children’s book and I summoned some close friends over for a reading of it to work out any last minute kinks before I send it out to agents)

WEDNESDAY a newborn session with new little Krueger

FRIDAY Citizen Way at Discovery Church in Elgin, IL

SATURDAY Joanne + Nick are married! (full blog post coming soon)

What’s your favorite this week?

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Citizen Way at the K-LOVE Fan Awards

Citizen Way performed at the K-LOVE Fan Awards this year. ¬†Many of you friends have been asking about the experience and asking for photos… well today is finally the day! ¬†Sorry for the hold up ūüėČ

Josh, my mom, and I devoted the whole week to Nashville exploits.  The first couple of days we all paraded aroud together but before long Josh got busy with various K-LOVE Fan Awards related activities so my mom and I continued the fun just the two of us (for the full week of fun in photos and story CLICK HERE).

Time flew and suddenly we were standing outside the Ryman Auditorium.  The guys were immediately sent down the red carpet.  Though wives are welcome to walk down it was recommended we let the guys fly solo to better enhance the two sets of brothers dynamic.  So Alison and I skirted up the sidelines and waited for them at the end.  They guys were naturals Рeasy talkers with ready smiles.  I was a grinning fool at the back just gushing over with pride for my hardworking and completely adorable husband.  I watched as they were dragged through all the interview lines; they never missed a beat even though microphones were continuously shoved in their faces and cameras and lights constantly lingered overhead (Josh was featured on a video, CLICK HERE to see it).

I finally got to lace fingers with my hubs again and we slowly filed inside to find our seats.  We, and all the artists and their peeps, were seated on the main floor of the auditorium while all the fans packed the balcony seats Рthere were 1,200 seats filled by the artists, label representatives, managers, and the artists various family members and the remaining 1,800 seats were filled by all the fans.

The festivities started with a hoppin’ performance put on by Toby Mac and then the Duck Dynasty stars took the stage as our emcee’s for the evening. ¬†The ceremony was a sort of rotation going from Ducky Dynasty, to award presenters, to interviews, to videos, to live performances and on.

Citizen Way‘s performance slot was near the beginning of the evening. ¬†I have never been so proud in my whole life as when I watched my starry-eyed husband take the stage. ¬†There was a moment in the show when he backed away from his microphone just to listen as the whole audience sang along – I can’t imagine how incredible it would be to not only see that load of fans but also his favorite artists singing along to their song.

Other moments in the ceremony that stand out are when For King and Country had a party on stage as they ran around crashing cymbals and jumping off pianos, when Natalie Grant brought Kari Jobe on stage with her and rocked our hearts out in worship, when K-LOVE presented an award to the brother of a crippled little girl for loving on his sister with such devotion (CLICK HERE for a highlight about that), and when they closed the night by bringing all the artists on stage to lead us in worship.

After all four hours of visual and emotional stimulation my belly was so empty my strapless dress threatened to fall down, my feet so sore I couldn’t feel my toes, and I was simply¬†ready to crumple up and sleep but the night wasn’t over, we still had an after party to attend to. ¬†The after party was a mingling event for the artists where there was food and live jazz music. ¬†We made it long enough to satiate our hunger and meet a few more of Josh’s musician friends but then we snuck out and made for our sheets.

Below are some photos from Citizen Way‘s sound check at the Ryman and I included the collection of images I grabbed with my iPhone of the actual awards ceremony too.

What was one of the proudest moments in your life?

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For more blog posts about Citizen Way CLICK HERE

Citizen Way at Christ Community Church

Last week Citizen Way played for Christ Community Church‘s senior graduation party. ¬†All the students came clad in fancy gowns escorted by various family members. ¬†They spent an hour enjoying hors¬†d’oeuvres and jazz music. ¬†Then they were ushered into this auditorium for a graduation speech and the Citizen Way concert.

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Citizen Way at Cup O’ Joy

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Cup O’ Joy, Green Bay, WI

Citizen Way held their second CD release party at Cup O’ Joy in Green Bay, Wisconsin last week. ¬†Their first one was held at Judson University the day of the release and their third one, for the Chicagoland area, will be held tomorrow at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville. ¬†If you don’t have the album yet you¬†need¬†to buy it (CLICK HERE if you’re on the hunt).

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for these guys as they rose in popularity insanely fast. ¬†They just got of a national tour with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, and MIKESCHAIR. ¬†For the summer they get to spend a little more time at home with “one offs”¬†beckoning¬†them out for a show here and a festival there.

Anyway, back to last week, Citizen Way piled in their new van and made out for Green Bay.  The venue piled over with people!  This is was the first show they performed their whole album and boy did they knock it out of the park!  Such a cool venue with such sweet and loving people.

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a Photo a Day | May 6 – 12

 

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MONDAY  evening light

TUESDAY  *Black Bean Soup and **Cornbread Muffins for dinner with our new roomies, SUPER delicious!

WEDNESDAY ¬†Rolling Green Country Club¬†member’s portraits (full blog post coming soon)

THURSDAY  flowering trees smell wonderful

FRIDAY ¬†Citizen Way¬†at¬†Cup O’ Joy¬†in Green Bay, WI (full blog post coming soon… for more Citizen Way CLICK HERE)

SATURDAY  dramatic wedding weather

SUNDAY  spring flowers

To see other “a Photo a Day” blog posts CLICK HERE.

* There wasn’t nearly enough flavor for me so I doubled the Cumin, Chile Powder (though I only used one kind), and Cilantro and added some sea salt and fresh black pepper.

** I made them as muffins and didn’t toast them. ¬†Bake time was 20 minutes. ¬†I used Silk Almond Milk Original Flavor instead of milk and I added some honey to the batter mix