Mama’s Song

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 30, 2010

16 DAYS!! :mrgreen:

I watched my first-ever episode of Glee this week. I know, I know – I’m late to the party. But I figured there was no better time to start watching than an episode dedicated to Britney Spears.


As I expected, I was blown away by the singing and dancing! I was immediately brought back to my younger years when Britney was, well, Britney and every song she released was like gold (or platinum, as it were). The renditions of her very best hits were fantastic.

The episode really got me thinking about the power of music. It can make you laugh heartily, cry tears of joy or sadness, bring back distant memories or move you one step forward into the future.

Which is why I am so pleased with how the music selection for our wedding went this past weekend. I am most excited for the very ending. I can’t share it right now, but it is going to be wonderful!

I am also thrilled that our music director was able to incorporate the instrumental version of Carrie Underwood’s Mama’s Song into the prelude of the ceremony. My mom has been listening to this song on repeat all summer long and the video just recently came out. I started bawling, of course.

Much more details to come, but let’s just say that music is a very powerful thing in my family.


Speaking of family, I was delighted to have the opportunity to see my cousin Kelli last week! You may remember the guest vlog post she did for me back in February. In a word, she is awesome.

Kelli and I met up with Jill (center) for breakfast at the ever-delicious Yolk last week. I have been obsessed with this place ever since the Healthy Living Summit, so it seemed the most logical choice.

After perusing the menu, I decided to go with an old breakfast favorite: the Mediterranean Omelette.

As usual, it did not disappoint. Chock full of tomatoes, spinach, kalamata olives and feta cheese, I had to slow myself down to savor every bite because it was just so tasty!

I also had some whole wheat toast with jam on the side.

It was wonderful to catch up with Kelli. She is technically my second cousin – growing up in a family where my dad was the oldest of 10 kids, you would be amazed that I was the first and only “daughter” among my dad’s brothers and sisters until I was 12. Considering we now have 20 cousins total, that wasn’t an easy feat. šŸ˜‰ Kelli is my dad’s cousin’s daughter (how is that for a mouthful?) and we always stuck together at weddings, picnics and reunions. We also rode our first roller coaster together – the old Rickshaw at Camp Snoopy in the Mall of America!


It promises to be a crazy couple of weeks around here! I can’t wait until I can reveal all the details of the wedding. I’m just about bursting to show and tell all of you.

Can you recall a specific memory or emotion that you are reminded of through music?


1 Tracey September 30, 2010 at 11:52 am

Music has always been an important part of my life. When I was younger I wasn’t able to express my emotions, to other people, using words. The only way people could really get to know me was through music. Sounds strange but music was THAT important to me. It was the best way I could communicate. I not only listened to the radio and identified with songs but I also played insruments, sang alot and was pretty good at it;)

My family and friends know this about me and are shocked that I don’t watch American Idol or Glee. I’ve just never gotten into either one of those shows.

Your wedding is so close! I hope it is everything you want it to be and more:)

2 lesouefsbrouilles September 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

that omelette is making my mouth water like crazy!

3 Erica September 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I haven’t watched this episode of glee yet! I have it DVRd. With Josh’s parents visiting….I missed most of my shows. Totally worth missing all my shows- but I cannot wait to catch up. That looks like a fantastic breakfast. Love a big veggie filled omelet. I think I say it every time you mention your wedding- but I can’t wait to see the pictures <3

4 Sarah R September 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

So excited for you and Bobby! And I can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

5 elise September 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm

16 days!!!!!! ahhhhhh!!!

ps you def tuned in for THE BEST glee episode ever. ive watched it 3 times now…haha

6 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I’ve never seen Glee (can you believe it!) but if they had an episode dedicated to Britney then it must be good! šŸ˜‰ I used to love Britney when I was younger,

7 inmytummy September 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I saw my first episode of Glee last week.

Pretty much all my favorite songs remind me of specific events or people.

8 BroccoliHut September 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I, too, am drooling over that omelet.
Welcome to Gleek land!

9 CaSaundra October 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

I haven’t watched Glee yet either, so don’t feel bad! I spose I should catch an episode sooner or later to see what the hype is all about!

10 Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition October 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I’m with you girl! I watched my first episode of Glee this week also. No wonder there’s so much talk about the show–I LOVED it!! Right up my alley–plus the Britney episode didn’t hurt :)

11 Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Glee’s fun! The story’s kind of silly, but I love the music and production values.

I have a few bands and musicals I associate with certain points of my life. Like, I always feel nostalgic for my freshman college when I hear Trans-Siberian Orchestra, because I listened to it a lot during the cold weather there…which was often.

12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

That omelet looks perfect! I wish I had somewhere here to have something like that! YUM! Music creates so many memories for me. We listen to music all the time and it is such an eclectic variety there is always some sort of memory going on. Enjoy your weekend!

13 thehealthyreminder October 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Can you believe I’ve never been to Yolk? I am dying to go though!
I am excited that your wedding plans are coming along! Talk to you soon! :)

14 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I love the way that music takes me back to specific memories. Especially the ones from when I was younger. The second I hear a Britney song, I can picture my friend and I dancing in her living room when we were like 10! I also listen to music based on my mood. If I’m feeling sad about something, listening to inspirational music lifts my spirits. I’m definitely a music lover :)

15 Jenn (eating bender) October 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

I fondly remember the living room dances when I was a kid. :) And I agree that music can totally go along with any particular mood we may be in. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

16 MarathonVal October 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I just ate at Yolk this morning for the first time!! It was so good…. I can now see why there are lines around the block :) Enjoy the next couple weeks Miss Jenn! The days will go by fast so soak everything up :)

17 Bobbi October 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Ok I know your like getting married soon, but I hope I can meet you in Chicago!!!!

18 October 4, 2010 at 12:23 am


19 Krissy October 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! And it’s ironic that the first post I read mentions Carrie Underwood’s new song – my cousin co-wrote that song!!! I bet it will be beautiful at your wedding!

20 Jenn (eating bender) October 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hi Krissy! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I am definitely in awe of your cousin – I can’t wait to tell my mom that she co-wrote that song! Looking forward to checking out your blog and starting to chat with you. :) Have a fabulous day!

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