Shawn Mendes: The Tour

Shawn Mendes: The Tour

Back in October when mom and I went to Ed Sheeran, they were advertising a Shawn Mendes concert….and I was so eager to go! Thank goodness, I realized he was coming to Tulsa (which was closer than Kansas City), and we bought tickets. Originally, it was Caitlyn’s Christmas present, and me, my mom and aunt Sandy were going to take her. Well, Sandy decided Cait would have more fun with a friend…so mom and I chaperoned the girls. ha!

After our family day in Tulsa, we changed in the QT bathroom.  Nothing like a gas station get ready party! ha!

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The girls were SO fun and had a great time.

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And mom and I did too, after these giant margaritas! ha!

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Shawn was unbelievable. For someone who is only 20 and who’s only been on the scene for a few years, he commanded the stage. He’s very talented (and handsome, too…ha!), but he was so wonderful. Sometimes solo acts can get sort of boring, but he had energy and talent and charisma. I was really impressed.

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He played all of our favorite songs! And our seats were great- in the lower bowl right by the stage. We were in the “club level” area, so the seats are more comfortable too.  I’ll be trying to get those sections again for other shows! ha!

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It was a late night- coming back from Tulsa after a show always is. But it’s always worth it.  I’ve said it before, but I love live music. And it’s even better when they sound better live than they do recorded- and Shawn definitely did!


The Magic of Sesame Street Live

The Magic of Sesame Street Live

Way back in June, I bought us tickets to see Sesame Street Live. Remi was into Sesame Street (she still is, I mean, we had a Sesame Street 2nd birthday party), but after seeing them, I’m pretty sure it’s solidly her favorite thing again.

We bought tickets to the show (front row! I had a presale code and was apparently the first person to buy tickets and had the pick of the venue) and the preshow, which was worth EVERY PENNY.

At the preshow, we got to wait in line and go on stage and meet three characters (Cookie Monster, Abby and Elmo).  Initially, I panicked because they gave us colored stickers and they were like “Group Red, go on stage and meet people! Group blue, go do a scavenger hunt!” and we had blue stickers.  I was like “Um….we bought a meet and greet?” But they just split the group up for crowd control. Blue group got to go second. All was good.

Remi was SO EXCITED. She initially ran to Cookie Monster, then at the last second turned and ran back to me. But once she was safe with Momma, she wanted to hug him. (can you see her open mouth excited face?)

Look at that cheesy grin! They had cast members on stage who held our bags (because you don’t want a purse on in the photos!) and who took pics. They took Mimi’s phone and took like 60 pictures while we met the three characters, which was SO NICE so we could enjoy the moment and not have to stress trying to capture photos.

After Cookie, she met Abby, who she ADORES. She literally ran into Abby’s arms. She got to touch Abby’s magic wand, too.

She was SO PROUD standing next to Abby.

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And of course, her Abby doll had to join our group photo. (Also can we talk about the amazing costumes? I couldn’t see the person inside AT ALL. Very magical. I have no idea how they saw outside the costume.  The eyes didn’t seem mesh or anything)

She gave Abby a parting high five. We weren’t rushed through the experience at all.

Next up was Elmo! She basically ran from Abby to Elmo.

She ran up the step and gave him a big hug! (I may have happy teared up watching how excited she was!)

Elmo just picked her up and loved on her. It was just the sweetest.

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After the preshow, we went back into the lobby where they had a new character, Maya, interacting with all the kids. We also got a souvenir (a bubble wand-so many bubbles) and then it was showtime!

Remi had LOTS of room to dance during the show. It was really great. The show was quality- great dancers and a lead singer (the premise was a magician doing a show on Sesame Street and teaching Elmo how to do magic and finding magic everywhere). She was in awe everytime a new character came out (on top of the ones we already met, we saw Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Gonger, the Count and Mr. Noodle)

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It was a FANTASTIC experience, and totally worth the long day (since it was a workday, we had a day then drove to Tulsa, saw the show and drove home).


Ed Sheeran in KC

Ed Sheeran in KC

A sweet friend at work always talks to me about concerts. She is ALWAYS seeing shows and knows I love live music (just not currently in a season to go all the time).

Well, she won 4 tickets to see Ed Sheeran in Kansas City and GAVE ME TWO OF THEM.

It wasn’t the most ideal weekend, and I had to make plans short notice, but I made it work.

Mom and I set out on Saturday late morning headed to Kansas City.  It’s not a bad drive- around 4.5 hours.

 

Well 2 hours in, a warning light came on. I had a bad feeling and had mom look it up in my owner’s manual. Well, it was a bad light- a “pull over immediately” light for my hybrid system.

We were about 30 minutes from Joplin, so I called their Toyota dealership and they were able to get us in.  They were THE MOST HELPFUL WONDERFUL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. SHOUT OUT TO FLETCHER TOYOTA IN JOPLIN.

We had to wait a bit while they checked it out, and they told us they might not get it fixed on Saturday- so they gave us a loaner car!

I left ole Percy the Prius in this state and drove away.

We made it to Kansas City at 6, and the show started at 7. We were “only” 15 minutes away, but with 50,000 people going to the show, we knew traffic would be bad.  My friend Laura and her sister were already there, so we took an Uber to the show and it was an adventure.

Traffic was CRAZY, so we kept rerouting. She got us close, but we hopped out and finished walking, since we could go faster on foot than in the car.  We had to hop a fence, slide-walk down two muddy hills and get into the stadium.

We missed the first opening act, Lauv, but then caught up with Laura and her sister waiting on Snow Patrol, the second opening act.  Surprisingly, though they won the 4 tickets together, the seats weren’t together.

We got back to our seats in time for Ed Sheeran, and y’all.  He was AMAZING. I was a fan before, but after his show, I’m a super fan. He is so talented- he played EVERYTHING during the show using a loop pedal. He played guitar, bass and drums with his guitar, he recorded his background vocals and sang better than you hear on the radio.

It was amazing.

We were able to pick my car up on the way home Sunday after a quick breakfast at the hotel and stop by Trader Joe’s (a sweet service adviser met us even though the dealership was closed!) and got home Sunday afternoon.

 

The crazy trip was SO WORTH IT for the amazing show.


Let’s Go Girls

Let’s Go Girls

In August of 2017, me and some friends bought tickets to see Shania Twain.  YES. Like 9-10 months ago. We were SO EXCITED.

It was a weekday, so we didn’t get to spend tons of time together (I drove in after work and drove home after), but we had a BLAST during the show.

It’s funny that these three friends went to high school together (they were each a year apart) but we ended up as Tri Chi (sorority) sisters, all in the same family.  Alden (on the right) is my little sister, Jessie (next to her) is hers, and Haley (next to me) is further down the fam.  Love it!

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We had a GREAT night. Shania is QUEEN. She did play a few new songs, but mostly the hits.  We JAMMED OUT. Pretty sure everyone around us was annoyed at the way we were having so much fun singing and dancing. #sorrynotsorry

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I don’t get to go to every show I want to (money and time) but when I do, they don’t disappoint.  SO GLAD we got to see Shania.