Happiness Begins

Happiness Begins

The Jonas Brothers are back!

And we are HERE FOR IT.

We bought tickets back in May for the concert, and it was finally here!

Alden came to visit to see the show and we had a great weekend, but this was the cherry on top!

We headed to Tulsa Sunday after church and lunch. We parked and walked to Roof 66, a really neat rooftop bar.

We saw some cool views of the city and had dinner and cocktails.

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The whole crew! Becca and Laura (coworkers), Alden, me and Mary Elaine (Laura’s sister).

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I just love Tulsa.

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(oops in the wrong order, but let’s backtrack) Before we got to dinner, we stopped at Whimsey Cookie for some sweets. We all got a couple to sample and they were yummy!

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Hard to see, but they renamed the street in front of the arena Jo Bros Boulevard.

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And they had a HUGE Happiness Begins sign on top. We had to wait in line to get into the BOK because they were like totally sold out.

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Bebe Rexa opened for them. She was good.

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But one of the best parts was the live DJ in between the opening acts and the Jo Bros. We stood and danced like crazy people almost the whole time.

But then, the Jonas Brothers appeared.

And we lost our minds.

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We were on the lower bowl close to the stage. We bought the tickets at the first presale, and to be honest, we were almost “too” close because we were almost behind the stage. One song when they stayed up in the set we couldn’t see them. But other wise, we were right by the walkway they came down on the sides.

*blurry phone concert pics but whatever*

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Bless it, but the lady in front of us couldn’t hang and she fell asleep sitting in her chair during the show.

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This was probably my favorite moment. Cake by the Ocean was just really fun with the dancing wobbly men thingies. (do those things like names? I don’t know)

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The encores were AWESOME. Burning Up and Sucker. And the fire and fireworks during them were a fun touch.

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So fun to see this show with these friends. Alden, especially. She’s been a big Jo Bro fan for years and this was her first time to see them. She may have cried happy tears (I’ve been guilty of concert crying at Hanson shows). I was glad to experience it with her.


Hot in Here

Back in March, me and some coworkers (turned friends over the years) bought tickets to see Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida at an outdoor venue.

We were not thinking. An outdoor concert. In August. In Arkansas.

In the words of Nelly, it was hot in here out there.

But man, it was FUN.

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It started with Flo Rida. We loved hearing all his fun hits, and I LOVED his rhinestone shades. (Fun tip: In mine and Tyler’s first dance at our wedding, we broke into his “Apple bottom jeans…boots with the fur” song. It surprised everyone, including our DJ.)

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Next up was TLC. We only knew a few of their songs (sorry for the hardcore TLC fans) but they were good and fun.

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But we did LOVE when they played No Scrubs and Waterfalls. Classics.

And goodness at her ABS!

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During Waterfalls, they played Chili’s rap portion in her memory and the stadium lit up with phone lights.

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But the main part of the party was NELLY!  We knew like 90% of what he played (hello junior high and high school dances!) and we had the time of our lives rapping and dancing and singing.

(also peep the background dancers. They were a bit scandalous during the entire show)

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We may have been exhausted from getting home after 1 a.m. (and going to work at 7 the next morning) and basically getting heat exhaustion, but it was worth it. Always say yes to the adventures. The fun is never wasted.


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).