Friday, March 10, 2017

Five on Friday - Favorites

Frrrriiiiday!!!!  I’m so looking forward to this weekend!  I am not, however, looking forward to losing an hour of sleep this weekend and having to put two kids to bed on Sunday while it’s still light outside.  Whoever invented daylight savings time obviously didn’t have kids.  ;o)

Now for some faves from the week!

O N E – Another Week, Another Concert

Wednesday evening this week B and I skipped out of work early, left the kiddos with a sitter, and then headed to Atlanta to see The Lumineers in concert.  We have been listening to them since their first album debuted back in 2012 and we have been loyal followers ever since.  We were able to see them in concert a few years ago when they opened for Dave Matthews Band, but they didn’t play a full set since they weren’t the headliner, plus we missed the first few songs due to the horrible traffic coming in to the venue, so needless to say, I was dying to see them again. 

When they put out their second album last year B and I were crossing our fingers for another tour and we were so happy to see Atlanta on the list.  Y’all, they were incredible.  I have been to loads of concerts in my adult life, and this one probably ranks in my top five.  It was that good.  There is just so much talent in their group, and they are so unique. 

It took forever to get there because #ATLTraffic but we ended up arriving just as the first opening band started (they had two openers).  B and I grabbed some dinner in the venue before heading to our seats – a burger and a Blue Moon for me, and a hot dog and a Bud Light for him – and we also happened to see my cousin there.  Random! 

Our seats were tenth row on the floor on the aisle dead center in front of the stage.  So good!  Halfway through the show, the whole band came down from the stage and walked up the aisle to another stage that was in the middle of the floor.  So for two concerts in a row now, the band members have walked RIGHT BY us.  So cool.  I’m totally fangirling here, I know.

They sang all but two of the songs from their first album, and almost all of the songs from their second album as well, plus that old Tom Petty song “Walls” (one of my favorites!) and a Bob Dylan song that B and I weren’t super familiar with.  They.  Were.  Phenomenal.  The whole performance was just amazing – the lights, the singing, the interaction with the audience, and the confetti that shot out all over us after one of the songs – seriously so great.  We will definitely be seeing them again if they are nearby.

We didn’t get home until after 1 AM and we had to be up at 6 AM to get to school and work, but every single second of the struggle bus on Thursday was worth it!


 












T W O – Feature

Chelsea at And Then Life contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if she could feature me on her blog.  I was very excited to say yes, of course!  You can read the post here.  Thank you again, Chelsea!  You are so sweet!

T H R E E – Olivia’s Well Visit

This past week was Olivia’s 3 year well visit.  While we waited, I wrote each of the letters of the alphabet on the chalkboard in our room and she identified almost every single one!  I have been working with her a little on letters for at least a year, but for some reason she has always struggled to remember which ones are which (she usually only remembers I, L, O, Q, R, and Y).  Well, they have been working on letters at school a lot these last few months and it seems to be working. 

The difference?  They are associating each letter with one of the kids in the class based on the first letters of their names… that has completely made everything click for her!  I will now write a letter and she’ll say, “A for Addison!  B for Brooks!  C for Cade!  G for Grant!  J for Jack!  L for Lucy!  O for Olivia!  S for Sarah!”  and so on.

So just an FYI, if letters aren’t clicking with your little one then try associating them with the names of family members or friends (apparently that works better for Olivia than associating them with objects).  (And just for the record, I’m well aware that she just turned three and that it’s completely OK and totally normal for her to not know the alphabet yet.  Jacob was just a freakishly early learner of the alphabet – he knew all of his letters before he was one and a half – so this is just new territory for us.)

Anyway, I’m totally off subject now – happens all the time – so let’s get back to the appointment.  Some stats:

32 lbs. – 70th percentile
39 inches – 85th percentile

We also had her tubes checked this week and we found out that the tube in her right ear is still in tact and looking perfect, but the tube in her left ear is completely out.  #PleaseLordDontLetTheEarInfectionsStartBackUp

Here she is with the sunshine that she drew all by herself.  She was so proud!


F O U R – Ed Sheeran Tour Dates Announced

When we were sitting at the venue Wednesday night waiting for The Lumineers to start, I glanced up at the announcement boards at one point only to see:

ED SHEERAN – August 25

WHAAAAT?!  I immediately Googled it, and sure enough, this past Wednesday he announced his North America tour, and he’s going to be in our neck of the woods in August!  #Dying

He is currently #1 on my concert bucket list and his new album has been on repeat since I bought it a week ago.  It is fantastic.  If you haven’t checked it out already, do so.  And make sure you have tissues handy when you listen to Supermarket Flowers.  I have heard it six or seven times now and I still cry every time. 

Tickets go on sale next week, so you better believe I will be waiting patiently at 9:55 AM with my credit card in hand.  Momma, Daddy, go ahead and mark it on your calendars… the kiddos are going to need a place to stay!  


F I V E – My J Crew Dress Fits!

Remember last week how I told you about the new dress I bought and I was worried because everyone was saying to size down two sizes?  Well, they were right!  I received my dress in the mail this week and it fits perfectly.  I typically wear a S and I ordered an XXS (which sounds ridiculous, by the way) but it fits just like a S would at a store with normal measurements.  Lol.


Finally, before I go, look what a saw a few days ago when I opened Instagram



All round numbers, you guys!  Do all of those double zeros make anyone else happy or am I just a weirdo?  There's just something so satisfying about seeing all of those even numbers!

Happy Friday!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.

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39 comments:

  1. Ahhh I love Ed Sheehan! And that J Crew dress is so adorable on you. Great trick for the alphabet, we are working on it with Jackson and may give that a try!

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  2. I am loving Ed Sheerhan. We have had many dance parties to his new song. I bet he gives a good concert. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Maybe The Lumineers will come to Alabama sometime or Nashville on a night when I can swing it!! So glad it was a great night! Love the JCrew dress!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. I have been listening to ed sheeran's album all week - it's so good!! He's coming here in Sept and I'm hoping to get tickets!! Happy Friday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Yay, there that pretty dress and I LOVE it!!!! Oh to see Ed Sheehan, he was on the Today show this week, just so so good! My hubs would love to see the Lumineers, what a fun time!! Fingers crossed you get Ed. tix!! Happy weekend beautiful!!

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    1. OH I hate that I missed it! I think he was on SNL recently too. Our Tivo got it so we'll have to watch it some time! Happy weekend, Andrea!

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  6. Those round numbers make me so happy. I could talk about numbers the ones I like and don't like forever. But it's probably weird!! :) I like round, whole numbers. My bday is 8-18-88 and I love that it's almost all the same and so round and even. My sister is 12-27-95, and that totally stresses me out because it's so many odd numbers and no rhyme or reason!! Ridiculous, .know!!

    So many fun concerts!! I need to see who is coming to Philadelphia this summer! Last summer I saw Idina Menzel and Ingrid Michaelson

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  7. Yay for the dress! Or as my daughter would say, "Say yes to the dress!" Have a fun weekend!

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  8. Bahaha I LOVE even numbers so that would have made my day! The concert looked like so much fun!! Oh I would have been struggling so bad the next day but you're right, so worth it! Enjoy your weekend, minus daylight savings time, ughhh not looking forward to that!!

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  9. Eeek. How exciting about the concert and being about to see them that close!!
    Way to go Olivia with her letters!!! And her sunshine is beautiful!!! :)
    That dress is adorable on you!!

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  10. I love that jcrew dress. So cute! What a fun concert for y'all but 1am... I don't think I could make it. Oh my goodness!! I hope y'all have a great weekend!

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  11. I love The Lumineers! That's so awesome that you got to see them in concert. And way to go, Olivia! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  12. What a fun concert! Also, I love that dress. It is so cute on you! And that Instagram would have made my day with all the round numbers. Things like that just give me some weird satisfaction. Hahaha! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! And I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one. I was the exact same way when I saw them! All of those even numbers! Made my OCD heart so happy!

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  13. I love concerts! The Lumineers would be so fun. Love your outfit for the concert too. Super cute!

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  14. All of those even numbers, make my OCD heart happy! LOL!
    That dress is so cute and such a pretty color!
    I must be the only crazy person who is not obsessed with Ed Sheeran -- I like some of his songs -- but that's about it.
    Hope you can get your hands on some tickets!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  15. Olivia is so tall! Oh my goodness! She is precious! You also look adorable for your concert date night. ATL traffic gives me anxiety. Every time I go I just want to scream!

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  16. The striped top and the dress...both adorable! I'm totally a geeky numbers person too so I totally get it! Happy Friday!

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  17. Ed Sheran is coming near us as well and I really want to go. I haven't heard his new album, just one song, but I need to check it out. Love that dress on you. Definitely good that you sized down. And the color, swoon. Olivia is growing like crazy!!! Have a great weekend!

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  18. My oldest will be 3 in may and she got tubes put in when she was 13 months the right one just recently came out and the left is still in. Thankfully no ear infections knock on wood! Good luck!

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  19. Such a great favorites post. Love the photo of you and hubby and the pretty top you are wearing - I need a top like that. Also that pink off-shoulder dress is so pretty. I want it lol!

    I’d love for you to stop by and linkup with me for Thursday Moda. Share your great style with my readers. =)

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-8th-marigold-and-mimosas.html

    Enjoy the weekend! Ada. =)

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  20. Love love love that top on you, so fun! And yay for another concert, looks like an amazing time. Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. This makes me so excited for the concert. It is going to be so awesome! I love them. They are one of our favs. Go Olivia with the ABC's! What a little smarty pants. Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. My brother lives in Atlanta and the traffic is awful! Glad you made it on time though. Smart tip about learning the letters!

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  23. That concert must have been amazing! The Lumineers are definitely a concert I'd love to see, along with Ed Sheeran! A's class does that too with the letters and it has really helped. That's awesome Olivia is rocking her letters! Glad the dress worked out! Sizes are such a weird thing and that's always the hard part about ordering online. Hope you all have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

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  24. Wow, you were close! That's awesome. I'm glad you had such a nice time at the concert. And yes, Atlanta traffic is the worst! I haven't seen Ed Sheeran live since he was an opening act, but I got to meet him then, so that was awesome. It will be weird to see him in a big venue, but I do want to see him live again!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  25. Ah, that concert must have been amazing and totally worth the lack of sleep!! We are moving to Atlanta this Summer, so I am a little nervous for the traffic, but it can't be worse than NYC, right?!

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  26. Great concert review and pics! Fingers crossed that the grandparents are available in August for your date to Ed Sheeran. And hoping baby girl doesn't start up the merry-go-round of ear infections again. Thanks for linking up at The Blended Blog. Enjoy your weekend.

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  27. Love your Five on Fridays posts! Thanks for the shout out! I was thrilled to feature you!!!!

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    1. You're so welcome! Thank you again! I was so honored to be featured. :o)

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  28. I love concerts when you have awesome seats!

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    1. Right?! And these were great! Next up - Chris Stapleton! Woo hoo!

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  29. Amazing images with this post! Thanks for sharing your wonderful world!

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  30. You and your concerts, y'all are just to cool friend. So glad the dress fits, I bet you will be rocking it all summer long. The rounded numbers made me smile too. #ItsTheLittleThings

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  31. I bet that was such an awesome concert!! How fun!!

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