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!
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.
*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.