Awesome time with my girl.
But this year, she was ready. More than ready. Excited beyond measure ready.
After collaborating with a few fellow mamas - a plan was put together for dinner out, a 'red' makeover, and then the show.
I gotta pause here and give my girl snaps. See, all of the Party kids L-O-V-E Taylor Swift. They all sing and dance and shake their booty's to her tunes. But I wasn't prepared to take the boys just yet (they're still too young in my opinion - and I want them to remember their first concert experience.) So when I told Anna that we had the coveted tickets, I made her swear up and down NOT to tell her younger siblings. And to her credit, she did not. She didn't ever mention it, discuss it, or utter one remark that could in any way elude to our planned night out. I'm really proud she was able to keep the secret and not spill the beans.
So we all met up at Tio's (local Mexican joint) for nachos, quesadillas, and the best sangria I've had. Ever. 5 girls at one table. 3 mamas + 1 daddy at another (within arms reach.)
Of course RED nails were in order - thanks to awesome Mama Nic who brought just the right shade of polish.
Followed by glittery rock star tatts for the girls - and perhaps the mamas too. (Much to my mortified daughter's dismay.)
A healthy dose of red lipstick - and we were on our way.
We piled in Nici's minivan - and headed to the concert. Best quote of the night? Madeleine (blue jacket): Hey guys! Let's pretend this is a limousine. Even though it's DEFINITELY not.
Ensue mama giggling.
The girls were excited to wave their sign to Taylor - but the security gestapo confiscated it at the entrance. Spirits were only briefly dampened, however, with the promise of concert t-shirts. And seeing Taylor, of course.
Thank goodness for friends like Nici. My anxiety and crowd phobia started to kick in while we were in 'line' for concert t's. Line is a loose term. More like mob of MOMS pushing to get up close to the table to get shirts. And MOMS trying to get clothing for their girls are the worst. I know. I'm one of them. It was hot. People were pushing. I could feel sweat dripping down my back. My heart started pounding. Not a good scene. So when Nici graciously offered to stick it out while I took the girls to a safer and more open spot, I happily obliged - and the girls and I perused some of Taylor's costumes from her famous videos and performances. Very cool. (and no pun intended)
I managed to score really good seats (Row 1 of Section 201 - which is the section just opposite the stage and right next to the sound booth.) So we had no one in front of us - no obstructed view - so we could relax and see everything.
I didn't realize how much of a show this concert tour was - that every song was a skit with amazing costumes and theatrics. (Neither Anna nor I understood the correlation of some of them - like the harlequin ballerinas before Love Story or the whole circus theme for Never Getting Back Together - but nonetheless - it was entertaining.)
I gotta say, my favorite performances though were the simple ones. When Taylor came to the little stage right beneath us - just her, her guitar, a stool, and a microphone - and sang/played unaccompanied by the full band, sparkles, and lights. It was awesome to see her play, hear her voice, and really see her true talent.
Of course the warm up guy was amazing too. Ed Sheeran. My new fav. I'm always a sucker for British dudes, and this guy was really talented. The whole time he played I kept thinking of my Jack - and his love of guitar - and how he'd have loved to see something like that. If there had been a way for him to see just the warm up show and then go home - that would have been ideal.
But maybe ole Ed will be a superstar by the time Jack is 8 (the promised age to get to go to a concert) and he can choose to see him.
It was a great night. One of those nights when everything fell together seamlessly. Anna was completely embarrassed at the start of the show - seeing me dance and sing and clap. But about half-way through - she loosened up - started clapping and singing along as well - and kept looking over at me with a grin from ear to ear.
So not only was it a completely amaze-balls show - but it was an amazing experience to share with my daughter. One of those moments I hope she remembers forever - a story she can tell her own kid someday of the first concert she ever attended....