So Friday we didn't have daycare for Piper, so I stayed home with her. After my day with Presley I decided that having NO plans is probably a better idea than trying to make something happen. So we slept in a while, she ate breakfast while I walked on the treadmill, then we got ready and got things packed for the weekend. About 11:30 we decided to leave the house, got gas, got cash and then SHE wanted El Mariachi and who am I to tell her no on our girls day together?! :) We ate a quick lunch and then got home about the same time Steve did. We packed up the car and headed to drop Piper at my parents house for the weekend! Mom was able to pick up Presley from school so that we could get on the road to Iowa City.
We got the tickets to this concert almost a year ago and one of our friends is basically the one organizing it so sometimes it pays to know people and we got the hook up with the hotel, the preparty Friday night, good seats at the concert!!....overall it was just a perfect weekend (besides the complete lack of sleep).
We checked into the hotel right downtown and walked to Brothers to have a drink or two before the preparty at Kinnick Stadium started. We were the oldest people there and the waitress didn't come to our table ONE time the entire hour we were there. Doesn't she know that old people will tip her better than those damn college students?
Ashton Kutcher (left in the Iowa hat), our friend Kyle next to him and then Dallas Clark in the red on the right. Ashton and Dallas are the founders of the Native Fund organization and it was so cool to have all the contributors to this event in one area.
A view of the stadium from the pressbox at Kinnick the night before the concert. So cool!
and yes, Mila Kunis was there too....pregnant and cute!
Dallas and his highschool friends with Ashton and Mila. This is the group we ended up hanging out with until 2 am (minus Ashton and Mila)
They spoke about the Native Fund.
Ashton is a really good speaker!
Hunter Smith played. He was a punter for the Colts when Dallas played there and he also was one of the openers for the concert on Saturday! Very cool to hear him sing for the 100ish people in the room.
Cari, Steve, Dallas, Me and Todd
After the party we all headed out to a restaurant to get a bite to eat and then we ended up tagging along with Dallas and his friends to another bar....where we shut down the bar! Do you know how long it has been since we have been at the bar at closing time? Notice the lights on and NO one else around, yeah, b/c we were the last ones out!
The next morning we were slow to get up, but we got ready and headed to find a bite to eat before heading to Kinnick for tailgating before the concert. We had the prime tailgating spot, right outside the entrance b/c we had parked cars there the night before after the preparty! :) We had such a good group of people, mainly Steve's highschool friends and it was so nice to see people that we haven't seen in a LONG time! The weather ended up being perfect too!
We went into the concert at about 5 and found some people that we knew who were sitting right by us. Thanks to Todd and Cari for letting us use these awesome seats in row 1 of the bleachers!
Dallas and Ashton talking before Big and Rich taking stage
Big and Rich did a great job!
Thomas Rhett took the stage, man I love him! So many good songs and so hot!
Kyle and Maggie relieved that the concert was going smoothly and everyone was having a good time!
Thomas Rhett in a Hawkeye jersey :)
and then Blake Shelton played. He is just so funny and so personable. He talks to the crowd, he is sarcastic and JUST like he is on The Voice. And he has SO many good songs, the guy next to me was probably irritated that I was singing every song as loud as I could.
After the concert we were able to join another private party that Kyle and Dallas organized, free pizza and drinks...and again, it was 2 in the morning before we headed home. We are too old for that but you only live once right?
This morning we struggled to get up and on the road, mainly just exhausted (and maybe slightly hungover) but we powered thru. We picked up the girls about 11:30, headed home, unpacked, showered, ate real quick and then headed to Boston's 6th birthday party! Again my sister outdid herself with his cookies! Amazing!! Happy Birthday Boston Tucker!
We had to leave his party a little early b/c Piper had 'Meet the Teacher' for her new classroom from 2-3 pm. We got there about 2:45, found her room, her locker and headed home. The girls were grouchy ALL weekend for my parents and even the same for the short amount of time we were around them so we warned them that all 4 of us were having quiet time at 3 pm. We got home, got them settled in their rooms (playing with toys, an ipad, whatever as long as they are apart from each other and can't fight!) and then about 4 they came out of their rooms and 4:30 we slowly got up and started moving. Piper then had soccer practice at 6, so Steve took her to that and it ended up getting rained out.
We were all tired so we did our bedtime routine earlier than normal and both kids were in bed at 7:30 and asleep about 8....just what we all needed!
Thank you to my parents for taking our kids for the weekend! And sorry they were naughty! :( They even took Piper to her first soccer game! The cuteness is too much for me to handle!!
I guess she did a lot of watching, while on the field and said she doesn't want to do it anymore. So we'll see how the next couple weeks go!