Thursday, October 30, 2008

You're too late Joey, I married Jason

Back when I was 9 years old, I was in love with New Kids on the Block. I was pretty sure that I was going to marry Joey McIntyre, and think I still have a note that I wrote to him informing him of that. (The fact that I still have it could explain why he never wrote back.) When I heard that they were coming back out with a new cd and touring, it was like Christmas. I never went to a concert back then, so I was SO excited to go now! It was in Chicago last Friday and my mom went with me.

It was fantastic!!! I'd say the audience was 95% female, and the average age was probably 30. So many woman had on their old New Kids tshirts, hats, buttons - it was great! I screamed and squealed just like a little girl.

Mom and I:


Did I mention that our seats were great?? :) Not too close, but not too far away.


Joey! Sigh ...


Jordan:


More Joey :) I cheated a bit on this one - it was taken of the big screen right next to us.


Donnie:


All the boys, singing "I'll be loving you forever"


Towards the end of the night - I think this was before their encore.


We also took tons of video on my mom's camera and I couldn't pick just one to post. So down below you'll find 10 of the best ones. Enjoy!!!

If it's easier to just go to youtube, you can find them here: New Kids on the Block

The Right Stuff

Gotta love the old school dance moves!

Please Don't Go Girl

This was my favorite New Kids song, obviously since Joey sang it! I have video of some friends and I at a slumber party (in 4th grade) singing into hairbrushes and curling irons to this song (although for some reason we changed the words to "Please don't go ice cream!"

I'll be loving you forever

The video is a little fuzzy, but the sound is great. I got the chills during the chorus as everyone sang it with them.

Summertime

From their new cd - I think it was the first song released this summer.

Step by Step

I'm pretty sure this one also shows off some of the original dance moves. :)

Hanging Tough

It's pretty neat to see everyone's arms swaying in the air to this one.

If you go away girl

This is another one taken up on the big screen - but it's up close of Joey! It's a little dark at first but gets lighter. Love him!

Dirty Dancing

This is one of their new ones. They disappeared for a bit and then came out in the middle of the audience to perform this one, 2am, and Tonight - which was my favorite performance but the video is corrupt. :(

Baby I believe in you

This video shows why Jordan was never my favorite - SO cheesy!

Didn't I blow your mind this time?




Keeneland

Like last year, we went to Keeneland to bet on some horse races. This time though, instead of just Jason and I going with my Uncle Mike, we also were there with my mom, Karen, Patrick, Pat's girlfriend Lauren, and one of Karen's friends Jasmine. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time!
Jason & I:


Karen, Mom, Pat, and I:


Pat and Lauren:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Great night at Lucas Oil Stadium!

Last night my mom and I went to the Kenny Chesney concert at Lucas Oil Stadium and had a great time! It was the first time either of us had seen the stadium up close and personal.

The outside:


Pretty neat Peyton poster/sign (you can see where it is in the picture above)


Our seats (that we bought this week for a cheap price) were in section 637, the nosebleeds.


There was a little overhang/wall just above us - we could still see out to the field, but just in case they had tvs for us!


We got some food from the concessions (I highly recommend the nachos grande!) and stayed in our seats for Luke Bryan, Gary Allen, and LeAnn Rimes. At this point the roof was still closed, and honestly - the sound sucked. It was very loud and echoed so bad that you couldn't really hear the music. Still, I really liked Luke Bryan and LeAnn Rimes did a great job.


At the end of LeAnn Rimes we heard some cheering from down on the floor and realized that they were opening the roof!


We decided we were sick of our seats and moved down a level. The concourse is open to the field in many places, and we found a great place to stand and watch everything. We figured that everyone was standing at their seats anyways, so it didn't matter if we didn't actually have seats.

This is the view from where we spent the rest of the night:


Keith Urban was up next and he was fantastic! The sound was much better with the roof open, and he's just an amazing artist.


After Keith, Kenny Chesney took the stage - it was shortly after 9pm. While I probably liked Keith Urban a little better, Kenny had a great, packed show. And he played until midnight!! This was the last show on the tour, and I think because of that they did some things differently. He played his songs, Uncle Cracker came out and they did some songs, and then he broke into such a fun assortment - Tom Petty, Eagles, David Allen Coe - just a great party. For the encore he went back to his music, ending with "She thinks my tractor's sexy."




At the end of the concert all of the crew and family came out on stage - it was really sweet! Oh, and not only did Kenny throw a signed guitar into the crowd - he took off his boots and gave them away too!


Mom and I at the end of a great night!


Now for some videos! Probably my favorite song was one that Kenny and Keith did together - here's a clip of that:
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Here is Keith Urban with "Love Somebody Like You"
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And two Kenny Chesney videos - "Living in Fast Forward" and the very end of "There Goes My Life."
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Weekend in Kentucky

We made a quick trip to Kentucky over Labor Day weekend. My grandparents (dad's parents) both turn 75 within a month of each other, so we had a surprise birthday party for them.

My grandparents, Barbara and Sonny:


All the food - it was a pitch in and the food was wonderful!


Jason and I:


The party was at my aunt and uncle's (Kent and Lesa) house. They have a brand new pool, so of course we had to try it out!

My mom and I:


Jason and I floating on balloons. We found that they work just as well as noodles to float on!


Then on Sunday we went out on Kentucky Lake. Another aunt and uncle (Denise & Chip) own a houseboat and we had a great time on it.

My aunt Denise, me, my mom, and Jason:


Jason, "partying like a rockstar"


This is a picture from when we first got to town, at my Grandma Rae's house. All of the doggies just love Jason.

Jason with my mom's two dogs (Casey and Bridget), and my grandma's dog (Holly)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Blog updates!

I've been behind with these, but in the last two days I've done 7 posts! Enjoy!

Holiday World weekend

Jason and I took a much needed mini getaway this weekend. A friend of mine had free tickets to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN that she gave to us so we combined that with camping at Lake Rudolph.

Holiday World used to be called Santa Claus Land, but now has areas for all of the holidays. There is also a great water park, Splashing Safari, connected to it. It was a beautiful day, although warm, and the park was very crowded. We still had a great time though!


We camped that night at Lake Rudolph, which was really more like a pond. It's right next door to Holiday World - in fact, one of the rollarcoasters we rode goes over the "lake." We got there late afternoon and immediately went to the pool. Then we had some soft serve ice cream (they had over 33 flavors!) and then rented a paddle boat. It was so much fun!

Here is a picture of the tent we bought last year. It's so much bigger than we need, but I can't resist a sale!


And what is a mini vacation without the self portrait?!


On Sunday we got up and toured the town of Santa Claus. It pretty much consisted of a post office, a few stores, the Santa Claus Inn, and Santa's Candy Castle.


What is a visit to a town called Santa Claus without taking your picture with Jolly Old St. Nick?


The outside of the candy castle. Inside they had a room where you could write letters to Santa, a "high tech" room where you could chat with the elves, and then the area with the candy counter.


They had so many different flavors of candy canes!


On the way home we realized that we were very close to St. Meinrad Archabbey. I found out later that we could have joined the monks at prayer or mass, but we just walked around. It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking. The pictures just don't do it justice.




Fins to the left!

Jimmy Buffett was here again in July and of course we went to the concert! We didn't host a party this year, but stopped by one at the Forners and then enjoyed a little bit of the pre concert festivities in the parking lot. Then we went in and met up with the group - I think there were about 30 of us!





Anne and I with our leis that we got from the traveling margarita machine man.


Kyle was the life of the party!



The Felts family! Honestly, i think it's a bad picture of most of us, but I felt like I should post it anyways. We love our Buffett concerts!

Forum cookout

At the end of July we had everyone from the Noblesville Forum branch for a cookout. It was a great time and I loved getting to meet everyone. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures, but thought I'd show you what happens when you combine a few beers and a riding lawn mower.