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Monday, October 13, 2014

Choose to chance the rapids; dare to dance the tide.

After going out for sushi and "one" drink Friday night, I was left with an awful hangover Saturday. 
Thanks to some TLC in the form of water, Advil and Chick fila from the boyfriend, I was at least able to make it to the car for the ride to Jacksonville for the Garth Brooks concert. I definitely wasn't the most presentable person in the world, but we made it in time to enjoy some tailgating and BBQ before heading off to the show!
Garth Brooks played throughout my childhood and his songs bring back many memories for most people, myself included. When the option came to see him in concert, I was elated and knew he was a must see. I shouldn't be allowed to post photos because my grainy phone photos do not do the show justice but they will definitely help me remember the fun that was had. Simpy put, he was the most energetic, humble and talented performer. 

He even joked that he listens to new songs from his favorite performers but when we goes to see them in concert, he is there for the old songs. And with that, he played every song that I remember hearing over the years and seemed genuinely shocked that people still knew all of the words to his songs. Dancing to "Friends in Low Places" at his concert was a blast but hearing "The Dance" and "Unanswered Prayers" live is something that is indescribable. Too perfect.

When Trisha Yearwood was singing, Garth found a little girl that knew all of her songs and they called her up there and signed his guitar for her. Whether or not they do that in every show, I don't know but I lost it. He genuinely seems like the greatest guy and the fact that his band members have been with him for 20+ years speaks volumes to me. 
After the concert we went to the closest bar called "City Hall" and decided to create our own dance party. By the end of the night, I was e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d and think I was sleeping before even hitting the bed, but I was certainly smiling.
There was no time to waste the next morning because we had to make it to Daytona Beach for the Wings and Waves air show that I was excited to take my nephew too. The combination of planes and the beach (in October nonetheless) were a perfect mix for my favorite 4-year old. He loved playing in the water and watching the "super fast" planes. Love that sweet sweet kid. Ryan and I were equally surprised with how neat the air show was and I may have freaked a few times when I thought that they were crashing. There was definitely some talented pilots out there. 
When we got back home, we went to Outback for dinner and I tried the new Parmesan-Herb Crusted Chicken. I obviously subbed the broccoli for a loaded baked potato but I give the new menu item two thumbs up! 
We tried to see Gone Girl after dinner but found that it was unfortunately sold out by the time we got there. Instead, Ryan had the genius idea to get milkshakes at Shake Shack and watch the sunset. I'll never tire of a beautiful lake sunset. 
We ended the night on our big comfy couch watching the best onscreen combo in Blended. Perfect ending to a wonderful weekend with the best guy. 


  1. that view is the only thing that brings me to Shake Shack! looks like a good weekend, despite the hang over!

  2. 1. You eat sushi now?
    2. You look adorable at Garth Brooks - you're never not presentable.
    3. Daytona looks so fun, what a cool event.
    4. Is that lake behind shake shack? I need to go!!!
    5. Do you ever sleep?

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! And seriously love the view at Shake Shack... and Hillstone! And I agree with Kate, 1. You eat sushi?!? and 2. You looked freaking adorable at Garth!

  4. I wish I could like Kate's post because I agree with it all. But can we just talk about ryan's face in the bottom right photo of the drinking montage? #lazyeye