The summer is flying by as it usually does. It's already half over! We've been having lots of fun and lots of down time. Because of that I haven't been sewing much. We've had lots of lazy days instead. We've spent a lot of time at my parents house swimming in their pool. It's heated and so lovely. We're so spoiled. The water really is wonderful. Margot is teaching herself to swim. She is very determined. Grace amazes me with how many summersaults she can do underwater without stopping. It makes me dizzy just watching.
We've gone on some fantastic bike rides around our beautiful city. Margot just inherited a tag a long bike from one of our wonderful neighbors. This is a little one wheel bike complete with pedals and handlebars that hooks onto the back of a parent's bike. With this bike, we can now go on some pretty awesome bike rides. Margot can pedal when she wants and rest when she needs to. We've pedaled all over the city crossing some pretty big bridges. Grace does a great job keeping up. Grace fits nicely on her new bike and can easily pedal 10-15 miles at a pretty good pace.
Probably the highlight of our summer so far though has been the Taylor Swift concert. We bought the tickets so many months ago. And they were so expensive! I've never in my life spent that much on a concert. But the things you'll do for your kids!
We don't spend a lot of money on entertainment. We rarely go on vacation and when we do it's a simple vacation either camping or to the beach with family and friends. We rarely visit amusement parks or water parks. So when we found out Taylor Swift was touring and coming to Pittsburgh we jumped at the opportunity to go. The girls discovered Taylor Swift a year or so ago and I was pleased they liked her music. Her songs are very appropriate for a tween to listen to. And Taylor's image is just right too. She cute and fashionable but not overly sexy. I appreciate that as a Mother of a 10 year old girl.
I wasn't sure what a stadium concert would be like. Most of the concerts I'd been to have been in smaller venues. I've been to a couple concerts in outdoor venues which drew big crowds but never inside a stadium.
So the day of the concert finally came. I can't even begin to describe their excitement. It was like Christmas in July. Except we were in the middle of a heat wave. It was so hot. Imagine a hot summer night, sitting in a football stadium with 50,000 other fans! Hot!!!
After sitting through a couple of opening acts, the anticipation for Taylor Swift to come on was incredible. At one point, the crowd was chanting, "Taylor, Taylor, Taylor". Finally she came on. And I have to say I was blown away by the entire performance. Say what you will about a pop artist playing a stadium show, but she put on an incredible show.
Her stage presence was amazing. She has such poise and grace and command of her audience. I loved her fashion too. Really, I think I'm a little in love with Taylor Swift.
Next to me was a Mom with her grown up daughter who'd I'd guess was in her early twenties. At different times during the concert, I'd catch this Mom looking over at my girls and I imagine she was probably remembering when her girls were younger and the concerts they have gone too. Likewise, I was thinking that I hope this concert is the first of many concerts Grace and Margot and I attend together.
I have to say I had the time of my life there with my Mom and my girls. We sang, we danced, we cheered and we screamed. The only slightly disappointing part was that Margot started to get really tired (and cranky) near the end and wanted to leave. I didn't know what to do. She was tired and hungry. Thankfully, she ended up falling asleep on me and missed the last set which was probably her best set. She ended the concert with the song that is Margot's favorite, "We're Never Getting Back Together". Margot didn't seem upset after the fact. I had Brent and my Dad meet us down at the Stadium. Between dancing with and holding Margot for the last 3 hours in that heat I was pretty tired and didn't think I could carry her up the hill to our house. Brent said as they were walking down to meet us they could her THE CROWD singing "We're Never Getting Back Together". I usually hate when concerts are sing alongs but at a Taylor Swift concert, it's really fun to sing the songs with 50,000 other people.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to share this experience with my girls and my Mom. It was a really special day.