Hello, hello! It’s great to be back – it’s amazing what a few days off can do for your mind and overall attitude. We enjoyed Ryan’s vacation last week to the fullest, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed this morning that it’s time to get back to our normal routine. But, in an effort to keep the memories alive, I’m sharing a few highlights of what we were up to last week and what life lately has looked like around here.
Redoing our front yard landscaping was our main project for a better part of the week as I mentioned in this post, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. I couldn’t find any decent before pictures, but to give you a better idea of what we did, we ripped out four evergreen bushes and another huge bush next to the garage, tons of day lilies, ground cover, more weeds than you can imagine, and hauled away nearly 20 wheelbarrows-full of decorative rock. We now have boxwood and spirea shrubs and a limelight hydrangea bush that I can’t wait to watch bloom, and we opted for fresh cedar mulch instead of rock. Curb appeal goes a long way, people!
We had the opportunity to really immerse ourselves in our local community all throughout the week, which I’m happy we finally were able to do. I think I’ve mentioned this before – we haven’t had the easiest time assimilating into our town, but if you take the time to look around, there actually is quite a bit to do! We took Finn to his first farmer’s market, caught fireworks lakeside for the 4th, and visited the cutest ice cream shop/farm with beautiful views and the most delicious ice cream I think that I’ve ever had.
As you already know from my what to wear to an outdoor summer concert post, we headed down to Milwaukee for Summerfest! We actually ended up going twice this year (more on that in a minute), and first up was Alabama Shakes and Chris Stapleton. I wasn’t too familiar with Alabama Shakes, but holy cow – that girl can sing. I was blown away by her talent. Chris Stapleton was exactly how I thought he would be – he’s an incredible musician and sounded just as good live, if not better, than he does on his recorded tracks.
And that brings me to our second Summerfest experience. Fun fact – I am a diehard Beatles fan. They are my favorite band of all time, and my family calls me the walking Beatles encyclopedia. I even took a whole college course on just The Beatles and their history! So, when I found out that Paul McCartney was going to be at Summerfest this year, I just knew we had to try and go. Tickets sold out right away back in April, so we kept a close eye on Stubhub, and tickets got low enough that we were able to justify spending the money. Granted they were lawn seats, but hey, I’ll take it!
My brother also was able to come with us, so this is where we started the night. Actually, I was pretty happy with where we ended up on the lawn. We could see everything, and I was able to bring a picnic blanket so we had room to spread out and move around.
But then, only two or three songs into the set, one of the crew members came up to me and asked how many people I was with. He then handed me three new tickets and said, “You’ve just been upgraded.” Of course, being me, I was like “are you serious? Where?” And just super nonchalantly, the guy goes, “Oh, the red seats in the front section.” No joke, I could’ve cried. I proceeded to tell the guy that he was my hero, and the three of us grabbed all our stuff and practically ran down to our new seats.
This is where we ended up for the night – not bad, huh?
I officially can check seeing Paul McCartney in concert off my bucket list, and the fact that I now have that story to go with it makes it that much more memorable. It was an incredible night of music, and it’s not something I’ll soon forget – I actually can’t stop listening to The Beatles albums now, the music is stuck in my head! I also apologize to everyone for my horrible singing/yelling on Snapchat during Hey Jude …
On a side note, a lot of progress also was made in the kitchen, so I’m going to dedicate a whole post to a progress update. Stay tuned for that later this week!
How was your short week last week? Get up to anything fun?
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