Yep, I totally went there for my Celtic Thunder post. *cracking up* I will not apologize for it either, since I absolutely love a well fitting kilt on a man, and we got to see several of them wearing them. *happy sigh* Hey, I’d sigh over the big guy wearing one too, but that’ll never happen, so it’s my burden to sigh at Irishmen wearing them. *smirk* (Just a heads up, this will be a picture laden post, so loading may take a little extra time than usual.)
For an overnight trip, it feels like so much happened! I was still on a high from having just met Kiddo in person at our meeting and from our nightly phone calls. Plus, I got to dress up in my new leather jacket and booties, and I even put on a bit of makeup (although I think I shivered it all off by the time the pictures were taken *laugh*). I tried, which actually means I put a lot of effort into dressing for the concert. We got to go their concert in 2016, so I was determined to make this “as a new mom” with my mom time even better.
It started with an overnight stay at The Courtyard by Marriott, in Salina. Absolutely gorgeous and very clean; I actually got to watch another room get cleaned and they strip the beds all the way down, etc., so it’s truly clean and that makes me a loyal customer. Just check out the basic two queens room…
We went to this random chicken restaurant that looked like a small mom-and-pop-type and had the best comfort food ever! Beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy open-faced sandwich, along with real baked beans on the side. *sigh*
We got ready and arrived early, since last time it was so packed, but we underestimated how cold it would become and that they wouldn’t let us wait in the lobby even once it dipped below forty. I tried to distract us for a while by talking about Kiddo’s meeting, calls, and Mom’s parenting advice, and then with Snapchat filters and pictures.
Once we finally got in, got souvenirs right off the bat, we found our seats just a few rows back from the stage. I did an excellent job of fighting the downed server in the first minutes the early group was allowed to buy tickets last year! Look how close we were to the stage!
These aren’t even zoomed in. When Ryan from CT reached out his hand to the audience, it seemed like I could almost touch it. Holy smokes!
The Theatre itself has amazing architecture and is a wonder to look at while waiting, too!
As expected their X tour concert was phenomenal, with a mix of Oldies, some of their original songs, and even covers of current songs, such as Galway Girl© by Ed Sheeran, covered by Damian McGinty (ah-maz-ing as they dramatically say). Seasons in the Sun© and The Streets of London© both brought tears to our eyes, while Bye Bye Baby© and I’m a Believer© were so much fun to sing along with. This time there were only four of the guys, but they did a fantastic job still, were just as good if not better than their DVD performance of the first concert for the tour, and were so engaging. I sincerely hope they come back in 2020, so it can be three generations of us singing Ireland’s Call© as the concert closes.
You know what makes it even better? My daughter wore hers to bed the first night and put it back on anytime she was in the house. It was awesome to see her all sleepy eyed in her new shirt that she didn’t want to take off. Between the new mom with established mom conversations, a spot of Christmas shopping, a phenomenal concert that included kilts, and then rushing home to go get my daughter, that was the best two-day concert trip I’ve ever had. A sleepy eyed daughter wearing her Celtic Thunder tee was the whipped topping for my dessert of blessings.
By the way, if you’re interested or curious, you can check Celtic Thunder out on YouTube, their website, and Amazon (plus others probably, but these are the ones I can personally vouch for). If you’re an Amazon Music Unlimited member, most of their work is available, too!
Kiddo’s going to help me make a special wall hanging from the concert once I get the pics all printed, to go with the concert book and such. 😀 I haven’t yet brought her over to the Celtic side, but she was pretty preoccupied with her new tablet to listen to my music, so I’m going to try a little I’m a Believer© on her when she comes back very soon while school is out. Then I’ll get my own lucky charm to help me decide on which style tattoo I’m going to do to celebrate her completing our forever family. 🙂