Saturday, November 21, 2015

Adele in New York City

I have been so excited to blog this trip and remember it all!
So, I think it was around the 10th of November when Mike got an email that he had been selected to receive 2 free tickets to a special concert by Adele in NYC on November 17th at Radio City Music Hall. I LOVE Adele and have never been to NYC, so despite feeling completely overwhelmed at the thought of leaving, even for a super short trip, we decided that if we could find someone to watch the kids we would go for it. Thankfully Mike's parents were able to come out and hold the fort down for us. The kids were so excited to have the extra time with Meema and Papa as well so it was a win-win for everyone! I didn't take a picture of the kids with them though, which I am mad at myself for! The good news is we have a big trip planned with them soon so we will make up for it then.
It was truly a whirlwind trip. We flew out of Houston at 5am the day of the show, the 17th, and then flew out of New York the next morning at 5am again...24 exact hours haha! And yes, we were exhausted when we got home.
We landed in New York around 11am and headed into the city. We found Radio City Music Hall and pretty much stayed right in that area to explore. There was plenty to do! We made it to the Top of the Rock, tried some street food, got frozen hot chocolate (peanut butter hot chocolate actually) at Serendipity, ate at a delicious and quaint little Italian restaurant and walked around central park before getting in line for the show. It was a beautiful fall day in the city!
The hot dog was ok but I loved the knish!!! Next time I have to try a Halaal Guys stand they smelled so good!
they told us to do thumbs up haha!
This totally lived up to all the hype! Amazing. As was the regular hot chocolate we got to warm up with before heading back outside!
So, we went and got in line around 5:45pm and it was already super long but provided good people watching. The tickets to the show were all given out through giveaways...through her website (like ours), through radio stations in New York City, etc. The ladies behind us won theirs through a radio show and were hilarious to listen to while we waited. At one point Mike dropped his phone and a tall woman picked it up and handed it to him. Neither of us paid attention to who it was but the ladies behind us got all excited and were like "That was Gayle! You know, Oprah's friend?!" Honestly we didn't believe them until we were in the building and I actually saw Gayle walk to her seat.
The other exciting moment of our wait in line was that we got on the Today show for a brief second :-)! There were camera crews outside the venue and then as we were getting closer to the entrance we were stopped in line again and a news anchor asked if we wanted to be on the today show. Just as she was telling us to act excited and chant Adele the security guys made us move forward in line though so we were pretty sure our little clip would be cut, but they used it! So hilarious!
It was stressful getting in and getting our tickets (they didn't hand any out before because they didn't want people selling them to others) but we made it and our seats were pretty good. I think most the seats in Radio City give you a good view though and the sound quality was amazing!!!
Jimmy Fallon came out and did a brief introduction and then there was Adele!
She was UNBELIEVABLE. Hands down the most amazing voice I have ever heard in person. The way she can just belt it out so clearly Wow. And her banter between songs was hilarious. I am now 100% obsessed with her and I want to be her best friend :-).
They were coming around telling people to put their phones away so every once in awhile I tried to sneak a couple pictures or videos but it was being filmed for a special on NBC and we are so excited to see what they end up making from what we saw (it will air on December 14th). She did a great mix of all her famous songs as well as some new songs that we hadn't heard yet since the CD came out later in the week.
It was amazing and I want to go back and do it all over again!
the lady in glasses is taking a picture of Gayle...that's the best I could get :-)



my phone died during this one :(

When she first said it would be her last song of the night everyone in the crowd acted sad and she was hilarious and told us she was doing an encore of course so she was only pretending it was her last song :-).

And it turns out there were TONS of celebrities there that night and we didn't see any of them except Gayle haha! When we got home Mike was reading a couple articles and here are just some of the people who were there: Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, David Schwimmer, Donald Trump, Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence. (and a couple articles about the event are HERE and HERE)
Watch closely for us when the crowd chants Adele :-)

School and Swimming

I'm getting all caught up and it feel good!!!
The rest of our November was mostly school and swimming and then repeat :-).
For our yearbook this year each class is having a fun class picture that we take on their class page so I went up to the school a couple times to help with those...the bonus is that then I have copies of them for myself :)!
Addie's 3rd grade class
Preston's 1st grade class
The weekend of the 14th Ella had her first big swim meet of the season and it was the first time I got to watch her swim as well. She did the Katy Aquatics scrimmage in early October (and I had to go to shoots before she swam), but then got really sick the weekend her group went to another meet that month. I was working all the weekend of the 1000 free, so she only did that one race on Friday night and then we came to this meet the next weekend instead. She was a little bummed to not have all her buddies there but Grammy was able to come cheer for her on Saturday and got to help us time the 500 Free which was fun. I always love being right down by the water for those long ones. Being at the bottom of her age group again (young 11 in the 11-12's) takes some getting used to after being at the top all summer but she did get one ribbon and was thrilled! It wasn't her best meet, but overall she did well and we are looking forward to her fall champs meet in December.
we had a long time to wait for her first race on Saturday morning
(and it was a lot of swimming that day...200 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 500 Free)
200 Breaststroke
3:09.70 (8th/24)

talking with Coach Val after her race
200 IM
2:53.64 (13th/38)

preston with one of his 5 new friends of the day :-)
500 Free
6:43.01 (10th/29)
100 Breast
1:31.96 (17th/46)

50 Free
32.63 (38th/70)

200 Free
2:35.00 (27th/53)

After two days of swim meets these kids deserved a bike ride and some park time! Addie did this hanging upside down trick and when Preston tried it he scared himself so badly! Silly Preston :-)
This little guy has two books with him everywhere he goes right now.
Christmas duet practice
We stopped to visit Grammy and Greatfrog and their neighbor's son was there with his firetruck and was so nice showing them everything.
Ella's been waiting for the perfect movie to use her birthday date to the Alamo on and today (21st) was the day!

November begins...

The first week of November was the most stressful week of my life with my business (32 shoots in 7 days), so it is really nice to be looking back on it now with everything over and done with :-)! There was some other highlights too though...Ella swam her first 1000 Free - which she was super excited about...not really ;), we celebrated my grandfather's birthday, there was Donuts with Dad at the elementary school and Mike got to go for the first time ever since he isn't teaching this year, Mike took the girls on a date to the movies and I had a date with Preston, and we had some beautiful days mixed in with all the rainy ones.
Pre-race and PUMPED haha!
It was a LOOONG night! We got there at 4pm and she didn't swim until after 9pm and then we still had an hour drive home.
The good news is she did it!!! And she did really well for her first time, only missing her BB time by 4 seconds (which isn't much on a 13 minute race) with a 13:47.75. Not to mention it made her 500 the next weekend seem like a piece of cake!