Last December, news broke that Taylor Swift was coming to Nashville this summer, and I knew that Helen Grace just had to be there. She’s been dying to go to a real concert, and this seemed like the right time and opportunity. She knows the words to pretty much every Taylor song, and she constantly requests her songs and videos. A bunch of SAA moms all were waiting online to get tickets when they went on sale, and then we rented a house together for the weekend.
We surprised her with the tickets for Christmas, so she’s been very patiently waiting for a very long time. August 25th finally arrived! We headed to Nashville Friday afternoon, found a good playground to let them run out some energy, and then all got in our pjs and enjoyed a cozy night. Saturday, we went to the farmers market and then the Gulch, looking for a cool place to eat lunch. There were a record number of people in town that weekend for several concerts, so after hours of searching, we all split up and found a local dive with a short wait wherever we could. Soon it was time to start getting ready, and the girls looked so cute in their matching tanks but with their own personality added. The last touch before we ran out the door- red lipstick to be like Taylor! Geez, it aged all of them by several years!
Each family sat separately, and we met the Words at our seats for the show. Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX opened for her. When the music and the lights all came up, HG was a little stunned and overwhelmed by the noise, but she quickly adjusted. When Taylor hit the stage, she went wild. It was all that I had dreamed it would be. We danced and sang all night long as I helped her balance precariously on our chairs so she could see. Taylor put on the best show with fireworks, HUGE screens, lots of moving stages and props, confetti, beautiful costumes, non-stop dancing, etc. By 10:30 or so though, HG had danced her heart out and started to fade. Luckily, we didn’t have much left of the show, and we stayed til the bitter end, even seeing a surprise appearance by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I may or may not have thrown HG out of my lap when they popped out of the stage… (All the while HG is like, ‘Who are these people?!’) We dragged ourselves to our group’s car that we had parked nearby earlier, and we all soon collapsed into bed.
What a wonderful ‘first’ experience with my firstborn! I was so thankful to have been able to share that special girl time together! (And a BIG thanks to daddy and grandparents for holding down the fort at home)
The look of pure exhaustion after looking for a lunch place for hours