Monday, August 12, 2013

Concert, Blate On The Vineyard and Falmouth Road Race

What do you get when you add together a Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson concert with a Blate (Blogger Date) on Martha's Vineyard with the Falmouth Road Race?  You get a wicked awesome weekend.  Oh and did I mention the weather was amazing?!  Yes wicked awesome weekend. 

On Friday it poured all day.  Like really heavy rain.  All day long.  I was freaking out b/c we had "lawn seats" for the Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson concert.  Outdoor concert in the rain is not my idea of a good time.  Fortunately the rain finally stopped about an hour before the concert.

The lawn was like a giant slip and slide.  A muddy hill filled with drunk people in the dark means a lot of slipping and sliding (and laughing from us).  

The concert was AMAZING!  Like seriously one of the best concerts I've been to.  Kelly Clarkson went first and she has the most incredible voice.  I've loved her since her American Idol days.  She has so many great songs and it was so fun to sing out loud at the top of our lungs.

Then Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 took the stage and the awesomeness continued.  Wow!  They put on quite a show.  They sang all of their big hits and continued with singing out loud.  A few screams may have been heard when Adam took his shirt off (yes that did happen and I had pictures so prove it only I was so far away you can't really tell - haha).

My favorite of the night was when they sang "She Will Be Loved."  That is my all time favorite song by them and it started out in an "unplugged" version which was amazing.  

We had so much fun and I'm so glad the weather cooperated.  I would highly recommending seeing either of these 2 in concert if you ever have a chance.

Saturday morning (after only about only 5 hours of sleep) I was up bright and early to head to the Cape.  I had to catch an early ferry to Martha's Vineyard for my Blate!  Meg of BBH with MS.  Meg and I became blog friends recently but when I heard she would be coming from Seattle to MV for a family vacation I knew I had to jump at the chance to meet her.  Meg and I connected very quickly since we both have MS and it is always so nice to chat w/ someone who "gets" it.

Meg's parent live on MV and Meg and her kids visit for a few weeks every summer.  After seeing this island for the first time I can totally understand why.  It is so pretty.  Oh and her parent's have this awesome backyard w/ a hammock and a fire pit (2 of my fave things).  And their dog. . . the cutest and sweetest thing even w/ his make-shift "cone."

We spent the whole day at the beach.  It is a small but gorgeous beach right down the street from her parent's.  We even took a golf cart to get there.  Such fun!  

Looking at this all day isn't too bad.  It was a gorgeous day.  Not too hot and not too cold.  Hardly any clouds in the sky and a nice breeze. . . 

I think it is a requirement to have a dog (specifically a lab or golden) on the Vineyard.  I loved watching all the dogs swim.  Too cute!

After an amazing day hanging out on the beach w/ Meg and her wonderful family (I mean they did let Meg invite a complete stranger to their house) it was time for me to take the ferry back to the Cape.  The timing was perfect as it was sunset.  For those of you watching The Vineyard I took these pics just for you!!  The Black Dog is a MV landmark!

While waiting to leave I had this beautiful view.  I could have stared at it for hours.  So pretty!

The sunset was gorgeous.  My iPhone pictures can hardly do it justice.  But here are way too many shots I took!

I LOVE watching the sun dip into the ocean.  There is just something so special about seeing that.

Such a fabulous day!  Meg is awesome.  She is the type to say it like it is which I love.  She is a great mom which is apparent but her kids who are pretty cool (especially for pre-teens and teens)!  She has had her struggles w/ MS but despite it all she remains hopeful and optimistic.  She has such a great attitude and it was so nice to get to know her better.  Hopefully we'll be able to have a follow up blate next summer!

Sunday morning I was up early again.  My parents and I went to the Falmouth Road Race to see my sister-in-law Jenn run in it.  This was her longest race (7 miles) to date and she is a fairly new runner.  Such a great accomplishment for her!  Too bad we actually didn't see her coming and she had to yell for my attention!  There are so many runners it is hard to spot people.  Luckily I did spot my friend Lynn and cheered for her as she went by.

My brother and nieces were at the finish line to cheer Jenn on as she finished.  We made our way out of town (stopping for a DQ on the way out - never too early for an ice cream).

After the race I enjoyed a much needed nap - hey watching runners makes me tired.  I drove home from the Cape late last night and only hit a little bit of traffic which is always a big success!

Awesome weekend.  I may be in denial that there are only a few summer weekends left.  I can't even deal with summer coming to an end.  So here's hoping to a few more great weekends just like this!

Linking up w/ Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip.

Don't forget to shop my Stella and Dot ONLINE party which is also a fundraiser for MS!!!  You have until Aug 26th!


  1. Oh my god, that show is absolutely terrible! I had to watch it since MV is such a big part of my family, but I couldn't get past half of the first episode! Glad you got such a nice day!

  2. Jealous! Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5! Sounds like it was a great show! I am glad that you had a great weekend! And I can not believe how quickly this summer has gone by.

  3. Glad you had a fun weekend! Now you'll be itching to get to MV every summer :)

  4. Oh wow - that sounds like a GREAT concert!! Adam took his shirt off? Oh my!!!!!!!!
    That view of the sunset and boats...took my breath away. I would have stood there for hours just looking out at the water.
    I'm glad you had a great weekend!

  5. She Will Be Loved is one of my all time favorite songs! I love Maroon 5! Sounds like it was so much fun!

  6. how fun to meet blogging friends in real life! and that sunset is beautiful!!!

  7. What a pretty weekend! Those sunset pictures are awesome! I am guilty of having watched 'The Vineyard' such a ridiculous show I am sure it won't last long, haha. And I keep telling my fiance he needs to accompany me to a KC concert though I highly doubt he will ever give in ;)

  8. What a weekend! That's awesome all around. MV looks amazing.

  9. Sounds like an amazing weekend! I love me some Kelly and Maroon 5 too! Oh and those sunset pictures are to die for :) I want to be up there now!

  10. Next time I visit we are going to The Cape! It looks awesome!

    Glad you had fun at the concert. I know a few Maroon 5 songs. Probably more of their earlier stuff. Sounds like a great weekend!!

  11. Wicked awesome for sure - and you know a SoCal girl doesn't say that often ;)

    My mom is obsessed with Maroon 5 and Adam Levine so we're going in October. Glad to hear it was fun. And I'm jealous of your vinyard time and the amazing photos. Annnd good for you sis-in-law.

  12. As always, Im so behind in my blog reading. What a fantastic Blate you had, I cant imagine a better place than MV. I'm glad you were able to connect with her! The pictures are stunning

    Ahhh, love me some Maroon 5. Ive seen them a few times, and they do put on a great show. never seen KC, but I imagine she is fantastic!

  13. :) GREAT pictures, and GREAT post! Still "vacationing" but hoping to get to a bit MORE blogging next week as we have a super busy weekend with the FIREWORKS and FAIR going on along with visitors:) SO many photo ops and HOPING I don't forget and then remember to write a post:) UGH the demands of a blogger.
    So glad that you DID have the nerve to come over as a complete stranger...takes BALLS woman. Next year, stay the night and we can show you more of the island than just our dirt road:)

  14. What a weekend! You always live life to the fullest!! I'm going to see Maroon 5 and Kelly in September. We also have lawn seats. I hope it doesn't rain!!