Saturday, October 11, 2008

Intersection Concert

Last night, Friday night, Greg and I had date night. Thanks to B-93, I won concert tickets to see Emerson Drive at the Intersection in Downtown Grand Rapids. It was an amazing concert. Our night started out by dropping the boys off to Nani and Papa's house after work. (thanks Nani and Papa) Then I drove home, picked up Greg and we headed to Big Boy for supper. We then headed to the Intersection where after checking in, we ran into my Uncle Rick and Aunt Deb. We talked with them for awhile and then decided to sit with them. They introduced us to people around them, apparently they attend frequently. Sitting behind them were the parents of one of the opening bands, Branded. Later in the evening, Greg and I even took a picture with the drummer, Jeff Hopkins (coming soon). After there amazing performance, Emerson Drive performed. I realized that I knew and enjoyed more of there songs then I thought. They even put an interesting spin on a few classics. :) We had a great, late night.

Tinker Bell, the Movie

Today we went and saw the new Tinker Bell Movie. This was the only movie theater showing of the movie. At first, the boys weren't so sure about going to a "girl" movie, but when I asked them to do it for mommy (and I promised to buy popcorn) they were excited. Nate however, said that he would go for popcorn but then he wanted to sleep through the movie. I said Ok.

Upon arriving at the theater, we bought out popcorn and headed to theater 1. Nate realized all of the other kids (boys and girls) that were at the movie and thought that he might be ok checking it out.

The movie was cute. Nate and Zach even laughed a few times!! It starts out with the creation of Tinker Bell and then joins her on her travels of growing up. The movie had a tear moment at the end, however I don't want to spoil the ending. The movie comes out to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-Ray (for those of you that have daughters (or sons) that would LOVE this movie) on October 28th. :)

A Rainy Day in Chicago

Jeff, Cindy, Greg and I went to Chicago on September 13th to Chicago. Even though we started our day knowing that we were going to get SOAKED we were excited to go anyways. After a quick stop to McDonalds for breakfast, we were off. When we arrived in Chicago, we parked near Millenium Park. We walked from there to Hard Rock Cafe were Greg's umbrella broke only a couple blocks in. :( We had an AWESOME meal. Greg ate twisted macaronni and I had a french dip. We attempted to order desert however only Jeff truly enjoyed his ice cream!! After lunch, we did some shopping/browseing on Michigan Ave. Greg's favorite stop was the Lego store!! After the Lego store, we continue our walk in the rain. Jeff and Greg then ran our packages to the car while Cindy and I watched everyone get soaked walking up and down the raods. It was not time to find some supper before we headed towards the concert. We came across another McDonalds and decided to eat. Not the best meal in the world however it satisfied the hunger. We continued our journey to Millenium Park where "The Elders" were already playing on stage. We stood and listened to them, in the rain. They were so glad that people had put up with the rain and had come out to see them that they gave everyone a free CD. Finally it was time for the main event. The reason we had drove to Chicago, the reason we had stayed in the rain ALL day, it was time for "The Great Big Sea." The concert was amazing and since the weather was so nasty, not may people were there (so we had a great seats!!). While keeping an eye on the sky, we sang and danced and had a wonderful time. After all of our fun and festivities, we got back in the car and headed towards home. We stoped at another McDonalds (providing Greg with his 3rd cinimelt for the day) for a lite snack and drink for the trip home. The commute to Holland wasn't bad however between Holland and Grand Rapids was terrible. It took us over 45minutes (which we usually do in 25-30) to get home. Greg was white nuckled and his hands hurt the next day. All in all, we had a great time, enjoyed being out with Jeff and Cindy and we can't wait for our next, sunny adventure!!

A Day at the Circus

Ladies and Gentlmen, Boys and Girls, Children of All Ages ......

Grandma Vedders, Uncle Brad, Aunt Meghan, Hayley, Jamie, Sydney, Greg, Nate, Zach and myself all spent the afternoon at the circus!! Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey performed at the VanAndel Area, in Grand Rapids. The kids enjoyed the preshow where they each received a clown nose.
Zach was excited when mommy received marshmellows from one of the clowns. They threw them up in the audience!! Jamie's favorite part of the circus seemed to be when she fell asleep in daddy's arms. Grandma and I watched in amazement as she slept through all the noise!! Syney watched the preshow from her "kangaroo pouch". All in all we had a great time at the circus!