I thought I was being so clever when I left the hint for the kids about the upcoming surprise. "Miles to go"...we were going to drive to a different city and see a 33 Miles concert.
Unbeknownst to me, Miley Cyrus wrote a book with the title Miles To Go. Yep...all the kids could think about was something involving Miley Cyrus. And Bubba was not all that excited about Miley Cyrus. He's so over Miley. He's more of a Taylor Swift guy now.
He's also a 33 Miles kind of guy. In fact, Bubba is the one that introduced us to 33 Miles. So, when Honey heard about the concert in a town just a couple of hours away, we planned a little overnight.
We secretly packed the kids bags, checked them out of school a little early, and hit the road. It was about 45 miles into the trip, and many, many very leading hints when Bubba finally caught on. The kids were really excited. Brooke actually got teary eyed and emotional over the thought of her first concert, and Mary Tutu isn't one to let someone cry alone. Bubba was confused with all the crying, but Brooke told him that they were happy tears.
The tickets were very reasonably priced, so I upgraded us to VIP status and we got to get in the doors early, get a great seat, and participate in a question and answer session with the band. JJ Heller was the opening act. She performs with her husband, and they were both really nice.
The girls sat on the front row, the very front row. Honey, Bubba, and I sat right behind them. All of us wore ear plugs.
The concert was very small. There were maybe 150 people there. But it was really cool, intimate even. And at the end? The very last song they sang?
After the concert, we spent the night in a local motel. It wasn't the longest night we'd ever had in a motel, but it ranks right up there. I always forget how much fun it is for all 5 of us to sleep in the same room.