My conversation with Ryan went like this, "So...I have an idea of something we can do for our anniversary (we usually just do dinner and a movie if we do anything)." Ryan: "Oh yeah? What?" Me: "Josh Groban is coming to the Ravinia to do a concert. We could get tickets. Not to sit in the pavilion, because that will cost like a bazillion dollars, but to sit on the grass and listen and have a picnic dinner." Ryan: "That's an idea."
Later at work, I got an email from Ryan that said the tickets were reasonable for the lawn, but they didn't go on sale yet and how about asking my parents and sister and brother in law if they wanted to go. They were all in. The morning that the tickets went on sale, Ryan got up early to order them. He was able to get us 6 lawn seats, and the concert sold out quick.
On August 10th, we met at my Dad's work to head to the Ravinia. All of us had packed food to share. We had received an email saying arrive early because they were expecting a crowd, so we did. We were lucky and found free parking close to the Ravinia and were like 12th in line to enter the park (yep, you had to stand in line to stake out your piece of lawn). About 15 minutes before the gates opened, my dad told me to turn around and there was a sea of people behind us. Bill (my brother in law) was pulling this wagon that had a mind of its own, and I worried that he might get trampled. The gates opened, and my long legged sister took off weaving through people with my mom behind her. I gave the wagon a push to get Bill a start and followed after them. Jaime found us a good piece of lawn, whipped off her chairs and started staking out our territory. My mom followed suit and when I caught up to them I also helped. Bill made it to us unharmed and we set up our camp and began our evening of gluttony.
|Hummus, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies = evening of gluttony|
|This doesn't even begin to show how many people were there!|
It was so cool to sit there an listen to him! He is a big goof ball, funny and down to earth. He ran out into the audience to give a hug to one of us "lawn people" hanging out by the Pavillion who had a sign that said: Josh, can I have a hug? He also answered questions that we could post on facebook. I took some videos, but the only ones I'm using were taken by the people who sat under the Pavillion, because mine you can only listen to him (which I'm fine with). He ended the night with his best known song, which if he hadn't sang, Bill would have cried, I think.
Anyway, it was a fantastic anniversary present from my wonderful husband of 14 years. Thank you, Ryan!
|Bill and Jaime|
|Dad and Mom|
|We were tired-that's all I can say, ha ha|