In May of 2002, when I was 18 years old and living with my parents in San Angelo, TX, my dad got orders to Misawa, Japan. He, my mom, and my two sisters moved to the other side of the planet that spring. And I moved in with my new family: Michelle. Her parents moved to France that same spring so we were on our own together. We lived together for a year in our cute little apartment and then moved into a bigger, cute apartment with our friend, Shaunna. The three of us lived together until I married Steve. Then we split up, and Michelle and Shaunna both married their husbands the following year. Over the years, we've all kept in touch. Facebook, phone calls and a few visits here and there have gotten us through the years. It had been two years since I last saw Michelle so she came out to see me earlier this month. She came to see me. And to see Garth. We'll get to him later. With her, she brought her sweet second son, Sawyer. Her 2-year-old, Carson and hubby, Kenny stayed behind. Hopefully, they'll come next time.
I grew up on Country music and although I haven't been a Country music listener in about 12 years, I'm pretty sure I know every 1990's country music song by heart to this day. When Michelle called to let me know she was going to come out, she let me know that Garth Brooks would be playing that weekend here in Vegas and she would get tickets. Her gift to us to celebrate the year we turned 30.
We spent the first few days she was here just relaxing. We went out to lunch, did a little shopping, lounged around my house and nursed our babies. I think my favorite game we played was called, "What were we thinking?" To play, one of us would say, "Remember when I --?" or "Remember when we --?" This is always followed with, "Yeah. What was I/were we thinking?!"
And then the highlight of our trip. Garth Brooks. We were giddy. We drove down to The Wynn, got into our seats chatting and fidgeting in anticipation. He finally came out and sang songs that took us back to our childhood days. We cheered and sang out hearts out along with every word, we knew them all by heart. He even brought his wife out on stage, Trisha Yearwood and she sang two more 90s hits that we sang every word to. Sharing the fun with Michelle was perfect. I can't think of another person I would have had as much fun with at a Garth Brooks concert.
We spend the rest of the weekend listening to the CDs we bought at the concert that contain 30 of his hits. I was sad to take her and sweet Sawyer to the airport that Monday but so thankful that I have such a wonderful friend who doesn't hesitate to hop on a plane with her three-month-old and come out to see me and Garth.
Love you, Michelle!