Friday, June 27, 2014

Bruno Mars Concert

On Monday night, Trent and I went to see Bruno Mars in concert here in Omaha. We got the opportunity to purchase tickets to the sold out show through Morningside, so we took them up on their offer and Trent took me to the concert as an early birthday present.

The opener for the night was Aloe Blacc, who was good. He sings songs like The Man and Wake Me Up. He has a great voice and was enjoyable, but he was nothing compared to Bruno (not that it was his fault or anything... since Bruno is the headliner and got all the cool lights and all that!).

From the moment that Bruno took the stage, it was so entertaining. The lights and the dancing and his voice and everything was just perfect! His songs were all great, even the ones we didn't know were still awesome because they had such an entertainment factor to them.

One of my favorite parts of the concert was when he sang When I was Your Man. The whole place got dark and everyone was more subdued. You could tell that it was personally an emotional song for him. A lot of the crowd got out the flashlights on their phones and held them up, and it just created a corny but very cool atmosphere. Below is a picture from during that song with him in the spotlight on the right and the crowd holding up their phones.

He sang all his songs like Treasure, Moonshine, Natalie, and Grenade, among others. Bruno and his band members looked like a boy band up on the stage a lot of the time with their choreographed dancing and the way they moved around the stage. It kind of brought me back to the 98ยบ and NSYNC concert days! But that is definitely a good thing! 

Bruno ended the show with Just the Way You Are and that was another good one because it was a softer song and I love it when you can hear the crowd singing over the singer's voice sometimes. So cool! The picture below was taken during his "last song." I love how the lights are shining on the crowd and you can really see the masses of people that were there. Of course, when that song was over, the band all left but the lights stayed low and the crowd didn't stop cheering, because everyone knows they were coming back again!

When he came back out for the encore he sang Locked Out of Heaven and Gorilla. I think the Locked Out of Heaven performance was my favorite of the night. It started with him out on the stage alone playing the drums and the crowd was just so loud and excited and the lights and atmosphere were just awesome. Towards the end of the song, gold and silver confetti filled the arena and it was just so incredible. Whatever they were trying to accomplish with their big show totally worked on me. It was great.

The first song of his encore was very much like his Super Bowl Halftime performance from last year's Super Bowl, so I definitely think you should watch that if you want to get an idea of what we experienced!

Below is a compilation of videos that I took during the concert. I was hesitant to post it because I didn't want the cops to show up at my door and arrest me for recording at the concert, but I figured that they aren't even good videos anyway and if you search on YouTube for "Bruno Mars Concert" you're bound to find a lot better quality and longer videos of him in concert than what I've got below! 

The first five clips are Snapchat videos that I recorded, so they are all 9 seconds or less and really bad quality, but I think they are still kinda cool. The first one was at the beginning of the concert when he came out. The curtain that was covering the stage dropped and it all began! Then there's a video of the crowd during When I Was Your Man when everyone had their phones out. The rest of the shorter clips are just random things from during the concert and the last one is about 45 seconds long and was Just the Way You Are, the last song of the main concert. Hopefully they help you understand more about why I've been raving on about the concert for far too long in this post! :) It definitely was a great concert and I am so happy that Trent took me for my birthday! It was a great present!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Trip to Wisconsin for Lee and Sara's Wedding

Trent and I left last Wednesday and headed to Wisconsin to be there for our friends, Lee and Sara's, wedding. We had other friends come from all over and gather in Stevens Point in the days leading up to the main event, so it was great to be able to all hang out for several days.

We arrived on Wednesday evening and got together with a few people for supper and some ice cream. Then, on Thursday, Trent and I ventured out to visit the Dells of the Eau Claire Park to see what nature has developed in the Eau Claire River over many years. Trent (and Mattie too) had been there already before when they lived in Wisconsin, so I was happy to witness it for the first time too.

After our little excursion, we met up with people again and went to see the movie 22 Jump Street (quite funny) and then I went to Zumba and supper with the bride to be, Sara, and her Matron of Honor, Suzie, while the guys went out in the evening to celebrate Lee's bachelorhood one last time with supper and some drinks. 

Then came Friday, when the real celebrations started! In the evening, everyone gathered for the wedding rehearsal in Lee and Sara's backyard and then for some pizza and drinks at Mikey's.

Luke and Trent showed up wearing very similar outfits. We're not 100% convinced that they didn't plan it :)

And then came Saturday... the wedding day!

Trent was a groomsman in the wedding and he looked pretty good doing his thing! It was a beautiful wedding in a beautiful setting and everything went great!

The evolution of me a kiss for Trent!
The handsome groomsmen

After the ceremony, everyone celebrated with supper and dancing. We had a great meal, but Trent and Dustin felt the need to follow up supper with chicken strips and fries! All the more reason to dance off all that food, though, I guess!

We danced into the night, right up until midnight, which meant it was Trent's birthday! The bride and groom gave him a special piece of cheesecake to celebrate his special day, too!

On Sunday, we headed out in the morning back towards home. On the way, we stopped by Trent's parents' house to see his family and also to celebrate his birthday with them! We had an awesome supper and it was great to have a home cooked meal for the first time in quite a few days!

For dessert, Trent had requested Lemon Meringue Pie, and it was delicious! It was the perfect way to end our trip!

Monday, June 16, 2014

This Weekend: CWS

This weekend was a great one because we got to spend it at home. Friday and Saturday were spent chilling out at home. We watched a few movies on TV, grilled both nights, Trent mowed the lawn, and we did some laundry. It was very nice to just be home and have nothing planned since we have spent 7 of the last 8 weekends elsewhere.

On Sunday, Jocelyn, Trent and I went to church and then headed straight downtown to partake in the College World Series festivities. Union Pacific has a big family day event on the first Sunday of the CWS each year, so we went to that just long enough to have some lunch before heading across the street to the stadium to be sure we'd have seats for the game.

It was a beautiful day for baseball and we joined just under 25,000 people to watch the game. For some reason it didn't occur to me that we were going to be sitting in the sun the whole game and I wasn't quite prepared for that... Smooth, I know! But despite my lack of sunscreen, it was still a fun time and I'm glad we went!

The view of the Omaha "skyline" (haha) and the UP building from our seats. 
Now I just have one more day of work this week before we head out of town for an extra long weekend in Wisconsin for a friend's wedding that Trent is a groomsman in. I'm looking forward to the quality time in the car with my hubby on the drive and having some fun with our friends in Wisconsin!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daddy's Hands

I wrote this post on the 16th of September in 2012, nine days before my dad passed away, but didn't post it. It was us kids' third day up at Mayo in Rochester with my dad while he was in the hospital there. I've been missing him a lot lately and the fact that it's Father's Day has accentuated that all the more. 

Happy Father's Day to my Daddy in heaven!

Remembering you is easy, I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.

A lot has changed about my dad in a physical sense over the past 3 months.

He has lost weight, he has lost his balance, and he has tremors so he can't really control a lot of what he does. He isn't really able to speak very well in full sentences either. But one thing that really hasn't changed at all about him is his hands.

They have the same calluses, they are the same size, his fingernails still have the same crazy lines and cracks in them, his knuckles still bend in the same funky ways, and they have the same wear and tear and bumps...

I remember the way he used to talk to us at basketball practice with his fist clenched and his thumb on top. He'd point at us with his thumb as he was trying to make his point.

I remember the way he used to use his hands when he talked on the phone in his office all the time. And the way we used to make fun of him for it.

His hands were always so strong, and they still are. Especially when he would hug us - I noticed this very much over the past few months. No matter how weak he seemed or how hard it was for him to stand, he would still give the strongest side hugs ever! What I wouldn't give to have him hug me that tightly again...

I love you, Daddy.

I remember daddy's hands folded silently in prayer 

And reachin' out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story in the callous' and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind
I remember daddy's hands how they held my mama tight
And patted my back for something done right
There are things that I'd forgotten that I loved about the man
But I'll always remember the love in daddy's hands

Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands weren't always gentle but I've come to understand
There was always love in daddy's hands.

I remember daddy's hands workin' 'til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over, I'd live my life again

And never take for granted the love in daddy's hands

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy 3rd Anniversary!

Happy 3rd Anniversary to my favorite guy!

The guy I choose every day. Who I pinky swore to love when we are side by side and when we are miles apart; when our lives are peachy keen and when things aren't going so well; when I'm pleased with him and when he really irritates me; when we're just hanging out and when we're busy. The guy whose ambitions and desires I respect and encourage and will always help him accomplish. From our wedding day to today and for the rest of our lives, he is my person, the one who I share everything with. I promised these things, knowing that it is God that is the foundation of our marriage, and it’s going to stay that way as long as we’re both here on Earth! 

I don't have anything "cool" to share this year. The last two years, our anniversary week has coincided with a big and exciting event. Our first anniversary was in the same week that we closed on our house, and our second anniversary was the same week as me finding out I passed all my CPA exams. This year, I don't have much exciting news to share other than the fact that we're still happy as clams, dealing with life as it comes at us, and we're looking forward to continuing to grow together during our next years of marriage and seeing what they have in store for The Fredericksen's!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Introducing Dr. Jocelyn!!!

Last weekend, we got to be there to celebrate Jocelyn's graduation from DMU as a Doctor of Physical Therapy! It seems like not too long ago we were celebrating her graduation from undergrad and she was talking about starting PT school in Des Moines, and now she's done already and going to be starting her job in the real world and make some money!!!

I'm so happy that Trent and I got to be a small part of her journey as she lived with us for the past 8 weeks during her final internship, while she talked about graduating and finding a job, and I'm glad we got to be some of the first people to hear that she was offered and accepted her job!! And we are SOO happy that she's going to be staying and working in Omaha now! Score for us!
(Mission "keep Joce in Omaha" accomplished!!)

On Saturday morning, we showed up to Hy Vee Hall in Downtown Des Moines to watch her walk across the stage and get hooded as Dr. Jocelyn Marie Kock! Sitting through the 2 and a half hour ceremony was totally worth it to be a part of that specialness! 

Joce's official name announcement card!
Joce and I before the ceremony

Joce preparing to walk across the stage
Getting hooded!
Woot woot!!
 After the ceremony, we had a little photo sesh, of course!

We're so proud!! :D
With her parents
With her grandparents and parents
Grandma and Grandpa Kock were proud, too!!
Joce and my mom
Another picture. Even though I kind of look scared in this one!
After the ceremony, all of her family met up to celebrate with some lunch and presents and hanging out (and by hanging out, I mean watching "Miracle" on the big screen in her apartment building's theater room).

Joce lookin' good with her cake!
The cake maker and the graduate!
This guy! :)
Everyone relaxing and hanging out
Grandma made the cake extra special this time with two colored layers!
Introducing Dr. Josel!
Too much fun!! :)

Congrats to Jocelyn! We can't wait to see what the next chapter of your life brings!

And just for fun, here's my corny compilation of the videos I got from the day. My phone stopped recording RIGHT after she got hooded, so I decided to do what I could with what I had :) (Sorry if you get sick from all the shaking!)