While on a birthday date in May, Joel surprised me with a weekend away to see my new favourite band, Lady Antebellum. We dropped the boys off at my parents and started on the long trek to Sarnia for Bayfest, with stops at Subway for lunch and Lick's for a bonus milkshake (mmm, SO good!). We checked into a quiet Bed and Breakfast in Petrolia, about half an hour from Sarnia and explored the small town to find dinner... a short walk through the three block strip. Then it was concert time.
I never in a million years would imagine that our first real overnight date would be at a Countryfest. I never really considered myself a country fan, but Lady Antebellum is country and I think they're awesome. I first discovered them while watching Ellen last year. Just pure talent and I'm always a fan of bands who have a piano. I like the story-telling aspect of the music and the simplicity of a few instruments and some great voices. We were packed into the crowd, surrounded by mostly teenagers sporting short shorts and cowboy hats, singing along to all the words. It was an interesting to see as I don't think I've ever met a country-loving teenager where I live. They were there for a good time, and a good time was had by all. Some musicians don't sound that great live, without the help of a recording studio, but I was pleasantly surprised and felt like I was listening to their album. They played all of my favourite songs, including this, this, this and this.
The boys had a great time with my parents and didn't see to have any issues being gone for us from 24 hours. It was so nice to stay up late, go on a road trip, enjoy good music and have extended alone time with Joel. I feel refreshed and am thankful for such a great opportunity!