Both girls are pretty in love with Taylor Swift, but Handley is totally overboard. She listens to her music non-stop, writes down every word to her songs, reads books about her, lip syncs in the mirror and is even being Taylor Swift for Halloween!
We had been looking forward to this night for months and months and could not believe that it was finally here! Since this was their first concert they really didn't know what to expect. I showed them some videos from her previous concerns to they could kind of "get" that we would be far away from her and not on the first row!!! I also helped them make posters on Friday night and they worked so hard trying to make them perfect.
We had so much fun getting ready together, fixing our hair, me putting make-up on them, and the girls modeling their outfits. We took a few quick pictures outside before we left and I had butterflies just thinking about how much fun the night would be for them.
Because we knew traffic and parking would be really tough, my friend that was also going with us arranged for transportation to and from the concert. What the girls didn't know was that a limo would be our ride for the night. When it showed up at our house they were both beside themselves.
The ride downtown was fun for them and as we got closer and closer to the stadium we saw tons of people who had already parked and started walking and that made us even more excited. After the limo dropped us off we warned the kids of the big crowds and encouraged them to hold hands and stay together so we wouldn't loose anyone!
Entering the stadium was like sensory overload for the girls. They wanted to look at everything. People dressed up in costumes, light-up posters everywhere, souvenir booths, and lots of Taylor fans everywhere you turned. We made our way to the suite where our tickets were and they enjoyed eating while we waited.
Shawn Mendes was the first opening act and he did great. We love his song "Stitches" and had fun dancing along to it. Vance Joy was the next act and he was a great singer too, but we were all just so excited for Taylor Swift that it was hard to wait. I took the girls during this time to pick out a souvenir and they each got a t-shirt and a key chain for their backpacks.
When it was finally time for Taylor to come on stage the place went crazy and I don't think people stopped singing and screaming the rest of the night. Her stage was amazing, her dancers were amazing, her costumes were amazing and the singing was amazing. It was all over the top and fun and theatrical and had such a WOW factor.
One really neat thing about the show were these light up bracelets. Everyone received one and as soon as Taylor came on stage they started lighting up. I have no idea how the technology works that controls these, but they would chance colors, light up to the beats of the music and it was so cool to look around and see everyone waving their lights. Taylor even mentioned that because of these bracelets she could see every single person there...all 56,000 of us. Even the people sitting at the very top of the stadium could be seen by her because of the light and that each and everyone of them were important to her because they chose to spend their evening at her show.
In between some of the songs she would talk to the audience and really try to connect with her fans. You can tell she is a very authentic and real person who has a great heart and uses her fame in such a good way. She was talking to all of these young fans and encouraging them to not let others determine their happiness. She said, "The thing that is better than being cool is being happy." I loved that and loved her positive messages throughout the night.
The concert was really fantastic and the whole evening was so special. Watching the girls' excitement and awe the entire time was what really made the night for me. When a new song would begin or when their bracelets started glowing or when the stage would move...every single thing was magical. We sang and danced our hearts out together the whole time and having that fun together was so special. It was definitely a night I will always remember.
When the show was over I asked Little Mama what she thought and she answered, "It was more fun that I could have ever imagined." What more could I want than that answer?!?!
Just as the show was ending we look over and see none other than Trey and Stefanie! We knew they were going to be there, but couldn't believe that we actually saw them and ended up running into them on our way out. :-)