*breath huge sigh of relief*
It was a really big task to organize and prepare for, one that I almost postponed due to gallbladder surgery, but decided to keep going ahead with it. In the end, it was a GREAT night and it turned out really well. The crowd was wonderful - got to see lots of friends and family, some even flew in from out of state for the event.
I received a standing ovation at the end of the night, performed an encore. Received lots of very sweet comments from people, and just really enjoyed the evening. It was crazy trying to memorize 13 songs in a matter of a few weeks, but I mostly got it done (only had to sneak at my sheet music a few times).
Now I have a sold out concert in Utah in another week and a half, a video shoot in September, and then I'm almost off the hook until December. Here are the pics....video to come soon.
My friend, singer Viktoria Tocca, opened the concert with three of her own songs, including Dark Waltz.
Stephanie Yose on cello, performing "Secrets" with me.
A little out of order, but this was the red carpet with all the performers...
My dashing husband and I...
Preston came on stage and handed me flowers. It was so cute! Will told me that he picked them out himself, and during the entire concert kept asking when it would be time for him to give me the flowers. I had a HUGE smile. Love that sweet boy of ours! :)
I ended up letting Preston come to the concert at the last minute, even though I had a wonderful babysitter lined up for he and Taylor. He remembered that I had told him weeks ago that he could come, and he was so sad to find out he was going to be home with a babysitter. So the boy stuck it out until midnight hanging out with a lot of adults. I felt so bad for him - he was so tired! But what a trooper, and he was a fan favorite at the concert! :) Such a cutie.
Viktoria and I getting ready in our dressing room before the concert. She was loving her dress and had to show the back....
Celebration non-diet food after the concert at The Cheesecake Factory :)
This photo of my face cracks me up. What exactly is going through my mind? I have no idea, but it's funny.