Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where do I begin... Stagecoach 2010

Bright and Early Friday morning (4:30am to be exact,) I finished packing and headed to the airport with my sweet Dad. On the way there, the first 4 songs were by artists that were going to play at Stagecoach! {You would have thought I'd had 4 cups of coffee instead of 4 hours of sleep; I was that excited.}

After a hop over to Memphis, then a 5 hour flight- I was officially in my "home-away-from-home" {that I had never been to a year ago} Los Angeles. My wonderful friend Megan took her lunch break to pick me up from the airport. I dropped her off and was starving. I wasn't going to go here, but couldn't resist the patio on Main St. in Venice {blog followers, bet you know where I went}. Urth Cafe it was and such a lovely day to sit outside. This was my trade instead of a power nap. Looking back, glad I picked it.
Nothing is a welcome like sunny California.
Back in October, Megan and I talked about attending Stagecoach. We debated back and forth if we were going to go; both eager to go, but looking at our schedules to see if we could pull it off. We COULD. Therefore we booked the tickets and were on our way to Dessert Springs, California for the weekend.
One of my best friends, Miss Megan & I, Friday night

On the radio, they announced that Morongo Casino {on our way} was having a FREE "pre-stagecoach' concert for Friday night. Of course we couldn't wait till Saturday to start off the festivities. Brett knew he would be missing out on a fabulous weekend so he hopped in too and we headed out of LA after they got off work for a mini California Road-trip!
We made perfect timing to Morongo Casino to see Steel Magnolias and Easton Corbin.
Steel Magnolia's is an up and coming duo. They have recently hit the charts with "Keep On Loving You"
And this man...Reminds me of a younger George Strait {yes. it's. true.} Easton Corbin. "A Little More Country Than That"

What a great way to kick-off the weekend! We had lots of laughs Friday Night thanks to a short fella with his hands in his pockets, a guy asking for "advice" for his roommate who cheated on his girlfriend and was trying to lie about it {aka dug a hole even deeper}, refusing to give out a number, and great music. We finished up the last 20 minutes of the drive and called it a night at the Marriot Desert Springs. Saturday morning we woke up to this view from our balcony.
Grabbed Starbucks in the Hotel Lobby and by 8am we were here.
Coffee. Swimsuit. Sunshine. Magazines. Pool. Great Friends. Throw in a Football QB Hottie and his friends/family celebrating him being drafted. Add a few tropical beverages.
And the above picture turns into this (below) in a matter of minutes.
Before we knew it, it was Stagecoach time!
Quick Pose in the Lobby! Love this one Meg!! Possibly my favorite of the weekend!
Well and this one below. Perfect description of the three of us. We had an elderly man take our picture and this was the first take.
Much Better! All Smiles. Ready to go!!!
Indio Empire Polo Club in Coachella Village.
The Main "Mane" Stage
Think 60,000 of your closet friends, all spread out on the polo field. The view behind us. People were packed all the way to the white tents.
Would be lying if I said I didn't miss my California friends! Had such a blast with them this weekend.

Phil Vassar then Billy Currington on the stage! Sadly- stupidly- left my new camera at home; old digital camera ran out of batteries, so the iPhone came through again!
"Life is Great. Beer is Good. And People are Crazy." -Billy Currington
Loved looking back at the tents and the Ferris wheel all lit up!
Time for some SUGARLAND!!!! Such a great performance by them! Had the entire crowd up dancing and singing along. Plus they played a bunch of my favorite songs and "theme" songs! Pretty sure the first four they played, I informed B & M that they were "my" songs. lol
And then...
Mr. Keith Urban put on a show to end the night off right!
Sunday, day 2 was very similar! We wanted it no other way.
Breakfast at the pool!
Crowds and Cute Boys for us {& girls for Brett}
Perfection in the simplest form.
First up a local band then Heidi Newfield followed by Jason Aldean.
It was definitely hot in the desert on Sunday! We loved being by the pool and able to chill off, and were very thankful for the breeze in the desert. Could've been much worse, so I'm not complaining, I was just glad I was getting a tan! But I had a long way to try to catch up to these two.
Megan & Brett waiting for the next band to start.
A before and after look behind us! We were glad we got our spot when we did. We were about halfway to the stage.
Another quick picture before the sun goes down...
A little dinner before Brooks & Dunn hit the stage... Pizza and Fries : )

Brooks & Dunn

Such a beautiful night!
And last but certainly not least, Toby Keith.
Bittersweet calling it a weekend and heading back to LA. Played and ran errands on Monday- saw a few co-workers then Megan, Brandon, Clifford, Rubin, and I went to a Japanese restaurant before I headed to the airport. Had the pleasure of experiencing my first red-eye flight. It wasn't too bad especially since I had 3 seats to spread out in!

Loved playing all weekend with my friends, meeting lots of people, seeing my old co-workers/friends, and of course shopping (just a little). Back in Arkansas recovering from Jet-lag and getting ready to work on Young Designs and Sugarsave this week. Look for my next post on my new marketing job, LR Metro Director for SugarSave!!!!

Hope Everyone had a lovely weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stagecoach !?!

AHHHHHHHHH!!!! If you need me the next few days or can't get ahold of me. Sorry. I will be M.I.A. with friends in CALIFORN-I-AAAAAA!!!! My Birthday present to myself was a ticket to this two day festival with friends!!! Saturday Mane
Keith Urban 9:30
Sugarland 7:45 - 9:00
Billy Currington 6:15 - 7:15
Phil Vassar 4:45 - 5:45
Joey + Rory 3:30 - 4:15

Sunday Mane Stage
Toby Keith 9:15
Brooks & Dunn 7:30 - 8:45
Jason Aldean 6:00 - 7:00
Heidi Newfield 4:45 - 5:30
Williams Riley 3:30 - 4:15

Saturday Mustang Stage
Trampled by Turtles 5:15-6:05
Waddie Mitchell 4:15 - 5:05
Baxter Black 3:15-4:10
Victoria Williams 2:00-3:00

Sunday Mustang Stage
Doyle Lawson 5:20 - 6:05
Bill Anderson 4:30-5:20
Little Jimmy Dickens 3:15-4:05
Black Prairie 2:00-2:50
Truth & Salvage 12:50-1:40

Saturday Palomino
Merle Haggard 7:00-8:00
Ray Price 5:40-6:35
Nick 13 4:25-5:15
BJ Thomas 3:10-4:00
Bobby Bare 2:00-2:50

Sunday Palomino Stage
Oak Ridge Boys 6:30-7:30
Avett Brothers 5:15-6:05
Firefall 4:00-4:50
Chuck Mead 2:55-3:40
Carlene Carter 1:15-2:35
Mary Gauthier 12:25-1:10

During the times that a concert isn't on, you can find me at the pool!
HAPPY WEEKEND FRIENDS!!!! Return to Arkansas Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It's true. 23 years ago on April 19, 1987 the Easter bunny delivered me to my parents in Longview, Texas!

Monday was my birthday! I for one, LOVE birthdays; doesn't matter who is turning a year older. I was able to celebrate with my friends here and this past weekend here, so Monday was my day to celebrate with family. I had a Mommy/Daughter day with my wonderful mother! We started out the day with lunch at Scallions in the Heights. It was a beautiful day, so we ate lunch on the patio.
Momma enjoying her Raspberry Tea!
My first picture being 23!

Lunch was fabulous! We stopped by Molly's Paperie, and had to buy a few items since they were having a sale. {at least that's what I told myself} Then we were off to Best Buy to purchase my birthday present!!! {stay tuned} After a trip to Sam's we decided we should pamper ourselves. We took a trip to Jasmine's. It is a new nail salon downtown near the Hampton Inn and the Axciom building. Such a wonderful experience there.
Mom getting a pedicure!
Getting a french manicure : ) Could the day get any better?
Mom and Daughter Picture.
My sweet BFF Natalie stopped by to bring me a gift! Love her!
After our spa treatment, we stopped by my grandparents house, then our house to pick up my Dad for dinner at Brave New Restaurant. It is one of my favorite places because you can sit on the patio that overlooks the Arkansas River! {and they have fabulous bread}
My super cute parents with the Little Rock skyline in the background.
So thankful for personal heaters! And so blessed by all of my birthday presents from friends and family members!
And my super exciting favorite item that we picked up from Best Buy and I still haven't gotten to play with yet {but it is on my agenda ASAP} MY NEW CAMERA!!!! I got a Nikon CoolPix P100 that I officially get to learn all about. Betcha can't tell I'm very excited. If you can't, trust me, I AM. If you have any tips, please send them my way!
And a BIG Thank you to all my friends and family for making this birthday so special. I had a wonderful day and felt so loved by gifts, hugs, calls, text messages, facebook and twitter. I am one super blessed girl. Thank you and I hope you all had a happy Monday {and Tuesday now}.