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Shelley’s (and Lisa, Veronica and Shannon’s) Excellent Adventure!
Here is my recap of the amazing trip Lisa, Veronica, Shannon and I took to see David live!! First of all Veronica and I painted up my car with David’s name.
Drove a long 12 hour drive to Idaho Falls. Veronica spent most of the drive doing her homework.On the way we saw a very petty lake in Idaho stopped to take a few pictures.
We were all so excited to see David and our David fan friends and to meet new friends. I was also excited to see my long time friend Mike who lives in Idaho Falls. We haven’t seen each other in over 26 years.
We went to the Colonial venue, and saw a picture of David in front so Veronica and Shannon took a picture with it. By the way, these two 15 year old girls are so much fun to travel with. They are an absolute hoot.
Thursday night concert. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces. I saw Miss sweet Bianca and she was giving out David trading cards (see below). They are so awesome. What a clever idea. Thank you Miss B.
I bought me a poster and a T-shirt at the merch table, also a Gracie CD. I finally got to meet Deb and Nancy from Canada. They are both very sweet. I met a sweet fan named Jani form Minnesota. She was with Sharon. I had 2 extra tickets in the second row so I gave them to Jani and Sharon. This was Jani’s first David concert. It was meant to be. We were all so excited to hear and see David! You know….that antsy feeling you get right before the AMAZING DAVID ARCHULETA takes the stage???
First was Gracie….I love her voice. She is such a sweet girl. That girl is so talented. After her set, Veronica and Shannon went out to take pictures with her and her guitarist Cutter Gage. Then we were all sitting and waiting for David. We started chanting DA VID DA VID but people were not getting into it much so Veronica had to stand up to motion people to start chanting. LOL ….She is unlike me…I printed a bunch of WELCOME BACK signs for people to hold up.
I don’t think many did though. Then FINALLY after 8 months of waiting after buying the tickets…DAVID came out!! Eeeeeeek! He started with TOSOD . His band looked so awesome and fresh. They did not want people taking videos.
I was a little worried, I was in the front row around the middle. The usher was at the end of the aisle. I saw her shake her head when she saw me, but she did not say anything. He sang everything so perfectly. The ones I really liked the most were Don’t Give up, Everybody Hurts and the new song Numb. That is my new jam by the way ☺Right before he sang it he told us how it came about. That he felt he did not want to do this anymore….making music? I think we all gasped. The song is so amazing and I hope it is a single on his new CD. I can just hear it on the radio. By the end of the show, we were all in an “archudaze” as usual. Veronica and Shannon made friends with Gracie and Cutter at the end of the show haha!
We hung out for a bit and saw Kari. I think I gave her a key chain that I made for fans. I cannot remember if I did. “old age” We had to pry Veronica and Shannon away from Gracie…we were one of the last to leave. Then Julie, Shawna and Pam came to our hotel for a few hours.
On Friday Lisa started feeling under the weather a little. Poor girl. We went and checked out the water falls. Came back to the hotel so she could rest. We met up with Linda from Texas and she hung out with us. Then all of a sudden David tweets the hide n seek tweet!!?? We got Lisa up and went to see if we could find him so that Veronica could possibly get her selfie with him that she has been wanting. lol We googled tractors in park and it kept coming up with snake river. We finally SAW HIM!! The girls screamed so loud when we turned that corner and they jumped out of the car and almost “plowed” him over. lol We were second to find him so they all got their picture with him. I wanted one so bad, but I did not want to bother him with a picture with me. Kicking myself now. haha. He was probably thinking…..this crazy lady with my name all over her car….he couldn’t talk because he was on vocal rest.
But it was a lot of fun. Then we went to meet my buddy Mikey at Famous Dave’s BBQ before show number 2. We finally met Mary Dee. She is so much fun!! What a sweetheart that gal is. We saw Shay Carl and got a picture with him. The video police were in full force for this show. Boooo. Numb was even better at his show. He sang all the same songs that he did the night before. Beautiful was out of this world. Veronica and Shannon said they saw Kari at the end of the show and went where they were not suppose to by accident and gave Kari a huge hug! Where was I? lol I am thinking Kari will not forget those 2 faces. haha We had another late night uploading pictures…watching videos.
Next stop…LAYTON!! We drove a few hours to Layton and saw Lily, and her gang on the way pass us up. I look down and my gas light is on! Oh my….with all the excitement we forgot to get gas Luckily we made it to the gas station. We went and checked out the beautiful venue when we got to Layton. Went back to the hotel and got ready for the show. When we went back to the venue there were tons of people in line. I mean TONS!! I loved it! When the concert started, I knew right off the bat that David was sick. He talked through a lot of the songs and the band had to sing a lot more. He still sounded amazing. He wanted us to all help him sing. I felt so bad for him. You know how he wants to put on a good show and how he does not like to cancel shows, but he was pretty sick. We saw Kari come out and say something to all the band members.
David left the stage for a few minutes and came out with a venue worker and the man told everyone that David has the flu but David would not stop the show. So of course David sang…and talked a couple more songs. So many people sang Glorious with him. I think he was shocked that no one left. lol Oh David….like I said you could just stand there and smile for 3 hours and no one would leave. Veronica and Shannon talked to Gracie and Cutter after the show, and Cutter said that everyone said he should not go on, he was pacing back and fourth backstage. Poor David. He had a Dr. backstage with him also. So he was really sick.
We kept checking our emails for the next 2 days. Of course we wanted to see him again on Monday, but we also wanted him to get better. Sunday we went and checked out The Salt Lake. Took some pictures, got muddy. lol Then went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. The girls wanted to make a sign for Gracie, Cutter and David so we went and got supplies for that. They did an amazing job on those signs.
Monday….the last day of the concert….There were a lot of people in line again for this show. We went and got David and Kari each a get well card for all the fans to sign. That was Lisa’s brilliant idea. We also got David a hat at the mall…a get well gift?? lol So many fans signed the cards before the show.
While I was off doing that, Lisa made friends with a very sweet couple next to us. Then David tweeted about giving front row center tickets away to the first person that went to the merch table that could say where his mom was born. Lisa had helped the sweet couple next to us win those tickets. Their first time seeing David. So we were at the merch table and Kari took a picture of us all and with the girls sign they made. The sign said “You are our inspiration David” I told them they could write WE LOVE YOU DAVID!! But Veronica said that was not a good thing to write because he doesn’t even know us. lol On Saturday night some girls yelled WE LOVE YOU DAVID!! And he said very politely and funnish…”you don’t even know me” lol
But anyway Monday’s concert was so amazing!! David sounded much better!! He had Jazzy come up and talk his rambling parts. Very clever idea on his part, so he could save his voice for singing. He wanted the audience to sing along. We were in the 3rd row at this show and during Something Bout Love David saw Veronica and Shannon singing so he motioned them forward with his crinkly nose frown smile and put the mic towards them.
They both jumped up and sang!! lol Another highlight of their trip! At the end, his mom and Aunt came out to help him sing Nunca Pense and they danced. They are great singers and dancers of course! That was pretty awesome! And then it was all over!! That sad feeling of it being over! NOOO!!
I saw Kari after the show and we gave her the cards and gift for David. She asked if we were coming to St. George and at Christmas. You betcha Kari!! lol We had a really fun time!! One of the best times ever! The girls went and said goodbye to Gracie and Cutter. Shannon said that she could do this every day!! They both LOVE DAVID ARCHULETA!
Maybe I can get Veronica and Shannon to do a video blog or write up of the trip also. You will LOL at them two!
We CANNOT WAIT!!! Thanks Shelley, sounds like an adventure of mega proportions!
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Queen Creek on Windish!
The first 2016 David Archuleta concert that we are aware of is now on Windish Agency site. Thanks DFT for the find!!!
Who is excited for 2015?
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Second Generation Fan
Send in your second generation fan pics! We’d love to see how enjoying David’s music is a family affair!!!
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Special email to FOD from Miss Bianca contained a wonderful treat! Bianca created a goodie to hand out to David’s fans at the latest shows: trading cards! Each person who got them received 3 identical cards so they HAD to trade with friends and strangers, to share the joy! Very clever Miss B
The first nine cards are printable and available on Miss B’s smileblog. If the response to these are good, she’ll release cards representing future David-years! Comment on her blog and let her know what you think!
Thanks a million Miss B!
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Pictures from Sydnie
Sydnie shares her pictures from Layton. These are great! Thanks for sending them in Syndie!
As Found aRound
A collection of a few things I found amusing or interesting on Twitter or Instagram.
Love Keiko’s Merry Go Round! The look on Lupe’s face is awesome! Click to go!
And then there is this…
But, David not a hipster? I guess you’ve never seen this:
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More than words …
Today I posted a quote from the Pope because I loved what he said and I wanted to share with all of you. There have been alot of social media postings surrounding the visit from Pope Francis and for those of you who may not interested you may be saying ‘too much’! I know we at FOD have sometimes been faced with the ‘too much!’ when we post performance-related news associated with church, although we have rules re: posting inside religious establishments themselves.
Part of what we do here at FOD is to bring you not only the David news, but to keep us all connected with each other as a fan community. Just as we are inspired with the person David is and by his artistry, we hope our quotes supplement that sentiment to some degree. Good words, inspiring words are worthy of sharing and can come from a variety of individuals, of all different backgrounds.
We started posting quotes shortly after David left on his mission, and we try to find one that aligns with a theme within our blog, with current events, or just something that struck a chord with us, be it serious or hilarious. We love that many of you share special words with us too, and to the extent we can, we post those too. Please continue to send those in.
When David quotes from his religious leaders and from a doctrine we may not subscribe to, we need to look beyond faith boundaries and understand the intent of the message. And similarly, today I put up a quote from Pope Francis because it speaks to family, an area that we know is extremely important to all of us including David. Many of us struggle to keep our families intact, to encourage each member to flourish, to grow and to strengthen our relationships with each other. The quote today is an affirmation of the importance of the hard work we are all doing. We all know some times are much harder than others, but the effort and commitment is worth it.
That was on my mind this weekend
That’s it for me. Have a good week all.