I had to call my mom, because to be honest I had heard of them from her, and she had played me a couple of songs at her house, but that was about all I knew of Celtic Thunder. When I explained the day's events, and what our daughter was requesting, my mom brought over all the DVD's she had that day. We put them on as soon as my mom left, and thankfully our daughter started relaxing while she watched and finally fell asleep as the songs continued to play.
Last year the kids heard Celtic Thunder were coming to our state for a tour, and begged to go. With as much as we all love them, how they soothe the kids when they are sick, and provide some great entertainment during the winter; not only watching the DVD's but the kids know the songs and moves by heart, and will enact the concert move for move we couldn't say no. So we loaded up, drove 2 hours one way, with my mom and Grandma, and had one of the best nights ever.
When the whole group came out I have to say I was amazed. They took so much time talking with the kids, and when I say talking to them, I mean kneeling down, so they were face to face talking (a huge thing for this mamma), teased the kids, told them stories, and the list could go on and on, that I became speechless. When the group member, who just told the kids he saw them in the audience and was singing to them during the concert came to talk to me, I became tongue tied. In what is now a situation I am constantly teased about, I told this group member in so many words that I didn't really care for the group and was only there for the kids. The look of shock on his face was something I can still see, obviously this was NOT my best moment.
The kids remember that night fondly and have the pictures of them with the group up in their rooms. It didn't take them long to make a rule and tape it up in the house, which you can see in the picture for this post.
A few weeks after the concert, my husband and I sent the members of Celtic Thunder who had an option to message them privately a message over FB. We told them how great of a time we all had and the kids couldn't stop talking about it. We knew they received so many messages, and knew we wouldn't hear anything back, but just wanted to tell them Thank You for a great night. To our surprise, right before Christmas the kids received a message from one group member He wished them a "Happy Christmas", told them how happy he was that they loved the show, and would see them the next time they were in town. When our daughter saw this I again thought she was going to pass out, and then the screaming started from both kids. This is how our End Of Summer Ritual came to be.
The other day, my husband and I surprised the kids with tickets to the Mythology tour, which will be here in a few weeks, and they can't stop talking about it. Our daughter wonders if they will remember her, and again, I am trying to tell her not to get her hopes up that we will meet them again, but won't count it out. After all I never expected it last year. Our son wants to invite them for a slumber party and wants to ask them to do a concert for him this winter at our house when he is stuck inside, don't you just love the way a 6 year olds mind works? LOL! It's so great to see them excited about something, especially since our daughter has talked to me about her upcoming anxiety over the winter. I see her face changing from not a care in the world to concern, and I can tell you that our son almost received his first Epi injection of the season last week. But for this one night, our kids will completely forget their worries, and enjoy the show. Weather permitting we have agreed they can try to get their autographs again.
I think the only way to wrap up this post is to leave you with Keith Harkin singing a song that has taken such a new meaning to our family since the kids have CU. I sing this song to them when winter is on it's way out, and spring is in the air. I hope you enjoy the song, and don't forget to tell me your End Of The Summer Ritual in the comments section.