OR the one in which we left the house without our baby!
On Friday we had our first date night in over three months! We went to see Van Morrison who was in Ottawa as part of the City Folk Festival. Mike and I fell in love over Van Morrison and Astral Weeks was our wedding song so when he surprised me with tickets for our one year anniversary in August, I was pretty much blown away (and "Paper" is the one year anniversary gift so I'm not sure how he's going to top that one next year). We had to wait a month for the concert but it worked out to be perfect timing in terms of having a night out on on the town without our June in tow. I would have loved to have brought her - and I saw a number of moms wearing their tiny babies sporting noise cancelling ear phones - but it was in the end, really refreshing for Mike and I to have some time to ourselves. My parents came to babysit, and since I was able to get her to sleep before we left, and she ended up sleeping the entire time we were gone (!!), it made it easier on me knowing that she wasn't crying or making it hard on them. And how do I know this? Because I checked in multiple times :D
(In the capable hands of my mom, my dad, and of course Cliff, who oversaw the entire operation from start to finish ^^)
The concert was amazing. We're having an Indian Summer in Ottawa and it felt like a hot July night. Van Morisson DGAF - as in he played no encore, was pretty mellow and resisted playing songs as you would remember hearing them on the radio. Obviously not all musicians can get away with super subdued vocals or variations on their "classics", but in my opinion, I think the greats like Bob Dylan or Van have earned it. And it made for a really unique show; he played a really interesting line-up including two of his more obscure songs which just happened to be two of his most memorable songs for Mike and I and we went never expecting to hear them! Cleaning Windows was one of Mike's favourites and he remembers listening to it driving to his first real "Adult" job, and In the Garden was basically part of the soundtrack to my life for the first year I lived in Ottawa. So all around, amazing show since I'm 85% sure he knew we were there and he was playing just for us.
(Blurry concert photo for posterity ^^^ ;) )