My Weekend: Birthday Celebrations and Jimmy Buffett

It’s time to talk about my weekend. Holy moly was it a good one!

It started off with a birthday celebration on Friday night for my brother, Kevin. He requested steak and chicken fajitas and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. I was stoked about this menu! I LOVE fajitas!

First let me show you my dad’s beautiful plate:

dads fajita plate

He always makes such a gorgeous presentation of his food. Me on the other hand, I just make one big pile in the middle of my plate…


His is way more visually appealing. I should probably start taking some notes!

After dinner, we hung outside for a while before heading in to open presents. As always we were highly entertained by the dogs attempting to get along. For whatever reason they just don’t like each other a whole lot. We’re still hoping this changes in the future!

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Of course after presents comes birthday cake! kevin birthday

Strawberry Cheesecake from Costco. It was pretty darn good!

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Happy Birthday, Kevi!

Moving on to Saturday

On Saturday morning we piled our stuff in the car and headed to Alpine Valley which is in Elkhorn, Wisconsin (45 minutes outside of Milwaukee). We were going to see the one, the only, Jimmy Buffett!

We broke up the five hour car ride with some rest stop breaks, and lunch at Subway. I ordered their turkey chopped salad and was super impressed by how good it was!

subway salad

Once we arrived at our hotel we freshened up before heading out to the concert. Dana’s mom had brought a few extra fun hats to wear so I borrowed one for the evening. They were so cute!

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Part of our crew: Grant, Rachel, and Mason

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Dana and me…

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Not pictured were Dana’s parents as well as a couple family friends, Denise and Jim.

Before heading into the concert, we took in the craziness that were the tailgating lots. These people had been there since noon or so just drinking and playing games, so you can imagine what kind of shape they were in when we were walking through at 8:00 pm! Needless to say, a lot of them didn’t even make it to the concert.

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Jackson Browne opened for Jimmy Buffett, but half of our group didn’t actually go into the concert until Jimmy took the stage. Once we got inside the concert area we were absolutely blown away at how many people were there! I tried capturing it on camera but it was too dark.

What is nice about Alpine Valley is that for one, it is outside, and two, the majority of the seats are lawn seats so you could pretty much sit stand wherever! We started in one spot but made our way closer and closer as the night progressed.

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This is where we watched the end of the concert. We were fairly close!

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Although I only knew about half of the songs he sang, I still had an AMAZING time. This guy puts on one heck of a performance. I got especially pumped when I heard “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise!”

I highly suggest that if you ever get a chance to see him in concert, that you do. You won’t regret it. Plus, the people watching was some of the best I have ever seen. There were lots of floral shirts and flip flops going on. Everyone was super nice and very laid back too!

The majority of my day on Sunday was spent in the car driving home, then going to pick up Moose. I was exhausted from not getting enough sleep and from being in the car all day, but it was SO worth it!

Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan? 

Dana grew up listening to it so he is a big fan and over the years has exposed me to quite a bit of Jimmy. I like him a lot now too!


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  1. Jessie

    So much fun in one weekend, love it! Happy Belated Birthday to your brother!

    1. Melanie

      Awww I’ll be sure to tell him!!

  2. Jackie

    I love jimmy! I can only imagine the shape the fellow concert goers were in! Lol!!
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    1. Melanie

      Oh my goodness it was so entertaining watching them!

  3. Jennifer

    I was at this concert too! SO Much fun! All Buffett concerts are! I also go with my in-laws as my husband is the one that grew up on Buffett music and introduced me to it! Now I am a true parrothead! 🙂

    1. Melanie

      So fun! You guys had GREAT seats!!

  4. What a fun weekend!!! I’m such a fan of fajitas too! I’m quite impressed with your dad’s food presentation!!! Mine plate would’ve looked pretty similar to yours! 😉

    I’m not really into Jimmy Buffet, but the concert sounds great!!
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    1. Melanie

      What’s funny is that he said his dad always used to be the same way so when he was a kid he always wanted his dad’s plate because it always looked better. Now he does it! So maybe someday I will do it too?!

  5. Looks like you had a fun weekend missy! Your dads plate of food is so attractive; it’s making me hungry.
    That’s too bad that they don’t get along. Dogs can be such funny creatures sometimes.

    I like Jimmy Buffet but I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan. However, I wouldn’t mind listening to his music on a beach with a drink in my hand right about now. 🙂
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    1. Melanie

      He definitely puts out the laid back, lay on the beach all day kind of vibe that I LOVE! I could go for that now too!

    1. Melanie

      It was an awesome excuse to get to eat strawberry cheesecake! It had been a long time since I’ve had any of that!

    1. Melanie

      You are TOO sweet but I really think you could. I generally don’t do well with hats (I have a round face which is only accentuated with a hat) but this one seemed to be okay. I definitely felt like I fit in there!

  6. Happy belated birthday to your brother!! And those fajita – OMG yum 🙂 You are so freakin’ adorable in that hat! I think Dana’s mom should give it to you, hehe… I always think it is super entertaining to people watch after a huge crowd has been partying for 5+ hours – if they only knew what they looked like! So happy to hear you had a wonderful weekend, love <3

    1. Melanie

      She told me I could have it but then I forgot to grab it at the end of the trip. 🙂 I just might have to ask if I can have it again because I really like it! Guess where she got them?!

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