| |

2019 hanson day | a personal story

true story my sister + i have been hanson fans since…the beginning. literally as long as i can remember. many of my childhood memories revolve around hanson in some way, shape, or form so it should come as no surprise that we traveled to tulsa, oklahoma in may to attend their annual ‘hanson day’ weekend. it was all things hanson from thursday-saturday and ALSO girls time away from our bebes so you can imagine how excited we were. we had the trip planned nearly a year in advance. the morning of the drive i couldn’t even believe i was in my car en route to pick up my sister to drive to tulsa. our 12 year old selves were so excited for our 30 year old selves! okay, fine, my sister is still in her 20s but that’s a minor detail.

if you asked me to put the entire weekend into one word, i don’t think i could. luckily, i have tons of photos 😀 i only brought one roll of film + my 35mm Canon Sure Shot (which actually ended up being in panoramic mode the whole time so…that happened) and my iPhone. I even edited all of my iPhone photos with my own mobile presets which you can snag here if you like! anywho, onto the weekend festivities…

Our first night was spent at their welcome concert at Cain’s Ballroom + then we grabbed a bite to eat at a local brewery just doors down from 3 Car Garage (hanson’s recording studio).

2019-06-26_0018 2019-06-26_0043 2019-06-26_0042 2019-06-26_0041 2019-06-26_0040 2019-06-26_0039 2019-06-26_0036 2019-06-26_0035 2019-06-26_0037

and boy, the next day we had no idea what we were really getting ourselves into. we had a leisurely morning and planned to head back into the arts district to shop at the hanson day shop and participate in the group photos that hanson offers for h.net members. to make a very long story short, we ended up spending 5+ hours waiting in lines and spent most of the afternoon huddled under an umbrella to avoid the oklahoma sun. that being said, we did give each hanson brother a hug, we eventually made it into the shop and spent way too much money on tees and sunnies. we also got to see ‘the wall’ which was just a side of their recording studio that was painted for the weekends events. we fangirl’d + took tons of photos because..isn’t that we drove there to do? in the middle, we sipped margaritas + laughed about how ridiculous the shopping process was. seriously, it’s just a story for an entirely different day. BUT despite being sunburnt and a little grouchy, we only had time to buy a super overpriced iced coffee and head back to the hotel because we had tickets to their string theory show that evening. we freshened up and headed downtown to grab a bite before the show and found lots of fun stuff along the way. we questioned attending another string theory show since we did see it when it came to st louis but we are SO GLAD we went again. it was a real treat to watch them perform at the symphony hall in tulsa. it was a packed house and after the long day we had, we even treated ourselves to house sangrias.

2019-06-26_0001 2019-06-26_0010 2019-06-26_0012 2019-06-26_0015 2019-06-26_0019 2019-06-26_0021 2019-06-26_0022 2019-06-26_0023 2019-06-26_0026 2019-06-26_0027 2019-06-26_0028 2019-06-26_0029 2019-06-26_0030 2019-06-26_0044 2019-06-26_0045 2019-06-26_0046 2019-06-26_0047 2019-06-26_0048 2019-06-26_0049 2019-06-26_0050 2019-06-26_0051 2019-06-26_0052 2019-06-26_0016

the only thing on the scheduled agenda for saturday was the new music concert in the evening so kate and i were so excited to spend the entire morning doing all of the things we WANTED to do on friday but had no time to do because we spent the entire day waiting in lines. but guess what? the weather had other plans! we strolled to grab a coffee and then hopped across the street to view the hanson day art gallery and then while waiting for a local chocolate shop to open up…the sky opened up and the storm arrived. we dashed into ‘ida red’ to wait out the rain but 45 minutes later we were still waiting so we huddled under our umbrella, grabbed some lunch at Caz’s Diner and then walked back to the hotel IN POURING DOWN RAIN. what an adventure. however, once the rain passed, the weather was gorgeous so after a little r+r we made the trek back to the arts district one final time for a beer at caz’s corner bar + the new music concert. the concert was a delight, as they always are, and we ended the night with a finale dinner at the mexican restaurant we had eaten lunch at the day before 😀 all in all, the trip was a dream come true..lines, weather, and all. we’ve already booked our room + made plans for hanson day 2020 so until then..

2019-06-26_0002 2019-06-26_0003 2019-06-26_0004 2019-06-26_0005 2019-06-26_0006 2019-06-26_0008 2019-06-26_0009 2019-06-26_0011 2019-06-26_0013 2019-06-26_0014 2019-06-26_0024 2019-06-26_0025 2019-06-26_0031 2019-06-26_0032 2019-06-26_0033 2019-06-26_0034 2019-06-26_0038 2019-06-26_0053 2019-06-26_0055 2019-06-26_0056 2019-06-26_0057 2019-06-26_0058