It has been a couple weeks since I've been able to update our blog again so I thought I would catch you all up on all of the new and exciting things that have been going on with us. We have had a pretty eventful and busy past couple weeks and are excited to share them all with you. I'll quickly rewind to two Saturdays ago to the big day my family had been waiting for for a long time, and that is The Piano Guys concert. We have had the tickets for almost a year now and are huge Piano Guys fans. The concert was so fun and entertaining, and they played all their big hits and our favorite songs. They are really fun to see live and we all enjoyed ourselves. If some of you are not sure who the Piano Guys are: 1. I'm very sorry. You are missing out. And 2. Here are two of my favorites of there's that I will share with you so that you can also start to love them and get into their music as we all have.
I hope you enjoyed those videos. They are my two favorites. And now back to blogging.
For family home evening last Monday we went Christmas caroling with my siblings and their families. We had a lot of fun going to some elderly people and family friends. After caroling we all got together at my sisters house and had hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. Yum. Here are a few pictures from that... Just kidding... I guess they somehow got erased... :(. There were some really cute ones. Dangit. Anyway...
One of my favorite cousins and best amigos in the world was able to come over to our house on Wednesday night to visit us. She is leaving on her mission to Argentina in about a month and we wanted to spend some quality bonding time before she left. So she came and hung out with Derek and I for a few hours. We made Ice Cream Sundaes, played Yahtzee (one of our favorite games), and just chatted for a bit. We had a lot of fun with Kelli.
Also a little side note. This is our red pomelo that we bought on a whim from Smiths the other night. We thought it looked interesting and good, and we weren't quite sure what it was so we bought it and brought it home to eat. A lot like a grapefruit but 3X as big and a bit sweeter taste just in case any of you are wondering. It took a bit to peel. Derek is here peeling it...
We have been planning a long needed weekend getaway with some of our close friends (Pace and Amanda Clarke) for quite awhile now. We planned it so we could go as soon as finals were over and the fall semester let out. I took a day off of school and we headed out for Midway, Utah. Woohoo! We had a ton of fun and didn't want to come back. Here are a few pictures from the trip... I will explain as we go.
This is our cute little condo that we stayed in. If you have never been to Midway this is basically what their entire town looks like. It is all Swiss themed and its wonderful. You should all spend a weekend getaway there at some point in your life. We were up in the really high ritzy part of town up in the mountains and we had the greatest time. Here is a quick tour of the inside.
The living room
The guys chillin on the couches.
Random fact about Midway: They have natural hot pots EVERYWHERE. Derek and I went out on a run one morning and ran into at least a dozen...and it wasn't a very long run. Here are a few that were around the condo.
On Friday night we headed into Salt Lake to do some shopping at City Creek Mall, went and saw the Christmas lights on Temple Square, and went to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw. I cannot even begin to tell how absolutely amazing the MoTab concert was. Alfie Boe was the guest singer and he was so powerful. He sang "Bring Him Home", one of the songs he is most famous for (also one of my top favorite songs of all time from Les Mis) and it was BEAUTIFUL. It was by far the best I had ever heard the song and it was just so moving. He also sang several Christmas songs with MoTab accompanying him. And then to make things even better they told the story of World War II Candy Bomber Gaile Halverson and he made an appearance as well. The story was so touching and they had real candy parachutes come from the ceiling and it was seriously one of if not the best performances I have ever been to. Not only that, you could feel the spirit so strongly. President Monson came in the room and everyone (all 21,000 people) fell completely silence and stood as he walked in. What an amazing experience and a wonderful night of feeling the spirit so strongly through music and celebrating the upcoming holiday of Christmas and celebrating Christs life.
In the oh-so-famous picture spot on temple square. Me and Derek above and Pace and Amanda below.
We were sad to leave such a great getaway and vacation but it was good to come home too. Derek and I are doing great. The semester is over for both of us and we get a couple weeks break from the stresses of classes. I have one more week of teaching preschool and then it will also be my Christmas break. If I don't talk to you before then Merry Christmas to all of you! Until next time.