Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday fun and household UN-fun

We've been busy people in our home lately! I'm short on time so this post will be short, sweet, and to the point! =)

Thursday we went to Connor's swim meet. He is really good!! Unfortunately they lost the meet because they were going against the best swim team in the state.















Friday my work had our Christmas party and I made some delicious tacos!! Thanks everyone for your awesome recipes. I couldn't have done it without you!

Yesterday our family went Christmas-ing down town. It is not very often that all of the kids are home together on the same weekend - so we took advantage of this rare opportunity!

We went to Clark Planetarium and saw "Santa and the Snowman 3D".

BTW - if you have little kids and want to see a darling Christmas movie - this is the one!!














Even though it's kind of a 'little kid' movie - my teenagers loved it. They actually admitted it!















Then we boarded TRAX.















And met Todd for dinner. YUMMY!!















We saved the best for last!

About three weeks ago, I opened the mail to find that I received tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. I was so excited that I actually screeched!! I enter the lottery every year - and this is the first time I received tickets.

Along the way, we braved the crowds and saw the beautiful lights on Temple Square.















And made it to the concert. To my delight - our seats were excellent (it's hard to tell in this picture). There are just times in life when the stars align and things just work out. Yesterday was that day. The concert was amazing!! The choir, the orchestra, the reading - all incredible! I love this choir and the feeling I get when I hear their angelic voices. There was an AMAZING organ solo of the song "Go Tell it on the Mountain" that literally brought the house down!















It was a super weekend that ended with my mom's birthday celebration tonight!! Love you mom - hope you had fun.
And now for the bad news.
I'm stealing Elora's computer right now because mine is broken. Why? Not a clue. The 'Geek Squad' thinks it might need a new mother board. Yeah. That's fun.
I haven't mentioned that my oven died a few weeks ago and my washing machine is on the brink.
Alas - life is good. I will take appliance issues over the more serious challenges that other people are facing during this Christmas season.
But - this means I won't be blogging much during the next few weeks. {Please hold your applause}. I'll still be around - and I'll lurk and comment when I can.
I sure hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season!

32 comments:

Cynthia said...

Glad the tacos went over well- did you end up making my recipe?

As for the concert tickets, I know exactly why you got them this year. Isn't it amazing how God steps in and lifts us when we have disappointments? You may have missed out on the concert you were planning to attend with the kids at Thanksgiving but you got to go to this one. You still had 'the moment' it just involved a different performing group.

Sorry about your 'puter! I have a backup laptop (just in case) that Greg mostly uses. I hope you can get your computer fixed.

Michelle said...

I too went to the concert and felt incredibly blessed to be there. I'll miss your posts-- have a wonderful Christmas!

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Oh wow... that concert sounds delightful! I would have loved to have seen that. Congrats on that!!
I'm sorry about all the other little mishaps going on but I'm sure in time that will all come together!
It'll be sad not to see your posts but I'm sure we will survive somehow =)
We'll see you soon!
~Michele~

Annette Lyon said...

Lots of fun!

And I swear, don't things always break down at the same time?! Ugh. Hope things get working for you fast--especially your computer.

"Q" Tips, "K"razy fun and daily "L"ife said...

It sounds like that concert was amazing, how fun to have a night with the whole family to hang out, I sure wish I could have been with you and 2G to celebrate on Sunday. As for the whole computer thing, well I think things seriously must happen in 3's we are also having computer issues and both our vehicles have issues. But as you say, I would rather deal with these than some other issues. Good Luck with all of these things.

Christmas is just around the corner and we just can't wait!

wonder woman said...

That sounds like an absolutely deLIGHTful weekend!! I'd love to do all that with our kids sometime. My kids are old enough to enjoy some of these things, but I also want them to REMEMBER it, so we'll probably still wait a few years. But I don't know - is that a bad plan?

Sorry you're having techno problems. But I'm also glad it's nothing worse.

have a great holiday season and we'll see you when we do! (and yes, you'll be missed.)

Scrappy Girl said...

Sounds like you are having lots of Christmas fun...I am going to be sad to see the fun go...the big day will be here before we know it!

Bummer on the computer probs.

Tammy said...

I'd love to see Temple Square durign the Christmas season...of course, I would have to make it to Salt Lake too. That would be a mighty miracle!!!!

I hope your computer boo boos get fixed quickly for you. Until you post again: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Dani-at-Clark said...

Thanks for spending part of your Christmas celebration at Clark Planetarium. Glad to hear you enjoyed Santa vs the Snowman 3D!

Lisa Loo said...

Love that you photo journaled everything--it was just like being there!! We went and saw the temple lights while we were down there--I wanted to do the whole trax thing but couldn't figure it out.

I am sooooooooo sorry about the computer. I know you are a much better person than I am so it won't feel like you lost an apendage or cause you to stare blankly at bare walls etc like it might have made me. I'm just sayin...

I will miss you--don't be gone for to long---stalking with no satisfaction can only last so long before it turns into it's ugly step sister---obsessive following--hmmm that really doesn't sound any worse than stalking--will have to work on that one...

Jan said...

I am having things break down around here too. No fun. I am so jealous that you got to go and see and do all those fab things. I would have loved to feel that spirit there. :)

Twisty Widgets said...

It seems to me that when it rains it pours. I'm going to be in the city around new years and would love to see you guys!

DesertHen said...

Great photos..thanks for sharing all of your fun with us...=)

Sorry about your computer...my computer at home is on the blink...well dying actually, so I have to use Countrychick's laptop or the computer at work for my blogging....which I only do at lunch time...=)

Enjoy the holidays and hugs to you....=)

Tink said...

Wow Jodi! You've done some amazing things! How wonderful. I've never been to the MoTab christmas concert but the pictures you showed, made me really want to go now! The scenery is amazing! You're a wonderful mom and stepmom!

Megan Rees said...

Didn't Brian Stokes Mitchell sing at that event? OH he is one of my FAVORITE Broadway stars! i'm so jealous!

Jenn said...

What an awesome month you're having.

Mother Goose said...

lucky lucky lucky! I'm successfully jealous!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

kitchenditcher said...

Just wanted to wish you a wonderful time with your family and ♥Merry Christmas!♥

Scott and Lonna said...

Hey Jodster! What a fun time with the FAM! We got tickets this year too the the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert...but they day I got them for was a day we had plans we could NOT get out of...do I had to pass them on to family. I was totally bummed!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Sure do miss ya! Hugs!

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DesertHen said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU....YOU SWEET SNEAKY LADY YOU. I GOT MY SECRET SANTA BOX TODAY AND BOY WAS I SURPRISED!! I HAVE POSTED ABOUT IT ON MY BLOG, SO WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE COME ON OVER...THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING SO SWEET....I LOVE ALL OF MY GOODIES...AND THAT BLANKET....OH SO SOFT.....CAN'T WAIT TO SNUGGLE WITH IT AND READ THE BOOK....=D

Elora said...

Tons of love for you mom! That really was an awesome night! Thanks to you and dad to draggin' my aprehensive butt down there with you, I really would have missed out. Love you!

da Bergs said...

I understand about the computer... my internet was down for a few days, I was going into withdrawals!!!

NICE family time! Who could want more??? LOVE the lights on Temple Square!!!!

wonder woman said...

I know you're really busy right now, but I just wanted to let you know I tagged you.

"Q" Tips, "K"razy fun and daily "L"ife said...

well I am so super glad to hear that you got it. I had heard that 2g and gramps got the one I sent to them but I had not heard about yours so I just wasn't sure. I am glad that you like them, It was the best thing I could think of to get you guys for X-Mas. You and Todd have done so much for us I will never be able to thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Sher said...

I just jealous that you got to go to that concert. My brother plays in the Orchestra at Temple Square, but he could only get 4 tickets, so I didn't get to go. I was so bummed I missed it!
ps. I tagged you, come over and play!

Mechelle said...

Do tell, How do you sign up for the lottery for the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert? Would love to go sometime. We went to temple square. It was so cold! But beautiful. m

Mechelle said...

Do tell, How do you sign up for the lottery for the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert? Would love to go sometime. We went to temple square. It was so cold! But beautiful. m

"Q" Tips, "K"razy fun and daily "L"ife said...

I got a package from you . Woohoo!
Can't wait to see what it will be.

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