Showing posts with label Sean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sean. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Chilly Bees Game

Marilyn was offered some free tickets to yesterday's Bees game at work.   The seats were right behind the dugout so we were pretty excited.  It was 80 degrees over the weekend but you just never know with the weather in Utah.  At one point it was actually snowing yesterday and I thought the game might be postponed.  But then it cleared up in the afternoon and we decided to go.  We had so much fun!  I can't begin to tell you how much I love spending time with Sean and Tashena!  We love going to Bees games and we have some silly rituals like what we get to eat (we opted for hot chocolate instead of ice cream, or at least three of us did).  We were laughing so hard I wondered if we were bothering the people around us!  The Bees played the Fresno Grizzlies and they scored three runs in the first two innings which was a lot of fun.  Then the Grizzlies scored three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth inning which deflated the crowd a bit!  By the bottom of the sixth inning we were all really cold so we decided to leave and it might be a good thing we did because the Bees ended up losing 11-4.
It really doesn't matter what the score is because we always have so much fun and last night was a blast!  I am so grateful that I get to spend so much time with my niece and nephew.  Being an aunt is the best!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hamilton with Sean and Tashena

She is inimitable.  He is an original.  There are a million things they haven't done but just you wait!  They will blow us all away!  I think Hamilton is such a powerful show for many reasons so I really wanted Sean and Tashena to see it!  Luckily, I was able to find some reasonable tickets (relatively speaking) in the balcony for last night's performance so my sister and I could see it again and the kids could see it for the first time.  Sean was beside himself when he found out about it because he loves the music and Tashena was excited because it is such a status symbol at her school to see it.  They both loved it!  I knew that Sean would love it but I was so happy that Tashena loved it, too!  Sean's favorite character was Aaron Burr (Nik Walker) and he really loved his rendition of "The Room Where It Happens."  Tashena really liked the song "Burn" and she was impressed that Eliza (Shoba Narayan) actually burned the letters on stage.  It was really fun for my sister and I to see the same production for a second time because we both noticed new things that we hadn't picked up on the first time.  Since we were in the balcony, we really noticed how dramatic the lighting is and it was awesome to see the double turntable from that vantage (I sat in the balcony the first time I saw it but I've been on the main floor ever since).  I was particularly struck by the choreography in "My Shot," "Yorktown," "Hurricane," and "The World Was Wide Enough" because there is so much going on that you don't necessarily see if you just focus on the main performers.  It was  incredibly special to share something that I love so much with my niece and nephew and I'm very glad I had the opportunity!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

It was a wonderful Christmas this year!  On Christmas Eve I went to the final Christmas broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I can't think of a better way to spend Christmas Eve!  The program was especially beautiful and I loved "Wexford Carol."  In the afternoon I went to see It's A Wonderful Life on the big screen at my local art house theater.  They show it every year and I've always wanted to see it so this year I decided to make it happen.  I love that movie!  In the evening Sean and Tashena opened their traditional Christmas pajamas.
We played shanghai rummy for the rest of the evening which is always so much fun!  Trent won!
Sean gave us very strict instructions about when we were opening presents in the morning.  I thought I was going to be late but I made it with two minutes to spare only to discover that he wasn't there yet!
Santa Claus came and he was very generous!
Sean got lots and lots of games for his Xbox, a wireless controller, and a drone (I kind of want one of those!).
Tashena got a bigger TV for her room, some new basketball shoes, a Kindle e-reader, and lots of body spray from Bath & Body Works (she has so much of that stuff).
I got some books, a sweater, a new chromebook, and lots of movies!  After a fantastic dinner we played shanghai rummy (Tashena won) and then Marilyn and I took Tashena (Sean didn't want to go because he has a million new games to play) to see The Last Jedi (it was the third time for me and I still love it!).

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday as well!  Just like last year, I plan on spending the rest of my winter break in a darkened theater trying to cross off a bunch of movies on my list (reviews will come in the new year). 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gingerbread Houses 2017

My nephew Sean is the keeper of the family traditions and he started asking me about doing gingerbread houses last weekend when I was over playing cards.  Every year I keep expecting that Sean and Tashena will no longer want to make them but it seems like they still look forward to it and that makes me happy.  We planned our epic gingerbread party for last Sunday night and it was as fun as it always is!
Various stages of construction.  We eat as much candy as we put on our houses!
Sean's house.
Tashena's house.
Marilyn's house.
My house.
The whole village!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sean is a Teenager!

Yesterday was Sean's thirteenth birthday so he is now officially a teenager!  He is really excited about that!  As is tradition the birthday boy gets to pick where he has his birthday dinner and this year he picked the Old Spaghetti Factory.  That was an excellent choice!  The waitresses sang Happy Birthday to him!  He was a little bit embarrassed but I think he secretly loved it!  Then we came back to his house for presents and the traditional Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake!
He was pretty spoiled with lots of ear buds, games for his Xbox, gift cards to buy more games, and a cool pop-up tent.  With all of his presents I think he was most excited about an entire batch of fudge that his Grandma made him!  He loves his Grandma's fudge!  I sure do love this!
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