Showing posts with label Tashena. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tashena. Show all posts

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!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Christmas Carol at CPT

What an amazing (yet sleep deprived) week I've had!  In one week I've gone to two concerts (three if you count my niece's choir concert), two screenings of The Last Jedi, and this afternoon I went to my second production of A Christmas Carol.  This time I saw the beloved classic with my niece at the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre and this time it was a musical!  I have never seen the musical version before and it was quite a treat to see a completely different take on a play I have seen at least twenty times!  It tells the well-known story of the reclamation of Ebeneezer Scrooge's soul through visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future with the addition of some really heart-felt songs and dazzling choreography.  I really enjoyed all of the songs but I especially liked "You Mean More to Me" during a tender moment between Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, "Link By Link" during the visit from Jacob Marley's ghost, "Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball" which was quite the production number, "Abundance and Charity" during the visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present, and "God Bless Us Everyone" during the bows.  The entire cast was wonderful (I won't list them because it was a bewildering mixture of the MWF and TTHS casts) but I was especially impressed by Nick Cash as Scrooge.  The set and all of the costumes do a great job of transporting the audience to Dickensian London and I loved the choreography, especially with the shovels during "Dancing on Your Grave."  I highly recommend this production!  I loved it and so did Tashena!  It runs through Dec. 23 and tickets may be purchased here.

Note:  I sometimes miss playing Barbies with the little Tashena but I really enjoy hanging out with the teenage Tashena, too!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tashena's Christmas Concert

I love Christmas music and I especially love hearing it performed live!  I have now heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Lower Lights, and now the Bountiful High School Concert Choir!  Last night my family went to hear Tashena sing but the concert was with the whole music department and I was so impressed with the sheer number of kids involved.  There were four different choirs, the chamber orchestra, and the concert orchestra.  Every group sounded so beautiful and I especially loved one of the songs that Concert Choir sang called "There is Faint Music" accompanied by a harp.  Goosebumps!  It was such a lovely concert and I am so proud of Tashena because she is such a talented girl.


Note:  Where do schools get these Concert Choir dresses?  Is there a company that does nothing but supply these dresses to schools?  They all seem to look alike but with different colors to represent the school (HHS has the same dresses but in navy blue with a white sash).  Do the girls every wear them again after the school year is over?  I'm fascinated!  I think Tashena rocks the Concert Choir dress.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Ball 2017

Last night was the Winter Ball for Bountiful High School.  Tashena went with a boy named Josh and her group of friends.  I absolutely loved her dress!
The boutonniere!
The corsage.
Tashena and Josh.
Sydney and Kaleb
The girls.
The boys.
The whole group!
I really love Tashena's sense of style!  She picks the most beautiful dresses!
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