Wednesday, November 30, 2011

a gift.



man...i love this song.
i dunno what this video is...but the song is the important part.
give yourself an early christmas present and listen to it :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

it's a yum-yummy world made for sweethearts.

What a wonderful weekend. Thanksgiving was wonderful. We spent this year with Addison's family which was different! My first Thanksgiving away from my fam-I'm glad to say that it was a pretty easy adjustment though ;) The Welch/Cole family is absolutely wonderful."The Muppet Movie" was a definite highlight, and of course, an ample amount of pie.

 The Christmas decorating and Christmas music began this weekend as well. We went with the DIY deco this year, and I think it went pretty well!
tree skirt-made it myself.
owls made out of toilet paper rolls.
glass bottles with lights in them :)
glass ornaments with paint drizzled in it.
Oh, and if you are looking for new holiday tunes, I recommend:
and 
Michael Buble's new album, Christmas
both are fantastic :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

a reflection.

Well, it's crazy to think that I just closed my last show at Weber State University. I have had such amazing opportunities here, which I definitely had to earn. Weber State has taught me the meaning of hard work-I can tell you that much! But most of all, the joys of PLAYING.
 "The Light in the Piazza"-2010
 My wonderful friend, Jim Christian.
"Five Carols for Christmas"-2010
"Anything Goes"-2011. My first show with my dear husband!
 "Xanadu"-2011
 Thank you to all who came and supported-it means the WORLD to me!
What a wild ride!
If they find a hole in the ozone directly above Ogden...we could probably attribute it to the "Xanadu" hairspray usage...
 It's not that often that you get to take a picture like this with your husband!
 Love my sista-muses!
No regrets.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

my dear friends.

What is that point in your marriage when you figure out that you've been doing that "newlywed hermit thing" that you promised yourself you wouldn't do? I think it should have a name. I'm sure it's different for all couples, and I know some who never recognize it or recover. I always promised myself I wouldn't do that because it was so lame...now looking back-it really is inevitable and I think recommended for a happy first year of marriage. There's a lot to figure out this first year!!

Mine hit about 2 months ago. Addison was gone a lot working on a sound design and I think it was the first time in almost a year we hadn't been together consecutively for hours at a time. It hit me hard-I seriously couldn't think of anyone I felt comfortable enough to call and hang out with. What a weird feeling! I couldn't believe it had been almost 10 months since I'd really thought about being a good friend to anyone but Addison-I had truly done this to myself! So I called Landon and practically begged him to come up and just be with me. After a good cry sesh-I made a few goals for myself. I was going to make a conscious effort to be a better friend. I was not going to be afraid to cook for people (a great insecurity of mine), and I wasn't going to be nervous to entertain people at my house. (In high school I was always so cautious about being the planner of anything, initiating plans-what if the plans failed? What if people didn't like to do what I liked to do? Would my failed ideas reflect badly on me? That I was a lame person? HA! It's so funny now to think of your bad self esteem and fickle friends in high school that would even think those things!) I was going to strive for all of these goals while not making Addison feel neglected, of course. I think I've made some breakthroughs :)

In the past couple months I've had friends over for brunch on Sundays, had a big roller disco birthday party, and I'm hosting a girls' night for the Xanacru/Xanadu cast. I absolutely adore my friends from Weber (past and present), and hope they know how much they mean to me. I had a great talk with my besty from high school, and we're planning dinner next week. Last night, my good friend Shelby dropped in, out of the blue, just to say hi and ended up staying the rest of the evening for dinner!

I guess, what I'm trying to say is-being married is still a struggle! You have to figure out so many new things. How to be independent while still very much dependent. How to not make people feel like the 3rd wheel. How to have married friends. How to balance friends and a marriage. How to prioritize. I'm still learning, but it's a good thing that Addi and I have such amazing friends to be patient and loving with us.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Well, what can I say? My life has been consumed by the world of Xanadu.  With 3 performance behind me and 12 to go, i can't wait to see what the next few weeks have in store. I have survived the weekend in spite of an allergic reaction to my eyeshadow (so if you see me, no, i am not high-my eyes are naturally red a puffy!), a bruise the size of my head on the back of my leg, knocking an entire cup full of pencils over during a dance number onstage, and falling during performance only once! 

Of course, life does not just stop for when you're in a show, this is something i've been working on mastering. Auditions for next semester are already underway! One today and one tomorrow. Thank heaven on Mondays we do not have a show. So in celebration of a night off, i plan on making a grilled salmon salad!...i am determined to like fish...i don't really know why.

I curse my mother for leaving me not to go on one vacation, but two. She is currently in Hawaii with my other sister. I love my beautiful strong grandmothers, two of which had hard weeks, one recovering from a heart attack and one diagnosed with cancer. I am so grateful for the power of priesthood and prayer. My grammas are two tough broads!

So, life goes on :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

long tresses.

Sometimes when I'm longing for my long hair back, I squint in the mirror...and I can see this :)
 Who knew? Come see Xanadu all! 
Opening nights' in exactly 52 hours!