Thursday, August 30, 2012

days of bliss.

Our trip to Utah has come to a close, but let me tell you, we did not waste a single minute. We got all our favorites in!

Family dinner with the Welches
Game night with our sweet Larsons and Lindsey
A walk in Heber with my mom
Kneaders endless French toast
Outlet malls
Hot tubbing
Tending sweet nephews
City creek+blue lemon
Sno shack
Sister time
Seeing brother in "little women"
First Thai food experience with great friends
Orange leaf
Friend time
Family time

I was saying to Addi last night, it's as if we took all the elements that we love about our classic Utah summers and stuffed them into 4 days. It was fantastic!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

we're a little excited...

a little entertainment brought to you by Welchkin, Inc.

We have a couple days off this next week, so we decided to take a car load down to SLC for a bit of a party. We come back up for performances on Thurs, Fri, and Sat, but will then be home for reals next Sunday :)

We plan to:
go to Lagoon
City Creek it up
Park City outlet it up
go to the temple
family dinners
eat what we've been deprived of...everything.. (aka: Olive Garden, Taco Bell, Zupas, Kneaders, Orange Leaf, Costa get the picture)
family game nights
see Centerpoint's "Little Women"

ahhhhh sounds like bliss!
see Spiderman

Monday, August 20, 2012

oh darling, let's be adventurers.

can you believe we have less than two weeks left here in West Yellowstone? crazy. it has been a long, but short summer if you know what i mean. yesterday was Playmill Christmas! which is basically where the cast exchanges gifts, and each cast member receives a gift from the Merrills. guess what! we got a TV! it was absolutely nuts. we are so blessed and grateful.

i've seen this everywhere and thought it describes our summer in bear country perfectly.
 i love this one too.
i've learned so much up here. not what i thought i'd learn...and definitely not the way i thought i'd be learning anything. but i guess that's how the Lord works, right? some highlights of my summer are:

1 seeing Addison in the theatre everyday.
2 making lifelong friends (esp the Mosses and Jack/Brian)
3 learning more about character roles. Kitty in Drowsy is definitely my favorite role, and i didn't expect that. never thought of myself as a character actress, but i definitely won't limit myself next time!
4 the peaceful day times when i can sit in the sun and read.
5 watching my little herb garden grow.
6 drives through YNP with my hubby.
7 late night batman trips.
8 wave runners!
9 thrifting with the Mosses.
10 bike ride with parents.
11 ANY visit from family/friends.
12 3 bear french toast sandwich for breakfast!
13 late night wild west pepperoni pizza.
14 ANYTHING from woodside bakery.
15 arrowleaf icecream.

yes....i am aware that the last 4 things on that list are food items...but food makes me really happy!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

awake my soul.

i don't even know where to begin to describe the last couple about cray cray! Seriously, so nuts. some changes have been made...and for the most part, things are great, things are looking up. addi and i spent the day teaching primary and recharging in the Park. isn't it funny how the spirit teaches you in the simplest of Primary lessons? i love that. then we went to Mammoth, ate snacks, belted our little hearts out, held hands, and smiled a lot. i was finally able to let my thoughts settle looking out over the vast country.
 i LOVED today. i also love these two adopted brothers of mine:
today made me think a lot about perspective and the way that i spend my time. these lyrics came to mind:

In these bodies we will live,
in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love,
you invest your life

awake my soul...
awake my soul...
awake my soul...
For you were made to meet your maker
-"Awake My Soul"-Mumford and Sons

oh, and guess what! we had a bliss moment today. sometimes those come out of the blue and in the time of most need.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

family reunion 2012: survivor edition + a little treat!

our family reunion this year was planned around addi and i getting cast here at Playmill! so, we were able to have my entire family up to West Yellowstone this year...little did they know, this would not be your typical family reunion.

the family got here Thursday afternoon, where they settled into our huge cabin in island park.  that night, Addi and I traveled down to island park to be with the family all of friday. that morning my sister Kirsten and I made our delicious breakfast of peaches and cream french toast, recipe found here, paired with sausage and bacon...and of course...crystal light...made with the kitchen sinks' tap water...which normally wouldn't be a big deal, riiiiiight? wrong.

that night, after eating at a 50's diner for dinner with the whole family, in celebration of my mother's birthday...disaster struck. let's just say that the plumbing was well used. one by one, through the night we started dropping like flies. by the morning 7 of us were gonners, addi and i included...which was awful considering Saturdays are our 3 show days. luckily, the Lord had us on his mind, and we survived with mild symptoms that day. it. was. awful. we, of course 1st assumed food poisoning from the 50's diner we had all eaten at the day before, but we could never figure a common denominator of the culprit ingredient.

we come to find out from our cabin neighbors that 9/11 of their group was down, as well as an entire family that had eaten with them the night before....we also found out that our two cabins shared a water well. it was the WATER, ghahhh! the tap water that my sister and i had used for our crystal light making was the main of this morning, 25/28 of my family were down. addi and i are happy to report that we get hit with waves of nausea every once and a while, but are for the most part great...which cannot be said for the majority of my family.

this also means, unfortunately, that there are a shortage of pictures when it comes to this years' reunion. but there are a few:

our bike ride with the parents! we had so much fun, and actually kept up with them!

i got to play Winnie the night my family came!

this will forever be known as the death cabin...

as much pain...and driving it was for not much play, it was so wonderful to have my family near. Addi and i talked about how we just feel rejuvenated and  recharged to finish out the last 3 weeks here strong. it has been much more challenging up here than i expected-in ways that i never expected. but you really can't beat performing with your husband every night, he really is the highlight of every show for me. so talented, such good instincts, such a strong voice, he's a pleasure to watch onstage.

..maybe i'll share a little treat with you guys...

i asked my stage manager to take this video from "drowsy" so that whenever i'm feeling blue, i'll have it to watch. I seriously cannot watch it without laughing-and i've seen it over 50 times by now! enjoy.