Friday, November 28, 2014

a post of gratitude.

These people are what life is all about! I sure love them. Thanksgiving was so different than last year. Last year Addi and I both worked. We got off late and met at the movie theatre to watch Frozen and wrote our Thankful Lists during the previews. Our Thanksgiving feast was an $18 bucket of popcorn and a Dr. Pepper :) I remember feeling desperately lonely and so grateful for the small things, like the 2 hours we were able to spend together watching a movie. 

This year, I was surrounded by family, food, and of course my boys. I am so grateful for this next wild ride we're on, mostly because my days consist of Alf and Addi-all the time. I'm developing new skills everyday, and I get to do it with the best partner. I do what I love at night. "Catch Me" has brought me so much joy! I can't believe I have to say goodbye to it tomorrow. I have made such incredible friends in my show. I can truly say I use my talents everyday. I'm on to the next show already-Five Carols for Christmas. I get to play with kids at their birthday party for a living. We are sitting pretty at an incredible home that is close to everything and most everyone. We are so richly blessed it's hard to comprehend. For a husband who works hard, for a son who makes me laugh. For family and friends that are positive and supportive. Goodness.

Monday, November 17, 2014

the winds of change.

It's been an eventful few weeks for us. We are in the middle of moving from my parents, and closer to everything we do. Very bittersweet for me. I loved living with my parents. There's an immense sense of comfort for me at my parents home, and it's so nice to have someone to help with the baby all the time :) Alf and grandma are best friends. But! Without change, there is no growth, and we are so thrilled with our next adventure. We are so close to so much family, we have a lot more living space, and we get to call this place home for the next 18 months! So I'm a happy camper! More on this later.
 
Alfie and his new room! He's still adjusting. But we are sleeping much better!
Alf gets his first glimpse of snow.

I have started rehearsals for a new show with my mother-in-law! Do you remember the show "Five Carols for Christmas" that I was in a few years ago? Well, I'm gonna fill in for a woman who is remounting it this year that was in it with Momma Melinda! I couldn't resist that opportunity to do this show again, it truly is a gem! Such good times. I am doing a different part, so that will be weird, but I'm excited to jump into it and grow!

Addison has also started a new show endeavor! He is choreographing "Shrek" at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre! I'm so so proud of him and this new project! He is so talented, and is so willing to learn new things and take risks. That's what makes him great at all of this. I can't believe this is his second show to choreograph. What an awesome guy I have.

Lexi and Monson are getting married on FRIDAY! I can't believe it's already here! We are getting all the last minute preparations checked off our lists, including a bachelorette party for Lexi! I can't wait. It's going to be a day to remember.
Alfie is growing right before our eyes. He is slimming out because of his new active lifestyle! There is nothing he loves more than grabbing onto your fingers and walking. all. day. long. Stairs are his favorite. He even knows how to steer now so he'll go up a few stairs and turn around to do them again. and again. and again. He LOVES it! He also said his first word yesterday: DOG. Such a smart boy. I guess he really does have a big brain in that big head :) He eats everything in sight. In fact, you can't eat in front of him unless you offer up a bite...or half your meal. He LOVES food. I'm still nursing twice a day. He loves apple juice, ice cream, cheese, noodles...and hates mashed potatoes! Pretty much the only thing he's been picky about. He brings me so much joy, it's nuts. I just have to look at him and he gives me the sneakiest big smile. He just melts me.

Work is going well. We wish things were more steady for us. But holiday seasons are weird. Everyone's trying to save money, but want gifts. SO it's an odd season for us. Lots of different kinds of work. Princess Parties are still my most steady thing, which I did not expect coming home! But it is a huge blessing for us. I'm so grateful for them. I always leave smiling and with great stories.
 
Life is good. I love doing "Catch Me if You Can". Every morning I wake up to a show day, I get jittery. I am so grateful to have a husband who lets me do what I love. I am so blessed to have singing, dancing, and acting as an outlet. I don't want it to end, but all shows have to!..Unless you're Les Mis on Broadway...
We are finally getting the hang of being home...and baby...and new business...and new home...I still don't know if it's sustainable, but for now, it's perfect. Sometimes I have to remind myself that we're still young, and we're not supposed to have everything figured out just yet. It's okay to struggle. It's okay to take time to figure things out. And we are so blessed. I feel the Lord blessing us everyday. There is so much to be Thankful for.