…Can someone tell me why “Marley and Marley” is stuck in my head?
Let me reverse engineer my thoughts: “Marley and Marley” –> A Muppet Christmas Carol –> Michael Caine –> The Dark Knight –> Christian Bale marathon –> Bryn –> proud of myself for hanging out with friends lately.
There’s a reason for everything.
Anyway… I am still alive and well. Here’s what we’ve been up to since the last time I posted pictures.
I was in a play at the Scera…
#1: This beautiful family was kind enough to come to the play. I teach Stefany singing and Jonathan piano. We have a good time. | #2: My very own space in the dressing room. | #3: I know it’s blurry, but it’s still an awesome picture for those involved. Rebecca (stage right) was my favorite cast member. She’s a hoot and a holler, and so is Steven (center stage).
It was a grand old time being an ensemble girl again. It reminded me of my early high school years, when the drama teacher used to call me, Anna, and Shamae the “sophomore princesses.” I must have unwittingly reprised that role, because everyone thought I was 16.
We celebrated Christmas…
#1: I met my only blood-related nephew for the first time. | #2: Being a great uncle. | #3: Tune in to the 2018 Olympics. You might see me and Nathanael in the paired figure skating competition.
#4–6: The nephews had a grand time on the trampoline. It kind of freaks me out how reckless kids are.
#7: We went to California for Nathanael’s cousin’s wedding. We decided to head to San Francisco between the sealing and the dinner, and Michelle (sister-in-law) took us down the famous Lombard Street (which is so famous, apparently, that I had never heard of it, haha). | #8: Neil Family Golf Tourney. | #9: My Dallas came home from her mission and, unfortunately, this is the only picture I have. Apparently you’re not supposed to take pictures in the chapel.
#10: I got to pretend to be a mom of three boys for ten minutes. | #11: I’ve never seen five adults have so much fun playing Blind Man’s Bluff. I’ve actually never seen adults play Blind Man’s Bluff. | #12: Nathanael as the blind man.
And other random stuff…
#1: I’m reading The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time and absolutely loving it. Also, that big orange book? It means I’m a real editor now, y’all! I love my new job. | #2–3: I, by some miracle, was handed my dream calling (Young Women Secretary). We do fun stuff, like try on wedding dresses and have relay races for dressing babies. | #4: I was in a short movie (if you can even really call it a movie) for the Church History Museum about the early days of the Relief Society. They gave me a cute hat.
#5: I finally got to see Caitlin’s horse, Axel. | #6–7: Nathanael making kids excited about engineering by teaching them how to program robots. | #8: You know you’re officially a Mormon when you go to your husband’s church basketball games. | #9: Thanksgiving… Wow… That was out of order. | #10: This is what we do all the time (Nathanael, homework; me, try to get Nathanael’s attention).
#11: I was treated to a heart-shaped egg-in-a-blanket and pears and cheese Valentine’s Day morning :). Last year, I swore off celebrating V Day (even though I was engaged and a week from getting married). I like celebrating it better! | #12: If you have tacky, ostentatious taste like me, make sure you marry a man who’s sweet enough to let you do whatever you want.
#13: We went to the planetarium, which is usually among my favorite activities, but… | #14: … Jared’s face sums it up.
Let’s end rather abruptly with a completely unrelated video I found on YouTube when I was preparing for a family home evening lesson. I cried when I watched it. I’m not exactly sure why, but I did.