We start our tale with some singing. Last week if I was not at work or asleep, chances are I was at choir. On Wednesday, several of us joined up with the nursing home ministry at our church and sang carols at the local nursing home. We meet every other week and it has become one of my favorites.
Apparently I was really getting into "Joy To The World."
I narrated the first half of the concert this year and I am proud to say that I only missed one word!
These two gals to the right crack me up. My voice never fully recovered from my bout with whooping cough in 2012 so I am now an alto (who jumps up to second soprano when need be). I have enjoyed it quite a bit -- and sitting beside Laurie and Rachel is a hoot. My girl Sandy who I am usually beside was directing the orchestra that night.
Thank you to the wonderful church photographer Carolyn Edwards for these super photos. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am constantly amazed at the big talent in our small church. We don't attend a mega church, but we still manage to have a chancel choir, youth choir, bell choir and even an orchestra! And that is due to the dedicated people at MUMC who truly love God, music and each other.
As soon as the concert was over, I dove back into work to help complete the behemoth that was our last issue of 2014 -- 56 pages of year in review. Once it was put to bed, we celebrated. Our director took us out to lunch Monday for the holidays and I ate my weight in spaghetti and then our managing editor took us out to lunch on Tuesday and I ate a chicken pot pie covered in cheese. It was marvelous. I have eaten like it is going out of style this week and I will be paying for that. In the hustle and bustle I was a complete fail at taking photos but I did find this photo of our staff photographer and Little Kid that was lost in the shuffle.
A friend of mine from choir was also there and we texted and squeed to each other during the show -- Debbie loves Stevie like I love Christine.
She is 71 and still looks and sounds fabulous!
If you have the opportunity to see them -- GO. They sound better than ever and their energy is amazing. They went full throttle for almost three hours. I was exhausted by the end and I am half their age! Everyone looked and sounded fantastic and after they played "Seven Wonders," I felt that my life was complete.
I was a little concerned that they were not going to play "Silver Springs" which is my all-time favorite FM song, but they brought it out for the encore. Whew! I love that Stevie turns her back to the crowd during that song and sings directly to Lindsey. I told you I am a total fangirl. My editor is also a big fan and emailed me Fleetwood Mac-themed emails on our last day of work! They are just an amazing band.
They talked a lot during the concert and Stevie shared with the crowd the story behind "Gypsy" which was so interesting. I just soaked it up.
I was blessed to share the evening with these two gals whose friendship goes back not years, but decades.
We capped off our short trip with a stop by IKEA. Score. While I was gone, The Nana came down for a few days to spend some time with the kids. Thank you, Nana! Tuesday night before I left, we took her to the local Galaxy of Lights which is this amazing light display at the Botanical Garden.
The Engineer took this with his iPad in low light so it is a little yellow. I have big plans for the playroom in the new year.
And confession: there are three wrapped presents under my tree. Part of that reason is because I don't trust my kids not to try to undo the wrapping paper and peek at what is inside. Big Kid has already narced himself out that he has gone snooping through the house looking for gifts. I should wrap up a rock for him for Christmas. This is the first year that I have wrapped gifts immediately before giving them and that trend will probably continue until Dec. 24.
But it is all good because I am on Christmas break, the kids will be out at lunchtime and The Engineer will be starting his Christmas leave this afternoon. This weekend, the kids are spending some time doing holiday activities with Gramma, we are meeting up with friends this weekend for our annual holiday dinner and I will FINALLY finish the kids' Christmas shopping, dare to dream.
Sadly, we will also be attending a funeral Sunday for our Sunday School teacher in Tennessee. If I could ask a small favor, please keep Janis and the Giaimo family in your prayers. Frank was such a special guy and so generous. Every year, they handed out -- not the snack size -- full-sized candy bars at Halloween. I remember Frank telling me once that they handed out 200 candy bars that year! He will truly be missed.
Have a wonderful weekend!