Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Stranger

The Stranger
At Christmas time there was a man, who looked so out of place,
as people rushed about him, at a hurried sort of pace.
He stared at all the Christmas lights, the tinsel everywhere,
the shopping center Santa Claus, while children gathered near.
The Mall was packed with shoppers, who were going to and fro,
some with smiles and some with frowns, and some too tired to go.
They rested on the benches, or hurried on their way,
to fight the crowd for purchases, to carry home that day.
The music from the stereo, was playing loud and clear,
of Santa Claus and snow men, and a funny-nosed reindeer.
He heard the people talk about the good times on the way,
of parties, fun and food galore, and gifts exchanged that day.
"I'd like to know what's going on." The man was heard to say.
"There seems to be some sort of celebration on the way."
"And would you tell me who this is, all dressed in red and white?
And why are children asking him, about a special night?"
The answer came in disbelief, "I can't believe my ear!
I can't believe you do not know, that Christmas time is here--"
"The time when Santa comes around with gifts for all girls and boys.
When they're asleep on Christmas Eve he leaves them books and toys."
"The man you see in red and white is Santa Claus, so sly.
The children love his joyful laugh and twinkle in his eye."
"His gift-packed sleigh is pulled along by very small reindeer,
as he flies quickly through the air, while darting here and there."
"The children learn of Santa Claus while they are still quite small.
When Christmas comes, he's the most important one of all!"
The stranger hung his head in shame, he closed a nail-pierced hand.
His body shook in disbelief; he did not understand.
A shadow crossed his stricken face,
his voice was low,
but clear,
"After all these years, they still don't know,"
...And JESUS shed a tear.

~ I love this story! It is one of my all time favorites!!!  We should all try to remember this Christmas what it is turly about! I think we'd all feel the true meaning of it with out all the gifts and parties, because that isnt what Christmas was made to be about. It was made to be a specail day to remember our Savior Jesus Christ and His birth.
What will you give the Savior this year?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread houses!

Tonight for FHE in my singles ward we made Gingerbread houses! It was so fun! Some people got really creative with theirs! Heres mine its nothing too spectacular, but I had fun making it! Thanks to Sister Wortley and all the work she went to to make us homemade gingerbread houses! She made 50 of this and it took her 25+ hours! She always goes to such a great effort to make things extra special when ever she is in charge of something and I dont think we let her know how truly appreciated she is!
Here is a pic of my house!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

So I decided to see how posting from my phone works! Hopefully this turns out okay! I dont have any pictures to go with this one! sorry! :( But I figured Id say a little something about my weekend! It was a blast! I love my friends!! They seriously are the best and so so funny! Fri night after I got of work I went to my friend Ashlee's house, we had a quick relief society presidency meeting and dinner then a few other friends came over and we played games and just hung out. I have never laughed so hard playing Catch Phrase as I did friday night! Then on sat I had a few people over to watch Elf! I love that movie! While putting the movie in tho i left my phone on the couch, one of my friends took it and sent out a mass text that said Love ya to 25 random guys in my phone, INCLUDING my boss! All I have to say is Anthony, you'd better watch your back I will get even! :) Then tonight was the 1st presidency devotional!!! It was so good! I loved all 3 talks! Especially Pres. Uchdorfs! Thats about it for tonight! Hopefully this turns out okay from my phone!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Danny Gokey July 28 2010, Josh Turner Aug 5 2010

So to this concert I won 4 passes so I took my friends Jackie, Nikki and Andrea. Danny Gokey isnt exactly one of my favorites, but he really was an amazing performer. He had a local female duo open for him ( I cant remember thier name). They were decent. It was at the Rail Center downtown, definitely a great place for concerts! I really dont have a lot to say about this concert so Ill just add some pics now. . . . O we did get to meet him, he was way nice, but we didnt get to talk to him like pretty much at all, security was way strict! Most these pics didnt turn out to great so i apologize ahead of time for that!

Andrea, Nikki and I before the Concert!

Danny Gokey

Me with Danny Gokey

Josh Turner was aboslutely 100% AMAZING!!!!! I love his music SO much and he is also the nicest guy ever!
My friend Heather and I went to this one, (she won the tickets WITH backstage passes, I had won Luke Bryan tickets for the same night, it was a hard decision but we chose to go with the Josh Turner concert since she had the backstage passes! It was the right choice! I would go to his concert again in a heart beat!
He sounds exactly the same live as on his cds, plus i love that he takes his family on tour with him and his wife is in the band!
It was at the Ed Kenley theater in Layton (right across from the high school) basically this is a teeny tiny version of usana, there wasnt a bad seat there!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Country Throwdown June 12 2010

This concert was AMAZING! I loved it! Even with the pouring rain and freezing cold it was so fun! My friend Jared came with and hopefully he enjoyed it too! I LOVE country music and this was an all day concert with about 15 srtist playing through out the day, it's basically the country version of Warp Tour. It started at 1:00 and went until about 11. So some of these pictures got really rearranged and it wouldnt let me move them, so sorry its in random orders, I hope I got the captions right.

These 1 were the first two who sang, They were under the Bluebird Cafe tent.
I dont really remeber anything he sang or either of their names, but she was amazing
and only 14 or 15!
The bluebird cafe tent was where the really new artist sang, ones who's songs hadnt been on the radio yet, but a lot had hit songs they had written but were song by other people Like Josh Turner and Josh Gracin and a few others.

Emily West was next on the stage next to this one, I love her music (Rocks in Your Shoes, Blue Skys)

Brad Tursi, He used to be the lead guitar player for Josh Gracin, I think he even wrote one of Josh's hit songs.

Troy Olson- Hes written songs for Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton. His first song just hit radios a month or so ago called Summer Things. He is a way good singer and was super nice to!

Little Big Town has a song called Little White Church, It was there single at the time so at every concert they had someone get married (seriously) The guy marrying them is Mike Winder, hes the Mayor of West Valley, he is also the author of presidents and prophets.

Ashley Ray, We missed her singing on the bluebird stage but she later sang on the main stage in between the main openers. Shes so nice I love her music!

This is Jared and I with Jack Ingram. He was actually a lot nicer than I had expected him to be, I had seen him in concert before when he opened for Martina McBride and really didnt like him after (not his music, I love his music, but him) he had just seemed really full of himself and kinda creepy but he was a lot different this concert and was actually way nice.

this is Walker Hayes, his first song is currently on the radio. its called Pants, Its weird, but all his other songs are really good! :)
This one and the One below are Heidi Newfield! I love her music she is so good! and was also way nice when we met her!!!
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Jared and I with Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, they just joined together as Buxton-Hughes. I dont know anything about him, but her music is great (She wrote stupid boy for Keith Urban) Her current single is Outside My Window whioch is anoter of my favorite songs

Little Big Town- LOVE them! Second time ive seen them. Theyre so good! I cant wait for them to come back!

 Eric Church he was good, kinda strange (hes really passionate about his music or something and kept hitting himself in the chest during his songs)

Heather Morgan- I cant remember who she has written songs for but she was really talented and way sweet when we met her. (While on stage tho, there was cotton flying around and since it was so cold out that day she thought it was snowing.)

This is Jonathan Singleton and the Grove I LOVE them! There song called Look Whos Back In Love is one of my favorites! He (Jonathan) also wrote Why Dont We Just Dance which was a number 1 single Josh Turner. Ill have to find the video I took of them singing that song
This picture i really only added to show how hard it was raining, Its the lost trailers singing right now. After meeting them I dont like them. The lead singer said theyd be doing a signning because he said his grandma always told he should get out and  meet the little people. He didnt even come over to do the signing, he sent pre autographed pictures with his drummer and guitar player, When we asked if we could get a picture with them one ( I think he was the guitart player said of course but the drummer put his arm out and stopped him from moving said "No we dont that." Dead serious! haha so i dont like them now!

A summer of winning!!!

So this summer I was able to win tickets to all sorts of things. I won 2 tickets to The Country Throwdown concert, 4 tickets to the rodeo, 4 Danny Gokey tickets, a $25 gift card to Archibalds out at Gardner Village, 2 Gary Allan tickets (Iactually won 2 sets twice), 2 Luke Bryan tickets, 4 ticketes to the premiere of Eclipse, 4 Bomshell tickets, and 2 tickets to Mark Chestnut.

I was pretty lucky to be able to win all those especially because there is no way I ever could have afforded it! At a lot of the concert I was also able to meet a lot of the artist and that was a lot of fun!

I will make a post about each concert with pictures as soon as i figure out the picture part!

Monday, November 8, 2010

1st blog

I decided to start a blog! We'll see how this goes! I started one before and updated it once, I dont even remember how to access it anymore! Hopefully I can get the hang of it this time and keep this one up!