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Christmas Fun

So I have had a great start of the Christmas season!  It’s only the 7th but I have done so many fun things.  It all started yesterday with the singles 31+ dance at the Utah State capitol building.  I kind of hate dances but the idea of dressing up sounded fun so I went with some friends from my ward and we had a great time.  I asked someone to dance so I did my duty!

Capitol dance is so pretty!
Capitol dance is so pretty!
My friends and I from my ward looking cute from the dance!
My friends and I from my ward looking cute from the dance!
My earrings are super pretty
My earrings are super pretty
I got this belt from Faleblla Bridal on etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/FalabellaBridal
I got this belt from Faleblla Bridal on etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/FalabellaBridal

dance 5

I never got to go to prom so the idea of dressing up for the dance sounded fun
I never got to go to prom so the idea of dressing up for the dance sounded fun

After the dance we all went Village Inn and the girls were very bubbly.  I was definitely the grown up of the group despite being the youngest.  They even flirted with the waiter.  It was pretty hilarious.

Finally I got home and at about 3 am I got to sleep.  Then today I met up with my parents and we braved the snow to go to the Christmas choral concert at BYU.  It was wonderful. Here is one of the songs as recorded on my phone.  It was the grand finale with all the choirs surrounding you and the orchestra.

My Mom, Anna and I at the BYU Christmas concert.  Great!
My Mom, Anna and I at the BYU Christmas concert. Great!

Before I went to the concert my Christmas tree was finally delivered. I had ordered it through a company called Five Star Christmas Trees and the experience was a disaster.  They had promised me they would deliver it yesterday between 10:15 and 2.  It didn’t come until today at 11:30.  I tried to get through on the phone and they were not helpful or very apologetic.

Then when I did get the tree today it was smaller than what I had ordered, the delivery man had no idea about the install that I paid for and I didn’t get the recycle bag I ordered.  Buyer beware!

Anyway, I got the tree decorated tonight and I think it turned out very beautifully.  I love it.  I put on 900 twinkle lights and my memory ornaments and framed photo ornaments.

My tree!
My tree!

I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas festivities!  Merry Christmas!

Both of my Christmas Trees
Both of my Christmas Trees

Christmas Swimfest 2012

the whole crew
the whole crew

So we had a our second annual Christmas Swimfest 2012.  Last year I wanted to give back to the swim community so I invented this idea of a Swimfest with relays and games.  The purpose was to have fun, get a good work out and introduce people to our swim family in a non-threatening way.  Since then we have done 2 others, one at Valentines and another in the Summer.  The Christmas Swimfests have been the most popular and the easiest to plan.  This year was no exception.

In truth, I almost didn’t do it because I felt overwhelmed with my move and everything but there was enough interest and I’d done it enough times I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did.  We met at Gene Fullmer Pool in West Jordan (the pools in Utah are THE BEST! Bar None!).  and ended up with 10 people which was perfect for even teams of 5.

The crew before our elves vs santa race
The gang before our elves vs Santa race

We had igloo caps this year, which I thought were quite cute.  Thank you Swimoutlet for getting them to us just in the nick of time.

My cousins Jaleah and Anne came which was fun and my friend Etsuko
My cousins Jaleah and Anne came which was fun and my friend Etsuko.  All sporting the igloo caps.
The treading water activity was a lot of fun. You had to hold your hands out of the water while jingle belling.  Josh, Sue and Sabrina lasted the longest
The treading water activity was a lot of fun. You had to hold your hands out of the water while jingle belling. Josh, Sue and Sabrina lasted the longest
Sabrina was an amazing treader especially considering she just had a baby! Wow!
Sabrina was an amazing treader especially considering she just had a baby! Wow!
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Everyone getting ready for the t-shirt relay.
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Swimming the candy relay
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Gordon swimming the t-shirt relay

Some of the other events we did are:  (Jim took more photos which I will add when I get them)

t-shirt relay with long sleeve t-shirts that made it a lot harder)

Santa vs Elves

treading water with jingle bells

Doing a lap and then eating a chocolate santa and then next person gets to go.

There is something else I’m forgetting.  The time went by far too fast!

Other one’s I had planned:

Push a plastic toy with your nose.

Plastic candy cane as a baton.

Rudolph antlers breaststroke race

Anyway, I love races and competition  and being with my friends.  When I was a little girl I always wanted to make a game or race out of what we were doing, so I guess this all goes right up my ally.  I had a great time and I’m grateful that Heavenly Father inspired me to go forward with a happy thing on a sad weekend.  He really does know what we need.

I’d love to encourage other masters groups out there to do their own swimfests and come up with their own relay ideas and pass them on.  Swimming (or life in general) doesn’t always need to be so serious.  We can have fun, let lose, and be happy.  It’s Christmas after all!

Merry Christmas!

To read about my other swimfests see:

https://smilingldsgirl.wordpress.com/?s=swimfest

Ho Ho Ho! Mrs Claus swimming!
Ho Ho Ho! Mrs Claus swimming!

Christmas Decor 2011

Merry Christmas! It is officially the holiday season in my world because my special Memory Tree is up and full of ornaments and lights.  I love my tree because I have tons of ornaments that symbolize different parts of my life.  I have ornaments for Maryland, BYU, Hawaii, New York City, Graduate school, Indianapolis ect.

This tradition started on my mission when I purchased a set of Indianapolis ornaments featuring the speedway, Christmas tree of lights and the city skyline.  After that I realized that ornaments were small and unlike other souvenir chotchkies they don’t hang around all year gathering dust.

Over time I have added other ornaments including a set of 20 picture frames (I got a great deal 1.99 each!).  I also have balls and trim to create a silver and blue theme without it being overpoweringly ‘themey’.  I like Christmas trees to look pulled together but not perfect- you need just that touch of hominess. (This lady on my mission taught me that you decorate a Christmas tree in layers with filler balls in the back to and then medium trim and then special ornaments on top.  This makes it look fuller and eye catching)

Its funny because not many people see my tree- especially in a year like this where I probably won’t host a Christmas party in my apartment.  Nevertheless, it gives me pleasure and provides many warm memories.  Its a way to turn an apartment of one into a holiday filled with love.

Some people might think it is a waste of time to put so much work into something enjoyed by only one person but I disagree.  I think it is very important as an older single person to establish your own unique traditions all year but especially during the holidays.

It helps me to feel a sense of stability and ensures I will have happy things to look forward to each year.  I think happiness when you are single requires a little more planning than when you have other people to do the planning for you!  I highly recommend it for anyone who is single kids or not- decide what you want in a Christmas and then go out and make it.

Don’t feel like anything is too silly to do ‘just for you’.  You matter and are worth planning happy memories for. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in self-pity (and Christmas goodies! This year I am doing the sugar fast and so the more I’m out of the house the better!).

I was worried that with my new sofa I wouldn’t be able to fit the tree and its a cozy main room but I love it!   I am so looking forward to this Christmas season.  I have lots planned.  Tonight I am going to the Messiah Sing-in in American Fork (my 5th year in a row attending), tomorrow is Anna’s choral concert  A Celebration of Christmas at BYU, next weekend I have Christmas Carol at Hale Theater (another essential Christmas tradition), and then the Nutcracker on Saturday.

On the 17th I am having my Christmas Swimfest! Its going to be fun.  Its at the Gene Fullmer pool in West Jordan at 9:30.  I have Christmas swim caps and we will swim together.  Then after we will go to the Golden Corral for breakfast!  Anyone is welcome! On December 20th I have my vocal recital for my voice lessons. Plus, my sister and her family are coming into town sometime.  It stands to be a great Christmas season!  (and don’t forget scores of Christmas music and movies!).

I hope you all have great Decembers and I will keep you posted on mine. Let’s just pray I don’t get sick so nothing will spoil my plans.

On a side note, I have a Christmas card I’d like to send out so if you can get me your address I’d be very grateful.  Merry Christmas friends!