Thursday, December 27, 2012

And They lived Swingingly Ever After

Once upon a time there lived a girl.  This girl loved to dance.  But this girl was sad.  Every time she saw a invitation to a dance she would get dressed up in her prettiest dress and put on her magical dancing shoes in hopes of a fabulous night full of dancing.  But much to her chagrin all the dances held in the kingdom were not dances that she liked.  She was fond of the old school dancing that she read of in books and heard tale of from the ancients.  The dances held in the Kingdom of the Salt Lake were new dances that bumped and grinded, not the kind of dance that would let her be swept of her feet by a handsome prince.  Then one day her friend told her of a magical dance being held in a distant land of Ogden.  This was a dance like no other, where everyone would dress up from days gone by and dance the mythical 'swing dance.'  She was so excited!  But what would she wear?  She didn't have any clothes from yesteryear.  But she was lucky.  Fortune favored her, and she remembered that her Fairy Godmother had given her a gift card to Betty Page, a wonderful store full of retro-tastical dresses.  Her prince whisked her away and together they found the perfect dress.  

That night she curled and pinned her hair, lined her lips in the deepest red lipstick she could find, and put on her magical dancing shoes.  
She and the prince were carried away in their magical Subaru carriage to O-town.  When she arrived it was everything she ever dreamed of.  There was a live band and all her friends were there. 

 Her Prince quickly whisked her onto the dance floor and they danced the night away.  But when the clock struck 10:30 they had to return home to their own kingdom of the Salt Lake or else they would turn into pumpkins.  So she took leave of the magical dance hall and hung up her dancing shoes.  But she knew someday she would return to burn the floor up with her Prince.  
And they lived Swingingly Ever After.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Redneck Christmas

We partied like we were in Redneckville on the 24th!

Kenzie and Julio showing off all their hard work.

Knives are toothpick too.

 All dressed up for the party.

Charlie's Reindeer

Our version of Caroling

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Red carpet ready

The Redneck Snowmen

Family Picture Time

We always have fun at our parties on the 24th of December.  I think this was the first year that I actually got a white elephant I will use.  I ended up with a bottle of chia seeds!  They are so great to cook with.  Ali on the other had ended up with the world's largest pair of underwear, which was promptly stolen from her from my brother.  He is so silly, it was his wife's white elephant gift!  But I guess he couldn't part with them.   We had a great time!  I am now starting to plan for next year.  I'm think the theme will be retro 50's Christmas.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We've had a great Christmas season so far that included: 
Christmas parties
egg nog
Christmas Carol at Pioneer Theatre Company
candy making
Mistletoe kissing
Dancing Santa Hats (see video below)
White elephant gifts
hot coco
Zoo Lights
pole recitals
The Muppet Christmas Carol (my favorite Christmas movie!!!)
and general merry making

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A New Headshot?

I had some new head-shots taken about a month ago through my summer theatre camp that I teach at.  I'm not sure how I feel about them.  The first one is the one that I received back as my headshot, the one the photographer had chosen.  The second one is the one I think I like best.  Porter told me the first one is fine, but I just am not a fan.  Am I crazy?  I just don't like it, but I like the second one that I found on the CD of all the pictures he took.   Ugh, the life selling yourself, the life of an actor, it stresses me out sometimes.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bear Lake Family Reunion

 This post is a little late, but better late than never right?!  Well, back in July we went up to Bear Lake for our annual Grandma Bea Family Reunion.  I absolutely adore spending time with Porters family.  They are awesome!  This is his mom's side of the family.  I actually helped plan this reunion.  Usually we go to Cherry Hill, which is fine, but there really isn't alot for us older 'kids' to do there other than watch the little kids having all the fun.  So at our Easter Party I threw out the idea of Bear Lake and everyone was totally into it, hooray!  
We stayed at the KOA campground, so basically luxury camping, except for we chose the one weekend that it rained every single day!  We had bought a new tent and boy did we get a chance to break it in.  We also had a jumping contest to see who could jump the highest.  I love that almost all of Porter's cousin's are around the same age, it makes gatherings really fun.  I grew up in a very small family with no cousins until I was in jr. high, and even then we didn't get to see each other very often, so it's nice to have a side with a big family

 Our little was tent was such a trouper!  This was our first time camping on our own (like own tent and stuff) we thought we were pretty tough, even though we did have help putting up our tent, but let's not put a damper on our toughness.  
 My camp hair, don't be jeal.  I braided everyone's hair while we were up there.  It's one of those camping rituals that must happen.
When the sun finally came out we went swimming at the lake.  This is our 'Bathing Beauties' pose.  Probably one of the best family pictures....EVER!  
 We all rented a jet ski together and took turns riding it.  I loved taking it really fast and making us skip across the water.  Porter was riding with me on back, I made him scream a couple of times, it was awesome!  
This is my inter tube ballerina passé pose.  You should have seen the leap and spin combo following this picture.  On second thought, no it's best you just see the picture ;-)  
 Sarah rented this little contraption.  It was very fun to ride around in, but we had an extra body in front and grandma and grandpa in the back, so it was basically just me and Sarah pedaling our little hearts out.  We drove it down the road to get shakes.  I think I burned a few hundred calories getting to the shake place!  It was hard.
 Eating my well deserved shake with a big dramatic bite.

 We can't have a family gathering without our playing the oh-so-competivie game of POUNCE!
Kenzie and I played on a team and we won like 3 times!  We were on FIRE.
Pretty much the best family reunion ever!  I hope we go back again.  It was much better than Cherry Hill.  Hugs and Kisses to my Grandma Bea Family!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My favorite formal shots

In my previous post, I told you all about my brother getting married.  Well, for their wedding present I did all their engagements and bridals/formals, and then I made them this cool photo book with all their pictures.  I thought I would show you some of my favorite shots.  We took these up at the Bountiful Temple about two weeks before the wedding.  We were there in the evening so I got some great sunset shots.  Enjoy!