This is a little recap of my students recital last night. They all did great! These recitals take months to put together. So it is wonderful when we make it to the finish line and get to perform. I had all the kids pick our Holiday songs. It was a great night!
We had a really fun Thanksgiving with our family. It wasn't a "normal" Thanksgiving, but we loved it. We went with Porter's mom to a lovely music program at her church the night before. Then we had a yummy lunch of soup with Porter's dad. For dinner we had my brother and sister-in-law over for dinner and games. It was a pretty intense night of Settlers of Catan. We played until after midnight, which for us is late! Especially considering that we were planning to be up at 5 am the next morning to go Black Friday shopping. Kit and Rachel spent the night as we all got up early to hit the sales. We bought a door-buster Christmas tree, hurray! Other than that is wasn't that exciting. The best part was breakfast at Ruth's Diner. That place is like "get in my belly now!" kind of good. I even got my first hot coco of the season.
I haven't posted in a few weeks as it's the end of the semester which pretty much means I have no life. Good news though, I have finished everything except on project. So, a few more days and I'm free!....well kind of. Then I have to finish everything else for the holidays. This video is a song I sang as a summary of my project that I'm working on for my thesis. My thesis in researching the intersection between learning theory, and gaming theory to create effective training game for adults. Basically, education in a video game....pretty much the best idea since sliced bread. ;)
I did a few sessions with family during fall. I love fall! The weather is perfect, warm days and crisp nights. It's harvest time so I get to eat tons of yummy food. Basically, everything comes in pumpkin flavor or scent. I get to start wearing boots and drinking warm drinks. Plus it's time for all sorts of holidays at the Fair-Williams House, from birthdays to anniversaries to all the traditional stuff. I'm pretty happy with how all of these pictures turned out.
My friend Andy and I went out yesterday to do some shots of him and his bike. I had never shot with a wide angle lens before or a motorcycle. I kept telling him it was an experiment, so not to be too disappointed if the experiment failed. Although usually my experiments yield at least a few good outcomes. I think we can consider this experimental shoot a success.
I'm pretty much in love with this next one! I was laying down in the street to get it. I'm glad Andy is a good driver.
Porter participated in his second amateur Muay Thai kickboxing fight last night. His first was in June. He did so good! I am one proud wifey. His form was so much better this time around and he had great stamina (he's been training and conditioning for the past 2 months). He fought in a 154 lbs. weight class. I was sort of nervous for him, but more nervous for myself as I sang the national anthem. I'm always afraid I will forget the words. Porter did great. He was so much more aggressive this time around and really controlled the ring. About the end of the second round I had a hunch he had won because he was doing so well. It also didn't hurt that he had the best cheering section there! Thanks to all our friends and family and coworkers who made it out! I especially love cheering with my lady friends, they get all loud and crazy just like me. I'm in good company with them around. Porter won!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm am so incredibly happy and proud of him. He worked so hard for this fight and really deserved it. I have a pretty cool hubster.
Getting all greased up, they even put vasoline in his beard (eewww!)
Fight: Round 1
Fight Round 2
Fight: Round 3 (victory!)
Feeling pretty good about life right about now...
A unanimous decision from the judges, Porter wins!
So I haven't been on the blog in a while, more than a while. But the weather is getting colder and it gets dark way to soon for my liking, so I think the blog and I will get to be friends again. Just a quick recap of the spring, summer, and and fall:
Porter lost 40 lbs. and competed in is first ever amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing match. He lost, but he is back in the ring this Saturday for his second fight! So everyone better be cheering for Le Mustache!
I am still in Grad School at Westminster studied Adult Ed. I'm working on my Thesis right now which is on Gamification of Corporate Trainings. I basally want to look at how to make adult education fun and meaningful at the same time. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, I graduate in May!
We had an amazing garden this year all thanks to a magical little thing called irrigation. Porter and I designed and installed our own system. It was sweet, quite literally, we ate some may yummies from our little garden spot. This picture was taken in spring, it was a jungle by the time fall rolled around.
We installed a Deck on the back of our house (why did we wait so long?). It's amazing and we love it!
I directed "Grease" at YTU this summer. It was very cute and I loved the dancing. We did it in a Rockabilly style, and the kids looked great.
Porter and I have been doing a lot of swing dancing and will probably do more in the winter.
My MacBook died. It was horrible. Oh and I broke the screen on my iPhone a few weeks prior. Luckily we were able to salvage my important documents (like school papers and thesis stuff). I was so sad and stressed that week. I use my computer for work, school, everything! My hard drive went bad. So, now I'm a little paranoid about technology, especially my computer.
Oh yeah, we went to England! It was amazing, and I'm ready to go back. Our friends Ali and Jon got married there (Porter officiated). The wedding was perfect, and I'm so happy we could be apart of it.
We went to the first ever SLC Comic Con (this deserves a post of it's own). It was fabulous, and so crowded, almost 50,000 people, wow! We cosplayed at Alice and the Mad Hatter and a Rockabilly styled Mario and Peach.
So those are the major events from the time I've been away. Hopefully I will post more about the random shenanigans from my life.
I shot a wedding the other day and rented a great lens for it. Because I didn't want said awesome lens to go to waste I made Porter come out for an impromptu photo shoot with me last Sunday. We went up to Westminster College campus and took these. I think they turned out pretty well considering I set up the shot and took the pics via remote (a fabulous christmas present from the hubster ). Porter really likes candid shots instead of posed ones. So I try to set up moments where we can be in a nice position to have a candid moment, wink, wink. It's not posing, I promise. At least he believes it's not, so that is a win!
The snow made it so bright. After this picture I think we were both a little snow blind.
In other pole dancing news: I can finally do leg hangs! I went to a class the other night with a fabulous teacher and ended up having a private session. Classes where I am the only one scare me because all the attention is on you, which a wonderful thing and an intimidating thing all at the same time. But she was fabulous and took a lot of time with me to help me find the correct position. By the end of the night, I was doing them all by myself. A leg hand is where you hang by one leg and the skin of your stomach and a little arm pit. It hurts like a mother! But it is so worth it to conquer such a hard and beautiful move. I've been wanting to do this one for about six months now. Hurray for small victories!
We celebrated our Grandma Bea's birthday in early February. It was so fun to see her and all the family. I LOVE spending time with all of them. I also LOVE red velvet cake. And because her birthday was so close to Valentine's Day I decided to make her a birthday cake of red velvet cupcakes. She LOVED it as did everyone else, especially me! I had seconds, and didn't regret a single crumb. It was the last family gathering at her home as her life situation is changing and she is moving. It was definitely a bitter-sweet gathering. We helped move many of her belongings. She gave us a bunch of food storage. We are all prepared for the zombie apocalypse, just fyi.
The cousins or more affectionately the FAMBAM. I LOVE them.
This was the most awesome mountain man I found at Costco. I asked to have my picture taken with him. He told me he was 723 months old. I wish I could remember his name because it quite epic, but alas it was long and he said it very fast. I LOVE the antlers coming out of his hat.
The poodles threw this together for V-Day. I must say, I went through a lot of dog treats that day. I just can't get enough poodle kisses! I LOVE my babies!!!
This is me and my LOVE at the New Yorker for Valentine's Day. We put on some fabulous clothes and got all swanky for our night on the town. He even had us use the valet service so I didn't have to walk very far in the cold. Seriously, I married such a gentleman, and totally a Hotty McHot Pants!
We dined on lobster. It was delicious, however, I have never had the entire lobster brought to me. Usually I just get the tail, you know the other two times I've had lobster in my life. I didn't like all the legs and eyeballs and guts and stuff. I had to pull all the meat out and get rid of the shell. Creepy!!! And I felt so bad, all I could think of was the little guys getting steamed to death so that I could have dinner. So, was it delicious and so so soooo yummy? Yes! Will I get whole lobster again, probably not. Porter did LOVE his lobster though. And we had a grand evening out. Hurray for LOVE.
I know many people dislike V-Day. Some people think its silly to get all excited about one day and that we should just show love all the time. Well, I agree. We should show love all the time, however it's important to get excited and celebrate your love every once in a while. It's nice to make it special. Now, I don't care if Porter takes us out to fancy restaurants, I mean it's nice and I'm not complaining, but the fact that he remembered and made reservations, and told me to get dressed up made it fun. I really would be fine if he was like, "Baby, we're going to Noodles!" But I think it's important in relationships to have special days and times where you do stuff to celebrate your LOVE. Relationships are hard. Marriage is hard. And man, if you can work together to put each other first and work through all the hoopla that we call life, and still like each other at the end of the day I think that is definitely something worth celebrating! I love LOVE!!!
For a Valentine's present for Porter I went to a Pin-up Party Photo night and took some photos. Here are some of our favorites. LockBox Studios does fun Girls night parties once a month, you should totally go check them out!