It wouldn't be a family gathering without going to a hockey game.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
The first show was to hear Matthew Morrison affectionately known as Will on Glee. This guy loves to show off his dance moves when he performs and has good vibrations. He sang many classic Broadway hit songs that have inspired him through his life. My favorite was his West Side Story Medley. This was my friend Melinda Keefe's first time going to a show at the Kennedy Center and I'm glad I was able to be apart of her first experience here.
The second show was I think my favorite show this year. It was also my favorite Christmas show I have ever attended. My roommate Annalisa inspired me to join her for an evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell. I had only heard him sing Through Heaven's Eyes from the Prince of Egypt which is a great song so I figured why not go. I'm so glad I did because it really was a show full of magic. Brian Stokes Mitchell has one of the sexiest baritone voices your ears will ever encounter. He is a very animated performer when he sings. I loved his rendition of The Grinch and the Beasts Carol. This was the show of shows to get you in the Christmas Spirit. I can still feel the joy and magic of this show. I especially loved the sing along at the end where the entire audience was singing Christmas carols about Christ. It made me all warm inside to sing out loud in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
I'm so grateful for great musical talents in this world.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I love going to Arlington cemetery every year during the Christmas season. It is an amazing and humbling site to behold. Stones lined up in regimental line marking the resting place of a soldier who fought for our countries freedom.
This year I had a mission to make sure I went to visit the Mihalo's sons grave a lay a wreath for his mother. I never knew Andrew but I loved his parents who I knew very well in the ward growing up. He was tragically killed last year while serving in the special forces. I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a son but knowing that his parents live so far away I wanted to do something for them.
I am so grateful to men, women, and the families of those who serve our country and am so glad that I can visit Arlington Cemetery to remind me of the great gifts of life that are given by our service men.