Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We had our first real snowfall and it's beautiful. I really wanted it to snow before we went to the land-of-no-snow so I wouldn't forget it's winter. I got my wish! Here are some pictures I took around our house.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My Aunt Linda was in town and wanted to go see the lights at Temple
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
What do you get for men who can buy anything they want? What do you get dad’s, uncles, or grandpas? I don’t care what men say, men are much harder to shop for. Women always enjoy getting soap, lotion, easy stuff. Any ideas anyone?
As I was researching this problem, I came across this nifty shirt. It's too bad I can't buy it for anyone but I thought it was cool. It's a bottle opener right at the bottom of your shirt. No more broken teeth, your dentist would be happy.
Also, what's up with not singing Christmas songs at Church? The whole month of December should only be Christmas hymns if you ask me.
We received a check in the mail from PwC and we had no idea what it was for. Ja hadn’t worked for a long time, and no taxes were taken out. So when Darin told Ja about the Coldplay concert we knew exactly what to spend the money on.
Apparently tickets in Salt Lake City are much cheaper than other places. The people sitting behind us were from Las Vegas. They said tickets in Vegas for where they were sitting are $400 each! So it was cheaper for them to fly to Salt Lake to see the concert. They even paid $65 more dollars than we did for the row behind us. We were lucky enough to sit on the floor 28 rows from the stage. We bought the tickets the Thursday before the concert and they were to be mailed to us. When it was Saturday and still no tickets I called the ticket seller. Evidently the tickets never shipped to us. That meant we had to meet the seller at the venue before the concert. It also meant we got $24 back for shipping costs. We aren’t sure how this happened, but the seller also bumped us up 11 rows, so now we were sitting on the 17th row! We were a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to see since everyone stands the entire concert. Luckily for us again, the people in front of us were even shorter than me so I could see just fine. Chris Martin was a good entertainer, he danced and ran all over the place.
For a few songs the band came out on a appendix of the stage which was only 5 rows in front of us. We were so close we could see Chris Martin’s sweat dripping from his face. Being on the floor in the 17th row was absolutely awesome. We could see the band clearly, and even their faces.
I don’t even know how to describe how fun and amazing this concert was. Coldplay’s music is the best when listened to loud so the concert was the best you could get. Vida la Vida is our favorite Coldplay album so we loved every song played. Most of the songs didn’t differ to much from the albums but it didn’t matter because they are amazing on their own. At one point, Coldplay left the stage and we looked at each other and thought, “That was a really short concert!” Then they show up in the audience on a little stage on the upper terrace. They sang a few songs up there and the audience members were estatic to be so close. They were within arms reach of the whole band.
The pinnacle of the concert was Lovers in Japan. To start off, there is a huge screen on the back of the stage showing pictures and little movies of people and things in Japan. Then during the chorus confetti comes shooting down from the ceiling. Once it gets closer we can see that it’s tissue paper butterflies which go beautifully to the song. In the second chorus the butterflies come out even faster and more abundantly. Now there are black lights shooting at the butterflies which make them glow. It was so much fun. The atmosphere of the whole concert was great. Everyone was singing along, clapping, dancing and cheering like crazy. At one point Chris Martin said he was going to make the largest choir in Utah. I didn’t know what he meant, was he talking about the MoTab? Then he started playing Viva la Vida and it made sense. Instantly everyone starting singing their most popular song. We absolutely, certainly, and positively loved every minute and didn’t want it to end.
If any of you have the opportunity to see Coldplay in concert, you need to go. Even if you have to sit in the nose bleed seats it will be worth every penny.
*Disclaimer: I didn't take any of these pictures because I forgot my camera!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Since we had this new camera I had to take pictures of Truman. Chelsey was nice enough to oblige and let me photograph her son. I had fun with it. He's only 2 weeks old so we couldn't do too many poses because he can't hold many poses. We did try to put a cute hat on, have Chelsey hold him, and have him on a blanket. It's hard to photograph babies because they like to move a lot! I took over 100 pictures and ended up with about 16 good ones. I'm so glad we don't use film anymore, I feel like most of the film would be wasted. Yeah for digital!
Over Thanksgiving break, Ja was looking around his dads office for a computer cord. In that searching he came upon a nice Canon camera. He asked his dad about it only to find out that Greg forgot he had it! After much discussion and contemplation, we took the camera home to be put to use. Ja and I had fun with it at our first attempt to take great pictures. Here's what we came up with.