Even though the end of the year has taken me by total surprise, it's been a really great year. And, unlike 2013, I think that I actually did blog about all of the top ten moments!
My favorite moments of 2014, in no particular, but mostly chronological, order...
Playing Amahl's Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors I didn't do a lot of performing this year, but I was tided over by beginning my year doing Amahl. Amahl is one of my favorite operas, and it has always been a dream of mine to someday play Amahl's mother. The Maestro conducted in the pit, and we had a lovely experience working together, even though maybe our children were a little neglected for a few months.
Ten glorious days in NYC with The Maestro In June, we celebrated 15 years of marriage and celebrated by taking a trip to the Big Apple sans children for ten whole days! After a hard spring semester, it was a welcomed getaway and we had a fantastic time together doing EVERYTHING. Museums, musicals, opera, symphony, book signings, shops, and lots of food. I want to do this again as soon as humanly possible.
Sophia's Baptism My youngest child turned 8 in July and was baptized in August. Such a wonderful moment in her life, and as her mother, in mine too.
Camping with my family. Such a lovely time to just be with each other and nature and not worry about the rest of life! And when you camp along Lake Superior, it's particularly beautiful. Just look at that sunset!
My surprise 40th birthday party I honestly thought I was going to a birthday party for my friend! I brought her a present and everything. And I was completely shocked when everyone was staring at me and then the party was suddenly for me. What? I have the best friends ever.
Mackinac Island As if a big party wasn't enough, The Maestro arranged for my BFFs to kidnap me and take me down to Mackinac about a month after my surprise party--just before school started for the kids. We had so much fun together, and I think it was a needed getaway for all of us!
Back-to-School Feast 2014 This is one of my favorite traditions every year. I love the way our traditions hold us together and give us an identity as a family. I can't believe that I have a child that is in high school. But then again, I also can't believe that I am not 28 anymore, either.
Indian Summer We tried to go to the beach whenever possible this summer, but it wasn't a really great summer for beaching it. Our interminable winter seemed to extend right into summer and it was pretty cold. But we were granted an absolutely gorgeous Indian Summer at the end of September and it is one of my favorite memories of the year. We went to the beach and picnicked with good friends, soaked up the beauty, and enjoyed the most spectacular Superior sunset of the year.
Halloween with the Grammar Avengers I love it I get it together enough to do themed costumes. And we had so much fun with our theme this year! Literally.
Spending time in Utah with my parents and brothers It took a lot of faith and persistence to get myself there, but I made it! And I had a wonderful time with my siblings and parents. It is so rare that we are ever all together since we live in four different states (and I'm usually the one missing because I live at the end of the world), that when we are together it is memorable. I'm sure the staff at Brio in City Creek absolutely hated the loud family they served that one night. Sorry about that.
2014 was awesome! Here's to an even better 2015.
Happy New Year!!!