Write, print, and send my Christmas letter before I go home.
Well that obviously didn’t happen. And so I figured I’d mail a “New Year’s Letter” the first week of January. And well that didn’t happen either.
And so, it is today!
that you find yourself reading on my blog
Krista’s Martin Luther King Junior Day
Update of the Previous Year
(you lucky rascal!).
2008 was quite the year. Here are just a few highlights:
I set a goal. A really special and important goal. A goal that changed the way I viewed most everything last year. And because of what that goal did for my life in 2008, I set the very same goal in January 2009. I can’t wait to see where it takes me. (more on this goal in December).
I ate waaaay too much Valentine’s Day candy.
I turned 29 and to celebrate, Frit and I took a vacation to San Francisco! We did all the typical tourist activities, but the absolute BEST was renting bikes and riding from the wharf, around the bay, and over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done in my life.
I took another trip … this time to Florida to visit my grandparents. While there, I sat for a few hours with each one and audio recorded their personal histories. Wow! If you’ve never done this, you must. I learned so much about them, and me, and why I’m me, and where I come from. Oftentimes I got more info than I bargained for!, but the recordings and stories I gathered are the truest of treasures.
April also brought my sister Karly’s graduation from BYU. The whole fam damnily came to UT for it…
(I love how my dad’s bustin’ a gut, my mom looks like a Stepford, and I have my eyes closed.)
…and soon thereafter Karly Barly jetted off to Texas to teach Spanish to a bunch of hooligans. She’s an amazing teacher and I’m so proud of her.
(as a side note, she got engaged last night to a gem of a man. Welcome to the family JJ!)
Most of May was spent clearing the garden beds for the multitude of flowers and veggies we planted. I am now addicted to all things gardening as I can honestly say there is nothing more rewarding than watching the things you plant, grow.
eh, nothing great happened in June.
I started this blog and by so doing, began to re-capture so much of who I am. I “lost” Krista for a couple years but I found her again (hooray!). Words flow through my bones and to begin writing again was food for my soul.
I also ate a TON of fresh-from-the-garden cucumber and tomato sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
LOVED watching the Olympics. I’m a sucker for stuff like that … i.e. people setting monstrous goals and achieving them. I cheered, I screamed, I cried, and I also learned that sometimes I’m not as smart as I think I am.
Aaaand I continued to eat an uber-abundance of those make-my-toes-curl-they’re-so-delicious cucumber and tomato sandwiches.
I volunteered to produce a benefit concert in Mesa, AZ to help raise money for the Nielson family. Stephanie (the wife) and Christian (the husband) were in a horrible plane crash and spent much of the latter half of ’08 in comas recovering from terrible burns. Their 4 young children were scooped up by Stephanie’s sister and the entire story left me thinking of little else until the opportunity to help with the concert presented itself. We’re doing another concert on Feb. 2 in Provo, UT.
Five words, New Kids on the Block … Saturday, November 15 at The E Center, Salt Lake City. Hello?! Might just have been THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR!
The Forgotten Carols tour also began in November. This was my 3rd year producing the tour and the 1st year I didn’t want to kill myself when it was over. We started Nov. 19 in Seattle and wound our way down through Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona with 25 shows in 11 cities, the last being in Phoenix on Dec. 23. Whew!
I was also asked to be the advisor for the 14/15-year-old young women class at Church. And I LOVE this assignment! The girls in my class are amazing and I get to teach every week! Yahoo!
Between baking cookies, cutting down our tree, and enjoying the 1300 twinkle lights that covered every needle of said tree, December was heaven.
As the tour ended, I flew to Hilton Head for Christmas. It was a WONDERFUL (and much needed) break from the snow and a joy to be with my family. I spent a delicious afternoon with my dad on the boat, hung out with my sisters, ate crab-cakes and hush-puppies at Hudsons (my fave), and spent WAY too much time wasting time on the computer.
(Kar, Kayc, and I at Hudson’s)
More importantly though, as I quietly rang in the New Year back in UT from the comfort of my couch, and thought about the goal I’d set in January (read about the goal here), I found peace in knowing I had accomplished it, and joy in the knowledge I gained from doing so.
I hope your 2008 was full of the same joy that comes from such knowledge and that your 2009 has begun with blessings immeasurable. Thanks for letting me share my life with you. It’s good to be “back.” And feel free to stop by this little blog anytime (and often!) to read all the escapades of this southern, island girl trying to make sense of life in the desert she now calls home.
Oh yeah, and Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day!