A few days before Christmas, Jeff, myself, and a bunch of his family drove to see the lights at a State Park named after Stephen Foster. To be honest I didn't know who Stephen Foster was, but after a quick wikipedia search and visit to one of the museums at the park, I learned that he was a major pioneer in the music industry. He's been dubbed as the "Father of American Music."
Anyway, the lights and all were cool, and they even had a "snow" machine (even though it was rather pitiful - it wasn't even ice, it was some kind of weird foam stuff) but the best part of the night was the music. Being a park in memory of Stephen Foster, there was live music going on throughout the night. While we were in one of the museums, a man walked in and set up 2 strange looking instruments. We found out later that they were "dulcimers," one an "appalachian dulcimer," the other a "hammered dulcimer."
As soon as he started playing I felt my heart swell. It had been a long time since I had heard any kind of live music besides hymns at church, and I realized how much I missed going to concerts at the HFAC, or having ballet class with talented accompanists, or simply listening to the MDT majors sing in the halls of the RB. The South is awesome, but let's just say people here prefer football on the weekends over musical theatre. But this man kept playing and Jeff and I listened long after the rest of the family left to keep looking at lights. I could have stayed all night. Listening to that artist had me wanting to get up and make something of my own. The urge to dance and express came flooding into my little heart as I listened to him play. It's a feeling so familiar and I was overwhelmed to feel it again.
To be honest - I missed Utah. I'm a sucker for snow. Christmas away from home is always hard, and I think that compounded with a growing belly and stretch marks, not living in my own place, and still sweating during the day, made the holidays...different. Still good, just different. I think listening to that man play his dulcimer reminded me of home more than gingerbread houses, clam chowder, or even new Christmas Eve pj's. Feeling like my old self again by visiting that feeling of inspiration was the best Christmas cheer I could have asked for.
--I guess I can't finish without a few picture updates :)
|Jeff and I at Stephen Foster State Park. I like this picture because |
I'm standing at such an angle it's hard to tell I have a HUGE belly, haha.
|The crib all finished. Won't lie, I kinda love it.|
|I thought I'd add a closer shot of the bed skirt|
cause it's the best part of the crib.