the holidays were just such a blur to me and there was just too much going on.
and even though a new year has started, everything feels pretty much the same to me (which is kind of weird).
some days i even forget we're in a new year and it just feels like one continuous year haha.
i don't remember feeling this way in previous years but i guess everything just feels so stable and constant now that it feel continuous.
although i have to say that the first 2 weeks of january was filled with so many changes, things that could change the status quo and just lots of thoughts that i wasn't able to sleep well.
but i think now everything is back to normal. for now.
december was filled with lots of christmas-related activities.
i felt like i was just going from one christmas thing to another (not complaining) and that i had a lot of time to ponder about the meaning of christmas and remember christ in my life each day.
thankfully we didn't have a lot of snow in december too so it was less chilly and more enjoyable in my opinion haha.
typing this after we had a snow storm yesterday and everywhere looks so white and like winter now.
1st presidency christmas devotional
i just realized that despite seeing the temple square lights on several occasions all throughout december that i didn't actually take a photo of the lights at temple square. so this will have to suffice - the lights at gateway before we headed over to see the lights on temple square
finally got to go to Savior of the World this year and i absolutely loved it! it was the best way to think about christ's life during christmas and some of the songs were really an answer to my prayers about other questions. I especially loved the songs sung by Elisabeth and Zacharias at the beginning which emphasized their faith in the Lord, "I'll give God forever. // Giving the Lord forever means I'll wait and watch and see. // We need never wonder about the Lord." it was just so so so good!
sushi and annual gift exchange with the BFF
left: christmas gift from the BFF // right: my collection of cute bags. my BFF knows me well hahaha
photo from my NYC workplace of the treats i sent them for christmas :)
MoTab christmas concert with these girls! i loved the christmas concert so much this year. the singing was fantastic and i absolutely loved the portion where they had the congregation join in the singing. was such a unique and fun experience
the girls i live for every sunday - our last photo for 2017 before everyone embarked on their christmas plans, etc. we had christmas treats and hot chocolate together
december was filled with lots of church activities in general too so lots of time spent with people i see every sunday :)
winter wonderland ball where there was lots of fun dancing
we love Boomerangs haha
random christmas treats that i made for our Relief Society christmas activity
lots of food at our activity
silly christmas games haha
linsie and i look SO happy in this photo hahahaha
RS hotpot activity after christmas and before the new year
played more silly christmas-ish games haha
and then for christmas break itself, we headed down to vegas to escape the cold and the weather in vegas was seriously perfcct.
we got to eat lots of asian food, shop lots, see a cirque show and just relax!
it was a much much much needed break and i loved it!
started out with chicken rice for our first meal at flock and fowl
went to check out the Ethel M Chocolates Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden to see the christmas lights and all. and it was surprisingly pretty cold - i guess i forget that vegas is a desert area after all haha
the lights were pretty extensive and actually quite pretty
we've seriously been to vegas so many times that we've seen a lot of the cirque du soleil shows there already. this time we picked beatles love and it was pretty good. i might have been a little sleepy during some of the songs though cause we woke up early and spent most of the day driving to vegas haha
our seats got upgraded so that was super nice. we were like literally right in front of the stage
we were so close to the stage!
on the second day we were there we decided to check out the CSI exhibit where it's actually interactive and you actually get to solve a case using the different stations of examining evidences, etc.
checking the DNA
it was actually pretty fun going through the different pieces of evidence, etc. even though the case was pretty easy to solve. this is us after we were done and just playing around in the gift store hahaha
the wedding chapel inside MGM Grand plus a random pretty bell ornament outside of it haha
missing christmas in my favorite city haha
went to this relatively new korean restaurant in the area (tang tang tang) before watching jumaji (which was so hilarious by the way). we had some amazing seollongtang! it was pretty crowded too
also had my beloved bossam and so i was just so happy! this wax only like $13 too and they gave us so much! it was so so so so good! i wish we had bossam here too
traveled to go see the seven magic mountains since we were in the vegas area and clearly everyone had the same idea to do it on christmas morning as well so it was relatively crowded haha. it was a really pretty sight. super colorful and it's amazing how rocks can look so beautiful haha
everything is beautiful when you add color to it
our christmas meal was kbbq at hobak! seriously love the meat at that place esp the beef! we ate till we couldn't move and skipped dinner for the day haha
more food photos for the rest of our vegas trip cause lots of that time was spent shopping and there were no photos taken to document how much we spent hahaha. i'm so glad they have Luke's Lobster in vegas now. i seriously could eat lobster rolls all day everyday haha
had to go get jjajangmyun in vegas since we don't have good jjajangmyun around here and omg i was such a happy camper after this meal! this was at yuxiang korean chinese cuisine and was pretty good
our last meal in vegas before heading back here. we had taiwanese breakfast at yi mei and oh my, seriously just comfort food! we even got some food to go and i wished we had packed more food to go haha
so that was our vegas trip - feeling hungry just looking at the food photos again haha.
and then the rest of the month was pretty chill and i was just super grateful i didn't fall sick (i was sick christmas 2016).
made pineapple tarts the one day it snowed in december
went to watch harry potter in concert and the symphony was amazing! watching the movie with live music was an amazing experience and i can't wait for the next one!
love watching instastories of this girl and decided to drop in to play with her for a little bit <3
so yeah, that was my december.
can't believe christmas was almost a month ago already.
but with the end of january that just means february is just around the corner.
i've been planning out my schedule for Singapore and can't believe how full it's getting.
can't wait to go home and eat all my favorite food, see my favorite friends and enjoy the CNY festivities with family!
the countdown begins :)