Family fun at Fat Cats + Coupon!

Fat Cats Bowling - Things to do in Provo, UT

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I won a bowling tournament at my husband’s work party. Me – who typically bowls under a 200 – took home the trophy. Didn’t even have to use bumpers.

I’m attributing the luck to the place we were at – Fat Cats in Provo. Apparently with a little Costa Vida and chips with salsa, I become a bowling champ! Ever since the work party, I knew I wanted to take my kids back. Excited to take my kids to Fat Cats this month for bowling, giant slices of pepperoni pizza, a full-service arcade, and mini golf!

Party at Fat Cats

US Family Guide is teaming up with Fat Cats for a family special. Check out how much you get for $49.99!

90 Minutes of Bowling and Shoes,
2 Pitchers of Soda,
1 Appetizer,
1 Large, 4 Topping Pizza,
Good for up to 6 people Sun-Thurs until 8pm, Fri and Sat until 9 pm.

Go here to print the coupon.

Bowling at Fat Cats was hands down the most fun company party that we have attended. Hoping my husband’s company does it again! Fat Cats is also available for family, school, and charitable events. Another interesting tidbit, my high school statistics teacher took us bowling for class once. Totally counts as math, right?

Don’t forget about birthday parties at Fat Cats, too. I know my daughter would love this. Their party specialists take care of all the details for you. Sign up to get more info and for a free birthday gift at this link.

Fat Cats has locations in Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah. You can find them up at my alma mater in Rexburg, Idaho as well. Check them out in Westminster, Colorado, and Gilbert, Arizona, too!

What is your best bowling score?

What are your favorite fun things to do with your family?

I received a family pass from Fat Cats for the purposes of this review.

Midway Ice Castles opening on Friday!

Midway Ice Castles - Things to do in Utah

Our favorite winter activity is opening this Friday! My kids still talk about the enchanting ice tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, and glacial waterfalls. The Midway Ice Castles must go on your bucket list this year!

For my tips and tricks of when to go (avoid all the crowds!) and what to take – read this post from last year. My family and I will be heading up there very soon this year so we can give the latest updates!

Here are the details.

WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Midway, UT. One of four Ice Castles in America.
WHERE: 2002 Soldier Hollow Rd Midway, UT 84049 USA
WHEN: Opening this Friday at 6 pm!

VISUALS: — Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne.
— Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display.
— Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.

Be sure to follow Ice Castles on Facebook to get the latest updates and even win tickets! Tickets are only available online this year. Get your tickets here.

Giveaway for 3-day pass to #RootsTech!

RootsTech Giveaway - Things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah

It’s my first year going to Roots Tech in Salt Lake City and I am so excited! Roots Tech has been on my radar for a few years as the largest family history event in the world. As a blogger and a wanna-be genealogist, this conference combines many of my interests. There’s something incredibly special that comes from knowing and sharing our personal and family histories.

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At our Sunday night dinners with extended family, we have been playing family history jeopardy (leave me a comment if you want the details!)  As we retell our favorite family stories and even sing a few of the silly songs that have been passed down through the generations, I am thrilled to watch my little ones drink it all in.

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Have you seen the amazing list of speakers and entertainers lined up? Former first lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager are keynote speakers along with Donny Osmond. The opening social features one of my Youtube favorites Alex Boye and the One Voice Children’s Choir. My daughter and I were recently in the World’s Largest Living Nativity with Alex Boye and it was amazing!

As if that is not enough, the closing social will feature David Archuleta and BYU’s popular Studio C. I am excited to be participating in the Family Discover Day on February 14th with my daughter. As a child I remember being fascinated hearing my family’s stories and I want my daughter to feel the same way.

With over 200 classes over the 3-days, there is sure to be something for everyone interested in family history. There are a variety of pass options available for one day to three day.  I am excited to be giving away a 3-DAY PASS to one of my lucky winners!

 The 3-day pass to Roots Tech includes the following

  • over 200 classes

  • Keynotes

  • General sessions

  • Getting started classes

  • Expo hall

  • Evening events

Enter in the Rafflecopter below!
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Details:

  • Must be 18 years old to enter.
  • Giveaway ends January 30, 2015 at 12:00 am.
  • Winner will receive a certificate with instructions and code good for one 3-day pass to RootsTech 2015 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, February 11-14, 2015.
  • If winner has already purchased a ticket they can get a full refund. Instructions are included in the winner certificate.
  • Winner has 24 hours to respond to e-mail or a new winner will be chosen.

Find out more about Roots Tech and get your passes here.

Are you a family history fan like me? (I would love to read your cool stories in the comments!)

Winter Palooza Family Four Pack #Giveaway

 

 

Winter Palooza - Things to do in Salt Lake City

During the cold winter months my children get a little stir crazy if we spend too much time indoors. So when an event like Winter Palooza comes along, you know where to find us! Bounce houses, rappelling ropes courses, Anna and Elsa, Darth Vader – my kids are going to love it.

Ready to have fun with us? Grab your calendar! Winter Palooza is Saturday, January 24, at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Tickets at the door are $10, but you can get them for $7 in advance through this Winter Palooza link.

Here’s all the fun that is included with your $7 ticket.  Utah Kids Club reserved double the space to fit it all in! Double the space, double the fun!

My kids’ top five activities are listed first!

Winter Palooza - Things to do in Utah

1. Bounce Houses. This is a no brainer and a perfect way to get all the wiggles out.

2. Rappeling Ropes Course. Lily has been doing these since she was in kindergarten. It’s awesome to see how much she improves each year.

3. Tracy Aviary “Build A Bird” Activity. We love visiting Tracy Aviary and are excited to see what they bring.

4. Free photo opps with Frozen princesses and Star Wars favorites like Darth Vader.

5. Face painting, nail station, and up dos. I can already picture the butterflies and snakes we will be seeing on the kids at the Winter Palooza!

Check the rest of the fun out!
Rockwall
Laser Tag Arena
Laser Tag Dome
Mechanical Bull
Human Wrecking Ball (WHAT??? That’s going to be fun!)
2 Man Ferris Wheel
Bubble Balls
Jungle Jumparoo
Strider Bike Course
Rustic Mountain Art Classes
Drum Bus
Party Game Express, Game Trailer
30 Foot Sand Trailer

PLUS
There’s FREE glitter tattoos, FREE face painting and FREE henna body art

The stage line up includes:
Live Animal Shows from Creature Encounters, Scales and Tails Reptiles.
There’s Fun Puppet Shows from Kipper Brothers Puppeteers
U of U Break Dance Club is doing demo’s and instruction

Magic Shows, Juggling Performances and More

AND look who has RSVP’d for FREE Photo Opp’s with you!!

Snow Princesses! (yes, Frozen favorites)
Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, All the Princesses
Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America Thor and even, my favorite, Ironman!!
Meet ALL Avengers!
All the Star Wars Characters–Scary or Not, here they come!
Even 1 of the 4 Real Live Ninja Turtles!!

Don’t miss the biggest party of the year at South Towne Expo Center. Get your $7 tickets here.

Now here’s the fun part. Utah Kids Club has graciously given me a family four pack of tickets to giveaway to Keep Moving Forward With Me fans! Enter in the rafflecopter below! And be sure to follow me on instagram for another Winter Palooza giveaway!

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What are your favorite things to do in the winter time?

Which activities would your kids like best?

I received family tickets to Winter Palooza as part of writing this blog post. I am excited to let you know how we like it!

Experience Body Worlds at The Leonardo + Coupon Code!

Body Worlds - Things to do in Salt Lake City

It’s no secret that our family loves visiting The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake. We first discovered The Leonardo as part of the Salt Lake Connect Pass and it has since become a favorite. All the sophistication of an adult museum with the interactive elements of a children’s museum.

This month we are excited to go to Body Worlds – more than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens’ invention, the remarkable process of Plastination. The exhibit closes February 16th so you will want to get tickets soon! You can get a $4 off coupon here.

Be sure to check out the educational resources provided by The Leonardo to prepare your children before you go. I took my 5 year old to the Animal Inside Out exhibit last year it was definitely a learning experience for both of us! We went through the exhibit at his pace and he learned a lot! He also loved the water exhibit which is still there. The hands on experiments are perfect for elementary school children.

The Leonardo - Things to do in Salt Lake City

The Leonardo has definitely enriched our family education over the past few years. Lily loved the Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit. She even won second place in her entire elementary school’s Love of Reading contest for the project she did on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Leonardo - Things to do in Salt Lake City

Be sure to get your $4 off tickets before Body Worlds closes February 16!

Have you ever been to The Leonardo?

What is your favorite museum exhibit that you have experienced?

Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience Tickets & Swag #Giveaway

 

 

 

It’s back! I always know when Salt lake Comic Con is in town because my social media feeds explode with friends and associates joining in the fun of dressing up as their favorite characters from cartoons, television shows and movies! Before last year I wouldn’t have considered myself your typical Comic Con fan. That changed when I started geeking out over the photobomb by John Scott Barrowman aka Captain Jack Harkness from Dr. Who and Torchwood in The Housewife Eclectic’s instagram post. When I saw that Castle aka Nathan Fillion had been in attendance, I knew I should have gone!

For those of you who attended Salt Lake City Comic Con in September 2014 and came away wanting even more, I’ve got great news! Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience is back, with a smaller, high-quality event. Founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg announced a significantly lower amount of  tickets being allotted.   There will be only 50,000 tickets per day, as compared to the maximum crowd attendance of 120,000 people one day at Comic Con 2014. With this and other improvements, this year’s Salt Lake City FanXperience should be a much more enjoyable experience for fans. Be sure to enter to our giveaway for the valuable tickets!

There is something for everyone at SLC Fan X 2014 and it brings out the inner nerd in all of us!  It brings the whole family together, as the kids can dress up, attend KidCon and see other kids dressed up in their favorite characters.  Also, with one-of-a-kind vendors congregating at the event, you’ll be sure to find gifts and collectibles you could never find on Amazon.  

The Comic Con Organization also gives back to the community.  They have worked to donate and work with 18 charities and public organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Firemen & Friends For Kids, Huntsman Cancer Institute, & Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.  Also, in the near future, they will be partnering with the American Red Cross at the event itself.


This year’s star roster includes Carrie Fisher, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day, Tom Felton, Brandon Routh, Christopher Lloyd, Alaina Huffman and many more!

We’re pleased to announce that 3 winners will be able to participate in the fun and excitement of Comic Con Fan Xperience 2015!  1st Prize – Two 3-day passes to Fan Xperience 2015!  2nd Prize – One 3-day pass to Fan Xperience  2015 and 3rd Prize – 2 Commemorative Collectible Pins from Fan Xperience 2015!  Enter the Rafflecopter Form below!  Good luck! 

Please consider liking each and every one of  the participating bloggers on Facebook!  We work hard to bring great information and giveaways like this to you!

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way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform.  No participating bloggers are responsible for delivery of prizes. Thanks to all the Utah Blogs who participated along with A GAL NEEDS…to promote this giveaway.

 
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Are you going to Salt Lake Comic Con this year?

Who would you dress up as?

What are your favorite characters and shows?

Berry Oatmeal Super Smoothie + Giveaway #FoodieExtravaganza

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza!  

We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday to will base our recipes around. This month’s the ingredient is oatmeal.  Yes, January is National Oatmeal Month along with a whole array of other delightful things!! Get excited!

We hope you all enjoy our delicious oatmeal treats this month and come back to see what we bring for you next month.  If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for the fabulous Oatrageous Oatmeal cookbook by Kathy Hester!

Without further adieu, here is my twist on oats!

Berry Oatmeal Super Smoothie

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. So many yummy possibilities. This Blueberry Oatmeal Super Smoothie is fun way to get some extra nutrients into my kiddos before school. Oats are a staple at our house and so I loved discovering that they make a great smoothie ingredient. The blender chops up the oats very finely so you get the nutrition of oatmeal – in a smoothie!

Blueberry Oatmeal Super Smoothie
Yields 4 cups

1/2 cup ice cubes
2 very ripe frozen bananas
4 ounces fresh or frozen blackberries (or substitute with berries of choice!)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup coconut water

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz on high speed for a few minutes. Serve with optional garnish of banana slices and a drizzle of honey.

Super Smoothie that kids will love

As you can see – this smoothie was a success at our house and is an old family favorite. Using frozen bananas and berries vs. fresh definitely gives it more of the smoothie texture. I love that the smoothie contains so many ingredients that I can feel good about giving my children. The oats and peanut butter fill their tummies and the fruits load them up with vitamins and minerals for the day. There aren’t huge amounts of each of the ingredients in the smoothie, but it sure beats a bowl of sugary cereal! Plus they think they are getting a treat for breakfast – can’t beat that.

Here are some of the benefits:

Calcium, from the milk

Vitamin D

Fiber, from the banana, blackberries, and oats

Protein, from the milk and peanut butter

Vitamin C, from the blackberries

In addition, you get all the health benefits from coconut water, too! Coconut water raises your metabolism, boosts your immune system, fights viruses, and aids in digestion!

Another of my favorite oatmeal breakfast recipes is my super easy Overnight Baked Oatmeal. I love that it uses fruit as a natural sweetener instead of a lot of extra sugar.And if you are looking for more berry recipes – the Quinoa Blueberry Breakfast is uber healthy! You can indulge and still be healthy with my Healthier Blueberry Crepes, too.

Be sure to check out these other yummy oatmeal recipes and enter the giveaway below!

Mushroom Ginger Congee / Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies / Making Miracles
Southwestern Oatmeal Cakes / A Day in the Life on the Farm
Oatmeal Pancakes / Sew You Think You Can Cook
Savory Ginger Lemon Oat Porridge / The Joyful Foodie
Chickpea Veggie Soup / Food Lust People Love
Salted Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies / Baking in Pyjamas
Berry Oatmeal Super Smoothie / Keep Moving Forward With Me
Bacon Whole Grain Granola Bars / Pantry Friendly Cooking
Apple Pie Overnight Oats / Wallflour Girl
Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola / Rhubarb and Honey
Mango Poppyseed Oat Muffins / The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Brown Sugar Barbecue Meatballs / Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Oat Cinnamon Rolls / Passion Kneaded
Peanut Butter Oat Snack Balls / Mrs. Penguin
Mini Oatmeal Meatballs / The Freshman Cook
Monster Cookie Granola / From Gate to Plate

The oat-guru Kathy Hester has been so generous in donating one of her books to one of our lucky Foodie Extravaganza readers. With her book OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain (affiliate link), you will learn how to use heart-healthy oatmeal in new and exciting ways! You can find recipes such as Steel-cut Oat Sausage Crumbles, Chickpea Veggie Soup, and Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats. Now go enter this awesome giveaway because I’m super jealous that I can’t enter! If you don’t win, feel free to grab the link from above to purchase your own! 

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Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, age 18 and older. The OATragous Oatmeals Cookbook giveaway runs from Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:00am ET through Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:00am ET. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on January 16, 2015. Winners will also be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond in that time a new winner will be chosen. 

What is your favorite oat recipe?

What breakfast disappears fastest at your house?

Did you make a healthy resolution this year?

 

 

Top Ten Posts of 2014

Time to say good-bye to 2014 – what a fantastic year for my family and my blog! Thank you for reading and following along as we keep moving forward! Hopefully you’ve come across some useful tips or at least been entertained by our little family’s antics.

It’s always intriguing to look back and discover what the most popular posts of the year have been. There were some familiar favorites from the Top Posts of 2013. Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse Oreos? And everyone is saving for a Disney vacation, right? I love that the most popular posts of 2015 are things that I am passionate about this year – Disney, my religion, education/books, and getting healthy! Check them out for yourself:
Tips for your first Disney on Ice

1. Tips for your First Disney on Ice

Phase 1 Quinoa Berry Breakfast

2. Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries. I giggle about this one. Easiest breakfast on the planet and healthy, too. Took the pic super quick with my camera phone in my mom’s poorly lit basement before heading to the SNAP Conference in April. Crazy that it is my most pinned post!

LDS General Conference Activities and Ideas

3. General Conference Activities and Ideas. This was a labor of love this year! I teamed up with many amazing bloggers and businesses for this collaboration and giveaway. I love the inspiration in all the posts from this round up.

How I Lost 5 lbs in a Week - Keep Moving Forward With Me

4. How I Lost 5 lbs in a Week. Still craving that French toast …

Small Space Bathroom  Organization

5. Small Space Bathroom Organization

Frozen Hair Tutorial - Elsa Side Braid

6. Frozen Hair Tutorials and Zulily Sale. Ah Frozen. This is no surprise!

How to Save for Disney

7. How to Save for a Disney Trip

Easy Mickey Mouse Oreos

8. Mickey Mouse Oreos

Healthy School Lunch Ideast

9. Healthy, Easy Back to School Snacks

Dr Seuss graduation gift

10. Dr, Seuss Graduation Gift

What is your favorite moment for 2014?

Did you do a top 10 post on your blog? Any surprises?

New Years Eve Interviews

 

New Year Interviews
One of our favorite family New Year’s traditions is doing interviews with each of our children New Year’s Eve. We ask similar questions each year and their answers still make me giggle! If your kids are anything like mine, they love hamming it up for the camera. The interviews are a fun way to pass the time until midnight and they make a great keepsake for those babies who are growing up way to fast! Here is Lily’s interview from a few years ago – I can’t believe how much she has grown!

For the year in the video, we used these fun questions from this post by How Does She and then added a few of our own. Here are the questions. Feel free to modify and have fun with them!

1. What is your name?

2. How old are you?

3. What is your mom’s name?

4. What does your mom do during the day?

5. What is your dad’s name?

6. What does your dad do during the day?

7.  What is your favorite color?

8. What is your favorite thing to eat?

9. What don’t you like to eat?

10. Who are your friends?

11. What is your favorite song? Can you sing it for me? ( PS The song at 2:00 in the video is my favorite!)

12. What are your siblings’ names?

13. Where is your favorite place to go?

14. What is your favorite thing to do?

15. What do you like about Mom? (Dad, brother, etc.)

16. What do you want to be when you grow up?

17. What does your sibling like to do?

18. What was the favorite toy you got for Christmas?

19. What do you like about yourself the most?

Year End Time Capsule Questions

I also like these year end time capsule questions by Today’s Mama. I love that it has questions for the child and the parent! Maybe I will get in front of the camera this year, too, and share my favorite memories of the kiddos!

For more fun activities to do on New Years with children, check out my New Years Pinterest Board!

What does your family do for New Years?
Does your family like making home videos?

World’s Largest Live Nativity and an opportunity to #SharetheGift

World's Largest Live Nativity

Photo Courtesy of Jarvie Digital Photography (http://www.jarviedigital.com/)

It’s not every day you get to cross multiple items off your bucket list with your seven-year-old daughter. Lily and I joined over 1,000 volunteers and talented Youtubers and musicians to help create an amazing music video and beat the Guinness Book record for Largest Live Nativity.

It was the perfect way to usher in the Christmas season and the experience was not at all what I expected. Upon signing up for the opportunity, I was excited to help beat the record and perhaps have the opportunity to meet the likes of David Archuleta, Mindy from Cute Girls Hairstyles, Alex Boye, Studio C cast members, and others. What came about was an entirely different experience which I am excited to share below. But first, please watch the extraordinary video!

Can you feel it? This beautiful collaboration brought together The Piano Guys, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Stuart Edge, the Shaytards, and many others in a massive effort to #SharetheGift and the true meaning of Christmas.

Singing with the Tabernacle Choir on the Rock Canyon Park hillside as we looked down on the nativity scene brought me to tears. What it would have been like to witness the Savior’s birth! I held my seven year old up for several hours as we completed camera take after camera take in the cold. Several times I asked Lily if she was too cold and wanted to leave. Her response, “Mom! This is important. We need to sing for the baby Jesus so that people will know how special this is.” Yes, she realized that it wasn’t the real baby Jesus, but she also recognized the truly precious and vital message that was being shared. Jesus Christ is the gift.

Here’s a little behind the scenes of our memorable experience.

World's Largest Live Nativity

When I first heard of the collaboration for the Largest Live Nativity, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. My daughter and I had done extra work for Just Let Go (coming out in 2015) so I knew that Lily would be up for the challenge. We bundled up in our white clothes and were thrilled for slightly warmer temperatures that day. Lily was able to wear my baptism dress one more time. Loved this since she is already outgrowing it and won’t be able to wear it for her baptism day next June.

Largest Live Nativity in Provo, Utah

Joining the long line of angels at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, my little angel spent the time waiting and twirling to her heart’s content. Patience is definitely needed as an extra and Lily is getting pretty good at entertaining herself! My favorite part of the waiting was getting to know the people around us. We practiced words to the beautiful song you heard in the video, exchanged stories, and bonded together in the cold. Looking back, I wish I had gotten their names. The name of the kind women who loaned Lily her jacket on the hillside. The name of the mother/daughter duo who we laughed with in between camera takes (how we were wishing that we had Snuggies in white!). The name of the teenagers who were kind and laughed at all of Lily’s jokes while we waited in our formation with the LED lights. All good people!

Largest Live Nativity

The first part of the evening was the actual breaking of the Guinness Book World Record for Largest Live Nativity. Lily adores animals and was in heaven petting the lambs, camel, and donkey.

Larget Live Nativity

Next came practicing with our LED angel costumes. Since Lily was under the age of 12, we had originally only signed up to be part of the World Record. I was a little disappointed to not be part of the video, but didn’t know how much Lily would be up to doing at the park. She did amazingly and begged to stay when they asked for more volunteers. So we were in! This little gal did so well following the directions and waiting patiently even when the temperatures dropped after the sun set.

Largest Live Nativity

Lily and I loved checking out the technology used for the video shoot. She was fascinated by the giant balloons that held the cameras during our light scene. The drone on the hillside was pretty cool, too! The sheer organization and man power it took to organize this successful attempt a the World Record was incredible. Each of our spots was marked out on a grid on the ground for the aerial light scene at the end of the video.

Shine Your Light - World's Largest Nativity Scene

When I signed up for this experience, I went into it as a blogger and as a fun experience to share with my daughter. What fun to sing with the Tabernacle Choir and be in a music video!  I came away with so much more. Even if you look very close, you probably won’t catch sight of Lily and I in the video (you can catch a quick glimpse of us 3:08 and in the picture below), but I know we were there and I know what we felt. What a privilege be a part of such an undertaking to share the true meaning of Christmas.

Largest Live Nativity

As we sang on the hillside, I couldn’t help but be overcome by emotion. What joy the heavens must have felt when the Savior of the World was born! Lily asked me if we might have been angels at the Savior’s birth long, long ago. I told her that I didn’t know for sure, but that I sure hoped so! Lily sang her little heart out and quickly memorized the words to the song. Watching her sing Gloria time after time after time, filled my heart! That night we went home full of excitement at what we had just had witnessed and experienced.

This one experience captured an important lesson in life for me. We each have an essential part to play. Some are angels. Some are shepherds. Some are directors. Some are cameraman. Without each person in the cast of over a thousand, the world record and music video would not have been possible. As it is with life, we show up – ready to do whatever is asked of us. Sometimes we need to experience the same things repeatedly in order to learn the full lesson being taught. Sometimes the weather or other variables don’t cooperate with what we are trying to accomplish, but we unite in prayer and keep moving forward to the end goal. In the end, something beautiful and inspiring is created. Every cold moment,  every dark moment, every moment waited is worth it. And the reason it is worth it is because of what our Savior Jesus Christ has promised us.

May we all keep moving forward in our life’s goals and stories together and remember to #sharethegift this holiday season. If you would like to see more inspiring videos about the true meaning of Christmas please visit this web-site. You can download a free track of the beautiful song from the music video at this link. Please share!

What is your favorite Christmas memory this year?

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