Thursday, January 3, 2008

Christmas in New York

Julee and I celebrated our first Christmas alone. Last year we were still living in Rexburg and were able to hang out with Natalie, Jared, and Julee's grandparents. Christmas in New York was fun; it was like living in a movie. Julee worked hard making Chocolates and I worked at an out doors store selling mostly coats. For me it is now a relief to be able to take a vacation from work and start going to school again.

A week or so before Christmas there was a stake Messiah sing along. When it was first announced I thought it sounded nice, but probably not. Then in church I heard someone talking about how great it was. We ended up going and WOW! It was awesome! There were about 10 people playing stringed instruments, a trumpet, drum, and best of all a base, tenor, soprano, and alto. When the tenor got up and sang the first part it blew me away how loud he could sing. From there the night only got better. Julee and I tyred to sing along when the congregation was supposed to sing the chorus parts but after I sang out of place twice when nobody else was making any noise we stopped. The base could sing louder than scream. By far the best music that I have ever heard around Christmas. What talent in the stake!

On Christmas eave Julee and I met up in Grand Central Station after work and then went for a walk over to Rockefeller Center to look at the huge tree there. It was beautiful, very big compared to most Christmas trees and very small compared to the buildings. Unfortunately it was really packed with people (mostly tourists).

When Christmas morning finally came we opened our presents and enjoyed not having to work. We both missed out families and were grateful for the miracle of cell phones that allowed us to call everyone. Julee received a hanging Jewelry box and earrings form me, and she gave me a Beautiful Blanket she made for me, a beautiful journal, and a pair of shoes.

Christmas was Wonderful for us and We hope it brought you closer to Christ.


Mindy said...

Nice blog... I think that I will be checking your blog only on major holidays... Also about the singing thing... I wasn't too surprised... I know how loud you like to sing... I do too.. and it does suck when you like to sing loud even though you aren't singing the right notes or words. We should be posting a christmas update soon.

Mindy said...

oops that was not from mindy it was from GARRETT

Katie said...

Sounds like we need to borrow your stake....Glad you had a merry Christmas. Glad you liked the secret journal you knew nothing about!

Austin, Natalie & Logan said...

Hi Matt & Julee!
This is Natalie (maiden name Penry), a friend of Julee's from high school. (I came across your blog from Michelle's page.) Anyway, I was excited to see your blog since I've often wondered what has happened to the people from HS that I haven't kept in touch with. You guys look like you're doing great & Julee looks really happy!
Living in NY must be crazy, but amazing. It was fun looking at your Thanksgiving & Christmas pics. I feel like I went on my own little holiday tour of the big apple. :) Please tell Julee "hi" for me!