But anyway, I didn't want to neglect LJ for the whole weekend, so here we are. Church was exciting for a few reasons, including that Athena found out just before sacrament meeting that the people planning the ward activity on Friday want the Primary kids to sing "The Nativity Song," which is extra special because, while that song is beautiful and tends to make me cry, it also has five verses and the kids didn't know any of them! Yay! And they were all pretty much done with everything by the time singing time rolled around, so they were super motivated to learn a new song (by which I mean they looked at us with death in their eyes). Fortunately, the verses are all fairly easy, so we'll just have some visual aids on Friday and if nothing else, the teachers will sing it loud enough for everyone to hear.
The other exciting thing is that, since Christmas Day is on a Sunday, we're only having an hour of meetings instead of the usual three. And since it's Christmas, of course there has to be music! So our choir is preparing a number, and that's fine. Our ward music director has been insisting all along that we need to be with our family on Christmas day, which is also fine. I do kind of have mixed feelings about it, because actually most of our family is going to be with other in-laws on that day, and music is one of my favorite things to do, so it's kind of a bummer to miss out on it. But there will be other opportunities, so that's okay, too. In fact, our ward will be singing the song we've been preparing next week!
What! You mean to tell me that you're going to be performing that song on Christmas and the week before Christmas? Yes, we are, because it got even more complicated. And actually it's not that complicated; it only seems complicated because all the bishoprics were communicating about it (I think), but the people who need to know what they're going to be doing that day (like the choir director, the accompanist, etc.) had a really hard time getting details. But! we finally have it all figured out and what it all boils down to is that our ward is going to combine with another ward for sacrament meeting on Christmas. So now we have people from both choirs rehearsing at our choir practice this morning, and it sounds really good, so that's great.
What else is great is that...okay, so every year for Christmas so far, we've done the same arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High," because it's our favorite Christmas song, especially when you have people to sing all the different choral parts, and even though it would be amazing if we could do a ton of different Christmas songs this year, our choir is not really up to the task. But the point is, this arrangement has a violin part, and whenever I would be playing the accompaniment, it would note where the violin comes in, and I would see it and think, "Oh, wouldn't it be so amazing if we could have a violinist play the violin part?" Because I love playing in ensembles. Or I think I do; I haven't ever really done it, except in that DS game (Band Brothers), but it's the best thing! Everybody playing their own part and building on each other and oh how I love it.
Well. One of the ladies in the other ward raised all of her children to play the violin. Apparently she's also in the habit of volunteering her children to play the violin at every opportunity. So she asked if we wanted a violinist, and I was like, "Yes, yes, of course, yes!" Even though I knew full well that things were shaping up such that we are probably not going to be around for the performance. (They can't join us for our own ward's performance, or even for rehearsal next week, because they have plans that involve them not being available.)
And so, while I am excited at the prospect of finally performing this piece with a violin, I'm sad because I won't even get to hear it, let alone be a part of it.
On the other hand, we're talking about travel arrangements, and trying to be in Fresno on Christmas day is looking like it might not be so good logistically as far as making sure our beloved kitty is taken care of. This is getting to be a headache. But I'm sure we'll work something out somehow.
Today I'm thankful for the idea of one day getting to perform a Hymnplicity arrangement with a violinist, the Primary president giving us cute travel mugs for Christmas, getting to perform a cute Christmas song "with the kids" at the ward activity, having peppermint meringue cookies, and videos of people dancing the Yato Matsuri dance (watch it here!).