Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our Little Rocker

Garrett decided to jam with Kyle and Tony yesterday. Look at the intensity on his face.
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And, by the way, there is MORE THAN ONE WAY to eat spaghetti ; )




Off tubing today--except Kyle had the flu last night--not sure he's going.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Where Has The Week Gone?

Goodness, has it been a week already???? We arrived here in Utah last Saturday afternoon and the time has just flown by. Let me just post about some of what we have done--

Saturday--was pretty much a Let's Get Settled In Day for me and a Show Me the Quickest Way to the Bed for Allan. I felt so sorry for him getting sick, but I was so happy it was only a 24 hour bug. (Just wish he hadn't been so generous and had kept it to himself instead of sharing it with me ; (

Sunday--It was wonderful to have Church late in the afternoon. Loved being able to sit in Relief Society with Heidi. It's been a long time. Had a lovely meal on Sunday night with the whole family. I did a fair amount of wrapping.















Monday--Allan and I were out bright and early trying to finish up the shopping. It snowed like crazy--it was beautiful because it's such different snow. Our snow is so light, but this was big wet flakes. (Glad I didn't have to do any driving ; )

After dinner, Allan, Bev, Heidi, and one of her friends, and Brent started watching Ironman. I decided to go and wrap some presents--didn't feel great. And that night the flu hit--and it HIT HARD. Spent every hour worshipping the porcelain bowl.

Tuesday--pretty much a I'm not leaving the bed day. Finally about 7:00 pm I started to feel a little better. Kyle was scheduled to leave Winnipeg at 2:00 and Cory got him to the airport and ready to go through customs at 12:30. (Later when he called he told Allan he didn't leave until 3:00 (which made us very concerned about him making his connection in Denver) I was grateful that I had a phone number for a friend in Denver (thanks, friend) who was my back-up so I wouldn't have to worry about Kyle being alone in Denver ; ) He had about 5 minutes to run to his plane and make his connection, but then sat on the tarmack for about 45 minutes. (Kyle just LOVES TO FLY!!!)

Because we were going to Macy's parents' house for Christmas Eve we had arranged to do our traditional Christmas Eve meal on Tuesday night. I had previously agreed to make Autumn Soup, but Allan had to make it.

Wednesday--I was so grateful when I woke up that I felt pretty good. Wendy and Tony were arriving around 10, so Allan and I drove to the airport. We expected the airport to be pretty busy, but it wasn't too bad.






















We were supposed to pick up Neal at noon, but unfortunately he didn't make his connection, so he wasn't going to be arriving until around 4:30. So off to Hires for lunch. Met up with Riley and Gabrielle who were picking up their gifts which we brought from Riley's folks in Winnipeg.

















Heidi had left for Idaho and so she wasn't with us for Christmas Eve. Wendy and Tony had taken the van to the airport to pick up Macy and Garrett and Neal who were on separate flights. We headed to Macy's parents for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner and a fun Nativity presentation. Had some crazy wisemen ; )















Thursday--Christmas Day. As always, Santa was good to everyone. The morning was a lot of fun watching everyone open their gifts. Santa has always tried to disguise gifts by using different boxes (especially for DVD's and CD's--we use cereal boxes, rice krispie treat boxes (anything we can find). Well when Kyle went to open his camera, he just assumed it was the box and started tearing into it and I'm like "No, don't rip the box!!!"

After opening gifts it was time to have the strawberry waffles and bacon. As good as ever.


















Kyle went out to shovel. We were laughing because he was out there in his shorts and a hoodie. He had commented that this is more like Winnipeg in April (certainly not December).















We had a great Christmas dinner with all the fixings. Way too much food--but then again, what else is new ; ) We had quite a group here at my SIL's, including my DIL's family and Allan's other sister's family. Unfortunately, Heidi didn't get back from Idaho until about 7:00 that night--by the time she got here she was pretty tense. The roads had not been fun, but we were very happy when she finally arrived.

















Heidi opened her gifts after everyone left. We then put on our pajamas for the traditional picture.














Friday--I needed a little time to clean up my room and get laundry done. Allan, Bev, and his mom went to the temple and the kids went to the mall. Unfortunately, when Wendy returned home after lunch she had the flu. I feel so bad and am afraid that everyone is going to end up with this flu. We are trying very hard to disinfect everything.

It has been wonderful to have the kids here, but it sure would have been better if everyone could have been here. We at least talked to everyone on the phone. I know Stephen and Daphne were having a great Christmas with their kids. Sure wish they could have joined us for Christmas, but it just wasn't going to work out. It's always so much fun when we are all together. It didn't feel right to not have Nancy here, either. Then again, this was her first Christmas with her new grandbaby--he would have been hard to leave behind ; ) She's always so much fun. Just one Christmas we'll all have to be together.

Can't wait for Monday when Chris, Heather and Amanda arrive.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas



















It was so fun last night watching these little ones and everyone else act out The Nativity.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

SAFE ARRIVAL

We arrived safe here at my SIL's. It was a looooonnnnnnnnggggggg trip--complete with crazy weather and poor Allan ended up with the flu (at least that's what we think it is) Yesterday as we were driving through Glendive this is what the roads were like. I got to do some of the driving today--Driving the snow covered streets of Manitoba is one thing. Our weather is so cold that most of the time the snow is solid--you don't have to worry about slush. I HATE SLUSH!!!!

















We couldn't leave until after the kids left from the Seminary breakfast--which turned out well. Allan did a wonderful job with all the food. We had strawberry waffles, pancakes, sausages, cantalope, grapes, and chocolate milk. I think the kids enjoyed all the food.




















I was up late the night before trying to get the ornaments done. I had little gift bags with treats and an ornament. This is what the ornaments looked like.












I'm also happy I finished the little gifts that I have been working on--will post pictures after Christmas. I know that I will be running around Monday and Tuesday--have a few things to check off my list. I'll be able to relax once we head to the airport on Tuesday to pick up Kyle. It's going to be a great Christmas holiday. I'm just so excited to have so much time with my kids. It's been great to spend time with Heidi and Brent today. (I just wish Allan felt better)

Sidenote:
I'm trying to get out to read all the blogs--just wasn't able to do much reading from Wednesday on--lots to try and pack and get ready. I'm here now and have more free time.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Randomness

I really don't know why I'm doing a post today--LIFE IS CRAZY!!!!! Instead of checking things off the lists, I feel like I'm adding things to it.

--Brent has been accepted to BYU in the Fall. He is so excited. He will graduated from LDS Bus. College in the Spring and will be off to BYU in the Fall. We're hoping Kyle will be there, too. (BTW, he took his ACT on Saturday and said it was THE WORST test he's ever written in his life. He was very happy with his essay question: Who is ultimately responsible for what a student gets out of their high school education, the teacher or the student? )

--Last night we had our Prelude to Christmas--which includes quite a few musical numbers from our members but also we have had a choir from another Church in the Community join us. It's a wonderful evening. I got a little nostalgic as I sit there with Allan and Kyle and realized that next year Kyle will be at University.

--We were assigned by our Bishop a family to take a Christmas hamper to, so tonight we will go and deliver the packages. Should be fun. It always makes us feel good to help someone else.

--I'm almost done with the two little Christmas gifts I'm working on--can't post a picture yet, because the mom's of one of the recipients reads my blog and I want it to be a surprise. (It's not any big thing, but I thought it was kind of cute ; )

--I told my Seminary students that we would have a special treat each morning this week. This morning I made cinnamon rolls. (I should have had hot chocolate, too, since it was a lovely -42 WC when Kyle and I left for Seminary. Sure glad we had Allan's car with the command start--sure made it much nicer when we got in the car after Seminary ; ) I think tomorrow will be Christmas cookies.

--Today our lesson in Seminary was on The Prodigal Son--what a great story. So many lessons. I can see myself acting just as the elder brother in the parable. When I was reading a talk by Elder Holland the other day, regarding the Prodigal Son. He talked about "envy is the one sin to which no one readily confesses, but just how widespread that tendency can be is suggested in the old Danish proverb, "If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill." The parson in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales laments it because it is so far reaching--it can resent anything, including any virtue and talent, and it can be offended by everything, including every goodness and joy. As others seem to grow larger in our sight, we think we must therefore be smaller. So, unfortunately, we occasionally act that way." That hit me pretty hard. He concludes "I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us--insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn't measure our talents or our looks. He doesn't measure our professions or our possessions. He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other." I quote this for me--I want to remember so on those days I compare and feel less than others I can correct my thinking.

--I have worked very hard but still don't have O Holy Night where I want it, but I still think I might try and play it for my kids. I had a big idea of something I wanted to do with it. Oh well, maybe next year ; )

--Before I head out of town, I want to be sure and post a couple of kids with Santa pictures. Such memories. I'm so grateful for memories.

--I will be cheering for Michelle tomorrow night on Biggest Loser. I voted to keep Ed on--probably for the same reason my DIL, Macy, did--I was irritated with what he did to make sure Heba stayed.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Traditions

We have spent every Christmas here since 1999--it will seem funny to not be home for Christmas. (In 1999 we were in Reno because my FIL had passed away) We have certain traditions that we have enjoyed through the years.

I love shopping for everyone for Christmas, but I really ENJOY making gifts. One year I made what I thought was the perfect gift for Allan. It was his very own Monopoly game. All of the properties were streets we'd lived on, schools he'd gone to, etc. Even all the community chest and chance cards were personalized about events in his life. It was so fun to design.




Since I was a little girl we have gotten pajamas on Christmas Eve. Santa Claus used to make a special delivery -- he still does today ; ) My kids act SO SURPRISED when the doorbell rings--gotta love it. And, of course, we take a picture of everyone in their new (and Allan and my old) pajamas. (I know Allan is hoping that I forget them when I pack--sorry, honey, they're already put in a special place so I won't forget ; ) This picture is cropped like it is because, well, it showed a little too much of Allan, which is why he'd like me to forget the pajamas ; )









We always do a serious and a not so serious picture.














Christmas caroling with good friends, followed by a special meal. (This year, we won't be here to go ; (
Christmas Eve is homemade soup and rolls. This particular year we had gone caroling and had everyone over for our Christmas Eve soup and rolls.














It was not a regular tradition, but I think twice we went to cut down a tree.














The kids always get an ornament--some times 2. I don't know what will be left on my tree when they have trees of their own. (This is a tradition we started after the bigger kids were gone--sorry guys ; )













We always read Luke 2--we have never acted it out. (That would have been so fun--go look at sweet peas video clip she posted on her blog. So cute ; )

We used to go to the Lights of the Wild--which was held at our local zoo. It was a favorite when family would visit, and it was so cold and everything up our noses would freeze. Now we go to the--BORING!!!




We also go and ride the little Candy Cane Train--it is so fun. (Right, Neal and Macy ; )


















For the past 4 years, our Stake has done a Nativity Pageant at the Forks. The year Kyle and I participated holds such a special place in my heart.














Of course, I so miss the trips to visit Santa. I'll have to do a post about some with pictures.


Christmas morning is homemade waffles with strawberries and whipped cream and bacon. All cooked by Dad. YUM!!!!












The kids open one present on Christmas Eve and everything else in the morning.

We love doing the 12 Days of Christmas--so many fun memories of years past. (So many times almost getting caught. I remember the year Stephen almost got hit with a baseball bat by one of my sisters)



How about you, what are your favorite Christmas traditions???




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

8 Things Tag

8 Things
Klin tagged me for 8 things--of course, it was in the Fall, so I'll change one question that asked what I loved about Fall to what I love about winter:

8 TV shows I love to watch:
24--can't wait until January ; )
Biggest Loser
Lost--yes, will start up in January again
C.S.I. (the original)
E.R.--it's been part of my Thursday nights for so long--I will miss it when it goes off the air
Dancing With the Stars--disappointed this year
The Office
Jeopardy

8 favorite places I love to eat:
Market Street Grill
Hires Big H
The Keg
Applebees
LaCaille at Quail Run
Any dining room on a cruise ship ; )
Cold Stone ; )
At home--WHEN ALLAN COOKS


8 things that I've done today:
Taught Seminary
Went to the Gym
Worked on a Christmas present
Read blogs
Voted on Biggest Loser
Got my hair cut and highlights
Spent some valuable time at the Dollar Store
Practiced the piano



8 things I look forward to:

Every weekend
Going on a mission with Allan
Watching my children grow up
Watching my grandchildren grow up and become parents (already have one, but it will be so fun to watch them all)
Allan getting settled in a new job
Allan being able to retire
Kyle going on a mission
Finishing Brent's mission scrapbooks (sorry Brent)



8 things I love about Winter:
Christmas
Christmas shopping
Eating nice warm soup
Getting to spend time with my kids during Christmas break
I don't feel a need to be outside in the cold (it's supposed to be WC -38 this week), and so I love just being indoors
Although I don't love driving in the snow, I do love sitting in the house and watching it snow
Sitting by the fireplace
It's followed by Spring



8 material things on my wish list:
Big Screen TV
New carpeting
Getting an eye lift--I keep telling myself it's not vanity, one of my eyes just has been drooping so bad (I really don't worry
about the other things that droop ; )
Sliding shelves in my kitchen cupboards
A double oven
Re-do my shower
Airplane tickets to visit each of my kids/grandkids/greatgrandson
A brass bed


SIDENOTE: I think Seminary teachers should get an extra week of vacation--It's tough getting lessons and Christmas stuff together ; (


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rested--Somewhat ; )

Well, I have to admit I have enjoyed not having to worry about doing a post every day.

I managed to get a lot done this week. I can't believe Christmas will be here in a little over two weeks--a lot of the shopping is done. Kyle keeps changing his mind--he wanted an electric guitar, but now he's not sure. Sadly, though, none of the gifts are wrapped!!! Can't wrap them and then take them across the border.

Our Stake decided to do Nativity displays in the buildings this year. I was in charge of the one in our building. Not much of a turn out--other than a couple of people. But hopefully as it grows people will become more interested. Here are a couple of the photos.

























My house looks and feels like Christmas--I love it!!! I decided this year to put some of my nativities in my curio cabinet. I love how it looks--but can't seem to get a good picture. I also have one on the piano and one above my fireplace.

And, not only does the house look like Christmas, it REALLY looks like Christmas outside--it has been snowing like crazy--AND WOW IS IT COLD!!!

Finally, congratulations to my granddaughter, Amanda, who got engaged on Friday. We are very happy for her. So we'll have a wedding of our grandson, Chris, in Texas in May and then Amanda's wedding will follow in Utah this summer.