Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Christmas

I loved Christmas this year. I don't know what it was about the whole holiday, but it was great. I missed my sister and her family alot, but I totally understand about "sharing". My grandpa did an amazing job on his prime rib this year. Actually all of the food was pretty amazing, but the prime rib was by far the best part. Unfortunately there was a part that came that I had been dreading since the day that Megan told me that she wouldn't be with us for Christmas Eve. The Christmas program... ugh... Jennifer got put in charge and it was good. We started out by playing this funny game and then we did the usual singing a bunch of songs.

Then when we thought that it was all said and done, Jennifer broke out the macarana and we got up and danced... best part about the whole thing was that we got Grandma up doing it!!
Followed by the Cha Cha...

Finally it was bed time and Santa to come... These are a few things that we received.

Trent got tickets to a monster truck show. And a few other things... I got the board game ticket to ride, American version and the expansion pack. And some really nice clothes! That I have proudly worn all week! I love them.
Olivia got a new hat...
And Andrew got his new best friend, Elmo and hungry hungry hippos...

Best present was when grandma opened her present from all of the grandkids and loved it! We got it done in two days, thanks to CJ, and it was worth every penny to see the smile on her face when she opened it. Megan got all the good pictures, but here is one that I was able to get.
It was a really amazing Christmas and the best part was being with my family. Trent and I were so amazed at the great time that we had. It ended too soon. Oh and this was CJ's last Christmas with us for a few years, while he is out serving the Lord.

We hope that you all had as great of a Christmas as we did!

Sub for Santa

My family has been heading up the local sub for santa program for as long as I can remember. And this year was no different. We had a great turnout of food donations and were able to give a bunch of it to the local food pantry. So hopefully a few more families are able to get some help.

The next day we woke up bright and early and sorted through the presents that were assigned the angels that my Aunt Christy put up on the Christmas trees around town. We had alot of support from the people who donated stuff to help the families this year.

Ya... I know... I look like I needed a little help myself.

But what I would really like to say is that I am greatful to my family who have instilled in me the reason for Christmas. It isn't about the presents that we are goin to get, although we might love them, it is more about the giving and Christs birth and our families. I hope that we were able to help some families this year that truly appreciated it. It makes it all worth it when they are excited to see how much the community was able to help them. Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A night of misery??? Perhaps not...

Tonight was my first night staying home from young womens. I was soooo sad. Especially since Emily was at my house making treats for her friends and then she had to leave. And both her and my mom left and I stood in the doorway and watched them drive off and I cried like a little baby. I was so sad that this is what I stayed home and did...

Just kidding! I just finished the bonbons that I had started the night before. And my mom started the cookies, and Em started the pretzels, but I finished all of them. It was fun... but I still missed my girls. To my great suprise there was a knock on the door followed by singing outside... I opened the door and my girls were all standing there singing. It was sooo cute! I didn't even cry. They came in and sampled my stuff and said that it was good. THANK HEAVENS! Then before they left I had to get a picture. This was the result.

I miss my girls so much, but I know that they are in good hands. My mom will take good care of them for me. I hope that they all become wonderful and strong women. And that they remember what I taught them. I hope that they keep their strong testimonies and keep seeking for more knowledge. There is so much more to know!! So tonight wasn't so bad... I made treats, had a little me time, and saw my girls! What more could I have asked for on a night that I thought was going to be miserable... thanks Mom for bringing them over!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

And the floats go driving down the street...

Once a year in our grand ole' town. We have the tradition of putting a float in the light parade. This year it was Trent who thought of what we could do for our float. We weren't going to put one in, but Trent came up with a grand idea for one, so we put it together last minute. It was fun to spend time with Trent and not argue. I think because we both knew what this project's meaning was for the both of us. I was greatful that he had the idea to make this float! We of course dedicated it to my gram's as she is fighting this awful disease.

Here are a few other floats that were there. Don't judge the quality of the pictures. Sometimes my camera takes good pics, sometimes not.

It was a short parade, but it was really really nice. We then went to the fair building to see Santa!!! I got a picture of my nephew Jack sitting on Santa's lap. As you can see he doesn't exactly know what to think of him... it was funny.

I got some priceless photo's of Santa with my Mom, Trent and I, and then finally the best one of all... My Grams. It was the best to see her with Santa.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree... Oh Christmas Tree...

Tonight for family home evening we finally decided that we should put up our tree since Christmas is not far away. So I got the call while I was at my dear friends house, that if the tree was going to be put up, then I'd better get the ornaments out of the shed. So I of course headed home. But on my way out the door, my friend Skye and I had discovered something pretty cool. It was snowing!!! YAYA!!!!! First snow of the year. Of course it didn't last very long at all, but it was snowing. I hurried home and discovered the Trent had already set the tree up, we just needed to fan it out a bit and start putting up the decorations.

We had a blast doing it and the tree looks great. Now those presents that I wrapped last week don't look so dumb just sitting against the wall.

My mom and I found some hats in the spare room and thought it would be fun to put them on... this was the result.
It was nice to spend some time with my family, with no distractions, well almost... (who knows what Trent was doing on my laptop while my mom and I were putting up ornaments). Oh well... it's Christmas and NO ONE is allowed to ask questions. Our one hope is that you all have a very Merry Christmas and the that Lord will bless each of you during this season.