Friday, December 31, 2010

Millie’s Blessing

We were so lucky that Millie was born at a time when family was to be in town. Not only did she get to meet lots of grandparents at Thanksgiving, but all of her uncles were in town to bless her at Christmas. Dave gave her a beautiful blessing last Sunday and Uncle Scott, Uncle Jason, and Grandpa were all able to be in the circle with her. Along with our home teacher Josh Abbott, our good friend Brad Summers, and Bishop Bailey. Lots of close friends turn out for the event too. Thanks so much for coming and supporting us. While picture taking was a little crazy, it was a beautiful day.

And Millie looked beautiful in the blessing dress that her grandma made for her. Thanks so much Mom!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Changing Season

As I sat alone in my kitchen cutting and wrapping homemade caramels. I thought back to years of wrapping caramels with my family and how my mom would always coax us into the job, (it was not liked near as much as eating them), and suddenly I felt very alone. My thoughts traveled to Christmases from when I was very young and the whole family would listen to carols as we decorated the Christmas tree, and I then realized how different it was this year, I decorated it all alone. Between feedings of a little one, I hung my decorations all alone. I did all my Christmas shopping alone or online. I thought, “Christmas used to be so different.” That’s when I realized that Christmas changes so much through our life time.

It goes from being all about Santa, gifts, goodies, and toys. To not believing any more and being too cool for your family. To being so happy it’s Christmas because you finally get a much needed break from school. Then it becomes a time when family that has moved away comes home to be together for a little while. When you have your own children you begin to relive your Christmases through them, and it becomes “fun” again, as you get to play the Santa roll. It will change again as grandparents are no longer hosting but being invited guests. The way you celebrate Christmas certainly changes with your age. The best part is it’s always spent with the ones you love. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We certainly did!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Cookies


After last year’s successful cookie exchange, we got together again this year. The cookies were even more spectacular and delicious than last years. We could hardly believe it, we really out did ourselves this year.

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