Monday, December 29, 2008
We went to the matinee movie, Marley & Me today and loved it! We laughed and cried more than once. We could certainly relate to this beastly labrador that was such a part of the Grogan family! If you've read the book, it follows it quite well! (That rarely happens!) A great flick for the whole family to see!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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We were all letting our delicious dinner settle before starting our other traditions. As I walked around the house with camera in hand, I noticed what everyone was doing to pass the time. Whitney-texting Trent, Taylor-drinking a Pepsi, Abby-coloring a picture, Evan-playing golf on the Wii, and I was admiring the warm glow of the house, our beautiful lit tree, Bears painted by Sue several Christmases ago, and stockings hung by the fire with care. I admired the handmade quilt made by mom last Christmas knowing she must spend this Christmas Eve in the hospital after surgery to have her leg pinned from taking a fall while diligently finishing her Visiting Teaching. Then I reminisced of jingle bells and a hearty, "HO! HO! HO!" coming from outside when my dad would arrive after playing Santa all evening during our childhood years and thereafter for the grandkids. No other Santa can compare!
While everyone was else was occupied, I stepped outside to watch the falling snow and reflect on the many blessings in my life and how grateful I am for a loving Heavenly Father who gave his only begotten Son to atone for our many mistakes, weaknesses, and sins, and gave us the plan of happiness, and the greatest gift of all--that of being able to be forgiven, to know we will be together hereafter with our loved ones, and the key to everlasting joy.
My heart is full of hope for the future, faith that things will always work out, and abundant love for my life, my family, friends, neighbors, and so many people who make my life better just by being in it. The rest of the evening was quiet and peaceful as we carried on the rest of our traditions of reading the Christmas story from the scriptures and opening one gift (pj's) and now waiting for the kids to get to sleep so we can finish up the day.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We had a good turn out this morning as my 5th grade class participated in Wreaths Across America locally while our 6th grade students were decorating at Arlington Cemetery. We want to make this an annual tradition. The kids enjoyed placing wreaths on the graves of known Veterans in our community.Later today it began snowing. This is our first snow of the season! By evening, Abby and Pepper were playing in the soft, white snow while Taylor was inside wishing her sore throat would go away!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wasn't he the cutest little boy ever? That's the same sweet baby-face with blue eyes that I fell in love with years ago. Never heard him play a guitar, but he has many talents that keep our family going strong! WE LOVE YOU! THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR YOUR GIRLS!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Coke...and a smile! Any season--it goes with everything!
Hot cocoa! Warms the hands and the heart on cold winter mornings & nights.
I love eggnog during the holiday season diluted with milk and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top! Mmmmm!
Pero-(my Mormon coffee!) It is one of the calorie-free drinks I love!