Here are some of our favorite things to do on Christmas:
1. Write a note to Santa on Christmas Eve.
(If you look closely you can see that Elizabeth wrote "Ho Ho" all by herself!)
2. And leave Santa some cookies and milk.
3. We sing "Jingle Bells". After waking everyone up EARLY on Christmas Morning we gather by the tree and sing "Jingle Bells"... but you see, this year, we opted to sing a song Elizabeth knows well: "The ABC's".
4. We open presents!
5. And the day always ends with a Sibling Monopoly Challenge!
Okay... there are many more traditions (and ones closer to the true meaning of Christmas) but I didn't take pictures of those. :-)
Do you know how happy we are that you have arrived yesterday?! Well... I guess Mommy and Daddy might be more happy. You are the perfect size: 7 lbs 12 oz and 19" long.
You have been blessed with a very sweet family. Your Mommy and Daddy are going to take such good care for you. They have planned and prepared these long months for you, their precious little one. Daddy's finishing up his finals this week and Mommy finished her finals early for your arrival. I'm glad you like to sleep. After you move into your new apartment next week you will take your first road trip. I'm glad you like to sleep. Sleeping in the car will help the 9 hour drive seem shorter.
Grandpa and I think that having you here for Christmas one of the best presents ever. And guess what?! You can meet your Aunts and Uncles and your cousins! Maybe this year you won't feel like playing with them too much... but you will soon enough.
Just remember, Nana calls first dibs on holding you!
Yesterday five of my piano students played their Christmas songs for a local assisted living home. The audience was very warm and inviting. And the kids did a great job!
For over 19 years I've taught piano and I always love the recitals. Seeing the fruition of the student's hard work. Seeing the nerves as their hands shake while they play. Seeing the deep conscentration on their faces. Seeing their eyes light up as they bow to their audience. Seeing their confidence wax strong. AND seeing the glowing faces of parents and grandparents alike. Recitals are the best!
Jennifer (is NOT a student, as she would quickly remind us all) is playing a duet "Good King Wenceslas" with her good friend Kristen (who is a student). (Photo, compliments of Kristen's talented Mom.)
I remember Jenna's older sibling being just as insistent that he was done taking lessons, too. :-) And boy, did I cry then. I thought he'd never touch the piano again. He had so much talent and ability. Then I watched as he taught himself and improved his skills (guitar and piano). Jenna's doing the same (well... not guitar, but same determination). She likes to play what SHE wants to play and not have assignments. I love her/their spunk and self-confidence and independence. And I love how they have found joy in their music.
My dear sister bought us this beautiful tree for a housewarming gift. Yes... about 16 months ago! We hung the tree up long ago but have been pokey putting the photos up. Last week the girls helped arranged the frames and ribbons. Just like the love for our family, this wall will continue to grow as we add more pics through the years.
You know how when things are tough (like labor) and you mentally take yourself to your "happy place"? For as long as I can remember, my happy place as been the beach. Well, not any more!
Jayson picked us up at the airport Saturday and drove us to their beautiful home. Mary and I were sitting in the living room as I (im)patiently waited for Elizabeth to wake up. But how nice to have some quiet time meeting our newest granddaughter. Madeline is just beautiful. The smell, the coos, the smiles... she's just perfect. THAT became my new happy place.
But...then, Elizabeth woke up! The moment of her recognition (once she could see through the sleep in her eyes) and the pitter pat of her running feet and the huge hug! Now I understand.... Grandchildren are truly just that.... GRAND children!
THESE sweet moments of joy are my new happy place.
Here's my response to being tagged by Mary's Meme. My sister in law has tagged me with a meme. I am to post the fourth picture from my fourth folder in My Pictures file. It's a fun trip down memory lane!
This is from our 27th anniversary cruise. Jay and I arrived in San Diego the evening before we were to board for Cabo San Lucas. We LOVE the beach and went for a lovely long walk.
If you look close you can see what's left of a hopeful young man's request for a prom date etched in the sand.
Had surgery yesterday to remove my last ovary (and cyst). Let's see, that now gives me ten incisions on my torso. Enough, already! Surely this has to be enough... I don't think there's much left to remove. :-)
Laproscopic surgery has got my vote. Course I'm uncomfortable and not sleeping... but still, it's MUCH better than my 1999 laprotomy hysterectomy!
Here's hoping for quick healing. Our plane tickets to Seattle are for this Friday to visit Jayson's family and our new grandbaby... and I am anxious to hold her and cuddle with Elizabeth!
You know... it seems Jay has always had a father, brother, or son (s) to take to the priesthood session with him. It's an event for them. I've always thought that was great. And with the Young Women's Broadcast the girls and I have enjoyed going together.
It was nice attending tonight's uplifting broadcast with Becka... but I couldn't help feeling like we were missing Mary and Jamie. Even knowing you were watching in another state and the same time still made me miss my sweet daughters-in-law. :-) I am grateful for these righteous young women, who were raised by faithful mothers... AND I'm grateful for the precious granddaughters they are bringing into the world. I couldn't have hand picked better wives and mothers for my sons and grandchildren! Love you girls!
The Yavapai College Choirs combined to perform a Fiddler on the Roof medley for the high school choral festival. She sang the part of "Golda". I sure am proud of her AND so happy to have her home with us. She is a terrific gal, talented, and a great example to us all.
Enjoy her singing "Sunrise, Sunset".
(Not sure if I can figure out how to attach the video.... we'll see....)
Today was Ward temple day. It was a nice day (longer drive than usual due to construction) but a nice day. With a two hour drive there, a two hour session, a stop at the fabric store, and a two hour drive home - it's a whole day excursion.
I reflected over my 27 temple attending years. I've lived as far as twelve hours from a temple and as close as ten minutes. I certainly liked the ten minute distance. What I would give to have it in my backyard again! However, there is something to be said about the longer drive to the temple. It's easier to put any thoughts of laundry or shopping or whatever farther from my mind when there is greater distance to cover. The time listening to quiet music or conference tapes or scriptures is refreshing. Seems the heavenly 'escape' is felt deeper when the distance is greater. Or so I think....
I've been working on a twin bedspread for Elizabeth
and crib bedding for Madeline and have finally completed the project. Sure helps me feel closer to them as I pin and cut and sew and unpick and sew again. :-) Second box is in the mail to the cutest granddaughters ever. Hope things fit and match okay.
(P.S. Can you tell I don't know how this blogspot works yet?!)