I love Holiday Parties and catching up with people I care about. I don't love holiday parties given by some random entity and feeling a need to "stop by" out of obligation...such as the holiday party given by the bank that my husband's company banks at. I'll take an invitation to a box at the Jazz Game, but one more thing at Christmastime? Here's the invitation we received this year... and I DEFINITELY think we need to continue banking at this bank because they really get it! (Click to view larger!)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Just as I was getting ready to walk out the door early to get the Primary room set up for church, I got a phone call the the heat and lights were out in half of the building and we were only holding Sacrament Meeting at 1:00 and the rest of the meetings were cancelled. I wasn't sure what to think! "Are you joking? Is this a December April Fool's joke?" No, he assured me, but hurry and call all the Primary teachers so they know they can stop with last minute preparations for lessons. Ya-Hoo!! I was giddy and Christopher wondered if I didn't like church. "I love church. But I also love a church vacation!"
We had a fun afternoon all together. I made the pieces for our gingerbread house that we'll decorate tomorrow. We also watched The Nativity Story, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes (from The Whale Rider--another favorite). I highly recommend it. I could watch it again right now--it was really beautiful--and the whole family loved it. It makes me think of a book I loved in high school, Two From Galilee.
Earlier this year we had another "that never happens moment." During the Sacrament we passed the bread tray down the row and when it came to Nick he pulled out an entire slice of bread! His eyes were huge with disbelief! That was one of my greatest irreverent wishes when I was a kid--starving during the long 3 hour meeting and savoring the tiny piece of WHITE bread and imagining scenarios where I could get MORE! (I distinctly remember when I was young pinching a few pieces together and pretending I HAD NO IDEA I'd taken more than my 1 piece.) That was some good fortune, Nick, cuz that NEVER happens! I wouldn't be surprised if he remembers that the rest of this life!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Why, yes, I do know it's nearly the end of November. But I didn't want to miss posting these photos that I took in October and meant to post then, but didn't. And while I'm thinking of things I've wanted to do but haven't, I'm reminded that with Nicholas going to preschool 5 days a week this year, I'd made a plan of what I was going to do in the afternoon with my 3 hours of free time. I was going to spend an hour writing, blog regularly and spend 30 minutes practicing the piano. Now, being nearly November, I've achieved only 1 day of that "free time." Today's time was spent preparing some things for Primary and the Preschool Fundraiser as well as a quick trip to Costco to pick up our Christmas Cards. Most days are something like that. Although yesterday was spent exercising, and well, I admit it, reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." So much for improving my piano and writing skills. Maybe in January?
These were taken on October 29. I'd never seen anything like it before -- these beautiful plants encased in ice. It was amazing!
Utah Airport Parking Lot -- arriving home from Palm Springs. That seagull just seemed like an appropriate welcoming committee.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Each group attended 4 classes -- Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Potions and Divination. After classes they enjoyed a feast and then The Final Challenge where they ran around the house and yard on a Harry Potter scavenger hunt. The reward at the end? 10 Galleons to spend at Honeydukes.
I'd give more details but I want Kathy to hurry up and start her own blog now that the party is over!
Our beautiful Chestnut Tree provides wonderful shade in the summer.
It was the only tree in our yard big enough to hang a tire swing.
But it comes at a price...
Horse Chestnuts come in a thorny shell--as prickly as a rose thorn. Last year we had the kids pick up 100 a day. We quickly upped the number to 350. This year with two great windstorms about two weeks apart, we were able to get them all in just two picking-up sessions. Our large garbage cans were filled to the rim each time. Halloween day was such good weather and everyone was in such good spirits looking forward to the evening, the job was actually fun all working together outside!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Today I asked Nick if he wanted an egg for breakfast.
Nick: Yes, on a French muffin.
Angela: English muffin?
Nick: Yeah, an English muffin. Scramble it and make it like a sandwich.
Angela: We don't have any English muffins. How about toast?
Nick: (Sighs) Fine. Scrambled on toast. With an orange. And a bowl of cereal. And some orange juice.
Anything else, Nicholas?
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Two years ago when we returned from our first Disney Cruise, we had two families who said if we ever went again, they wanted to come with us. Cruising with friends is the best way to go. When all the kids have a friend to hang out with, it's a dream vacation for everyone!
We also visited Blackbeard the Pirate's Castle but unfortunately it was closed that day!
The last stop was Castaway Cay -- Disney's private island. Our whole group hung out, swam and watched the kids play. A torrential downpour interrupted lunch, but ended quickly and soon it was beautiful again. A couple of hours later another downpour hit us, this time accompanied by thunder and lightning. We had to grab our stuff and run for cover and everyone headed back to the ship.
When the cruise ended (still makes me sad that it's over!) we visited Kennedy Space Center with two other good friends. We've been before but it's so inspiring and amazing to be standing in the place where man-made rockets actually fly into outer space. A common quote seen around the Space Center is "Failure is Not an Option." Love it!
We arrived home to Fall which is a wonderful welcome home present!