December 19th through December 25th: Friday both Chris and I had the day off. We went to the temple and then took Bryce and Kate to Lunch. Bryce was sick when we took all the kids to dinner a week or two ago, so we wanted to see them and get caught up. On the way home, we went to a Chinese Market in Salt Lake to get supplies for our Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner. Guess who gets to be the cook? We then painted all of Charlotte’s kitchen chairs a very nice soft orange color. Saturday I got up early and painted a second coat on the chairs. Then it was 8 hours of Home Depot. After work we painted a polyurethane finish on the chairs. Now we are ready to use not only the kitchen, but also her newly painted table and chairs.
|Sunday night stopped at Forest Nunley's decorated house.|
Monday I had the early shift, so in the afternoon I got started on food prep for dinner on Tuesday and we finished our Home Teaching on both ends of a Family Home Evening with John’s family at Temple Square.
|Family Home Evening with John's family at Temple Square.|
|This is where we got married over 40 years ago.|
Badger left early with me and was my companion for our last visit. Thanks Badger for going with me. Tuesday, Christmas Eve, again I started work at 5:00am but it was slow, so I got to leave at 10:30am.
|Santa made a surprise visit to Charlotte's house on Christmas Eve afternoon. Now that's what I call a Home Teaching visit.|
|Even Mom sat on his knee and yes she has been a very good girl.|
I went home and started cooking. 6 hours later I had 6 Chinese dishes ready for consumption. We fed 22 with kids. But I had enough food for 50. Chris tried to warn me, but evidently I only know how to cook in quantity. We will take the leftovers to St. George.
|Spicy Dried Fried Green Beans.|
|Kung Pao Chicken.|
|Sweet and Sour Chicken.|
|Dan Dan Noodles.|
|Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner.|
|Christmas Eve Chinese Dinner.|
All our kids are meeting there on the 26th for 4 days together in 2 condos. After dinner we had the Norman version of the Christmas Story acted out by grandkids. So cute.
|Badger as the Narrator|
|The Norman version of the Christmas story. Elle and Miles as Mary and Joseph. Rigby as the innkeeper.|
|Add Jake with the star, Stan and Luke as shepherds. Please note the broomsticks--they insisted on staffs. Moose is entering as one of the Wisemen. Thank you Jill for directing.|
|Evan and Kimball bring their gifts as Wisemen.|
The Christmas Story.
Then family prayer and to bed. Mom of course stayed up very late cleaning the kitchen and making a gift for all the grandkids that explains what we will be doing in St. George.
|Family Prayer before everyone heads home and then to bed. John B. took a reverent picture.|
Christmas found us up at 5:30am and at John’s house for opening presents. His kids had been up since 4 am waiting for us.
|6:00 am at John's home.|
Then back to Charlotte’s to watch her kids open presents. We got home at 7:00am and her kids were still asleep so mom went back to bed.
|8:00 am at Charlotte's home.|
|Alex had fun putting Miles' plane together.|
We then went to Kate’s. Her kids had already opened their presents, but we got to spend some time with them and see their haul.
|11:00 am at Kate's home. Abbie got a DOG.|
|Kimball loves Star Wars legos.|
Then to James’ house to see what Santa brought his kids.
|1:30 pm at James' home. Rigby loves his train.|
|Kirstin and Rigby|
|Emme was mostly puzzled by the whole day and couldn't understand why she couldn't play with big brother's trains.|
Afterwards, we took his family to see the movie, Frozen. It was fun, but mom spent her time tending Emme in the lobby. We had dinner at James’ house and then headed home to bed. Long day but very fun and rewarding.
|Rigby at the movies.|