Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day in the morning

It's been such a beautiful day. We had a quiet morning getting food ready for later. Then hubby and I opened gifts to each other. We received a phone call from our daughter-in-law telling us that they were on the way to the emergency room. Our son had given her new kitchen knives for Christmas. She nicked herself trying to open one of the knives. They bandaged it up and he tried his luck at opening them. His was a deeper cut and required stitches. Only these two could have such drama. Last year our son went to a Maverick to get some cough syrup Christmas morning.
They had just had a robbery and he was greeted with cops all over the place as he walked to the front to pay for his purchases.
The rest of the morning was wonderful as we all opened gifts and laughed. It was fun to have our daughter and her son join us too. A wonderful day of family and remembering the first Christmas. A wonderful celebration!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Today is a busy, but delightful, day. I have finished shopping for food and am in the process of making potato salad. I have decluttered the house and cleaned up some of the wrapping stuff. I have enjoyed putting away my birthday things. Yesterday was a very satisfying day. My sweet hubby gave me a gorgeous bouquet of daisies and carnations. The grandkids gave hugs and sang "Happy Birthday". I got to go get my hair done and enjoy a visit with dear friends. We made gingerbread houses with the grandkids, and enjoyed visits from my children. It was a wonderful way to spend my birthday.
Today will be finishing preparations for Christmas. I am looking forward to a special time with family tomorrow. We have lots of stockings to stuff and still need to deliver neighborhood gifts. What a delightful time of year! The birth of the Savior is a sacred and loving time. Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


All of a sudden it doesn't seem like Christmas. I have done the shopping, wrapped almost everything, I've played Christmas music for weeks, I've enjoyed Christmas movies, and the decorating has been enjoyed for weeks. Yesterday we enjoyed hearing the Christmas recital of two of our grandchildren who are playing piano. We also had the privilege of helping deliver Sub for Santa items to a sweet family. The darling little Mom just sobbed as we brought in load after load of gifts. "There can't be any more," she would exclaim and fresh tears would slide down her cheeks as more was carried in. The two children hugged all of us and thanked us for this special Christmas. The dear Mom couldn't express her gratefulness for our gifts, but we could feel the thankfulness in her speechless hugs. That was one of the best Christmas moments this year.
So I guess I need to drum up some more Christmas spirit and have a party! Yay! The grandkids are coming for a special time with us. We are having pizza for dinner, and baking cookies for dessert. We will make snowflakes, and maybe some stars. We will make gingerbread houses decorated with lots of candy. We will hear the Night Before Christmas told by a cute little bear and mouse. We will probably watch some Disney Christmas cartoons that they love. I hope we will get some sleep too.
Tomorrow morning we will have waffles and ice cream--and celebrate my birthday. Yes! I do think I can work up some more Christmas spirit!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Marvelous Monday

We had a lovely time last night with four of our children and their families. We enjoyed dinner and then did white elephants. My son asked his dog, Harley, if he wanted to take a white elephant gift to grandma's. He got in his toy box and picked out a cloth elephant toy. I happened to have it and he came and took it away for a trade. Hilarious! It was a fun evening.
I did get to sleep in a little. (Needed!) After a slow start I visited with my daughter on Facebook, had breakfast, and went shopping for hubby. With all our other shopping, he has been there and I haven't been able to get him anything. I felt like I was sneaking out of the house. LOL I got his gifts wrapped and visited with my other daughter. Now I can start preparing for the grandkids to come Wednesday.
Tonight we are having a nephew and friends for dinner and games. Tomorrow I'm going to lunch with my daughter--an early birthday present! Party! Party! Party!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sabbath Joys

We had a wonderful evening last night. The lights downtown were gorgeous. After the wedding ceremony we met friends at Sizzler's for dinner. We got home and visited with our son and his family--they had a party at our home tonight.
Today we are having our Stake President and his wife give the sacrament meeting. It has become a tradition for them to come and speak the week before Christmas. It is always inspirational. Tonight we are having family come for dinner. We are going to play games and do white elephant gifts. I also listened to the Tabernacle Choir this morning and enjoyed music we heard at the concert the other night. Wonderful! I am blessed to be able to live at this wonderful time.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


I've been trying to post every day to get back in the habit. This morning I finally posted for yesterday, so now I'll get today's post done. We spent the morning cleaning and getting things ready for tomorrow. Hubby spends hours doing Church work to get ready for Sunday. I have a little more relaxed schedule. I made a salad for Frank's brother--he always wants me to make it for him. We delivered it and finished cleaning. our son and his wife are using our room for a Christmas party today. Hubby and I are going to the Salt Lake Temple for a wedding. I have dinner tomorrow under control for now. I'm excited for the coming week and finishing preparations. We are certainly blessed!

Busy Day

Got my shopping done for Sunday Dinner with the family. It always feels good to have things prepared ahead. I also finished Christmas shopping for this year! Now is the huge job of wrapping. I'm kind of excited because we bought some new wrapping paper. We got one that is red with white designs that is very Christmasy. We also got one with the same white patterns, but the background is black. You would think that is kind of weird, but it is very Christmasy too. I can't wait to use it. Frank and I both chose that black one as our very favorite design.
Last night we watched Hallmark Christmas movies while we finished up Christmas projects. Frank crocheted some hot pads and I wrapped the neighbor gifts so we can deliver them. I now feel like Christmas is under control. That means I can concentrate on the most important meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas to All!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday--Fun Day

I really slept well, but here I am early in the morning getting my day underway. I get my hair done--Yay! Love spending time with those ladies. Then I'm doing some shopping and preparing gifts for neighbors. This evening we are going to our daughter's for dinner and then will attend the Tabernacle Choir Christmas program with David Archuletta as the guest performer. I am looking forward to this special evening. Tickets are hard to come by and I never dreamed I would actually be going. I am also eager to see all the beautiful lights on Temple Square. Merry Thursday!!!

Human again

I'm finally feeling human again and ready to join the race for Christmastime. Today I enjoyed going to lunch with two dear friends and exchanging gifts. These ladies spent so much time sewing and I love the table runners they made. Yes,m great minds think alike! They both did table runners that are so different and beautiful. We had gone shopping at a quilting store a few months ago. We all got the patterns, but I didn't do sewing for Christmas. They inspire me!
I had a fairly quiet day. My visiting teachers also came and we had a great visit.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Day off

Today is my day off!! No by choice, but probably needed. I got some Christmas shopping done yesterday and prepared a nice dinner for hubby's Home Teaching group. By the time we sat down to eat, I was not feeling wonderful. By the time they left, I was NOT feeling well, so I went to bed. It was a long night, but I got more sleep than hubby. Today I am feeling better, but I'm certainly taking the day off. Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

Time goes too fast! But I really enjoyed my weekend. We had a grandson come to sleep over, and had his cousin come at the last minute to give him some company. I had a quiet evening because they just play together so well. Hubby was working in the concessions at the U during the Gymnastic Meet. I slept so well!!! We had waffles for breakfast and then went to the Mills Kids Party. Our oldest grandson seemed to enjoy his first Christmas party. We had a great time, and I was pleased that those who took charge this year did so well. After 25 years of hubby and I doing it, I know we were ready for a break.
We had a bridal shower for one of the granddaughter's who is getting married at the end of the month. Delightful. I had hubby come and pick me up and we did a little shopping and then went home to check the potatoes that were in the oven.
We packed up gifts, potatoes, and went back for the Adult Party. Again, it was delightful to see everyone and enjoy an evening together.
Sunday was wonderful. We had a gentleman who is a Jew and joined the Church ten years ago. He had some wonderful insights that were inspiring. In the evening we attended the Stake Christmas musical. Very well done! Also enjoyed the refreshments. It was a lovely way to end the Sabbath. Now I'm ready to face the coming week.

Friday, December 10, 2010


This morning I was thrilled to get a phone call from my daughter. It was especially nice to have my little 2 1/2 year old grandson say "I love you". He hasn't been a talker and this is a big step.
Hubby and I got Christmas cards mailed, bought gifts for family, stopped at the bank, and got the first group of gifts wrapped.
My grandson decided to come and sleepover. I went and got him and took him Christmas shopping for the first time in his life. We came home and wrapped some of the presents and put them under the tree. He is also going to our Mills Family kids party tomorrow for the first time. It is fun to have him included in our family traditions. It is strange for him, but I think he is excited.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Enjoyed our Quilt Club meeting and yummy lunch today. I got some good ideas too! I especially enjoy spending time with my dear friends.
When I got home I had a list of phone calls to return. Called my cousin, my brother, and my daughter. My cousin let me know about my uncle, who took a bad fall last weekend, is being admitted to VA Hospital in Ogden tomorrow. My brother and I caught up on news and now we're trying to find a time to go to lunch. My daughter had very good news--we have tickets to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and David Archuletta next week!!! WAHOO!!! I guess that's my early Christmas present! I've never been to the Christmas program before, and this was a pleasant surprise.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I worked on the problems from yesterday, and today had no problems. Got all the business done! What made the difference???? Oh well--Success! I finished the Christmas cards and have more presents to wrap. I did a little more sewing, but I'm not sure I want to take them to Quilt Club tomorrow. We'll see....
Our daughter came and borrowed some ornaments to put on her tree. It was so good to see her. She is coming on Christmas--the first time in fifteen years. Wahoo!
It has been a pretty good day! I look forward to tomorrow with Quilt Club and then the Oquirrh Mountain Temple in the evening. More success!

Monday, December 6, 2010


I had a long list of TO DO items today. But I didn't sleep last night and hubby let me sleep in. With a late start I was way behind, but I decided to do my phone calls. After punching in numbers for the automated calling I was told they couldn't help me and to call back. I did the whole number thing again and they didn't have the options I needed. I tried doing it on line---no such luck. OK! Then I made the next call and waited and waited and waited for them to answer. That didn't work either, so back to the internet to try it. They didn't have what I needed either. Hubby came home just then and suggested we go Christmas shopping. Sounded good to me!! We did accomplish quite a bit this time. Yay! We went home for lunch and then shopping again. It ended up being a fun day. Tomorrow I'll solve the phone problems, and maybe be closer to my regular schedule. It is fun to skip the schedule sometimes. Yay!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Satisfying Day

I love the weekends! We even slept in Saturday! I did part of the Christmas cards, started our Christmas buffet shopping list, bought some of the stocking stuffers, and enjoyed a movie with hubby. I have about 20 stockings to fill this year. I love turning on the Christmas tree lights while I work and often have the music playing too. I'm eager to get to the shopping of gifts. I need to get that list made next. On to another week.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I Did IT!!!

I did some sewing!!! Yes, I did! It felt good to sew the seams and produce something special. I also did some planning pages to get ready for 2011. I've got my Christmas card list ready and figured our our expenditures. I think I can get most of my shopping done next week. That would be exciting!!!
Today I went to the podiatrist with my hubby. He has had pain for months. The doctor was young and knowledgeable and gave a few prescriptions to help with pain. He is also having hubby go for physical therapy 2-3 times a week. He says that will help his feet heal quicker. We go back in three weeks to see how treatment is coming. He also had lots of samples of diabetic shoes. I might start going to him too. We'll see.
Tonight we picked up the prescriptions and then got Chinese food. An evening home is a great "Date Night". Hubby is playing Christmas Carols on the piano. I love to hear him play. Hopefully this weekend will be as productive as today has been!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Better Days

Some days are better than others. Yesterday I had a lot of trouble finding motivation to do anything. I forced my self to get the basics done, and then fizzled out. I made myself go into the sewing room to try and get back to something I love. I did thread the machine, but that was about it. Where did my "get it done" attitude go?
In the evening we went to visit friends, have dinner, and play games. It was so nice to just kick back and enjoy. I also enjoyed getting my hair done today. We always solve the world's problems, so I'm hoping that will carry over and help me move on. Today is the first day of the rest of your life---I know I've heard that before, so I'm going to persevere and make today one of accomplishment!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I love December! I started Christmas music almost two months ago. Now the house is decorated and Christmas is in the air. The snow really helps set the mood. I tended my little granddaughter for awhile after she got out of school. She was so excited because they had started their advent calendar today---chocolate in each window. I let her start our advent calendar too. Now I just need to figure out what expenditures are going to be. That's the hard part! I also need a shot of energy to get me moving more productively. Yay! December!!!