Sunday, January 21, 2018

Christmas Joy

We were asked to record things we were thankful for in Relief Society last week.  My problem is limiting my list.  I am constantly aware of the abundance of my blessings and the triviality of my trials.  Here you will see some of those blessings.

It's become a tradition to decorate gingerbread houses with all the grandkids....a bit challenging with some being out of town.  We got pretty close this year, although the parents had to put up with some early decorating in Seattle.










 I took the gingerbread house down to Tucson with me but it was just too early for that family, so they did it on their own a bit later.  We sure had a fun visit with Geneva and her kids spending time with their Tucson cousins.



 
 
 
 Our Amazing daughter finished her Masters degree and decided to 'walk'!  We took my Mom to see and be part of it.

I was so delighted to take this photo of Three ASU Masters Degree holders, and I congratulate my Mom for setting the precedent and example that has so positively impacted my family.

 

 





 Yes, It was like that. I also have to mention that Geneva has her Masters also,  from NAU.  Yes I have Amazing Children!

We had a Christmas Eve talent show with Alicia's family ....We had planned a bigger show but there was a fever in the house so it was scaled back, and was maybe all the sweeter for that.
Ellie's drawing

A Christmas song.

Yes she can still play that horn.

We got to use the costumes I made to enact the Christmas story.

The ceramic gifts were well received.

I am delighted with my new tree topper.

It's gorgeous Elena and Aaron!

Thanks Geneva and John for our coats!
How can we be so greatly blessed?  I can't account for it except for God's overwhelming love for us and each of His children.  Amazing! God Bless each of you throughout this New Year



Sunday, December 31, 2017

Giving Thanks

We have so many blessings!!! I can't begin to acknowledge them all but Family is chief among them.

 My Mom started 'Family Dinners' quite a while ago and continues to have them....thanks to my sweet sister and her family who host these gatherings at their home.  I would probably never see any of my brothers if it weren't for these monthly meals.  I took a few photos of the October gattherring.






We are a loud and energetic group and we have a lot of fun together on Fast Sunday afternoons.  My apologies to those who's photos aren't flattering....I can't see the little screen on my camera very well but I can't bear to leave you out. 

We loved visiting Seattle for Thanksgiving.  It's truly one of my favorite holidays!  Thank you Geneva and Elena for sharing with us!
We had such fun choosing 'fromage' for the cheese platter.



 There was some intense cooking going on!

 My cute Grandkids...such blessings!

 
 This cute girl helped Pop pop bake the pies!
 
 
They were delicious!
Love that baby bump!

 
 There were two other families at the feast and they contributed some extremely delicious food too!

It was a bounteous Thanksgiving!  Thanks Kids

While we were there in Seattle we took the chance to decorate gingerbread houses.


Both families had a good time and created masterpieces.




 Christmas decorations went up!  They both like 'Lady Rides"

The ultimate enthusiasm!
We certainly enjoy our darling family and thank Heavenly Father for his generous kindness to us!!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

And Finally Fall


We loved getting to celebrate the baptism of sweet Nora


 
 Several of the cousins came down to Tucson to celebrate with her too!



We were so impressed with the CTR cookies they made.



We all had a wonderful time.
 
Rod caught a new ride!  It's sure fun to drive, but saying goodbye to the TR6 was hard!

We took a little road trip to Arcosanti.  We always just drive past on trips north so we made it our destination this time.  It was fun to see.  I remember hearing about it when it was so avaunt guard.  They said there are about 70 people living there right now. It's an architectural experiment that never took hold.  It still has some very interesting ideas though.  Our guide was an architecture student from Columbia. 
 
 

they still have concerts here.

We enjoyed the tour.


My chip and dip sets...Ceramics experiments.
My AMAZING Husband decided to enter a sprint triathlon! I was, and still am, so proud of him and so impressed! It was rather intimidating and scary. 
 
                      
 
My sister, sister in law and niece also competed.  That's his number on his arm.
your age was put on your leg!


The Start!
 


400 meter Swim done...Harder than expected, partly due to so many other swimmers.


12 mile bicycle ride next



Then on to the 3.1 mile run!

 Love the Family support and love!


 A time of 1 hour and 47 minutes!  Fantastic!


 
 They all finished!  Wow!
There was food and a free massage...

He's My winner For Sure!  Congratulations love!