Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014!

I would have to say this was one of my more favorite Christmases.  "Sista" Tebbs sent a little holiday cheer our way from Tennessee (glad she hasn't lost her sense of humor) and Hillary and Patrick drove up from California to spend a few days with us.  This was the first time the siblings had been reunited since Garrett left over 2 years ago!

On Christmas Eve we enjoyed dinner and gifts with the Tebbs side and the all-grown cousins.

Before Santa came, the siblings enjoyed some Rock Band and Guitar Hero from years past...  They were missing lead-singer Hailey!

 Christmas Day: Gifts @ 8 am; Breakfast @ 10 am; Hot Tubbing @ noon; Skype with Sister Tebbs @ 2 pm; Dinner w/ Kings @ 4 pm; Movie @ 6 pm

The Brave... Hillary, Patrick, Garrett & John
Skiing/Boarding @ Park City Resort with a high of 18 degrees!

We had such a great time with the family--especially seeing Sister Tebbs and hearing the love she has for her mission, her Savior and us.  That was MY favorite Christmas gift this year...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday is a special day...

Lots of fun events on Saturday!  Had a bridal shower for my niece Crystal who is the daughter of John's brother and we had a great time.  I always like to print quotes and frame them to give to the person I'm having a shower for.  And of course I have to have matching candy :)

The boys got Saturday haircuts and spent a night out together going to dinner and a movie while John and I enjoyed our evening at Temple Square...

(even Cooper got a bath and snuggled in his new favorite chair for his relaxing evening--poor pillow!)

John and I were lucky to be invited to dinner in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and then given awesome seats at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert.  We loved it!!  The Muppets were so entertaining and Prince Hans from "Frozen" was amazing!  

LOVE feeling the Christmas spirit through music, dance and the spoken word!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

1st Week of December!

 DECEMBER 1 - Our month started out well for Grayson.  After 2 weeks in his cast, there was enough calcium on his metatarsal bone to warrant removing his cast and pins and putting him in a boot.  He is still in non-weight-bearing mode but it's much easier to shower and DRIVE!!!!

 DECEMBER 2 - Fast and Feast.  The youth in our ward began a 24-hour fast on Tuesday evening with a fireside by recently returned missionaries Adam and Garrett.  It's one thing to have Garrett home and back in our daily lives, but it's another thing to watch this man stand up and deliver a 15-minute talk about fasting using quotes, scriptures, personal experiences and testimony without using any notes!  The spirit was so strong.  He still astounds me every day.

DECEMBER 3-5 - Garrett was kind enough to join me on crossing a few more of the less popular states off my list.  It was extremely cold but we were lucky not to have any snow or storms.  We flew into Chicago and rented a car for our hundreds of miles driving journey.

1st stop--Gary, Indiana.  Besides the popular song from The Music Man, Michael Jackson's family home is located there.  We were definitely the minority nationality-wise and many of the streets had burned-out homes.

Next stop--downtown Chicago via Willis Skydeck (formerly Sears Tower). 

Our last activity in Illinois was the Chicago Temple.  It starts getting dark at 4:30 pm and these pictures were taken at 5:00!

Had the most amazing salad and pizza at Lou Malnati's!!!!

Day 2 of the trip was our big driving day to get from Illinois all the way across the state of Wisconsin and end up in Minnesota that night.

Took a fabulous tour of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers which included visiting the suites, running through the tunnel with fans cheering and a look at the field up close.

 This is pretty much what our 7 hours of driving through Wisconsin looked like...

Stopped at a cheese factory and sampled many delicious flavors!  Even brought a couple home...

Made it to Minnesota where gas is cheap and chain of lakes everywhere in Minneapolis.

Stopped at the St. Paul Temple on our final day before heading over to a few hours of shopping and fun at the Mall of America.  Ate at one of our favorite food chains, sampled some never-before flavors of PEEPS like Red Velvet, Sugar Cookie and Hot Chocolate and then rode the roller coaster before heading to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.  What a fun trip we shared and the perfect way to get us in the Christmas spirit!