Abe here: I do not post on Betsy's blog very often but tonight I really wanted to.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Last night as the candy and fun and lack of sleep started accumulating I made the prediction that within 24 hours at least one child would throw-up.
I received a text from Matt a few hours ago informing me that sadly, Aliyah was the victim of my prediction. Sadness.
I know we should have turned it off, but we didn't think anyone would call.
He came downstairs asking why this phone was ringing in the closet. So much for the element of surprise.
But Christmas day is so marvelous; it's like being on drugs (I would assume). No responsibilities for anyone. Do anything you like. Oh, you're bored with your toy? Go get another one! Oh, you're hungry? Go get your bag of chips or your box of sugar cereal that Santa brought you. You want to play a video game? Play until your eyes start twitching. You don't want to get dressed? I don't blame you-- I don't get dressed on Christmas Day either.
It's almost 8:30pm right now and I am sad that the day is coming to an end. I am in heaven.
Good thing tomorrow will be more of the same. Although I will get dressed.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!
Allison and kids in Christmas jammies.
The reading of The Night Before Christmas.
Bethany wrote and shared her poem, " 'Twas the Real Night Before Christmas".
"Gelf" the Elf's final destination on Christmas Eve. We're glad that Gelf turned back toward the light at the end. He took a turn for the dark side a couple of nights ago and we were all very concerned.
The masked and caped marauder was caught stealing candy canes. Clark suggested that perhaps Gelf hadn't received enough attention this Christmas season and he thought negative attention was better than no attention at all.
The living room after Santa's arrival with gifts for 5 adults and 8 children.
We had a full house last night! The more the merrier.
Matt and Misty and their girls used the girls room and all six of our children zonked out in the little boys' room. Personal space is overrated.
But excitement on Christmas Eve is not overrated. It was a magical night.
And Barbara and Allison, who are just like family, come each year as well.
I adore talking with and getting advice from my wise aunts and sharing in the exciting lives of my sweet younger cousins.
The kids love playing with their 2nd cousins.
Kristen, Kara, and Aunt Michelle. I loved hearing the adventures of the American Fork Marching Band from Kara (in purple).
It's been years since a Joyce and Glen Cannon family photo was attempted. I think I was expecting Clark, so there weren't any great-grandchildren yet the last time. I'm not sure how many there are, but they are not all in this picture. My sister Brig and brother Chip and their families were not there.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Christmas is almost here and that means serious FAMILY TIME!!!!!
Last night we had an adults dinner (minus Chip and Laura in Virginia). We went to Texas Roadhouse- we'd never been there before- and it was great fun sharing memories of Christmases past and talking about our children and lives.
My girls were beyond thrilled to get to tend Aliyah and Rosalie while the adult were out.
This was our first time getting to meet little Rosalie because they live so far away in Washington state. It is especially fun to see her because she looks so much like Faith looked as a baby-- and a bit like Elinor as well. It's kind of like going back in time.
Matt and Misty came to church with us today and Uncle Abe was in love with Rosalie as well.
As we got to church this morning we had someone take this family picture. It was a really nice day at Church today. Our family was very involved with Sacrament Meeting and the choir and music. Bethany spoke, Elinor played the chimes on the organ, Faith sang in a small children's choir with one of the songs, I played organ, and Bethany played a violin accompaniment with a song. We were kept busy, but it was wonderful.