All right, starting off with October-- Halloween! I have never been a big Halloween fan. When I was a kid we were trick or treating, and some weirdo was dragging a leg and waving a gun. It probably was all fake, but it has warped my perspective of all things spooky ever since. This year, with young kids in the house again, I decided to try really hard and give them a fun time, a good memory. Off to the land of costumes we went, and SUCCESS!! Bri was a punk rock princess, Joss was a hobo, and Brannick was a ghost. We went to the ward party and trunk or treat. We decorated the truck, and after Brannick had made several rounds he hid in the cab and made scary ghost sounds that could be heard all over. It was really funny!
November brought one of the highlights of my year- the scrapbook retreat! It was held at Suncadia Resort which is gorgeous. It is located in the mountains, and the setting is magnificent.
Below and to the left are the views out of the windows of our scrapping room. Floor to ceiling windows were wonderful! It made it really easy to get the creative juices flowing.
Below is what I took. It is only a small amount compared to what some other people took. One group of 3 ladies used a trailor to pull all of their stuff up!
This is my car in the driveway just as the snow was starting.
This is my car about 4 or 5 hours into the storm. The flakes were huge, and the wind was blowing sideways. Add to that temperatures hovering down around 10 degrees, and it was definitely a night for a blanket, a book, and some hot chocolate.
And this is my car after the storm!! We were surprised that it drove right out- the drifts were really misleading. In some places they were 3-4 feet deep, in some places the ground was almost bare. Isn't nature amazing?
Thanksgiving Day brought the smells and tastes of Paul's delicious cooking. He never ceases to amaze me with what he can do with food. Nik came over and brought his little girlfriend, named Ashley. She is very sweet, and even more important, she loves to scrapbook too!!Woot woot!!
Left to right: Nik, Ashley,Paul,Dylan,Adam,Josslin,Brannick,Brianna.
The food was great! We discovered after the meal that we had left the cranberry sauce in the fridge! HA! But it tasted great the next day on toasted and buttered flat bread! We had a good visit with Nik, and he made a comment about it being good to be home again. Hopefully he will begin to come out a little more and we can continue to mend our relationship.
Friday afternoon found us on the road in 2 vehicles on the way to bigtown. The Forgotten Carols were playing at the local performing arts venue, and we have wanted to see it for years. If you have never heard of it, it is the story of a very practical nurse named Constance who hates holidays and children. As she hears the carols of the innkeeper who turned away Mary and Joseph, the shepherd who slept through the angelic chorus, the childless woman who may have helped Mary care for her infant, and others, her life is changed. It is wonderful music that will bring the spirit of the season into your home every time it is heard. We hooked up with my folks,Bill and Julie, Brandy, Kait, and Ian and Karissa for some good eats before the show and then headed on over. Such a special, fun night!
Hmmm.....what shall I have?
Left to right: Mom, Kait,Bill,Julie, and the top of Karissa's head.
We made sure to get there early- I don't know why as we had reserved seats. The place did fill up tho.
If I don't get back here before the new year, I wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas season. May we all look for and find ways to serve those around us, so that the Spirit of Christ will light our way back to Him.