This video really touched my heart ... I wanted to share with you all - Enjoy
Sunday, December 27, 2009
We have been blessed with a wonderful Mother! All of us have learned so much from Mom through the years. She is such a compassionate and caring person and left us the legacy that "if you cannot say something nice, don't say anything at all". We spent our childhood on picnics, being read to by Mom, sledding, skating and just having fun with her. She wanted us to have primary so she asked to teach so we could have the program. She volunteered in 4-H so we could learn to sew, craft, cook and earn awards in the county fair. We have had a rich heritage and cherished memories. Thank you, Mom - you are the greatest!
On Christmas Day afternoon, all who could gathered in Vacaville for Bradley's baptism. It was totally family affair. There were seven grandparents attending and some aunts and uncles from both sides of the Weston and Phillippi families. Both Grandads gave talks and both Grams gave prayers. Kristina played the piano and all the cousins sang "Baptism". It was very sweet and special. Following the baptism, we had a buffet lunch with delicious soups, bread and delcious desserts. A very memorable Christmas afternoon for Brad and the rest of us too!
Grandpa and Grant really hit it off together. Malcolm was cuddling with Grant who was looking at the fan. It was the cutest !!
On Christmas Eve, some of our grandchildren made rice krispie houses and decorated them under the supervision of Deb and Amanda who engineered the project. The children had a wonderful time using as much candy, marshmallows, frosting, etc to make these delightful creations. There are a lot of pictures, but they were sooo cute!
Friday, December 25, 2009
This year for Christmas, we got all of our grandchildren who are in the area PJ's. It was fun to find the kind we thought they would enjoy. We had so much fun with the children who were able to come and spend the day. We had Brian and Deb overnight on the 23rd and Val and Don overnight on the 24th. Dan and Kris stayed with Amanda and Tyler so we were able to spend a couple of days visiting with everyone and catching up. On Christmas Eve the four children who were here played a white elephant game and it was fun just watching them have so much fun. We ate and ate and ate. Everything was delicious. We had a wonderful day being thankful for our children here and in other areas for the blessing they have brought into our lives.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
today we visited our friends, Jack and Mary in Chico and had a wonderful visit and delicious lunch with them. We shared music and pictures and enjoyed their dogs too. We exchanged gifts and the McCormicks gave us a beautiful rose poinsetta. We had not seen one before and it is just beautiful!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Today, Malcolm worked at the Temple, which he loves and I am happy that he is able to give service and associate with wonderful people as well. Meanwhile I drove to Martinez to see the Ortho surgeon and was given the first of a series of three shots in my knee to lessen the pain. I am hopeful it will work; if not knee replacement will follow. When we both got home, we relaxed for a while, then Malcolm took me to our favorite Pizza Place here in town and we had barbecue chicken pizza. it was so nice not to have to cook tonight. It was delicous! We watched some television and had a snack later and just relaxed after a full day. We are blessed!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
"Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ."
--Thomas S. Monson, "The Best Christmas Ever",
Yesterday, we received word that our Uncle Elmo, my Mom's brother passed away. He will be missed by us all. He spent a lot of time with my Mom and she enjoyed his humor and his visits with her. He was the fun uncle who used to play and tease us - he was so positive, fun and a delight to be around!
Friday, December 4, 2009
A very happy birthday to our son, Michael! He was delightful from the day he arrived in our home! This time was one of the times that I had lots of time to spend with him and took him everywhere with me while todd and Valerie were in school. I had a good friend who had a son the same age so we spent a lot of time together with them. Michael was an excellent student in school and worked along with his other activities - temple pageant,seminary, and a social life. He was a natural, but quiet leader and well like by all who knew him. He is a great father and all his nieces and nephews love him! We are pleased that he is our son and wish him happiness and joy in the years to come!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Christmas time is my very favorite time of the year because we are reminded of the birth of our Savior! It is a joy to remember friends, share traditions, and treasure memories of our family. Every part of the celebration brings us joy as we remember the gifts of the Savior to each of us. We want all of our family and friends to know how much we love you and treasure our time spent with each of you. Enjoy this joyous season as we celebrate, give thanks and dedicate our lives to the Savior and his teachings which bring us joy, peace and hope!!
Snowbaby collection - all given by family and friends and reminds me of my years growing up in Alaska. Malcolm gave me the center piece of a fireplace with children putting up their stockings from North Pole, Alaska.