Monday, December 23, 2013
On Saturday, we got to go to the Sacred Gifts exhibit at BYU with Matt and Marg's family. It featured the works of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann, and Frans Schwartz. While I've seen many of these paintings in the past, I really enjoy seeing them in person and reading the background on each piece. I was surprised though. I was not familiar with Frans Schwartz at all. I very much all of his work that they had displayed. I loved watching Jer crouch by the kids and explain the stories of Jesus that were depicted in each painting. 8 of the Carl Bloch paintings are usually hung in a long gallery in a European Castle. This was the first and only time for them to be lent out to a gallery. They said that it was because the owner knew of the paintings significance to the people of Utah. I was very flattered and honored that we got to see them in person.
Afterwards, we wandered BYU bookstore. I even got to catch up with my cousin Eliot, who was there looking for stocking stuffers for Christmas.
This is one of Ada's favorite things every year.... as soon as it snows, she's asking when we can go sledding. This year we got to sled with friends and family together. Marg's family, Becca's family, Lorrin's family, and Julie's family. We played, got cold, drank cocoa, and some took naps.
Sam has really gotten into snow this year... in past years, he's been grumpy and doesn't last long... this time, he loved it and tried to see how fast he could go.
For Christmas this year, Sam and Ada both asked for a Build-a-Bear. That's more an experience than something that you can wrap up and give... so we took our kids this week for the experience as their present from Mom and Dad. Santa will bring his on Christmas like normal. Ada and Evelyn both chose My Little Ponies and Sam made a Jedi dog named "Twoiee". I think they liked it.... they all smiled the whole time.
Making a wish before putting the heart in his dog.
Kissing the heart.
Washing them before picking out an outfit.
Finished products ready for bed. (After which, they went to bed at their grandparents and we went to the second Hobbit movie with my Dad, brother and sister. Thanks guys!)
On my side of the family, there are 4 birthdays in the first two weeks of December... so we did a combined birthday party. We met in Salt Lake for dinner, Temple Square Lights, and City Creek mall. Each of our kids took turns having break downs, but we had a fun time over all. I loved seeing my family and all these people that I love.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
While shopping at Costco, my kids spotted Santa... A nice old man with a real beard and wearing a Santa hat. My kids shly waved at him and started chatting. I told them to tell him, "Merry Christmas!" He said, "No! You need to say Ho,Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!" So all three were saying, "Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!" As loud as lusty as they could with Santa at the store. I told him that it was fun to see him. He said, "Santa's got to eat!"
Monday, December 9, 2013
The most wonderful woman in my life had a birthday this last week. We had so much fun!
We decided to do a talent show with everyone for mom. Ada and Sam both played piano duets with me. I loved it.
Seth and Jeremy did the "Who's on First" sketch by Abbott and Costello. I giggled the whole time and Ada said, "You guys are funny."
My lovely mama.
Grandpa and Aubrey. Ada got to have a sleep over with Aubrey after the party and she LOVED it. My parents took them both to their church Christmas party and Aubrey and Ada went around telling everyone that they were twins.
Nella and I played a duet that we used to play when we were little kids. Sharon then sang for my mom. Beautiful as always.
Love our Grandma.
For the last few years, this has been our birthday party/neighbor gifts party. It's always so fun! I love seeing everyone that comes and sharing Jer's passion and talents with them. And what a better birthday party than giving everyone chocolate.
Evelyn spent almost 4 hours popping in and out of my Grandma Wilcox's basket saying, "Meow!" My sister, Janelle or I would carry her around and give her to people as a 'present'. She LOVED it!
Niece and neighbors...