Saturday, November 28, 2009

It is so good to be home but . . .

I am so glad we went to Utah for Thanksgiving!! The weather was beautiful and I loved being with my two daughters who are attending school there! Michelle was particularly happy to be reunited with some of her sisters, as life at home alone with the parentals (what my kids call us) can be pretty boring at times.

Thanks giving dinner was devoured at my sister Melissa’s house in Cedar Hills, Utah. About half of my family was there, the others were either out of town or having dinner with their kids—the total being too numerous for us all to be together.

We arrived in time to help set up.

My poor nephew Brady thought he would die before getting to taste the turkey.

After everyone arrived we had a chance to go around and tell one thing we were thankful for. My dad started off and immediately got us all crying by saying he was thankful my mother was with us. After coming so close to losing her this past year, all of our feelings are rather tender on that topic.
I thought it was a bit funny that although Kathryn was invited to sit at the "adult" table (something she has wanted to do for many years) she chose to sit with the young kids. I am not sure how to take that. :-)

Dinner was oh, so yummy!! And being together with family was oh so very fun!

On Friday morning Wes took the girls to the Timpanogos Temple to do baptisms for the dead. The only time available was at 6 a.m. and we were happy to take it.
Later we faced the mall crowds, did some cool Christmas shopping and took in New Moon at the theater there. Okay, I know I am going to disappoint you New Moon fans, but I did not like it. It was okay, but I am just not a fan. Perhaps I would like it more if Bella would smile once in awhile.

On Friday night all the adults gathered at my oldest sister’s home in Lehi for more food and games. Who knew we could still eat after Thursday!! We played “What if” and “Mafia”. Both were fun and it was great to be with everyone.

We then hurried back to my parents so we could get in our four hours of sleep before having to get up at 3 a.m. to return to AZ. Michelle had a basketball game in Flagstaff at noon so we needed to get here. Other than our battery dying and needing a jump in Kanab, all went well, they won the game and we are now back at home, safe and sound.

And I am once again missing my girls.

But . . . just 21 days and they will ALL be here for Christmas—including my daughter from Colorado and her little family.

So let the countdown begin!!!

Ahh, just the thought brings so much . . . joy to my journey!!


MissKris said...

You know you were right... it was a good idea to put Chelle in the middle of that pic.
I'm glad you guys got home safe but you didn't say if Michelle won her game or not... yes?

kathryn said...

haha mom i love the pictures! but i would like to clarify one point haha... i've neverreally had a strong desire to sit with the old people :))) and i like the picture of brady...that was perfect.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I never said you wanted to sit with "old" people. I said "adult". Why are you equating them? Answer carefully as your Christmas may depend on it. :-)

Carolyn said...

Your girls are all so pretty!

And...I sat at the 'kid table' as long as possible. Avoiding the responsibility of helping to clean up :)

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

I just have to laugh - there you were just minutes from my home and we were spending the holidays in St. George at my parents home down there:) We had similiar thoughts - we also spent time doing baptisms and sealings in the St. George temple. Funny what we families do - when we finally get all together in the same place!


Rebecca Irvine said...

Welcome home! Sounds like a fun Thanksgiving. Your sister's house is beautiful.

Dave and Camille said...

20 days!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

How great to get away for Thanksgiving. Your girls are all so beautiful.