Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Round Two - 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! We hosted Weston's family for round two of our week-long Thanksgiving celebration. More delicious food and wonderful family. It doesn't get much better than that! Here are some pictures:

We love watching the parade in the morning...
The football went back and forth between father and son most of the day

Our Thanksgiving week isn't over yet! One more family get-together to go! Hooray!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Round One - 2009

It is going to be a busy week with three different family Thanksgiving celebrations! Sunday was round one - my family. My mom hosted and prepared her usual decorated tables - lovely as always - and most of the food. The meal was amazing, we sang some Thanksgiving songs and then played some games. It was a wonderful day!

But there was one thing that made this Thanksgiving extra special! My nephew Miles was there! We haven't seen Miles or had any contact with him for close to twenty years - since he was two years old (long story). All the excitement started this last summer when my parents received a phone call from a woman saying that Miles was serving an LDS mission in her area and that he wanted to reconnect with his family from so many years past. We all could not have been more thrilled! So we have been emailing and catching up until he returned from his mission several days ago. And yesterday was the big reunion! I can only imagine how overwhelming it was for him - and I must admit we were all a little nervous - but it turned out great. I think everyone - including Miles - is just glad to have the initial meeting over and done with. Now we can move on to building relationships and catching up on too many years gone by.

Papa and Isaac

Grandma looking lovely in the kitchen

We were also celebrating my niece's 18th birthday!

Scaling the wall!

Tess and Miles
Cute family!
The littlest ones

The turkey bearer Miles - what a great guy!

I thought it was pretty funny that Papa ate his Thanksgiving dinner sitting on this chair! You can see the chair he was supposed to be sitting on underneath SJ.

If anyone wants to walk down memory lane, you can see Thanksgiving posts from 2007 and 2008.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Looking Back...November 2003

November 2003. We had been living in MP about 3 months. Wes was just starting his residency. We loved our little apartment and we were thrilled to live close to our cousins! One month after Cate was born, Dave and Connie flew out for her blessing. Here are some not-so-good pictures of that memorable day. Little did we know that that next year would be one of the hardest years of our married life! But thank goodness for family and friends who made all the difference!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Camera Enthusiast

"A Camera Enthusiast" is actually something I can only hope to become. But I am now one step closer with my new digital SLR. (I am learning that Wes is powerless against the temptation to give me my "Christmas" presents early. This is the first year we are giving each other "real" gifts - not that socks don't count as real gifts...but you know what I mean. This is the third Christmas present I have received in the last month!) Anyway - I have so much to learn about how to use this awesome camera! I watched the introduction video yesterday and then tried it out at our extended family get-together. Still needs improvement but at least it's a start!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Latest Reads

I chose my two most recent books from recommendations on Desperate for a Good Read.

1. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
I really, really liked this book. It just might be in my top ten favorites. Not based on it's literary value. M.M. Kaye is not the most brilliant writer - but she is an amazing storyteller. This two-inch thick novel was published in 1978 and instantly became a worldwide best-seller. It is a saga - an epic tale of a British man born and raised in India in the mid 1800's. My friend Anna gives more info in her review of the book HERE. Note: There are some slow parts and honestly - go ahead a skip the last two books (chapters) unless you are interested in reading about the political unrest between British-occupied India and Afghanistan. Also - this book was made into a TV miniseries in the 1980's. I am expecting the first episode from Netflix any day now but from the reviews I am not expecting much.

2. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
I enjoyed this book. It is historical fiction based on the German occupation of France during WWII. But the author's own story is what makes this book so compelling. Jennette gives a great review HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Children, Cellos and Cowboys

Another much anticipated weekend has come and gone! Here's Saturday's run down:
8:45 am - 11:30 am
Primary program practice - I was in charge of the program this year - a first for me. The practice was stressful but successful!

11:50 am - 2:30 pm

Cello recital - Isaac's very first one. He was so focused that he forgot to give me the nod to start the intro on the piano and started playing without me. Not wanting to interrupt his performance I let him continue to the end. And, as we had practiced so many times before the recital - he stood up, took a bow and sheepishly pointed at me with his bow to acknowledge the accompanist. Except I hadn't played a note. Everyone had a good laugh and thought it was cute. I don't think he was quite as amused but he got over it pretty quick. What a kid - there is just something deep within that won't let him break the rules!

4:30 pm - past my bedtime

The 15th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Heber City - My parents have been attending this for years - and I was thrilled to finally get the chance to go. We went with some friends and had the chuckwagon dinner and saw the Bar J Wranglers. It was great, good old American fun. Good laughs and great music - and I don't even like country music that much! The Bar J Wranglers are a favorite at the festival for sure. They are very impressive! This festival goes on for one week every November. There are many performers, shops, dancing and food. It's quite the event! It's over this year but round up some cowboy boots and put this on your list for next year!

I am happy to report that the Primary program went great! No big mishaps - the kids rose to the occasion just like everyone promised me they would!