Tuesday, January 31, 2012

December girls and Dinner Party

 My cutie Tatum, our first great granddaughter loves to "play" the piano.  Her Mommy was our very first grandchild.  She has grown into a lovely young woman.  Here she is with sister number 3.  J is in Romania now doing a BYU semester abroad.  She applied for the program and was one of 10 who were accepted to go.  In the mornings they work at the hospital and orphanage and in the afternoons they have classes.  What an adventure!

 S, sister number 2 is attending UVU.  All 3 of these beautiful girls belong to our firstborn Lana.  These girls have always been so sweet and so nice.  In addition they are so smart and talented. They were really never any trouble at all. They are always fun to be with.  How blessed they are to have so many gifts and talents from Heavenly Father and how blessed am I to be their grandmother.  At this time I am also lucky to have them all living close to us so we can see them often.  Of course, now we won't see J for quite a while.
 Before Christmas I had a small dinner party.  We had such a pleasant time together.
 Anita, in the yellow, is new to the war.  Her husband in the photo below is Allen.  They moved here from Kentucky where she worked for the government and he was a tool maker.  Now Allen does handi- man work and boy is he ever good at it .  Nelda and Art are our next door neighbors.  They are wonderful and we could not ask for better neighbors.  Nelda was an executive secretary in Washington D. C. working for the delegates or congressmen and Art is a retired judge.  Harold and Caroline are friends from the ward too. This dear couple has served several missions and are so much fun to be with.  I think they all liked the dinner I made and we sure did a lot of laughing and enjoying each other's company.  We want to get together again.

 Somehow my pictures split the events when I posted and I don't know how to fix it, but anyway S and J both have December birthdays. J is the 14th and S the 25th.  We had a little birthday dinner for them before they left for Christmas vacation at home in Maryland.
Three out of 4 generations.  Tooooo bad Lana was not here.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Idaho mini vacation

 These first two photos are of Tal dancing in her couins dance clothes at Val's house.  I just had to include them because she is oh so cute.  It Tal hears music, she has to break out dancing.  It is so fun.  This little girl has rhythm.  :)
 We had a little trip planned to Alec's house just for fun but at the last moment Valerie asked if she and M could come along.  Val and her family went to Alec and Kelly's for Thanksgiving and while they were there M had a black mole removed from her hip.  Alec sent it to pathology and it came back very bad. When the tissue is sent to the lab it is graded on a scale from mild all the way to severe and then melanoma.  M's came back as severe.  Alec suggested she get it and the area surrounding it removed without waiting too long.  So, Val asked if they could come along.  Of course we were happy to have them.  We would have even made a special trip if we needed to.
 We had a very pleasant trip up together.  Val is always lots of fun to be with and M is a little doll.  She is most always very pleasant and sweet.  That first evening we went to the botanical gardens in Boise.  They were lit up with million of beautiful lights.
 The photos don't even come close to doing them justice.
 It was so cold that Kelly and Alec had to fit us up with warm things to wear.
 Katie and M had fun together and we all really enjoyed each other's company.

The next morning we got up early and went to La Vie en Rose, a french restaurant.  The food was absolutely delicious.  

 Here's little M recovering.  Alec had to remove quite a large section.  We were so blessed to find out that he got everything and she is safe and sound.  M will have to watch out very carefully from now on to any little mole she may get.  She will also have to wear sunscreen.  Actually Alec is always telling everyone to wear sunscreen all the time.  He removes quite a few skin cancers every week.
Here's my handsome boy all ready for work.  We had a wonderful, although all too short trip.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas at Anna's

 Willie and Dominique came over for dinner with little Sawyer.

 One of their traditional dinners for the Christmas season is homemade tomales, which are delicious.  Amadeo's Dad has a tomale making evening each year and they make a ton of different kinds of tomales which last them for a long, long time.
 Doe is expecting again.
 After dinner Willie and Doe left and we set up the decorations.  Our main decorator was Joneaux and you can see he really enjoyed it a lot.

The stockings were hung and we were able to enjoy opening a few early presents since we sadly wouldn't be together for Christmas

 He loves his shark  book.

 Papa loves reading to all of the cute grandchildren.
We ended the evening by singing some Christmas carols.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Super Santa

 We as a R. S. Presidency decided that we would have a Super Santa activity for the sisters.  We chose a women's shelter and decided to make a bag for each of the 20 women who are living there.  We had several great committees to do all of the prep work.  One committee did all of the decorations.  It looked really nice in the cultural hall.

 Each participant got a Jar of Joy.  These cute little baby food jars are filled with notes and quotes that one can read at any time to get a little lift or inspiration.  We got quotes from scriptures, famous people, and just people we know or ourselves.

 Another committee made these beautiful, wool bags.  They turned out even better than we had hoped.  Each bag was lined with a pretty silky fabric and each bag also had several inside pockets.
 The R. S. provided some of the items to fill the bags and the sisters in the ward donated many items too. Some of the things we put in the bags were; lotions, candles, manicure set, soaps, warm booties, scarf, chocolates and other candies, sewing kit, gloves, perfume, jam, hair products, nail polish, chap stick, and other things.  One sister (who sells Lia Sophia) donated a lovely piece of jewelry for each bag.

 We had a table set up where we put together a necklace for each bag.  Each necklace had a medallion with something engraved on it such as faith, hope, charity, love, etc.
 Other sisters made these cute flower pins that we pinned onto the front of each bag close to the strap.  The pin can be used for other outfits or as a headband too.
The bags can be used afterwards also.  Who wouldn't love to have a purse like that?  I know I would love to have a bag like that.
There was a writing center with nice cards and stationary and lots of the sisters wrote notes to each recipient.

We also had a special speaker who works for the shelter.  She gave a wonderful presentation and spoke about what goes on in the centers.   She also talked a lot about abuse and addiction.

It was a LOT of work, but we felt really good about it.  We felt it was a very fun and successful activity.  We hope that we brought a little joy and a ray of sunshine to those who are in a troubled situation right now.