Christmas Memories


On Christmas Eve, which was also Marcus’ birthday, we let Marcus choose activities to occupy our day. After going out to a late breakfast at his favorite restaurant in town, we went ice-skating, and then we saw the new Star Wars movie from the front row! (We would’ve had a lot more action shots of ice-skating except that it was discovered that my camera was missing its memory stick. Oops! My oldest son ended up driving to the nearest store and buying a new one.)

Back home, we enjoyed our traditional Prime rib Christmas Eve dinner. Marcus unwrapped his gifts and we sang Happy Birthday to him. We also carried out our Christmas Eve tradition of reading the Christmas story from the scriptures, singing Christmas carols/hymns, and unwrapping new pajamas. It was a beautiful, full day and Marcus proclaimed it his best birthday ever. 🙂

This was our first Christmas Eve and Day in our Utah home (that we’ve owned for three years) and it was a blessing to spend it altogether, with the college kids home. After opening our gifts, we enjoyed my husband’s delicious waffles and then we spent the rest of the day watching Christmas movies in our theater room and snacking.


Today at church it was nice to sing Christmas hymns one last time. Tomorrow we are skiing (for the first time ever!) so we are looking forward to that. By next Sunday we’ll be back in our small apartment in Arizona, ready to resume our homeschooling.



Remembering the True Meaning of Christmas


See Christmas through Joseph’s eyes.

Christmas memories from prophets and apostles.

Read the Christmas story and watch a video of the Nativity here. This is something we do as a family every Christmas Eve. We also sing Christmas hymns/carols such as Away in a Manger.

A Savior is Born.

Imagine a World Without a Savior.

This is my last post until after Christmas, but I want my readers and blogging friends to know how much I love my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and how grateful I am that He came to earth as a baby, to show us the way to live, to atone for our sins, that we may repent and receive forgiveness and be clean again, and to redeem us from death, that we will live again after this earth life. Only He could do these marvelous things for  each and every one of us and He did them completely unselfishly, giving all glory to our Father in Heaven whom He obeyed perfectly.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May our hearts be filled with joy and thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven for giving us His Son and to our elder brother, Jesus Christ, for being our Savior and Redeemer.

Weekend Family Fun




This weekend our family spent Friday night and Saturday in Salt Lake City. We finished up our Christmas shopping at City Creek Center, walked part of Temple Square to see the pretty lights, and enjoyed a gourmet dinner at The Roof restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith building. We also enjoyed brunch with close friends and saw the play, A Christmas Carol.

The weather was great, not too cold, with just enough snow for Christmas ambiance.

I loved to see my kids smiling and enjoying each other’s company. 🙂

It was such a lovely night, especially around the castle-like Salt Lake temple.


                We had a beautiful view from our table.

Little Girl Craft Party



Yesterday afternoon, Marissa hosted a craft party for five young neighbor girls. With her help, they each created three ornaments. The first was a birthstone ornament. We used clear plastic ornaments, Epsom salt and lots of bling from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, such as beads, sequins and buttons. Shown above is Marissa’s Garnet ornament.


Then they decorated pine cones with glitter glue and miniature pom-poms and made their own snow globes using sticker figures of snowmen, penguins and reindeer and modeling clay.

The crowning event was decorating sugar cookies. The snowman cookies turned out super cute. We borrowed ideas for these ornaments and snowman cookies from Pinterest, although we tweaked them a bit. The snowman’s scarf is made from fruit roll ups. His hat is made from one thin Oreo and one miniature Oreo or a miniature peanut-butter cup. My kitchen was a complete disaster area afterwards, but it was worth it to see six smiling faces. 🙂