Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Elvis, Shepherds, Trax, Santa and Dancing in PJs all in one week.

Our last week before Christmas with all the necessary tasks to finish up. I spent a lot of Monday wrapping gifts, writing Christmas cards and writing in my Christmas journal.  
That evening Dad and I headed to Orem to watch Eva dance in her Christmas Dance Recital ... She got to wear her PJs  and danced to a song called 'hang up your stocking'. 

Uncle Ben brought her flowers to celebrate her performance.

And here's her whole family there to support her too.

I also managed to put together this mantel decor and blogged about it that day.

On Tuesday Dad and I headed to Salt Lake where we shared lunch with friends from our Salt Lake ward.

Here is Dad with Rune Wallen and the new bishop, Grant Bletzacker. Then it was time for Dad to head back to work at the Dans on 70th, just a couple of miles away, where he was busy moving gondolas, which is why he was dressed so scruffy.

I finished up with a mixture of junking and Christmas shopping, and of course we closed the day with a couple of Christmas movies, again, still!

On Wednesday I had a pleasant surprise at work, when Becca and her kids dropped by for a visit on their way to visit grandpa Carlo AND Santa who was visiting the care center that day!

When I worked Thursdy I gathered pink stuff for me friend Stacy's Christmas gift .... then I put it all together for my Friday blog post.

Friday afternoon dad got home a tad early from overseeing inventories in southern Utah so we could head to SLC,  we stopped on the way up so I could exchange gifts with Wendy at her house in Lehi.

We got on Trax in Sandy...

Then checked out the City Creek Center ... Here we are at the candy windows that Macy's sponsors ... This one shows SLC landmarks in candy spread over a candy globe, it was pretty cool. 

Loved this chair in Anthropologie made from radiators, I can only imagine how heavy it must be... 

And look how strong I am, holding up the bird cage!

Next it was temple square and to top it off, we had dinner at Crown Burger before heading south on Trax.... It was crazy, the train was filled with festive teenagers ... Definitely out of our element.

On Saturday I was sick and stayed in my Jammie's.... Just a revisiting of my old friend, West Nile Virus .... Yucko, but nothing like as nasty as the first visit, thank goodness.  I had it most of the day Sunday too, but was feeling better by evening, which was good, because ...

There was  Bethlehem Dinner bread  to bake....

Dad, bless his heart, dragged up all the containers and set the table ... Didn't he do a great job?

Ben brought Hannah.... And since she dressed up we dubbed her as Mary. Eva likely would have played Mary, but she wasn't feeling well either.

After dinner Briahnna swaddled McKenna ....

...and we started our Nativity Play ... To the sound of dad reading the nativity story from Luke.

Trevor was the impromptu angel ...

And the shepards were sore afraid ...

And the babies were amazed.

Ben kept holding McKenna as we all sang Christmas Carols since

Briahnna played for us.

And for the finale:
Trevor's family was headed to Arizona right afterwards, so they opened their exchange gifts.  Brittany had gotten an Elvis doll for Eleanor, who LOVES him ... She was soooo excited.

And so happy with her Elvis "I love him"

So that was our last full week before Christmas ...full of fun, friends and family.  A truly lovely week! 

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