A few of you have commented, asking if I’m still writing on this blog. The answer is yes. However, to be honest, it’s difficult to gage how many people really read blogs anymore. There are so many other social media avenues that are a quicker “read” for the viewer and easier “share” for the me. So–give me a thumbs up if you’re here and still reading!
This past month has been a whirlwind.
The holidays really started at this AnthologyDIY retreat in Woodland Hills, Utah. We spent the entire day crafting our little hearts out! And–thanks Sugarwish for providing all the gals their favorite treats for the retreat. If you’ve never used this service, you must check out the website. It’s simply the GREATEST way to immediately show someone you care with INSTANT results! The process is so much fun for the sender and receiver!
I went on a fun girls-only trip to Texas (near Dallas) where several friends and I were pampered at Whitworth Ranch Retreat. This is my second year going and all I can say is y’all better book a trip quick. It’s the most fun you can have with a group of friends!
Part of the experience is shopping at the Canton Flea Market. So many amazing finds, both old and new.
The rest of the time is spent crafting, eating, chatting, giggling, touring the ranch and getting a little sleep! Miss Tracy from The Little Blue House brings her adorable trailer and some fun crafts.
And Miss Stacy (third from the right on the front row) is the heart and soul of the retreat! It’s a wonderful price for all you get and I promise, it’s one experience you won’t want to miss.
The first part of December, my 87-year-old mother had a hard surgery. I’m happy to say she’s recovering nicely. There have been a few complications but she’s one tough cookie and is a fighter. She has worked out five days a week for the past 20 years and this has helped in her recovery.
The rest of December was a blur–so much going on.
Kade and Taylor took us out to dinner for our Christmas present (yummy sushi) and we happened to bump into Santa. He was kind enough to h0ld Oakley (my granddaughter) while we took a picture. Gotta love a camera on the phone–always there when we need it!
Other December highlights including buying a new Christmas tree from Festival of Trees. All proceeds go to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. This tree is called “Love Letters” and showcases the love of a grandmother to her posterity through the written word. I love the meaning behind it and the love and care that went into decorating it. And, I loved the spirit it brought into our home.
I was at the mall one night and there was a long line forming to go into a clothing store. I asked what the fuss was all about and found out that the popular Letterfolk boards (which have been sold out) were being sold in the store. I’d never heard of them before but decided to trust the crowd and stood in line and bought one. My whole family has had so much fun with it (you can see it by the tree)!
My daugther-in-law, Emily, changed it to say this (from Home Alone):
And I’ve used it for the many parties we hosted over the month.
Like this group of business teachers that Steve works with at the high school. We had so much fun hosting a dinner at our house and playing Left Center Right “LRC” with real dollar bills! He loves his job so much and enjoys working with this fun bunch.
My pal, Michal Lazorchak, always spoils me rotten. He seriously made (and sent) 20 lbs. of candy and this tray (using his Cameo Silhouette). Needless to say we had plenty of treats when company arrived!
And then there was this fun festivity. I love how my children love being together.
Another favorite tradition is caroling with neighbors to other neighbors! Frances, my next-door neighbor, is my favorite person to sing to!
Christmas Eve (day and night) and then Christmas were nonstop amazingness! I decided to get all my busyness out of the way so I could enjoy two full days with my family.
We started off Christmas Eve morning with a service project. We delivered gifts with Santa at a developmental center to the residents there. This is our third year and we love it so much.
We then spent the day eating a yummy brunch, playing games, watching Christmas song videos and exchanging homemade gifts. We’ve been doing this for years and it is such a great tradition!
Also so great having my mom and her friend, Marilyn, with us for a few days.
Christmas Eve we went with my son-in-law’s (Sean) grandparents to a Chinese buffet (in celebration of “A Christmas Story”).
We then all received an early delivery from Santa–Christmas pajamas!
The next morning was church, opening gifts, and visiting my in-laws.
The best present I received? Skyping with our missionary, Brecken, who’s serving a mission for our church currently in Savannah, Georgia. She is so happy and loves serving the people there.
Well–that about sums up my holiday experiences. Hope you’re recovering from the chaos and are having a terrific 2017!