Saturday, December 31, 2011

Favorite December Moments~

Rexburg Temple
A highlight of our Christmas month was to witness the sealing of our newest grandchild Layton, age 19 months to our son Travis and daughter in law Amanda. All of their other six children were able to be in attendance. This was a sacred and joyous time for us all. Our son James and his wife Amber were able to be there also. It was a day of celebration.
Back Row - Justice, Layton and Travis, Amanda and Austin
Front Row - Ethan, Ryley, Karli, and Kason
Back Row - Grandpa, Layton and Travis, Amanda, Amber, and James
Middle Row - Grandma, Justice, Ethan Ryley, Karli and Austin
Front Row - Kason
Grandpa and Layton
Our Sweet Averi
Back to front - Taylor Jo, Karli, Christian, Ethan and Austin
Justice and Kason
Taylor Jo and Layton
This has been such a delightful Christmas Holiday for my husband and I . We are enjoying fun moments with our daughter Tiffani, her husband Dave and their children, Michael, Sarah, Kaitlyn and William. On Christmas Eve we always have a Nativity Program.
This was a sweet one.
Christmas Nativity Program
Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

The Startled Shepherd
Our Precious Angel William
The Nativity Cast -
 Back row -William and Kaitlyn
Front Row - Sarah and Michael with Buddy
A Fun Santa story before going to bed with dreams of
Sugar Plums Dancing In Their Heads

 Christmas Morning
The Choo Choo up the stairs - A family tradition

Santa Surprises
A Golf Set for William
Roller Skates for Kaitlyn
A Sewing machine for Sarah

A Golf Set for Michael
Dave helping the children

Mom Tiffani received Money for after Christmas shopping

Grandpa receive a pair of much needed dress shoes

A Santa surprise for me was the gift of  a ticket for flying to my Granddaughter Kaitlyn's baptism. Both of us were so happy.
The Card said:" No Grandma should miss their Granddaughter's baptism."
This one brought some tears!

 Sacrament Meeting & Christmas Program
 Christmas Again~
Back Row - Tiffani and Dave
Middle Row - Sarah and Michael
Front Row - William and Kaitlyn
Grandpa and Grandma with their sweet grandchildren
The Christmas Dinner~
Grandpa's favorite moment with Kaitlyn. They were busy shredding the chicken and she said: "Grandpa, I  better stop talking so much because I am spitting in the Chicken."

My Two Favorite Gifts
On Christmas Eve we all opened a gift. My gift was the movie musical rendition of "Scrooge" with Albert Finney. I was so excited. I hadn't watched this movie for years. Thirty Six years ago I had a wonderful gift given to me straight from Heaven. I had my first little girl named Christina. She was born just after midnight on December 23rd. The evening before her birth we started to watch Scrooge. I began having labor pains and soon my contractions were harder and coming quicker. My husband wanted to take me to the hospital. I told him I wasn't leaving until the movie was over. We left around 11 pm and I had her after midnight.
Through the years I have sung the song from this movie; "Thank You Very Much", to all of my children and grand children. I just loved that movie and I smiled all the way through it.

 1999 we had our entire family home for Christmas. At that time there was a total of 18.
While opening presents on Christmas morning two of my sons left the room and came back and placed a few Harry Hanuka presents under the tree. Harry Hanuka gifts are similar to White Elephant gifts. As I was opening my present I discovered my hair brush. Everyone burst out laughing because this brush had been in my possession for over 30 years. Every once in a while when my children were still at home this brush would come up missing. I would call out for an emergency; yelling for everyone to start looking for the brush. I could not do my hair without it.
As I got up Christmas Morning this year I was looking for this brush. Low and behold I received a Harry Hanuka gift of this beloved  brush. Every one had a good laugh again.
Our little Sammy enjoying the festivities
The End of A Perfect Day~

More Christmas fun at our Family Christmas Party~ Dec. 26th
My darling Great Grand baby Jadyn
Having our snacks
Playing with the Wii
Playing Card Games
Great Grandma with baby Lilly
Kaitlyn and Jeffery
Joseph and Sarah
Gillian and baby Lilly snuggling
Jeffery, Williams and Jadyn
Sammy hanging out with us all

Our Granddaughter Kaitlyn's 8th Birthday Celebration on December 29th ~
Waiting for the Birthday Song!
Kaitlyn opening her presents
Fun with all the family

Celebration of our Grandson's marriage to Dana on December 30th 2011 ~

 Jed and Jacob
Jessica with baby Lilly, Jed and Jacob
Great Grandpa with Jadyn
Great Grandma with Baby Lilly
Dana and Jacob
Dana and Jacob
The End of a wonderful Christmas Season of being with Friends and Family.
There were many memorable and joy filled moments~

We wish all of our Friends and Family a Very Happy New Year ~


Susan said...

Nothing better than family! Congratulations on the sealing. So happy for you!

Sue said...

What a great family you have! It looks like you really enjoy each other.

Happy New Year!


Marie said...

What a lovely December you have had, filled to overflowing with family goodness and blessings! I have enjoyed all the pictures and seeing all the fun and the love! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family Leanne! Wishing you all the best in 2012! xxoo

Christy Monson said...

What sweet grandchildren! And the temple sealing? How could you ask for more. What wonderful blessings. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for all I've been give.

Just Ramblin' said...

What a delight to see all the wonderful pictures of your family and the wonderful time you shared together. Family is really what it is all about. December was certainly a busy time for you but a very happy one I can see. Congratulations on the sealing. What a great blessing! How exciting to receive a ticket to attend your granddaughter's baptism. Loved the pictures of the nativity. We did that this year and I hope we can continue it each year.
Thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful family. Blessings to you yours as we begin a new page for 2012. Nola

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

What a wonderful Christmas you had! I loved seeing all those pictures. And I'm glad your found your hair brush! LOl!

How perfect to get a ticket for the baptism. My oldest is getting baptized in a couple months and she made sure to invite her grandma today. :)

So glad to have gotten to know you a little this year. Happy New Year!

Diane said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! I loved all of the pictures.

Happy New Year!

Patty Ann said...

What a wonderful, special way to remember the holidays. Have a wonderful New Year too!!

singing/granny said...

Looks like your Christmas was filled with temple blessings too! How wonderful and special. Thanks for sharing. I love to see the pictures of all of your beautiful children, grandchildren and you and your husband too of course. Happy New Year! Melody


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