These are the bags that I crocheted for the girls as Christmas gifts. I think they turned out pretty good. My friend Melissa helped me with the pattern and helped me remember some basic stitches. I started them in October sometime and they didn't get finished until Dec. 23rd. Making three all together may not have been the best choice. I was worried that I would have done all this work and the girls wouldn't even care about them. Thank goodness that they did love them. They even packed them up the other day to take to their sleepover at their Grandma's. That makes it all worth it!!
Macey started taking piano lessons last September from one of the young women in our ward. Tonight we went to her piano teachers home so they could perform and have a mini recital. She did a great job!
Favorite Christmas Movies: White Christmas - my #1 Elf Charlie Brown Christmas The Santa Clause The Grinch that Stole Christmas
5 Things that happened yesterday: I finished one part of my Christmas cards Did preschool for Annie and her friend Had FHE Played Wii Fit Tried to take a nap, but didn't
5 Things to look forward to: Christmas Going to the temple this weekend The kids getting out of school so I can sleep in The big annual Hyland New Years party Enrichment night
5 Things on my wish list: New PJ's Going to see a Drive thru Light Display A clean house Sleeping in A new watch
5 Things I love about winter/ Christmas: Being able to put the kids in the car without sweating Christmas countdown ribbons Shopping for Christmas gifts Christmas Lights Snow - I hope to see some this year!!
5 People to tag Heather, Michelle, Rebecca, Alana, Kristi
For Family night last Monday we put our candy on our countdown ribbons. We went all out this year(for us) with 4 kinds of candy kisses. My favorite are the mint truffle - they are good!! So far only Luke's ribbon is a little off. It seems that Annie has shown him how to take the candies off. He might be getting up to his bell a little early this year!
We received the following email forwarded to us from a friend and thought we would go outside and see what we could see. We did see the moon and the two planets really clearly together. We missed them crossing, but it was still fun to go outside and know what you were looking at!!
Email: A Triple Conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, & the Moon
Tonight go outside after sunset when the sky gets dark and look to the South-west. You'll see what looks like two bright stars. Besides the moon, these are the brightest objects in the night sky, but they're not stars at all. They are the planets Jupiter and Venus. You'll be able to tell them apart because Venus is always the brighter planet. You might expect Jupiter to be brighter because it's the biggest planet in the solar system, but that is not the case. Jupiter is over 527 MILLION miles away, so it appears a little smaller and dimmer than Venus, which is only a mere 100 MILLION miles away.
This evening, December 1st, the two planets will appear to pass one another with only 2 degrees of apparent separation between them. That's about the width of your thumb when held at arm's-length. When multiple objects like this appear near one another in the sky, it's an event known as a conjunction. Jupiter and Venus will not be visibly in conjunction again until May 2011, so don't miss it this time. But, to make this event even more exciting, on the evening of December first the crescent moon will join the planets to form a triple conjunction of three solar system objects–all observable with the unaided eye if the weather cooperates.
Go out tonight and enjoy your universe!
Tom Hooten Instructor, Physics & Engineering
The bright spot above Brad is the moon. The two planets were just below on either side, making a triangle. Everyone is checking out the moon and planets! It was really cold!
We stayed Thanksgiving night at Stacy's and we had all the girls and Luke in the room with us. Luke was sleeping in his travel bed and woke up about 4am crying. I got him up and put him in the twin bed with me. After a few minutes we settled back down. In the next minute Luke rolled over and fell off the bed. He cried and I tried to get him quiet. I wandered around the house with him trying not to wake any of the other 19 people in the house. I took him back upstairs at 4:30 so I could get ready to go shopping. Brad took over and reported that he did get Luke back to sleep. When I got home Brad showed me Luke's face. He must have hit the side of the TV stand on the way off the bed. It does explain how much crying he did in the middle of the night! Now everywhere I've been people have asked me about his black eye. You can't tell in the pictures very well, but under his eye is black and blue and swollen. Poor Kid!
We went to Brad's sister, Stacy's, house for Thanksgiving. We got there about 1pm on Thursday. We relaxed for awhile and then started getting ready for the big dinner. The food was perfect. I love fried Turkey and I like fried Ham even more!!! It was all so good. We had a great time visiting with family (Amy and family & Grandma and Grandpa were there too!) The next morning Stacy, Prudy, and I set out shopping at about 4:50am. We hit 3 Wal Marts, Target, ToysRus, and some car store. I think we got home about 10am exhausted and happy with our purchases. The shopping craziness really is my favorite tradition at Thanksgiving. This year was a bit calmer than some in the past - we missed you Amy and Audrey!! We spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching TV. Except for some barfing from Kambree it was a great holiday. Thanks Stacy for having us all!!