Saturday, December 31, 2016

Grandparents are here, Piano at Macey's, Christmas, top 10, Books Read

My friend Lindsay told me about Macey's piano they put out at Christmas and allow people to come play Christmas music for tips. So I went when they had their sign ups and signed our kids up for an hour and a half slot. When the day arrived, Charles unfortunately was throwing up all night and couldn't make it, so we let Jane do her Jolly Old St Nicholas number a few times throughout the hour and a half and then Annabelle had several Christmas songs she'd learned that she played a few times throughout, and then Elisabeth played through 4 of our Christmas books, and she filled the majority of the time.  They ended up making $46, and we divided it up by time played, so we gave Elisabeth 21, Jane got 5, Annabelle got 15 and we gave Charles 5 as well since he'd worked hard to learn multiple songs to play for this event even though he couldn't perform the day of. 

They really enjoyed this so I think we'll do it again next year. Grandma and Grandpa had arrived the day before from NC so they were able to come and listen for awhile too, and then Scott took them shopping. 

 We loved our time with Scott's parents, exercising, playing, visiting, doing the Wii, dancing etc.

 Elisabeth invited a couple of friends over and we made Christmas sugar cookies one afternoon.
 I love these pictures of the family playing telestrations. They got in lots of good laughs!

 And Elisabeth and grandpa playing Master Mind

 Scott and I made our traditional strombolli on Christmas Eve.
 And we performed the nativity.
 And sang lots of Christmas songs in between each scene.
Sunday was Christmas. Jane and Nora started coming into our bedroom at 1230am, and then every hour! I guess they went downstairs at 1am and grandma brought them back up. We had told them no earlier than 530, so they waited until then to do stockings, but they had a hard time sleeping. We all were up by 6am and we did stockings and gifts, then had an easy breakfast (cereal mostly) and went to our 9am church which was only 1 hour. They had a special musical program in which Elisabeth played O Holy Night on the piano, dad did a trio to We Three Kings, and all three of us sang in the choir for three songs. It was beautiful. After church we came home put the traditional cinnamon rolls and egg casserole in the oven and had a brunch. 

These cinnamon rolls are whole grain, and SO super yummy and soft! You can find the recipe on my website, click HERE for the recipe.  

 Annabelle got a sewing kit and sewing lessons for her Christmas present and she wanted to get started early (her lessons aren't until February; 4, 2-hour lessons).
 Annabelle also got a water color set for Christmas and we all sat down to paint a couple of times. This is my first water color painting (I tried to copy an image I found on my phone), and Scott was so proud he wanted to take it to work((I thought he was making fun of me, but he seems serious enough) so I asked him to snap a picture first.
 The hazards of cooking. While pulling a thermometer out of a loaf of bread, I accidentally skimmed my finger on the top of the 350 degree oven and it instantly blistered. Now it looks more like an open wound.
 Anyone else find something off about our dinner setting? Footballs and other toys sometimes find their way onto the table; usually the kids set them down there as they are setting the table and forget to pick them up again.
 Charles got hives this week on his arms and legs. We're not sure what it was from but he had it for a couple of day. We gave him some allergy medicine and rubbed lavender essential oil on him which seemed to help.
 December 31st I finished reading the Book of Mormon! I started in the end of July this year after I'd finished the New Testament (which I started 7 months prior). I kept a journal with me as I read each day and wrote down the precepts/principles and LOVED it! I learned so much.
2016 was a good year! Probably our top 10 from 2016 would include (but not in this order):
1) our move
2) visits from family
3) vacations to visit family in WA and ID, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, St George
4) our half marathons
5) kids reading the book of mormon on their own for the first time
6) elisabeth starting YW and going to the temple
7) our triathlon and other races
8) home improvement projects in the last house and this house
9) BYU education week with my mom and brother
10) recitals and performances from all the kids hard work in piano and other activities

Books I Read in 2016:

1. Old Testament*
2. Book of Mormon*
3. The invention of Wings by sue monk kidd ^*
4. Willpower: rediscovering the greatest human strength by Roy Baumeister
5. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage*
6. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by Berrett-Koehler Publishers ^*
7. Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children by John S Dacey
8. A Lion and a Lamb by Rand H. Packer ^
9. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Belin Olympics by Daniel James Brown ^*
10. Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids from 5 to 18 by Marc Bloom*
11. Holes by Louis Sachar (audio book w/kids)
12. Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (audio book with kids)
13. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
14. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson *
15. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright *
16. The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet: An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes by Felicia Drury Kliment
17. Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger (audio book w/kids)
18. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath
19. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo *
20. The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat your way to radiant skin, renewed energy and the body you've always wanted by Kimberly Snyder *
21. The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke *
22. Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey*
23. Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle

^ book club pick

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