Meanwhile, though sitting on pins and needles, we have been able to celebrate with the family. In October we celebrated Diane's birthday and our 42nd wedding anniversary. We went out to eat at the Elements restaurant in Logan instead of eating out in Brazil as expected. In November we celebrated Brynlie's 6th birthday.
|Brynlie with her jungle cake|
|Lauren turns 8|
|Lauren in her baptismal dress|
To celebrate this day we all went to the Willow Park Zoo in Logan and saw a reindeer. Afterward we went to Golden Corral for dinner.
|Lauren with the reindeer|
|Alyssa eating cotton candy|
Also in November we were able to attend the sealing on our niece, Sharon with her husband, Mitchell in the Bountiful Temple. It is always a special experience being with my brother David and his family.
|Sharon and Mitchell with family|
In December we also celebrated Kohler's 10th birthday.
|Scary, isn't he?|
|Brynlie with the dog "Mini"|
|The family ready for the Pumpkin Walk|
|Diane at one of the pumpkin scenes|
|Who are these cartoon characters?|
|Cobwebs in the entry|
|Sis Harris really knows how to treat out of a trunk|
|Sherlock and Watson (Alyssa and Kamary)|
Since we weren't going to be here for Christmas we didn't do a lot of planning. We weren't even going to get the tree out and decorate. We spent a lot of the season attending Christmas related programs, including several choir concerts, orchestra concerts
|This orchestra includes many family members|
|Andrea in the band (on the left)|
|No snow for the Christmas Fair|
see the Christmas lights in Ogden,
|Christmas at Union Station|
|Christmas village on 25th street|
|Willard Bay drive through|
Meanwhile, it was fun to be home for Christmas. Andrea and her family carry on the German tradition of advent. It starts four Sundays before Christmas by lighting a candle. New candles are lit each Sunday until on the Sunday before Christmas all four candles are lit, a special German dinner is served, and many festivities are participated in.
|Lighting candles on the 4th advent|
|Decorating gingerbread men (instead of a house)|
|Our string quartet|
|The pajama gang|
|The lineup (Brynlie goes first)|
Is it impossible to get a visa to Brazil? Two other senior couples who were in the USA at the time we got our call are now in Brazil. My cousin, Bob and his wife, Sandy visited us one day. They were planning a mission to Brazil, but when the call came it was to work with a Portuguese branch in Massachusetts. They are already on their mission.
|Sandy and Bob|