December started out with a birthday and a trip to San Francisco (documented on a separate blog). Kohler turned 9 on December 2nd. We weren't able to join him in his celebration, but we did wish him a happy birthday before we flew out to San Francisco.
The Relief Society had a special activity in December called "Christmas with the Prophets". The idea came from a book of that title which talks about the Christmas traditions of our ladder-day prophets. They had a special dinner during which several of the sisters read Christmas stories of each of the prophets. Diane's creativity shines again with Andrea's help on the committee. It was a good activity to bring the spirit of Christmas to the season.
|Table settings for Relief Society dinner|
|Displays of Ladder-day prophets|
|Our gluten-free Chinese dinner|
|Christmas at Temple Square|
|Fabulous cello section of the elementary school orchestra|
|Lauren (black dress) sings with the 1st grade choir|
|Kohler (center front) sings with the 3rd grade choir|
|Alyssa sings a solo with the 5th grade choir|
Christmas brings family traditions. It started with a nativity play written by Alyssa and performed by Alyssa, Kohler, Lauren, and Brynlie. Mary (Brynlie) couldn't quite keep the balloon under her shirt. The play even included a shepherd's lamb (Smokie).
|Andrea and Alyssa on cellos|
One of the Christmas traditions we enjoy in Logan is going downtown and look at the gingerbread houses on display in several of the stores. Some of them are quite elaborate.
|The family looking at gingerbread houses|
|Old woman and the shoe|
|Ride 'em cowboy|
|You aren't really going to try this are you?|
Well, Christmas has come and gone with pajamas for Christmas Eve and presents for Christmas day.
|Happy family models pajamas|
Well, it has been a good month (other than colds) and an adventurious year. It makes us wonder what the new year will bring.