Friday, January 10, 2014

November 2013 Highlights

Time keeps slipping by. We have had colds for the past 2 months and have not been able to get much done. Meanwhile, life goes on around us.

November was the month for two birthdays, Brynlie and Lauren. Brynlie turned 5 on November 7th. Her favorite number is now 5.

Brynlie still like toys
A hug for sister Kamary
Jason taking pictures with Andrea's "mini"
Lauren turned 7 on November 24th. Our grandchildren are growing too fast, right under our noses. 
Kohler, Laren is old enough to blow them out by herself
We were able to get the last of the leaves raked up and the yard ready for snow. It was just in time because we did have snow in November. 

Diane is the Relief Society meeting coordinator (whatever that means). It actually means she has a lot of stress trying to prepare a meaningful activity for the sisters each month. In November they had an activity which demonstrated ideas for making Christmas treats. They also had a craft where they made tiles with a Christmas message. The young women were invited to join them for the evening. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it (even Diane, once it was over). Andrea is on the committee and was a lot of help. 
Andrea making Christmas treats
Kamary making Christmas tiles
 Diane wasn't able to rest when the meeting was over because they decided to collect recipes and make a little cookbook for the missionaries. Along with the cookbook was a box of treats with messages from members of the ward. She shot the budget with postage for the missionaries. 

Andrea and Alyssa have been learning cello together. Andrea learns by helping out with the orchestra at Hillcrest Elementary School. It means getting up early twice a week for orchestra before school and participating in a recital at the school.
Famous cello duo
November is Thanksgiving time and we have a lot to be thankful for (in spite of being sick). We are fortunate to have Andrea and Jason living with us so we can be close (very) to our grandchildren after being away for 18 months. We had Rehan Baktur (Paul's friend at school) and her daughter Jaren join us for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Logan has a November Fest which is a favorite activity for Diane. Many of the people doing home crafts get together to sell their wares. Usually Paul goes with Diane, but this year Diane went with Andrea, Hanna, and Kamary while Paul stayed home with the other kids. He has been doing a lot of that lately.

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