She let me rock her to sleep that day and tonight I was able to get her asleep again. (nice to know I haven't lost the touch)
Dave has been teaching her how to use electronic gadgets:
I'm can't locate one of my Christmas boxes that has the garland in it, so, we're garlandless this year. I'm still missing not having a real tree, so just might have to break down and get one next year! (we've been without for 3 years now) I'm grateful for a tree, each ornament, and decoration, and the beautiful symbolism of them all.
'TIS THE SEASON......for CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND STORIES
Before and after decorating the tree, we sang lots of Christmas carols. I love both the music and stories and am so grateful that we can enjoy both all season long!
'TIS THE SEASON......for SNOWSTORMS (in Utah anyway!)
Although it's cold and awful to drive in, I'm grateful for the snow, since for us it means having enough water in the summer.
'TIS THE SEASON......for SNOW SHOVELING!
Like brother, like sister.....since Jordan was small, he has gone out and shoveled snow without being asked. Really a bonus for me! THANK YOU, JORDAN! And this year, Emily is right out there with him. It's cold in this picture, about 25 degrees. Please notice all the winter gear they are wearing.....really none. I guess Emily DOES have boots on, but that's about it! Both JoJo and Emmy are the "It's not cold", "wear shorts all year" kind of people....just for the record, they didn't get it from me! I'm grateful for children who shovel my driveway for me! (Gotta mention that Dave was out there last night shoveling too.)
'TIS THE SEASON.......for SNOW FUN!
Sometimes Emily DOES get bundled up if she's going to actually PLAY in the snow for a length of time. I'm thankful for a daughter who shows such joy and enthusiasm for big and little things.
'TIS THE SEASON.....for FRIENDS and HOT COCOA
taking a break from the snow and "chilling out" (or warming up) with a friend
I'm grateful for friends and family to share special and ordinary times with.
'TIS THE SEASON......for CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Dave's extended family had their Bascom Family Christmas Party last night. We tied fleece blankets to give to a homeless shelter, had a yummy dinner, a beautiful Christmas story, and the nativity. We are fortunate to still have lots of younger children to carry out the tradition of acting out the nativity. Sorry about the right corner of the picture. I was kind of in charge of the nativity so didn't get to see much of it, but the children were darling. We sang silent night when they were through, and it was a perfect way to end the beautiful evening.
I'm so thankful we have family who live close enough to make these special memories with us. I'm especially grateful for this time of year when we can take more time to focus on the One whose birth we celebrate and all it means for us.
For Emily it was love at first sight with the little pups!
We spent Thanksgiving Day at my brother, Jim's, home. There were about 40 people there - lots of good food and company.
At this time of year, I truly have so many blessings to be thankful for. Good health, the freedoms of our country, the gospel, and family to name a few. As I grow older, "stuff" means so much less to me, and family means so much more. I know my mom & dad's time is growing short, and it was a treasure to spend time with them for several days.
(notice the "not so white" white socks)
Emily's annual fun in the leaves - we missed Caitlin for this!
Dave came out and tried to help, but the rake broke again, and we were out of bags. The BYU football game was starting soon, so I knew that was it for yard work that day. We did get three bags filled though. During the game I went and bought a new rake and more bags. Guess what we're doing for an early family night tomorrow????
After the game Jordan went with friends, and Dave, Emily, and I headed to Salt Lake to do some shopping at Linens 'n Things. We had gifts cards to use up, since their store is closing. We bought new drinking glasses, and some needed kitchen utensils. Then we met Bill and Karen (my sister) for dinner at Gecko's Mexican Restaurant for Dave's birthday, where they treated us (thank you Bill & Karen!) It's so nice that they live close enough we can get together once in awhile!
Sunday: I came in the kitchen and here's what I saw:
Chef Emily. She had put on Dave's cooking apron and was ready to make him breakfast in bed.
"Peace" (from our hippie party)
June 16, 2000, a very special day for us!
Happy Birthday, sweetheart! I love you!
Here's a cute picture of Nicia & Joe that day:
As I said in my previous post, we were able to see Dave's Dad and Marion on our way home. Emily had a great time playing with her Grandpa:
Family: Life's Greatest Blessing