Thursday, October 29, 2009

Home Ownership!!

So, we have been in our home for about three weeks and we have had such a fantastic time. Pictures coming soon, we hope. We haven't hooked up Internet access yet, so no facebook and I don't get to blog either. We love our new home! However, I really need to find a money tree so I can fix and get everything together that I want. I guess one thing and one step at a time.

I guess I never realized how much work owning a home is. It is always something. I have been raking leaves like a mad woman, cleaning, getting things together, and now with the snow fall, well, lots of shoveling to do! We got DUMPED on and it is incredible and beautiful!

So, that is our super quick update. We are still hoping and praying that Matt finds a job soon. Other than that, all is well! Hopefully, more details to follow! Sending love and hugs!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Five Years Together!

Today is our Fifth Anniversary! Five years ago today, Matt and I were married in the Bountiful Temple for time and all eternity. It was a beautiful day in September! Looking back five years ago, I never would have thought we would be where we are today. I had in my mind the route that our "happily ever after" would take, but I know we will look back someday and understand why we had to go through what we are. I am so grateful to my wonderful husband and the man he is. He is the man I dreamed about marrying as a little girl. He is my Prince Charming, my knight in shining armor. I can't imagine spending eternity with anyone else! We are a perfect fit for each other!

When we were in the Single's Ward in SLC, I was offered a job at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I called Matt, who was my home teacher, to tell him about the job offer and to tell him I was going to the temple to pray about it. He asked if he could accompany me. My answer was clean, I knew I had to go. We sat in the Celestial Room and I remember looking up at him and asking him if he would still be my friend when I left. He looked down at me and said he would be my friend always and forever. That was so significant. I didn't find out until later he was sitting next to me praying about me, praying about asking me to be his girlfriend. And really, the rest is history. We were inseparable! I love him dearly, truly, eternally.
Para sempre meu amor!




Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our New Home

We are so excited to introduce our new home! Well, it is not officially ours, but we are pretty sure of it. :) We close on September 24, which is our 5th Anniversary. Looks like I won't be getting that second band for my ring after all. But all is well. We only have a couple of pictures from the exterior. But here are the specs:
4 Bed, 3 full baths (Not looking forward to cleaning all of that space!)
Family room and sitting room (I call the sitting room the visiting teaching room)
Unfinished Basement, Heated Garage
Built in 1973 and still has all of the original everything! I have a lot of remodeling to do, but I am excited. We really only plan on living here for about 5 years, fixing it up and selling it. We are going to be in the same ward. We find it quite funny because we were looking at homes everywhere, but were drawn back to the ward. We think we still have some unfinished business to take care of there.

The view from the the front yardOur HUGE tree! We love it!
Our backyard is ginormous!

Hopefully, more pictures to come soon. Thank you all for your prayers! We are so excited to be homeowners!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy 30th Birthday Matthew!

Happy Birthday Matthew!
I am officially married to an old man! Today is Matt's 30th Birthday! I love him oh, so very much! He is my rock and I am ever so grateful to be married to such a strong, faithful man! All of our photos are packed, so I only have what we have uploaded on the computer, which are just the last couple of years (I am kinda behind). I included a few photos of my handsome man from the past.
30 Things I love About Matt:
1: His little boy smile
2: He is a worthy priesthood holder who honors his priesthood
3: He makes me smile
4: I love when he cuddles me at night
5: When I can't sleep, I love the way he rubs his fingers across my face and sings me a lullaby
6: He wants to make me happy, even at his own expense
7: Matt is so faithful
8: I love the way I fit so perfectly in his arms
9: He sticks EVERYTHING on his forehead
10: He is so tall and handsome
11: He is going to be a fantastic father to our children! I know because I see the way he acts with our nieces
12: I love that he tries to fix things. What a man thing to do!
13: He will occassionally get a laughing fit that makes me cry and it just cracks me up to see him laugh so hard!
14: He is so smart, smarter than I could ever hope to be
15: I love him for taking me to the temple to marry me for time and all eternity
16: He always wants to be and tries to be better
17: Matt supports me in anything and everything I do
18: Matt has a HUGE heart and he loves unconditionally. He would give the shirt off of his back for anyone
19: He has an incredible voice!
20: Matt is one of the most sensitive men I know
21: He knows so much about the most random things
22: Matt is incredibly patient. I'm not sure I deserve the patience he gives me
23: He will do silly things to try and make me crack up
24: He is a mountain man and loves and respects nature
25: I love that the wants to provide for our family
26: I love that his feet are ticklish
27: He serves anywhere he is asked. I love when he helps me with my Sunbeams!
28: Our hands fit perfectly together!
29: He has thick hair, and long amazing eyelashes!
30: EVERYTHING! We are a perfect fit for each other and I wouldn't change him for anything! Happy Birthday hunny bear!






Saturday, July 18, 2009

I'm Famous!

Well, at least I feel that way!
A reporter came to the school and asked to do a story on one of the instructors. Since I have been there the longest, and hold a true vision of what the school is all about, I was chosen. I got to be interviewed and photographed (although the photograph wasn't that great!) and published in the Your Hug section of the Newspaper. It is so rewarding! I love massage therapy and I love teaching it and it is great to get the word out. I love my students and I love the curriculum. Check it out! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Brandy is Famous!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Fourth and other Channanigans

It has been quite some time since I have posted with pictures. Living at our in-laws we were using their computer until recently. We set ours up and I finally took a minute (actually, a couple of hours) and loaded my hundreds of pics from my memory cards. We have lost out on five houses, but we are hoping and praying that the right one will come along. Everyone keeps telling us that Heavenly Father must have some magnificent plan for us, and has a specific place he wants us to be. We keep praying this is correct. Thanks for your prayers and your love!
Please enjoy the pictures, in no particular order!
My cute Hubby and I on the 4th of July this year! What a sweetie he is! I am ever so grateful for his love and constant support! Without him, I am nothing.
My sister in law, Molly and I enjoying fun before the fireworks! I love this girl so much! She teaches me volumes everyday about patience and the love our Heavenly Father has for each of us!

Sweet little Hannah who makes me smile and feel like a million bucks!
I made this adorable diaper cake for my sister-in-laws baby shower. It was so fun! I can't wait to meet my new nephew.

Angela and I had a hilarious time throwing the shower with Amber's other sister-in-law Angela. (that's a lot of Angelas!)

Molly took this picture of the 3 of the "Sister's-in-law" from the bottom of the playground equipment. I love these girls!

Mother-in-law, Kathleen, and I got into a frosting war. I am pretty sure I won!

One of the most spiritual moments of my life was my sister-in-law, Molly, baptism. The spirit was so incredibly strong and there was not a dry eye in the room!

Matt helped with the baptism.

From the lense of a 4 year old. How fun to see the world from their perspective.

Princess Molly

Matt's brother, Ben, graduated with his Master's degree.

Hannah Banana and I!

Heather Ridge Ward Pinewood Derby 2009

What a proud moment...winning the fastest car! I feel like a proud wife knowing my husband can build such a fast car!

Doogie did not particularly enjoy going for a ride in the baby stroller

When David and Amber were here from Kansas, we went on a big brother date. (Travis called it a Fourple). We had a blast at the Denver Aquarium. I love to see the 3 big boys together. It cracks me up and makes me laugh. I love these guys!

Sisters-in-law Again...Amber, Angela, Brandy
We make Kathleen laugh because Angela has dark hair, Amber has auburn hair, and I am a blonde.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

What a very special day this is! Today is my sister-in law's birthday and baptism day as well as Father's Day. I look at some very special people in my life today and have to take a moment to give thanks.

My Dad: Growing up, I was always "Daddy's Girl" and I took great pride in that. I am not sure where we fell apart along the way, but I have great memories of my father. I remember him putting in Cinderella and watching it with me over and over, lying in my bed. My fondest memories are riding motorcycles and camping up in the mountains. I think it is from him that I gained my love and passion for the outdoors. I loved dancing with him at my wedding. One of my favorite shots on the wedding video is his hand placed on my back, both of us with a little tear in our eyes.

My Husband: He is a father. Point blank. He has been a father twice over and for that, I am so proud of him. He is the "father" to our puppy, Doogie, and he loves him so very much. I love sleeping every night to my best friend. In fact, I have a hard time sleeping when I do not feel him next to me. I am proud of the man he is and the man he continues to become. I love him unconditionally...at times we make each other angry, but I think making up is an important part of marriage. I look forward to the day when I can make him a daddy. I see the way he looks at and loves our nieces and I just know, he will be an amazing father! I love you hunny bear!

My Father-in-law: I call him Dad. I love him to bits and pieces! How could it be that I could marry into such an unselfish, strong family? My Father-in-law is my husband's hero, the man he wants to become. I never hear him complain about anything. He loves and loves and never expects anything in return. He is a source of strength and inspiration for our family and I am so grateful for him! I love him so dearly as my own, and he accepts me and loves me like I have always been there!

My Step-Father: Chris loves my mom and that is the most I could ever ask from anyone! I love my mother dearly, and she deserves only the best! Chris has such a contagious smile and even though he hasn't even been part of our family for a decade, it seems like he has always been there. He is a strong willed man and I am grateful for him!

Grandpas: My Grandpa Jensen passed away many years ago, but I will always remember his amazing smile. I loved sitting and playing in the hot hub with him. He was always so proud of me and I take a little bit of him everyday with him. I love playing solitare because I remember watching him for hours playing, giving me all of his little tips. Matt never got to meet him, but we have both had special dreams about him watching over our little boy in heaven. We KNOW that my Grandpa Jensen is with us!
My Grandpa Willey: I love him for everything he is and does! He is one of the most unselfish people I know! I remember as a little girl he would give me the money to pay for lunch and I would always ask if I could keep the change. He has such an electric smile that makes me giggle like a little girl all over again. I love it when he tells me stories of when I was little...I feel so special! And his "whiskies!" I am a grown woman but I still have to ask my Grandpa for "Whiskies" every opportunity I can!
Grandpa Wilson: I am so grateful that he has accepted me as his own. What an amazing man! I am grateful for his love, his testimony, his priesthood, his smile! He shares such amazing stories and jokes. I love to hear him recite poetry. He has accepted me as part of the family and he is a great example to my husband.

I really could go on and on with other men who have loved me, accepted me, counseled me, held me during times of trial, comforted me, and been great examples to me. I have to mention just a couple:
Daddy Dennis Hill: Thank you for always being there for me! Thank you for your love, your support, your hugs! You have always just loved me as your own! I consider myself your "adopted daughter"!
Larry Petersen: Thank you for your humor, your laugh, your hugs. Thank you for welcoming me into your home and your family!
Kurtis Hill: What a fantastic brother you are! Thank you a billion times over for the friend you were and the brother you are! You are a fantastic father to your little ones! So much of the woman I am today, I owe to your friendship and love!
Ben and David: Thank you for always making me laugh! Thank you for being such great men in my husband's life. We are both so lucky to have you and we miss you!

Thank you to all of those I call "brother!" I have been so blessed an hundred fold and then some! Thank you for the worthy men, priesthood holders, fathers, sons, friends and examples that you are! I appreciate you! My life is full of men who do nothing but love and for that, I consider myself blessed on this Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm still alive

I realize I haven't done a lot of updating. I think part of it is that I am waiting for something amazing to happen, and it just doesn't seem to be. We have put bids on three different houses and been outbid every single time. This last one was very upsetting because we walked into the house and felt so "at home." I could picture my little boys throwing parachute men off the staircase (and even jumping off and breaking an arm), late night book reading in my master suite, birthday parties in the back yard...we even overbid on the home by $7,000, but the house went for $25,000 more than the listing price. We didn't stand a chance. I even bought furniture, we were so certain and had such a great feeling about this one! I guess the furniture will really go in any home. :)

So, we have some frustration around the house. Thank goodness for an amazing realtor. She is in my in-laws ward and she said, "Maybe we are looking in the wrong places. Heavenly Father must have a special place for you prepared and we just need to find where that is." She said that her family would fast for us this Sunday to find the place where we needed to be. We have asked all of our family to do the same so we may "find the place which God for us prepared." In the meantime, we are so grateful to my in-laws for letting us bunk with them. I love them dearly!!! They are incredible people, but I think I am ready for my own place. :)

Somewhere around eighth grade I was diagnosed with clinical depression. It isn't something I am extremely open about because of the stigmas that so many people have about depression. One thing I am certain is that I am not faking it (as I was told so many times). I am seen by so many as a typically happy person, and I am! But things have been so hard lately. I try to stay positive, I try to keep the faith. I don't use my depression as an excuse as to why I have been so down lately. I am working hard.

Thank you for all of your kind words and support! I am so blessed to have such amazing friends and family! I love you all so dearly and I miss you!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hello

I love Matt so very much! I just don't think I ever get to tell him that enough! All of eternity does not seem like enough time to get to know him and love on him! He is my Superman, always coming to save me! I am so blessed to have had so much time with him, just the two of us. I love him dearly! I am irrevocably, completely in love with that man! He is so patient and kind!

We still haven't found a house, but we are hopeful that the right one will just pop up! Every weekend brings up something that gets in the way, but I have faith that it will happen when it will happen!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Do you think I'll ever have anything new to write about?

So, nothing really to report. We got moved into the in-laws two weeks ago. It is going well! I am gone a lot for work and I barely see anyone. Sometimes I leave in the morning and get home at night without seeing anyone! Sad days...We are still in the process of looking for a home. Matt is up for a pretty significant promotion at work and if he gets it, it will make house hunting much easier and open up some other things that wouldn't be available otherwise. We are keeping our fingers (and toes and anything else we can cross) crossed, and our prayers strong, in hopes of getting it. It would mean another step up in the company for the boy.

I absolutely loved General Conference and I am so grateful for a living prophet today who leads and guides our church. I loved every single talk. I did something I have never really done before and that is come to conference with specific questions. It was so neat...I felt like every single speaker was speaking directly to me, as if I was right in front of them! I a so grateful for the knowledge peace the Gospel brings!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Just a short little post

I think my little apartment should be considered a disaster site!! I have so much to do this week, and so little time to do it! I have been packing most of the morning and I feel like I have barely made a dent. We still don't have a house, but we are moving into a storage unit this weekend! I am so grateful for ward members who are so willing to help. Thank you!!
I just wanted everyone to know that we have not fallen off the face of the earth, things are just absolutley crazy around the Anderson household! Thanks for your care and concerns!!
My Grams told me she reads my blog, so I have to give a shout out to her! I love you so very much!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A not so exciting update, but one none the less

I have friends requesting an update on the Anderson Family, and the update is that there really is no update. :) We haven't found a house yet, but our real estate agent is hopeful, and that makes us feel a little better. We walked into one house that was a disaster area. The people just up and left and left nearly EVERYTHING behind! Both Matt and I felt such a sadness in the home, but it was and incredible floor plan and I could have my own massage room! The front room was large enough that I could teach infant massage classes too! But, it was defiantly on the upper end of our price range. I'm not sure why we torture ourselves that way. We could afford it, but we would be married to our mortgage. No dollar movies or anything, and neither of us were sure we could live like that. So we keep looking, and hoping and praying that something comes along. Our agent is so incredibly patient with us, and I'm not sure, quite frankly, how she does it! But she continues to give us hope and love us right along! Thanks Natalie!

Last weekend I took an infant massage class and it was so incredible! It just affirmed to me that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I am walking the path I was destined from birth to walk. So, I need to teach 5 parents with babies under 7 months the strokes, so if you know anyone interested, spread the news. I have a lot to get done before July!! I want to teach the world this amazing tool! We had a mom with a baby in the class and she said he was usually so very fussy and he only pooped ever 3-4 days. (I think I would be fussy too!!) By the end of the 4 day class, he was pooping 4-6 times a day!! Talk about a lot of back up to get rid of! And not to mention, he was one of the happiest babies I have EVER met!

Right now, our apartment is in shambles, boxes everywhere (empty boxes I might add...we are both dragging our feet when it comes to packing!), and we are just going crazy. We have accepted our in-laws invitation to room there for awhile until we can find a home. That way, we can save up money for a down-payment and maybe some furniture, since we don't have any. :) I am working a ton of hours, but I still enjoy what I do for the most part. Matt has put in an application for a manager position at his job, and we are really REALLY hoping he gets it! He works so incredibly hard for that company and he does not make even half of what he is worth. He won't even have an interview until April because the person who needs to interview him went to Hawaii for a month.

And that is your Anderson Update in a nutshell. Thank you so much for caring! We are so grateful to have friends who love us and check on us! Keep us in your prayers!

Friday, February 20, 2009

So Sad to say...

We did not get the house. We found out today. I am on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but everyone keeps saying not to give up, so I'll try my best. I have been trying to look for more houses, but they all start to look alike. I really had my little heart set, but I don't believe in accidents! We only have a month left on our lease, so we are hoping something just falls from the sky. Onward and upward I suppose. Thanks for all of your prayers!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sunbeams and Houses

It seems as if I have so much going on, yet nothing really to report on! We have been looking at houses recently and boy, is it crazy! I blogged about one house out in the country, but it was under contract before we even went to look at it, so that was out of our hands. We have found another one up by our stake center which we both really like and we put an offer on it. It is super popular and there have been a lot of bids on it, but hopefully we will hear back soon. I am realizing that I don't really like to keep my pocketbook so extremely tight, but I will do what has to be done.

Every house I go in, I start making it my own. I picture paint colors, where I would arrange the furniture (that we don't have!!), where I would hang the pictures. I find that I make up houses in my mind too. I take bits and pieces from one parts from another to form the house I want. It is quite a daunting, scary task! When we were signing the 14 pages of paperwork with our realtor to put an offer on the house, I nearly had an anxiety attack! I asked if there was any way just Matt could sign the paperwork because I don't do well with that sort of thing. She laughed and said I could sign power of attorney over to Matt to act in my name, but that would just be more paperwork. :) We all had a chuckle at that.

The Wednesday before Valentine's Day, I was finishing up some things before heading off to work. I hear little footsteps prancing up the stairs. I ran to the door and I was told to shut it. I stood on the other side and listened as little hands taped hearts to my door. I stood on the other side just crying! My little tiny Sunbeams (past and present) had "heart attacked" my door! It was so incredibly sweet! Later, one of my Sunbeams came by with a little bucket that was all decorated that says, "Reasons why we love U." Inside they had written little Valentines. There was also Riesen candies and inside each candy the children had mentioned something they loved about me. I about couldn't stand it! My door full of hearts! I love that they are all on the lower half of the door!
And the sweet bucket of love they gave me!

What an answer to my prayers! I have been questioning my faith and my Heavenly Father lately. I did something I know I shouldn't have, but I asked for a sign that He was aware of my INDIVIDUALLY! I have been feeling so left behind and pondering my self worth, and this was truly an answer to that prayer! I know that very strongly! So, thank you Lindee and everyone else involved! I love my little Sunbeams with all of my heart and my biggest hesitation in moving is leaving those little ones behind. I know that someone will come in and the kids won't even bat an eyelash, but it breaks my heart to even begin to think about it. Thank goodness for Sunbeams! This is my two favorite boys in the entire world on Valentine's Day! Matt and I made dinner at home and then he took me to the Stake Dance! I love him so very much and I am so grateful for his love! And Doogie is truly a blessing in our lives!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Miracles

Every year the week of Valentine's Day, a local radio show does something they call "36 hours for Kids." They raise money for Children's Hospital here in Denver. Every year, I am touched by the stories of children who go through trials that no one should ever have to! I am touched by their lives, their love, their hope, their relentless spirits. I often show up to work during the week with tears in my eyes, and today was no different. I often play the "woes me" game and they "why me?" game when really, I have life pretty darn good!
I have really realized today how precious life is! You never know what is going to be thrown your way. We have little control over the future, but part of the battle is finding joy in every journey.
I am also including some of my favorite stories that inspire me to want to be better. (make sure you have a bunch of tissues handy and don't forget to turn off the music at the bottom of the page.)



My sister-in-law, Molly, was born with a disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Her skin is missing collagen 7 which means her She has been blessed by children's hospital as well. Matt and I became Miracle Makers 3 years ago and donated in her name. It is the best $15 a month we can spend. We never know what tomorrow will bring. Enjoy every moment of every day.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hello and welcome to a boring post

It seems as if our lives have been pretty boring, uneventful, yet in the same breath, so busy I can't seem to get caught up on everything. Work has been incredibly busy lately. I haven't worked under 50 hours since the beginning of January. We just have so many extra things to get done. I think as a teaching team, once we stop being reactive and start being proactive things will be much easier. But we have to get caught up from everything we as a team, didn't do the first time. I'm all on board, I just hope everyone else is as well.

Another crazy stressor in our lives is trying to decide what to do when our lease is up end of March. We really thought we had until the end of April, so have been kinda procrastinating. Two months is MUCH shorter than three! We have been house hunting, thinking of moving in with Matt's parents for a couple months, even considering apartment life again. We went out to my friend's home for the Super Bowl last night and we stumbled across the most beautiful home we have seen yet! (Well, we haven't seen inside but we peeked in the windows!) It is 2336 sq. feet and on 5 acres of land! Don't ask me what we would do with 5 acres of land! And it is totally reasonably priced! It goes up for auction later this month so we are going to try to get all of our affairs in order (by the 18th) and perhaps attend the auction. If we can offer less, we would be sitting really good. The only thing is it is about an hour away from my work and 45 from Matt's. But if we could be out in the country, away from the city, with the most beautiful sunsets, stars that go for miles, it just might be something to consider. We'll see. I can't really make up my mind one way or another. I keep hoping my sweet husband will recieve some amazing revelation that will tell us where to plant. He is pretty good about that.

Last weekend, Matt's parents went to Vegas for some alone time and we stayed with the four kids at home for four days and three nights. (I say kids, but there are two 17 yr. olds, 14 and 7). It was definaly crazy though. I lost a lot of sleep worrying about the youngest ones milk pump, and all sorts of crazy things. I wonder if I will ever get caught up on sleep! One thing it made me realize is that I'm just not ready for children. I have heard people say, you are never really ready, and I can piggyback that. We'll see. I don't foresee any children in our near future.

I enjoy catching up on everyone's lives when I get a moment. I love you all dearly!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My "other" blog

So, I was able to take some time this morning to get my other blog up and rolling. Again, please don't feel obligated to visit. A lot of it is going to be my personal journal and journey. Thank you all for you love and support. I will keep this blog updated with our everyday life. Love ya!!
http://brandysinfertilityjourney.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A New Blog

This is a decision I have been thinking about for a long time. I have pondered back and forth in my head what it would look like, if I really want to manage two blogs, what would be the implications, etc. but the time has come.
A lot of times when I post about my inferility journey here, I feel like I am doing a lot of whining and complaining, when that was not my intention at all! I wonder, who would really want to read about my rants and raves? So, I have made a personal decision to start another blog strickly about my journey through infertilityland. It will be more of a personal journal for me with links to others going through the same journey. I will still keep this blog and be better about updating more regularly, with my "happy news" that goes on in our everyday lives. I am working on getting it up and ready and as soon as I do, I will post a link if you want to read.
Thank you for your love and support. I feel like this is really for me and a place I can openly share about my struggles. Thank you! I love you all dearly!!

Christmas, just a little late

Christmas was fantastic! We love being with Matt's family, and how excited we were to have so many wonderful people to share in the day with. The Celebration started on December 23 because Ben, Angela and the girls were going to surprise Angela's mom in Utah for Christmas. It was like having two Christmases!
Of course, I am human and love recieving, but the true joy in Christmas comes in watching the excitement of the little ones, so to see my two nieces open their gifts was more than I could ask for.
Hannah and her new dress Nana made with her puppy and bed that Grandpa hand-made behind.
Reagan got a purple princess dress!
My beautifiul princesses!


On Christmas Eve my Mother-in-law always has an amazing spread of food, and this year was no differant! Nannie and Grandpa, Matt and I, their family, and about 3 other families were there. 21 people in all!! Everhthing is decorated precisely and of course, everything tastes delicious! But of course, the real fun starts after dinner! Dad reads from the Bible and Book of Mormon the account of Christ's birth. Every year, something else stands out to me. Because of where I am, I really felt for and sympathized with Mary. What a strong woman, and I know she had some divine helpers for her birth! From there, we act out the Nativity. It is always quite the production! Dad is always the donkey (poor donkey....Mary can't even ride him anymore!) Matt and his brothers are always the "3 Wise Guys," but with 2 of the wise guys missing this year, improvisions had to be made. I have to say that the step-ins were pretty good. A little more serious, but they did great! With so many people, Carolyn (she always write the play) had to add some pretty crazy parts. Mom and I were the manger. Boy, did my arm get tired! :)


After the play, we "act" out the 12 days of Christmas. The funny one this year was 6 geese a laying....looked a little more like 6 constipated geese to me, but quite the little play!
Christmas morning is such a joy with 4 young ones still at home. Nannie actually let us sleep in until about 6:30. That in itself was a treat! What a morning! The rest of the day was full of love and movie watching and snacking on treats!




Molly and I baking with her Easy Bake Oven. Brought back so many memories!
Nannie made the two vetren's special quilts. They are absolutely beautiful!