So much to blog about! First off, my wonderful husband surprised me by flying back out to Utah to be with Daniel and I for the weekend. We had been apart for 1 1/2 weeks and none of us were happy about it, or the fact that we still had 2 more weeks of separation left. I'm a wuss, I know it. I never realized just how dependant I am on him. (especially as far as Daniel is concerned! He just adores his Daddy) It was soooo good to see him and have him around for a while. It made me feel very content and happy to have him by my side. (not to mention it was nice to have someone drive me around while my vision is still blurry!) So Thanks Honey! I love you! I'll see you soon!
I seriously don't know how other people do it. My sister-in-law is my hero. Her husband has been at boot camp for 4 months and she has two little girls. I wouldn't be able to cope. We're all so excited though, he's done this next week! Yay! We can't wait to have the whole family together for Christmas!

Speaking of having the whole family together, mine is about to be separated for a while. My parents just got a mission call!!!! They're going to Auckland, New Zealand for 18 months to work in the family history center there. I'm so excited for them. I'll just have to stow away in somebodies luggage to get down there to visit!

Now a blast from the past for all of my friends from the BYU School of Music, remember this?

I was able to go and see the Celebration of Christmas concert this last Saturday. I have to say that it was very nice to be on the audience side of things. No numb toes from standing for hours in heels, no sweat dripping from the hot lights and sheer amount of bodies on stage. No elbowing from Women's Chorus girls trying to get closer to the Men's Chorus boys. (no disrespect meant, I was there once! ;) And to top it all off the music was beautiful! Two of my favorites from the evening were when the BYU Singers performed "Little Tree" by Eric Whitacre (gorgeousness!!)(will be available on CD next year sometime, check the link at the side of the page...) and "Carol of Joy" by Dan Forrest. Carol of Joy was somewhat of a surprise for me. I was touched by the composers obvious belief in the words he had chosen to set to music. It gave me chills. Take a second to read this: (or listen to the song here: http://www.danforrest.com/?page_id=65

Carol Of Joy
Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry; Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky. Lengthening shadows,Dark closing in…
Then, through the stillness, carols begin!

Oh fallen world, to you is the song– Death holds you fast and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy! Sweet to your ears, a carol of Joy!

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow; Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow; Deep, empty valley veiled by the night; Hear angel music–hopeful and bright!

Oh fearful world, to you is the song– Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong! Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound–
A carol of joy! A Saviour is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes! Thrill to the chorus filling the skies! Look up sad hearted–witness God’s love! Join in the carol swelling above!

Oh friendless world, to you is the song! All Heaven’s joy to you may belong! You who are lonely, laden, forlorn– Oh fallen world!Oh friendless world!
To you,
A Saviour is born!

Text by Eileen Berry.

Between the concert and the snow (tons and tons of snow, I SO would have ended up on my tooshie if it hadn't been for my darling hubby!) I finally felt the Christmas season was off to a start.

Just to prove that I do still exist...

Daniel's "Christmas Sprinkles...." Daniel begged and begged for a Christmas donut and Grandma spoiled him and got one. Of course when we got home he tore into the donut and refused to eat the "yucky for me" sprinkles. Don't know what I'm going to do with this kid!


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Suzanne! I absolutely LOVE your blog! All you pictures and editor's comments are wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of your fun adventures with us! We hope your holidays are wonderful - Merry Christmas!!


It sounds like you are having fun, minus the shot in the eye (what happened?). Have a great Chirstmas season, and call me if you have a spare afternoon.

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