Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmastime Hodge Podge

Some photos of our activities the past few weeks.
Always love the lights at beautiful Temple Square.

 The Visitor's Center at Temple Square has added some gorgeous large stills from the LDS Bible film series.
I was particularly drawn to this beautiful portrayal of 
Mary and toddler Jesus.
 We were blessed to obtain tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert.
This year featuring Broadway singer Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets.
I smiled and wept through the entire concert.
It was that good.
And probably one of my very favorites.

 Before the concert we enjoyed walking through City Creek.
 We ate dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
 (Thank you Coryn and Scott)
Notice we are outside in December.
While we were there who should happen to sit behind us?
Apparently the jolly old man himself.
I mean, how often do you get a photo bomb by Santa Claus?

What are you looking at?? 
We also checked in on his reindeer who were staying at Thanksgiving Point.

 I spent some time making the traditional Christmas Date Balls
for my book group, friends and my husband's office.
 Visited Downtown Provo to see this year's 
clever Christmas windows.
This one was at Pioneer Book on Center Street.
As a book lover, this was a favorite.
 Also made a trip to the Beehive Bazaar which is a tradition.
So many wonderful items made by local creatives.
 This is Noelle Olpin who created the Bazaar. 
It has been around for many years and is a local favorite.
We have known Noelle and her husband Steve (a film maker) since they were newlyweds over 20 years ago.
and lived across the street from us. 
Such talented and innovative individuals.

 I had to share this photo of my Cammy with
 sweet two-year-old Bram.
My girls babysat our good friend's three boys while 
we all attended ward choir practice for our Christmas program.
(We call them our pretend grandchildren.)
It is always an adventure to have 'little boys' in our home.

 (Coryn's BYU office party last year)
BYU's Cosmo finally donned a BLUE Santa suit after years of wearing a red one.
I think there must have been complaints about the red and someone finally made the call:)
Missing these two this Christmas!

 Hard to believe it was just a year ago this past week
 that these sweethearts
were getting married.
Such a lovely winter wedding.
 And speaking of winter.
Where is our snow?
It has certainly been a mild and unusual winter thus far.

Oh, and California Cait, 
The Red Tornado has blown in to join us for Christmas.
Let the festivities begin!

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