Archive for December 2014

2014 Bingham Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne got asked to the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance and was excited to go. As you can tell from the photo, it’s a “pajamas dance”. I only briefly met her date and he seemed like a nice guy. They didn’t have pajama dances back in my day, so I’m not sure what the protocol is for such a thing; but apparently Anne’s date’s Mom made the matching pajama bottoms. She had a good time and I’m glad she’s having a lot of fun with her friends during her Senior year while still keeping her grades up.

Music and Missionaries

Each December our kids participate in a number of recitals and concerts. We have so many pictures and videos of past events that we tend to not even record them any more; however, this time Nancy took her cell phone out for Caroline’s and Sam’s school concerts. Sam is in the 7th grade choir. We try and get him to sing some of his songs at home and he is pretty reluctant but he seems to enjoy singing with all the other boys on stage.

Sam's 7th grade choir

Sam’s 7th grade choir

This year Nancy’s niece Rachel stayed with us for a few days before going to the MTC. It was fun having her around and seeing her excitement to begin her mission in Rome. Rachel was a good sport and went along to see Caroline’s concert on the day before she went to the MTC.

Rachel, Sam, and Caroline at the band concert

Rachel, Sam, and Caroline at the band concert. Clearly Sam was interested in having his picture taken.

Caroline plays the clarinet in the 9th grade band (it has some fancy name like concert band or something that I can never remember). The arthritis in her hands makes it a little harder for her to play the clarinet so we’re often regaled with moaning and groaning about how hard it is to practice; however, sometimes I wonder whether the moaning and groaning is due to arthritis or just because of the fact that like 99% of all the kids in the world she would rather play with friends, play video games, read books, or do just about any other activity than practice her instrument.

Caroline playing her clarinet

Caroline playing the clarinet

The next day Nancy dropped Rachel off at the MTC. We wish her good luck and hope she enjoys Christmas in Rome.

Nancy dropping Rachel off at the MTC

Nancy and Rachel at the MTC

Decorating the tree

It was my turn to put up the Christmas tree and get it ready for decorating this year. Nancy and I tend to view setting up the tree as a chore rather than a cherished tradition. 20 years ago we didn’t buy a pre-lit tree and each year since we’ve bickered over whose turn it is string the lights. Fortunately, the setting up is the only thing that’s a chore. The actual decorating part is indeed a cherished tradition.

Diana decorating the tree

Diana decorating the tree

Emily was still at college and Anne was off taking photos for the school yearbook so we only had the 3 youngest kids available to decorate the Christmas tree this year. We had the usual assortment of handmade or “memory” ornaments that seems to grow by one or two each year: the canning jar lid with the photo inside, the Popsicle stick frame with a photo, a “First Christmas Together” ornament that someone gave Nancy and I for our wedding (sorry, can’t remember who), etc.

Sam and Caroline decorate the tree

Sam and Caroline decorate the tree

I used to cringe at those goofy kid-made ornaments, thinking they would just clutter up the otherwise beautiful tree; however, over the years I’ve grown to like them and it’s fun to dig them out again each year and let the kids put “their” ornament on the tree.

Now I just have to remember to refer to this post next year when Nancy and I argue over whose turn it is to put up the tree…