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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 YEAR IN REVIEW - July to December

The second half of 2008 was just a busy as the first half! Here are the highlights!


In July, Michael and I went to Oregon to visit family and met up with LaDonna and her friend, Diane! Our first stop was a visit to the Portland Temple and then on to Richard and Renetta's!

We enjoyed three beautiful days on the coast with pictures to prove it! This is my favorite spot on the earth and it’s hard to limit it to just a few photos!


In August my break and rest from seminary was over as I was called to be the Relief Society President of our ward! In fact, from August and September were all a blur to me as we got things started up! I started a lot of interviews and visits with sisters in our ward.


September seemed to be more of the same with Relief Society visits and planning!


October saw me one year older but we won’t go into that! The first of the month, we began having Josie living with us while she goes to school. It’s been a great experience having her in our home.

The middle of the month we had a Chocolate Unity Enrichment and had a wonderful dinner, a lot of chocolate and activities and had about 55 sisters attend! It was a great first activity for our RS!

Then it was Ethan’s birthday!

Followed by Halloween and our ward’s trunk or treat!


The first part of November we made a quick trip to Albertson, NC where Michael was from to attend a surprise 75th birthday party for our sister-in-law, Eleanor. Her face is priceless as her sons pulled off this huge surprise

We had a very different Thanksgiving and for the first time in 32 years I did not cook a turkey! We had an enjoyable day with Tracy’s family.


We’ve now caught up to the end of a busy 2008. Relief Society was in charge of our ward Christmas party and we think it went well with a Book of Mormon Christmas theme. We had beautiful decorations, great food and "prophets" visit us!

One day Michael and I took Ethan and Sydney to karate class that they have been doing this fall. We took some videos we may post at a later time. It was fun to watch the children do their thing and they got into the activities. Their teacher sure has patience to work with 4-6 year olds!

We had Christmas Eve with Ryan and Eric and Tracy's family, including a short Christmas FHE with the kids acting out the nativity and some stories, songs and games. Christmas was the most quiet we have had since Eric and Ryan were babies. It was just Michael, Ryan and I on Christmas day! What a change from normal. We still enjoyed the relaxing day together and talking to many loved ones. Then we left the next day to finish our year in Florida which I will blog about separately!

Here’s some of our day’s highlights:

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