Sunday, December 14, 2008

Catching Up!

I want to take several minutes and catch up on some things we have been doing the past few weeks. We have been pretty busy and will continue to be busy... I would love some down time but when you have both Matt and I working full time... its hard not to be busy. Brooklyn has been busy right along side with us! She is showing her very intellectual side and seems to have such a great memory for many things... she gets this from her Daddy and she continues to sing she loves to sing... she gets this from Mommy! Now for those who have heard her sing you might notice that she sings just as I sing... mimicking my off-tune voice... it's the only way she knows how unless others sing with her but she sure sounds so pretty! Some of her favorites are, I love to see the Temple, I am a Child of God, Tomorrow Tomorrow, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Lead Kindly Light, Bob Marley songs, and many others. 
Below are some  pictures to enjoy!

Brooklyn climbed the red rocks in Snow Canyon all by herself. Her latest (and has been for a long while) thing to say is, "Let me do it mine self!"  I have had to step back and let her do things on her own when I desperately just want to help her with everything. She is quite the independent woman! I think it's good a characteristic she has developed to do things on her own and hope she uses that to develop a stronger sense of self-confidence that is greatly needed in this tough world. 

The Girlz! Cuzins Natalie and Brielle! Aren't they a cute bunch!
We had a wonderful time in St. George for Thanksgiving! We ate at good ole Chuca Rama and had no mess to clean up! What a nice treat! We enjoyed shopping, golfing (the boys), movies, running up snow canyon, hikes, nerf ball, chatting all night, Kristin's birthday and yummy ice cream cake! We missed having Matt, Sarah and the kids as they were in Ohio. 

The sun will come out tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow! They'll be sun! Just thinking about tomorrow, clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow, til there's none! When I'm stuck with day thats grey and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin and say OH the sun will come out tomorrow so you gotta hang on til tomorrow! Come what may tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya, tomorrow your only a day away!

Brooklyn is in LOVE with Annie! I love this movie and figured she would too and she is hooked! She will watch this movie at least 3 times a day if I would let her. She loves the Tomorrow song and is so cute when she sings it, she sings as if she is on broadway and lifts her chin to sing louder. It's so cute! In the picture above she was watching Annie while eating a candy cane... another thing she loves! 

Brooklyn got into my closet the other day and put on this scarf! Then she wanted her boots , hat and her gloves! Isn't she such a sweet model! She loves Pink! The other day she said she wanted a pink car! And loves to dress like a girl! (I love that...)

Matt and I took Brooklyn to see all the fun Christmas trees! We found a U of U tree and of course Matt needed a picture next to it! There was a BYU tree next to it and I stood in the middle! (not pictured). Matt is a strong Utah fan and I am in the middle leaning more towards BYU. I love Utah for swimming but for all other sports I root for BYU! We had a good time watching my niece, MyKella, sing in the Christmas program. She did so well!
I bought Brooklyn a cute little pocket purse that was filled with candy and she was having so much fun walking around feeling like a grown up girl! Look at that cute girl strut, (its all in the arm swing!)

I sure love my little girl!

I was able to get four tickets to attend the LDS Christmas program for the last performance this morning and I think we got the best performance of the week! My mom and Adam came with Matt and I! We enjoyed a wonderful time listening to the choir sing as well as Bryan Stokes Mitchell and Edward Herrmann. It was snowing this morning and it made it even more festive and fun as we walked around the conference center. The Christmas decoration was beautiful and sitting in that conference center a few rows from the front and almost center was just amazing! The conference center becomes more magnificent each time I go there! 

Walking in the Winter Wonderland!

(left white hair George Mitchell, hugging him is his son Bryan, Prophet Monson, Edward Herrman, Elder Utchdorf) 
The picture is not so good I know... my idiot camera's flash doesn't carry far... I need me one of those nice cameras with the big lenses. Anyway, my favorite part of the whole program was at the end when our Prophet Thomas Monson got up and shared a few words. He presented gifts to both Mitchell and Herrman as well as Mitchell's father, George who was a WWII fighter pilot. As a surprise to Prophet Monson, Bryan sang him the song, Dream the Impossible Dream. The story behind this is earlier in the week the whole group along with some of their family and other leaders of the church were in meeting getting to know each other and Bryan was asked to sing this song. Meanwhile, Prophet Monson was trying to look for them and didn't make it to the meeting on time and missed out on hearing the song he loves so much. So this morning Prophet Monson got the chance to hear it. The spirit was so strong in there and to top it all off, the choir sang, God be with you til we meet again to Mitchell, Herrmann and their family.
I am so grateful for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints... It's amazing the feeling we get when we feel the spirit testify to us the truthfulness of Prophets and of great people. I always hope each guest invited to participate to sing with the Choir is able to feel the goodness that comes from this church and from the sweet spirits they meet.


Happily Ever After said...

Well -- hint hint, Matt should know just what to get you for Christmas (one of those fancy cameras -- I beleive you said...)

Merry Christmas to you guys.

Kate said...

Cute pics! Nat loves Annie too! She always tells me about Sandy, the Dumb dog! So- is your hair brown? I can't wait to see it! When did this happen?

Aimless said...

So stinkn adorable! I esp love that Brooklyn is into Annie!

You're hair looks darker. Did you color it? Maybe it's just the lighting. In any case, it looks great as always!

Guess what?? the high today was -2! the low tonight is supposed to be between -30 and -40!!!

Someone help! I'm trapped in a snow glob of liquid nitrogen!

Brittany said...

Shari looks like your holidays so far have been busy and wonderful! Brooklyn is getting cuter and cuter...which I didn't know was possible to get even cuter!! Can you believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow??? I really hope Santa brings Brooklyn french fries and chicken nuggets. Kyle and I were laughing all night about that. So cute!