Sunday, 18 December 2016

December updates and one week until Christmas!

Christmas is coming! We are getting ready here quite a bit. The mall is getting busier and the houses are being decorated. There is joy all around and it's also really cold, haha!

I started knitting a blanket (with moms help!) a while ago for my best friends baby Kinsley. Which basically makes her my niece. I'm a bit slow, so I had to leave it home when I moved here, but my amazing mom finished it for me and gave it to Amanda and Kinsley, and she's loving it! :)

A couple weeks ago, Keaton and I were invited to decorate Christmas cookies by some friends from church. They were finishing The Grinch when we got there, then we watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and we started to watch Arthur Christmas, but Keaton and I left a bit after it started. But we laughed a lot and told stories while decorating cookies and we had candy cane hot chocolate as well.
Our ward choir also participated in a stake Christmas concert on December 11. We sang "Far Far Away on Judea's Plains" with a lower turn out that we thought, but everyone said we did okay! 

My dad had eye surgery to have a cataract removed. Alyssa stayed home with him and sent me plenty of pictures of Winnie trying to take care of him.(What a crazy sweetheart) It made me miss them a bit, but I'm happy dad is doing well.He's a trooper!

We saw Rogue One! I went in with no expectations and ended up really liking it! Keaton loved it and obviously wants to see it again. Here is what he wanted to say about it:
IT WAS AMAZING AND I WANT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE OF THAT. It was everything that I wanted it to be. I don't want to give away any spoilers, buuuuuut the last few minutes was worth the price of admission on its own. Gareth Edwards (the director) is a Star Wars fanboy at heart and you can tell by the different shots he chose and pieces he included. I want him to direct Episode 9 and all the other spin offs. It is in my top 5 star wars movies (My favourites that I cant decide between which is better, 4-7 and this). 

Over Christmas, we're having family coming to visit from Australia, which will be really cool! They're going to have a lot of fun in the snow! I received some Christmas presents from home already which are really great. 

I've also been trying to participate in the church's Christmas campaign, which is #LightTheWorld and it's a wonderful way to share what we know about Christ to others. 
Oh, you don't know about Light The World? Well, here is an awesome link to find out more!
For example, today's opportunity was "Jesus Honoured the Sabbath, and So Can You", which we did. Keaton and I listened to a general conference talk and both read our scriptures. We attended our church meetings and learned good things. We had family dinner and spent time talking a bit about Christmas as well. There's so many little ways to celebrate the campaign, and you can do what you can by checking out that pretty link up there!^
Hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas in really awesome ways! 
Happy Holidays!