We had a great Christmas. All our single children were here for the week and Ashley and her husband, Randy, and his two girls came to stay overnight. The young adults got clothes and Hailey had some great gifts for everyone from Jerusalem. Dallin bought some new skis and bindings and a camera on the post Christmas sales. Practical Nathan wanted luggage and camera for his mission next summer. Taylor got clothes and Morgan got an MP3 player and scooter while Jaden received a go cart type of scooter and a large plane model. The family present was a Wii. Everyone was excited by the surprise except for Kevin who thinks his kids "nerd" too much already. Our highlight was talking to Elder Landon on the phone. He sounds good and had some fun stories to tell. We have enjoyed seeing all of our kids this year, except our missionary, for the Holidays. We have had much snow last week and dug out many of our neighbors. Kevin has enjoyed the 4 wheeler snow blade attachment immensely. We had a lovely Christmas Eve family program and sang christmas songs and read Luke 2, etc. We shared our feelings about each other and the Savior. It was Kevin and Michelle's highlight of the season. We enjoyed some great holiday parties with family and Kevin's work and were treated to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert for the 5 consecutive year. We feel so blessed and hope our good fortunes continue.
We have had a busy two weeks. More leaves and more work, but lots of play. We hosted Thanksgiving at our home for 40 Sutterfield relatives. It was great. The teenage boys played in the church turkey bowl while we set up and worked. After the meal, we went to James Bond or Bolt, depending upon the age. Friday was bowling and Saturday was Kevin and the 5 boys going to the Jazz game for the 6 tickets, 6 hot dogs for $90.00 special. It was fun, but the Jazz played poorly. This past weekend was Friday night at Snow College for Dallin's LDSingers performance; Saturday a.m. at our ward Christmas breakfast party: Saturday afternoon with the Sutterfield cousins party; Saturday night at the Choir dinner watching Nathan and Taylor with the Gparents and Morgan and Jaden in the audience cheering them on; Sunday Kevin taught the Relief Society about Joseph Smith, and Sunday night we did the Adult Dinner at Jana's house with the 5 Sutterfield siblings and our spouses, and our parents who spent the weekend with us on their way to Yuma for the winter. I don't remember eating more in two days in my life since the Thanksgivings weekends we had in the mission field, but in those days, I could handle 4,000 calories a day without consequence. We also had a family party for Dallin's 22 birthday just to break up our otherwise "boring" Saturday. Oh well, what a great two weeks. Our children are growing, but making us proud. Hailey is home in 11 days, and Dallin comes home this weekend. Landon is having great success and being blessed in New York. He and his companion are having 5 baptisms this coming Saturday and he is reading the scriptures and working hard.
The other big news is that on December 4, 20o8, Kevin had 7 birdies in one round of golf, a record for him that is likely not to be seen again.