On Saturday, I wrapped some white elephant gifts for our two upcoming parties. Mom and Dad went to the Outback Steakhouse with three couples from our old ward, whom Dad served in the Bishopric with. Afterwards, they all went to the Crews's house and had dessert. They gave each of the three couples a snow globe I made as a gift with some Hershey Kisses. They found out a lady who we served in the nursery with in that ward, has cancer in two organs of her body. That was very sad to hear. She is such a nice lady.
On Sunday, I baked gingerbread cookies. We gave out two snow globes to our closest neighbors as Christmas presents. We watched the movies, Muppet's Christmas Carol and Muppets Take Manhattan. Our home teacher brought us some mint and snicker doodle cookies.
On Monday, Dad took four of the snow globes, I made, to give to his coworkers for Christmas. Mom kept the one with Santa holding a Teddy Bear cause she liked that one the best. We went and picked Mom's car up from the shop. Then we went to the Thatcher Christmas Party at the Weber State Alumni Center. We had to each bring a white elephant gift. We had two DVDS and a Bread CD, that we already had, so we wrapped those and took them to the party. As gifts, Dad got a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, Mom got a Christmas Pickle decoration, and I got a U of U light, a Croissant with a Cappuccino mouse pad, and a Pig Pez dispenser. Mom and I made a yellow cake with caramel sauce, whip cream, condensed milk, and Butterfinger crumbs to take as our potluck, a recipe she found on Pinterest. It was weird being up at the Weber campus, after having graduated earlier this year. Last time I was in the Alumni center, was to pick up my cap and gown in April.
On Tuesday, I assembled the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I took Shadow out to get the mail and he jumped into a pile of snow, for the first time. We watched the movie, 17 Miracles, about the Willie-Martin Handcart company. We also finished watching Home Alone.
On Wednesday, I ordered my cousin, Andrew's book, Heaven on Earth, for my mom. It's about fly fishing and the gospel. Mom and I went to Wal-Mart and I sliced my thumb open unloading groceries from the basket. It got cut on one of the packages of cookies she bought. We went to K-Mart and Mom bought herself a penguin pin and a ruby ring, entwined with gold and silver. She had me run into Seagull Book to get Christmas gifts for Dad and Ryan. I finished wrapping presents when we got home. We got a flyer in the mail from Tai Pan Trading, introducing their Valentine's Day crafts. Way too early! Dad finished up putting together his tax newsletters to mail out.
On Thursday, Dad was off. We went to the Gateway to get Ryan a Christmas gift. Afterwards we ate lunch at Chuck-A-Rama in Bountiful. Then I waited at Willey Honda for my mom and dad to trade in the Ford Edge on a new Honda Pilot. We were there for three hours. We had to take the Edge home, because the Pilot has a huge crack in the windshield, which they have to install.
Today, I started making food for our Christmas Eve feast. I made a Macaroni and Shrimp salad, Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, and Deviled Eggs. Mom and I went and bought white elephant gifts at the D.I. Mom found a punch bowl, disney dolls, a christmas wall hanging, a snowman window candle holder, and I found some books. Afterwards we went to Sam's Club for lunch. Dad went and picked up the Pilot and dropped off the Edge when he got off work. We went to Crown Burger for dinner and then went to see the Christmas decorations at Walgreens and Dollar Tree.