December craziness started early for me this year. I was pulled into planning our ward Christmas party because it was a play, and since it was the first Friday of the month we started rehearsals and decorations in early November. We did "The Grinch that Stole Christmas" and I became obsessed-- like always.
Finally the day of the party I was rewarded by seeing it all come together. I had spent a month (and put my visiting teachers to work when they came) making decorations, and was blessed to have taller people than I come to put them on the walls for me. We also had some talented artists that were able to create Mt. Crumpit and some Whoville houses. I was very pleased with the final result.
We had a fabulous cast and the greatest Grinch I could have asked for. He MADE the night. He was over the top during the show and was fabulously rude during dinner. He walked around taking food off people's plates, growling at the children that were following him around, and grumbling about everything. The children were delighted although some of the littlest ones were afraid of him. Ashton kept hiding under the table when he came by, but was loving it at the same time.
The party was great and we had about 250 people in attendance. I was afraid some people would be bummed that we didn't have a traditional party and Santa Claus, but all I heard for a week after was that everyone loved it. YES!
The very next night was the Law Enforcement Ball. I was still exhausted from the night before, but still strapped on uncomfortable shoes and went dancing. What can I say, I hate to miss things.
The ball was at a hotel and when we arrived the parking lot was lit up with police cars flashing their lights. The inside was GORGEOUS-- trees and lights and ice sculptures everywhere.
It was really fun to have a fancy night out and get to know more of Jason's police buddies and co-workers.
Hunter has had a busy month with his school Marimba Band. They performed the day of the ball at the Richland Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, at a Tri-City Americans hockey game, and again at the school Christmas concert.
He was also one of the kids chosen to play a prelude piano solo at the school concert. He did great-- I just wish the dang school had a proper piano.
When we're not dressing up and running around we hang out and decorate the house. The boys had fun helping me decorate the trees (we have 3!).
Our elf has been hanging around and brought the boys these awesome jammies.
I also tried to get some good pictures of the boys in the Christmas ties Grandma sent, but it's so hard to hold still!
Oh well, 2 out of 3 isn't bad!