Saturday was a fun day for our family. In the morning, we had our ward Christmas breakfast. Rinar and I were in charge of a small music presentation at the end of the breakfast. A neighbor played his trumpet for a few Christmas carols, some girls in the ward (McKinley, Kynnli, Ashlynn, Emily, Hannah, and Kate) sang "Nuttin' For Christmas" and then I sang "Gesu Bambino". Then the bishop was serenaded by Sister Morris. This was a surprise number. I didn't know anything about it. She sang "Santa Baby", accent and all. It was very funny.
Then the kids gathered around for a truncated version of the Grinch.
Rick E. was the Grinch. It was quite hilarious. It was a little scary for Harry and Julia, but they didn't cry or anything.
It was an enjoyable start to our morning. Then in the evening, Rinar took me to Temple Square for a date. It was him, me, and Noelle. We rode TRAX, which was a blessing because it was crazy-busy downtown. We went to the visitor's center so that we could watch a video on the family. Rinar had seen it when he was in Oakland the week before, and he wanted me to see it too.
The video was short and powerful. It wasn't preachy or anything, but it did a good job of reminding me what is the most important. When it is all said and done in my life, I want to be surrounded with the people I love the most. My family is a gift and I have been richly blessed. We both know it acutely.
The train ride home was a bit crowded, but uneventful. I made sure to get us a treat to share as we rode back to our car: a White Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
While we were gone, Leah and Jamie watched "Home Alone" with our kids, popcorn and all. In the end, we all had a fun night.