Sunday evening we were invited to dinner at Bishop Vance's home. They live right around the corner from us.. They have 4 children and it was fun to spend the evening with them. Sister Haleigh Vance is a very talented on the violin. She got her degree in Viola Performance at BYU and Bishop Vance got his music degree from BYU. He now plays professionally in the Army concert band full time, and she teaches violin They both sang a song that Bishop Vance had written and it was beautiful.
We started working at the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center "Festival of Lights". They not only have beautiful display of lights outside with 500,000 lights on the trees and bushes, and a life size nativity scene. They start decorating the outside in August to make sure every tree and bush is covered with beautiful colored lights. On the inside there are huge trees throughout the building decorated from all over the world. Many of trees have ornaments and dolls from the embassy's in DC from their country. Each one is so special and amazing. There is a large room featuring over 100 nativity sets from different countries. The Ambassador from
Thursday, we took it easy in the morning and just worked around the apartment, I got my gifts all packed and ready to send out on Friday. I also baked chocolate chip, coconut, walnut cookies for the 1st wards RS Christmas cookie exchange & Christmas party. We headed out early afternoon for our scheduled hair appointments.. yeah. We are so happy with the salon we found.. Then at 7 we headed to the party. Everyone brought 3 dozen cookies and a white elephant gift to exchange. The party was really fun, a great attendance and lots of laughs as we chose and opened the gifts.. They had a hot chocolate bar to go with our cookie tasting.. We are making such great friends and loving it here.
Saturday is our day off, so we are getting last minute things ready for the holidays.. I miss you all, and would love to hear from each of you.. just e-mail me or write or even call.. if I am busy leave a message and I will call you back.. we have a lot of free time and I love to talk to my family and friends..
Have a good week.