Lily Kay Hall was baptized by her father on Saturday November 5, 2016. We had a lot of friends and family there to support her.
Lily and Daddy were both excited.
Hailey, Lily, Nathan, and Annie
Lily's buddy Kaytlynn and her Primary teacher Sister Johnson
Danielle, Ellie (in her arms), Eden, Lily, Emren, and Elijah
Grammy and Grampy Hall
Later that evening, once the party was done and all the guests had left, we had a celebration dinner at Cafe Rio. Then we went to see the new Trolls movie. Joey isn't at a good age for movies. Daddy, Mommy, and Puna all took turns keeping track of Joey in the lobby. He loved riding this little car with Kermit.
This year we did a little bit of early Christmas giving. We volunteered to fill a duffle bag with gifts for a local child in foster care. We were assigned a baby boy. I took Tommy shopping with me to choose some toys, clothes and other gifts for the baby. We had so much fun together. It was a sweet thing to be a part of. Below the photo is a comment from the woman who coordinated this project:
"This isn't just a picture of my messy living room. This is a picture of generosity. This is a photo of some of the 130 bags full of toys, games, clothing, etc that were donated by you - members of the awesome community of Rigby and surrounding areas - to be given to the children in foster care throughout our region. I want to thank all of you for participating. In the next couple weeks, I'll be bringing these bags to the foster care office and they will be distributed to the children by their case workers before the holidays. Thanks for helping making Christmas a little brighter for children in crisis. Hopefully next year we can do it again! Thanks!"
We lucked out this November with lots of beautiful weather! Daddy finished the play house with barely enough warm days left to get it painted. The girls went to the store and chose the color they wanted. A bright sunny yellow called "Hawaiian Pineapple". Daddy and the girls pulled into the driveway with the paint cans and the neighbor kids came running. How did they know!
After a few chaotic minutes of letting everyone have a turn, we sent the masses back home so we could actually get some work done and not lost half the paint to the ground and the kids clothes.
Jeremy went on a business trip to Salt Lake for a couple of days. While he was gone, the kids cleaned out their toys and clothes and chose items to donate. Our ward Relief Society put together emergency good night bags for children who go to the local family crisis center. The bags had a blanket made by the Relief Society, a stuffed animal donated by children from the ward, books donated by children from the ward, and toothbrush and toothpaste donated by the dentists in our ward. I took the kids with me to the activity where the bags were assembled. Lily and Annie loved helping tie the blankets and stuff the bags. They wished they could see the children who will adopt their old stuffed animals. I am thankful they won't meet those children, and have no idea what most of those little children face. And I am thankful our children want to give and serve. Our ward put together 35 bags that night. Such a cool thing to be involved in.
Sunday afternoon we had our family gingerbread house building party. Tommy needed Daddy to apply the frosting but Tommy did all the candy on his own. Lily and Annie did everything on their own this year. They surprised us by decorating pretty minimally this year. Mommy loves a house just covered in frosting and candy. I guess I need to get my own if I want one like that.