Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas 2011 Pt 2

First off....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This was taken at a party in Waterton with my phone. Nope, I wasn't there. I fell asleep at 9:30 pm watching The Walking Dead in bed (dumb), woke up at 12:30 and missed it all. I really should not have gotten that comfortable. Look at Rachel! She just returned home from her mission to Italy a couple of weeks ago.

Neal and Clark finally finished this really cool little project. Clark made one similar to this for his place in Hawaii. A bed, a desk, an organizer, a "whatever you need it to be" kinda place.

Neal has a friend whose dad was collecting old cars from the farms around here, to crush and make some moola. Before they were crushed Neal went over and took all the cool emblems off of the vehicles and this is what he is doing with them.

Game time with Lou Lou's family on Christmas Eve.

It's nice having older kids for sure. They can check Neal out of class. Our family had an important activity. (see below)

Our family took a turn at the soup kitchen on the Blood Reserve. Mark and I have done this quite a few times with various organizations and I thought it would be a good thing for our family to do together.

We provide the food for between 40-75 people and then serve them. Some of these people sleep here at the shelter and might be the only meal of the day for some of them. They are very appreciative. A lot of them make a special point to thank us.

A couple of days after Christmas we had a little Cahoon get together. "Little" is so relative here. We had around 30+ people from age 7 months to 91 years old. We had a potluck appetizer meal, played games and visited. It was a nice evening!

We love Aunt Edna! She is Joyce's sister in law and actually double related to Mark, through marriage and also genetically. It can be crazy in these here parts, let me tell you. She is 91, remembers everything about everything and also has a son who is serving as mission president in Australia. That's not all, her daughter, along with her husband just received a call to be mission presidents- French Speaking. They haven't been assigned their place yet, but will be one of three places that are open. Aunt Edna is a wealth of information and Clark is loving this conversation. I actually can look out my kitchen window and see Aunt Edna's grandmother's house/log house. Ann Eliza Baker was the midwife in Leavitt and surrounding areas and never lost a baby!

So there you have it, the Cahoon happenings of the 2011 Christmas season. I need to add that Michelle had her 4 wisdom teeth taken out after Christmas. That was not fun.


Christie said...

Lee Lee, this was a fun post. Great idea to serve at the soup kitchen. You and Mark are great parents!

Dixie Dee said...

Fun "Part 2"! So glad that the kids were home and it was such a great holiday for the Cahoons! Cool project for Neal, love his work space!! Happy New Year Marilee!

Kari said...

Marilee, this is extremely cool! I dream of a day we can all do a soup kitchen-type activity as a family. Always seems to be an age requirement we haven't met yet, or other time commitment obligations that trump the idea. But I still hope it will happen!

Awesome photos, as usual!

Kaylynn said...

Christmas is just a great time of year - family, cards, cinnamon rolls, soup kitchens, Cahoons, Aunt Edna. Just no snow this year!