Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April updates!

So ... I have my own apartment now! It's a one bedroom basement apartment and its a about a 15 minute drive from West Edmonton Mall (where I work!), its about 5 minutes from Southgate Mall, where there is an LRT station which will be good for Keaton when he's going go school. Plus, its a few minutes away from the Edmonton Temple, so that is amazing! Over the course of a couple days, I started packing up my room and we had been accumulated furniture for a little bit too. We officially moved everything on April 1. We streamed General Conference on our phones so we were able to listen. We were able to get a queen size bed frame from some family friends, and a lot of other furniture was found on Kijiji (shout out to Keaton for taking the time to find it all!). We have a few things settled in! So far, we have curtains in the bedroom, but blankets on the other windows. 
I've just been in it by myself, There is a few small things that Keaton has in it already, but otherwise its just me until we get married! 
But after we moved everything in, we got some yummy donair pizza and watched "The R.M." since April 1st marked one year since Keaton got home from his mission! I'm so happy with the progress he has made with deciding things with his life and choosing me to his partner through all of it :)
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However on April 1st, my mom called to tell me some bad news. My grandmother (Dad's mom) had passed away. She had been in the hospital for three months with a brain infection. She kept having good days and bad days. It was growing hard for my dad and his twin sister. Eventually, she started to decline even more, and they had to let her go. I'll miss her. She was a wonderful lady. I'm very happy my last memory of her was good. I had gone to visit her in the hospital (that time, she was in for a shoulder problem) and it was before I was about to move to Alberta. When I told her I was moving and driving across the country for a guy I had been dating long distance, she was actually happy for me! While everyone else was asking me questions about my HUGE decision, Grammie told me she was happy for me and was totally accepting of it! 
Unfortunately, on April 7th, we lost another family member. My aunt Mary Lou passed away as well. She was the wife of my uncle Allan, who is my dads brother. She's had a lot of health issues in the past. I wasn't super close with her, but I know my parents and aunt will miss her. I really feel for her daughters, my cousins Tammy and Amanda and their families. 
It's been hard on all of us. Thankfully, I know there is a plan for all of us after death. So although I was worried at first, the fear is gone now. I wish I could have been with my family, but they understand. 

General conference helped a lot that weekend. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke about families and family history work, which confirmed a lot to me about eternal families that weekend. And our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson encouraged members of the church to read and study the Book of Mormon - his counsel I will follow as I have started the Book of Mormon over again! And it should be a good read this time around. 
They're right here, if you would like to read them!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

East Coast visit

From March 15-19, I had the great opportunity of going home to PEI to visit for a few days!

Day 1 - it's long, but it's interesting!!
Keaton and I woke up around 3:30 a.m. to get my things ready and drive to the airport, since it's about a 30 min drive. He dropped me off at the doors since we didn't want to pay for parking. I checked into my flight at the kiosks and dropped my suitcase off. The flight was at 6, so I had about 30 minutes to get through security. I walked through the metal detector and had to get pat down in a random search. Then I had to leave some liquids behind since they wouldn't fit in the "proper baggies".
After security, I went to the gate and they were about to board my zone. The plane had to be de-iced before taking off, so I eavesdropped the women sitting behind me... man they were pretty talkative for 6 a.m.! 
I started to watch Moana but I ended up sleeping for most of it, and saw the ending... and I tried to read some scriptures and fell asleep again! Our plane was a little late landing in Toronto because it was windy, but I had time until my next flight so I went to get Thai express for lunch. 
*now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down!* really though..
Then I sat down at my gate... the lady announced that the plane was oversold and she was taking volunteers to get on another flight. That's when I realised I should've checked in 24 hours before. My seat number said GTE which pretty much meant that I did not have a seat on this plane. I panicked as everyone else got on and the employee was seeing who else could go. So I was basically bumped off the plane without any warning... And I broke down crying at the desk as the employee tried to tell me what to do. She told me to head to customer service and have them reroute my flights. The line was huge and I was stuck in it for about an hour. All in the meantime, I was trying to call Keaton and my mom and sister about the rearrangement of my travel plans. Keaton and Alyssa and Amanda were all emailing Air Canada to tell them our inconveniences. When I got to the desk, they were able to put me on a 6:55 p.m. flight to Halifax with a flight to Charlottetown the next morning, which I accepted because I did not want to spend the night in Toronto. One perk about this was I was promised a reimbursement for the trouble. I took my ticket and Alyssa immediately texted her mother in law Nichla to get me at the airport that night. I was sitting at what I thought was the gate, but lucky for me, I added my boarding passes to my phone and it notified me that the gate number changed. I went to grab some snacks when I noticed a guy who was on my previous flight and was in the customer service line with me sitting at the older gate. I asked if he was on the Halifax flight and he said yes so I told him the gate number changed. We sat together while waiting to board and chatted about some things. I noticed my boarding pass had GTE for a seat number so I made sure to go check I was going to get a new ticket. The lady was a little busy so I felt bad, but she called out my name and gave me my assigned seat! Finally! 
I ran to the line as soon as they called zone 3! On this plane, the TV's weren't working very well so I rested my eyes a little bit. When we landed, Haig's mom Nichla was there to get me. However, my luggage was missing in action so I had to talk to someone at baggage services. After they did what they could, we went down to Air Canada service to check in to my morning flight and got the boarding pass. I made sure for certain that I had a seat number. Nichla took me home and I had a sandwich and took a quick shower, called Keaton then I went to bed!

Day 2
Nichla woke me up and I had a bit of breakfast and we left for the airport. She dropped me off since I had to get through security and head to the gate. I got there in time and they loaded the plane about 20 minutes later. I was on an 18 passenger plane, which was tight and small. And I was at the very back! However, the flight was a short ride. When I got off the plane, my dad and Alyssa with little Haig and Amanda with little Kinsley were waiting for me! Alysa held a sign that said "Welcome home Auntie Kayla! I've been waiting my whole life to meet you!" Which was the sweetest thing! And my luggage I had thought I lost was at the airport already! Thank goodness! Dad got my stuff in the car and took me home to see Winnie, which was a lovely reuniting. He then had some errands to run, so he took me to Alyssa's apartment and we went to run some errands on our own and caught up on things. She dropped me off at moms work where I got the car and went to visit my old manager at Rockport. Then I went home and relaxed for a bit. Dad started making waffles for dinner while I went to pick up mom. We came back and ate then mom and I went to Alyssa's since she was putting on a mini bridal shower for me. We had some desserts and some presents and good chatting. Mom and I stayed a bit longer because she wanted to see if she could help little Haig since he was getting fussy. But Alyssa told us to head home so we did. I relaxed a little more before going to bed. 




Me and my beautiful bridesmaids to be!

Day 3
We got up early and got ready to drive to Halifax. While on the way, we stopped at Masstown Market just outside of Truro so Alyssa could feed little Haig and we could grab a snack. When we arrived in Halifax, we tried to go to the place to get a marriage licence, but I only had a home photocopied version of Keaton's passport and she told us it had to be the real thing or a "certified copy" which had to be signed by a doctor or lawyer (which they don't specify that on their website so I wasn't too impressed).
We went to the Pinsent's, then mom and dad and I went to Eastern Passage to check out a restaurant for the family dinner after my wedding. When we went back to the house, I took a quick nap. I got up in time to get dressed and mom and dad and I went to the temple. I had to be there about and hour and a half before the endowment session. I was pretty nervous and cried a bit while waiting. It was really great when Bob and Pat Steen arrived just to see me go through the temple. I won't talk too much about what happened, but it was pretty wonderful. We went back to the Pinsent's after and had some late dinner and mostly relaxed for a bit. 

Isn't he just the cutest?!?!

Day 4
We decided to go do another session at the temple. It was French, but they accommodated for the English people there. It was still interesting since I know a bit of my French still. There was also a lot of Elder missionaries there and one who knows Keaton came to talk to me when we were leaving the temple. We then went to get Alyssa and baby Haig and got back on the road, with another stop at Masstown Market to feed and change baby. When we got back home, mom ordered pizza and we went to pick it up. I also checked into my flight super early to make sure I got seats! When we came back, Haig was off work and we had family dinner. The Pinsent's left after a bit to take baby to bed, so mom and I went through photos for the wedding slideshow. (Trust me, there's some good ones). We also chatted a bit and then went to bed.


"Here Haig, hold my snacks! You;re not doing anything anyway!"

Day 5
We went to church all together. After Sacrament meeting, mom and I handed out wedding announcements to people and I got to talk to them. Mom and I attended Sunday school because dad was teaching. And I still talked to people after that! And mom was teaching right after in relief society! We went back home after church and I had some soup for lunch and got my stuff packed up. The Pinsent's came back over and so did Amanda and Kinsley. We had a nice time chatting together and laughing. We video called Keaton as well so he could see the babies! It was around 4 when we had to leave for the airport so I had to say my goodbyes. I almost cried when hugging mom and dad but they told me not to. 

We had to get a sister picture at church!

My favourites!

My flight was to Toronto first. When I got there, I made sure where my gate was and went to get a snack at Tim Horton's. I wasn't looking forward to my 4 hour flight to Edmonton, but there could be longer plane rides to take! I put La La Land on but eventually passed out. When the movie was done, I slept again, but it wasn't comfortable. However when we began the descent, I was a little more awake. When we landed, Keaton was almost at the airport and said he would be outside at curb side pick up. I waited for my luggage and then went to the bathroom, since I realised I wasn't feeling well. I went outside after and met up with him and it was so nice! Originally I was going to drop him off at his apartment then drive home to Sherwood Park, but it was snowing and I felt sick, so he decided to come all the way home with me to avoid me having to drive in bad weather and not feeling well. When we got there, I just wanted to lay on the floor, but I did get up and got in bed. 

The morning after... when the jet lag settled in...
Yep, so that next day was pretty bad. I was feeling okay after I showered and drove Keaton back to his apartment. But when I got to the mall, I realised that I was VERY tired, not to mention that I started to get a sore throat and cough. I tried to nap a bit before opening the store, but it didn't help. Needless to say, I texted the other third key holder and asked him to come in when he was done of school and he agreed so that was a really good help! I went to Keaton's after and slept for a good while until he came home from school. We decided to go back home so I would be ready for sleep. We also stopped for a Kijiji microwave on the way there (for $40!). He made me soup, and then I decided to take a hot bath since my muscles were pretty sore. Around 9, I started to get ready for bed. Keaton came to say good night and I passed out pretty fast. He even came in to collect my garbage and I didn't hear a thing! He's so good for taking care of me :)

SO I'm getting back to my regular routine again in Edmonton, but it was such a good trip! And I was so happy to meet my little nephew Haig Arthur, he is absolutely so perfect. I got to attend the temple with my parents and my sister by side, plus Bob and Pat Steen and Brittany Criss. And we were able to talk about more wedding plans!
I appreciate everyone who helped me and prayed for me along the way and made it so special for me! <3


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Engagement photos!!

Happy Valentine's Day! đź’“
What better way to celebrate than looking at lovely engagement photos?? 
Just kidding, you can all celebrate however you want! I just wanted to share some of my favourites from our shoot

On January 28, we joined Emma Patterson and her assistant Nicole at Whitemud Park in Edmonton so they could take our engagement photos!
It was a little cloudy, which was pretty decent so then our eyes weren't squinting from the sunlight. We stayed there a little over an hour and we got some decent shots!

Here is a link to Emma's blog. Don't be fooled by my icky face, I love Keaton a lot and Emma got beautiful pictures!
https://emmakphotography.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/whos-who/






"I love you" "I know" necklaces


Fun fact: This will be our first (and only) Valentine's Day as an engaged couple, which I think is pretty exciting. And we got three months to go until our wedding which is even better!
I love Keaton so much. I can't wait to spend my Eternity with him

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Road trip to Lethbridge!

We had a great eventful road trip weekend!
On Friday, I had to work 9-5:30, then I went home where Jackie and Eldon were having the sister missionaries over for dinner. Keaton and Austen were both there too. After dinner, we cleaned up and Jackie and Eldon and Austen went to visit some friends for a bit, while Keaton and I went skating! We only stayed about half an hour or 45 minutes, but it was still decent. I haven't skated in so long and I just happened to have found a pair of skates in my size at Value Village one day for $20! So that was a nice outdoor date for us to enjoy. We went back home and started to watch Fresh Prince when we heard someone come in. That's because Caitlin and her sister had driven up from Washington that day for Caitlin to move here and be closer to Austen. We helped her bring her stuff in and they came to watch Netflix for a bit before going to bed.

*Little background as to why we planned to go to Lethbridge: my friends Julianna Ceron and Riley Benoit are two awesome girls who I spent most of young women's with back home in PEI. Julianna and her family moved to Lethbridge in 2014 and Riley moved out there in 2016. Riley joined the church 7 years ago and the Cerons basically "adopted" her and have supported them both for so long. Anyways, they both received their mission calls before Christmas. Riley was originally called to the Canada Halifax Mission but was reassigned for Canada Toronto since she has family in Newfoundland. Julianna then got her call to Canada Halifax and leaves next week, while Riley leaves Feb. 22. They were set to give their farewell talks in church, and I was lucky enough to have the weekend off so Keaton and I could drive down to hear them. Here is how that all went:

Saturday, I got up and started to get ready for the day since Keaton and I were getting engagement photos done. Before we left though, Eldon and I took my car to get it washed and he checked on some things when we got back home. Emily Bates came over to do my makeup for photos, then Keaton and I had lunch. We met with our photographer Emma Patterson and her assistant Nicole at Whitemud Park in Edmonton. She photographed us for about an hour or so. That's all we needed though, and we trust she got some good ones! 
(Sneak peak! There will be more to come!)

We drove them home and stopped at Keaton's apartment for a few minutes before heading out for our road trip. I drove first since Keaton wanted to work on some calculus. We stopped in Red Deer to eat at Peter's Drive In, which was pretty good! I had a chocolate strawberry Oreo milkshake and a double cheeseburger! Keaton had the same burger and chocolate banana Oreo milkshake and got us fries to share. We put Keaton's phone in the holder attached to the windshield and watched Mockingjay Part 2.

I drove until Calgary and we stopped again for a bathroom break, then Keaton took a turn driving. After Mockingjay, we started Star Wars 7 on the tablet, but it started to die so we had to stop. When we arrived in Lethbridge, we went to the church where Julianna and Riley's farewell party was to be taking place, but we got there too late and everyone had already left! So I suggested we just go to the Ceron's house. The girls thought we were just coming on Sunday, so when we showed up at their door, they were surprised and came to hug us! We had gotten there at about 9:30 and left a little before midnight since we had to stop for gas. But we caught up on so much stuff! We then went to stay at Keaton's great uncle and great aunts house. We pretty much got settled and went to bed because of long hours of driving. 

After we got ready Sunday morning, we went to the church and found some seats with the Cerons. We also had one of Keaton's former roommates Kaden and his fiancĂ© Krista come meet us for church! Riley and Julianna gave kick butt talks. They didn't seem nervous but they told us they were! After the meeting, I was also able to see Mikayla Barfuss who served in the Canada Halifax Mission and she is so great! The five is us had a good chat and got some pictures. Keaton and I then left and went to Kaden's apartment to have some lunch and visit his brother Tanner. We had some leftover pizza then headed out. We drove to Taber so we could visit the graves of Keaton's great grandparents on the Gibb side. That was really great to see and support Keaton with that.



While driving back to Calgary, I asked Keaton if we could take a different way to stop in Vulcan and see the Starship Enterprise. He agreed and we got to do that! I don't watch a lot of Star Trek, but this was pretty awesome!

When we got to Calgary, our first stop was at Aunt Tiffany and Uncle Ryan's. (They are Jackie's sister and brother in law.) We chatted with them and their kids and got to meet their dog! Our next stop was Theo and Kenzie's for supper. It was really nice of them to have us over and have some funny conversations! 
Next stop was quick to see the Calgary temple. It was my first time seeing it and it's so pretty! It was dark out, but the temples are always so lit up, it was still nice. 


(I love him a lot)


Our last visit before heading home was at my cousin Amber's house where we saw her and her husband Blake, their son Thexan and her mom, my aunt Annette. My cousin Caitlin and her fiancĂ© Adam and their daughter Emma came shortly after too! We stayed about an hour, both of us getting to hold little Thexan and Emma! 

We left there around 8 and started to watch the new Annie movie on Keaton's phone on the drive. We stopped in Red Deer for gas, but then headed home. We decided to go right home where Austen and Caitlin were finishing up Les Miserables. Keaton and Austen left in their car to go to their apartment in the city so they could be ready for school in the morning. 

It was a really good weekend!! We had great experiences and lots of laughs and love. I'm also so happy for Julianna and Riley and their decisions to serve missions. I watched them grow close in young women's and now even closer before they are separated for 18 months. I'll miss them a lot, but that's why we have email and letters to send!
<3

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Stressed but well dressed :)

I've been trying to stay positive so far this January, but I've stressed myself so much to the point of getting a cold sore on my lip and I was pretty sick for like two weeks. I think what is bad about it is that I've been stressed about such little things that don't need to be that hard. But I know I can do better! I'm trying to remember the things of this quote and writing in my journal to express some emotions. Prayer helps out a lot too!

(Sometimes, just looking at my engagement ring helps keep me happy. Also thinking about the guy who gave it to me works too!)

Speaking of that, Keaton and I just had our 8 month anniversary from when we started dating. I know most young adult couples don't usually celebrate month anniversaries, but we love our progress and our commitment to each other, so we celebrate anyway! 

So ... On Saturday January 14, I went and did something really cool. I went to Simply White Bridal on the north side of Edmonton with Jackie and Courtney and got a wedding dress. YEP! It all happened so fast and the dress is gorgeous! We set up a group chat on Facebook for my mom and my sister and two of my bridesmaids to get their feedback. I tried on probably a dozen dresses and narrowed it down to four, then three, then two. And then I picked the one! I can now say that I said yes to the dress! 
I know in this picture, you can kind of see the top part of the dress, BUT the rest will be a surprise. Spoiler alert: it's white and has sleeves to accommodate our lovely temple marriage :)


So that has been my life lately! Let's see what the rest of the month will bring! ☮

Monday, 2 January 2017

CHRISTMAS

Before I get to Christmas stuff, let me tell you how the 22nd went. I had the day off from work so Keaton and I decided to spend the whole day together. In the morning, we drove into the city to meet with his friends and we went Christmas carolling at the University of Alberta Hospital. (Keaton's uncle works there, so we were able to sing to senior patients)
After that, he and I went to the mall because we wanted to go skating, but we couldn't since they didn't have any skates in my size to rent. We went to the food court and got lunch instead. We also finished up some Christmas shopping. We decided to go see Rogue One again, and it was definitely better the second time! After chilling for a bit, we drove to Spruce Grove for the church's nativity pageant, and that was good. Two of his roommates were in it so we were able to support them. 
We drove back into the city to meet with our friends Brandon and Carissa Hardesty at the Alberta Legislature grounds to see all the Christmas lights they have there. 

I did have my suspicions. When we arrived, Keaton pulled the ukulele bag out of the trunk of my car. He said it was to play Christmas songs. Then as we were walking, Brandon stopped and said he wanted to take Carissa to a spot where they had their first date. Keaton and I went up to our own spot and sat down for a few minutes. We stood up again because we were so cold. Little did I know, Brandon and Carissa and her sister Savannah were sneaking around to a different spot with cameras ready. We sat down again and Keaton got the ukulele out and tuned it. He told me he had a song to play and it was going to be a big one. It was so personal to us and I love every song he sings to me. And when the song was done, he reached into the ukulele bag and pulled out the ring box. He got down on one knee in front of me and said, "Kayla Fraser, will you marry me?" 
At this point, my eyes started to tear up and my hands covered my mouth. I nodded at first, then said yeah and yes! I almost went into more crying but he said it was all okay.  Then I told him he had been holding the box upside down and he burst out laughing. We stood up and hugged and kissed. Our friends then emerged from the tree they were hiding behind and watched as he put the ring on my finger. And that's how it all happened!!! 
Savannah took some more pictures of us with the lights. *Also, big shout out to Carissa and Brandon and Savannah for being here to help us! It was so nice of them!*
Keaton and I left to go to Sherwood Park and tell his family. I called home on the drive and told dad our news. 


But here's another good thing; I had to wait to tell my mom because Alyssa had gone into labour with baby Pinsent!! I texted mom and told her to call as soon as she got a chance. By the time she did call, we were at home and I told her we got engaged and she told me that baby boy Pinsent had been born. Keaton and I were so happy to learn *our* nephew had came into the world. He came a bit early, but has been doing well! 
Although I haven't met him yet, I love little Haig Arthur Pinsent so much. 
I can't wait to be such a good auntie to him. 
Parenthood looks good on Alyssa and Haig <3

Okay, now Christmas! I didn't work on Christmas Eve, so we watched A Muppet Christmas Carol and we were able to go to Nana and Papa's for food and games. We were also tracking Santa's whereabouts. We came home and watched "It's A Wonderful Life" together.
Christmas morning we got up and got to open our stocking presents. We had breakfast together and then opened the rest of the presents! We also all got matching sweatpants that we wore in the morning.We all got ready for church and had a good meeting. A lot of Keaton's friends came to congratulate our engagement, which was super nice of them! After getting home, Keaton and I video called my parents and we talked about our Christmases and little baby Haig. We then had all the family over for turkey dinner. 
I guess I should mention how big our group is: There's me, Keaton, his parents, Theo and Kenzie, Courtney and Tom and Austen. Also, Nana and Papa and some of their Australian family, Sandy, Allan, Annette, Jeremy, Kieran and Kelly. We had quite a big group. 
But dinner was great! After dinner, we played games after and we had Christmas carollers!

On Boxing Day, the mall was open and IT WAS CRAZY BUSY. That is all I have to say about that.
On the 29th, Jackie and I drove to Hinton to meet with Keaton and Austen and Eldon since they had left on the 27th to snowboard in Jasper. When they came to meet us, we went to the hotel pool. Then changed and went to Mr. Mikes for dinner for Uncle Tyler's birthday. We had him and Aunt Lisa and their four boys, and the Aussies joined us. We went back to the hotel for cake that Jackie made and played some more games and chatted. Keaton wasn't feeling well, so he rested for a bit and we then watched "Wreck It Ralph" on TV before going to bed. 
On the 30th, we drove to Jasper National Park for a hike at Maligne Canyon. And although it was cold, it was really sweet! We climbed down and got to see frozen waterfalls. We also stopped at the lake nearby to look at a sun dog. We drove to Pyramid Island to see the mountains there too. While on the hike though, Tyler and Lisa's oldest son fell and broke his wrist, so they went to the hospital in Jasper. We went also to take the rest of their boys out for hot chocolate and to walk around a bit. We stayed at the hospital to see what the doctor would say. Lisa told us to head back to Hinton and they came shortly after. We had dinner in Hinton and then started to head back to Edmonton. 




Onto New Year's Eve, I had to work until 8. Keaton and his family went to see fireworks then went to Nana and Papa's, where I met them after work. We had snacks, watched hockey and played some games/started a puzzle. We all rang in midnight with sparkling cider and hugs! 

2016 had it's ups and downs, but was good to me. 
I worked hard and a lot, got to spend lots of time with Winnie, finished the whole Book of Mormon for the first time, took my first solo trip to visit Keaton in Edmonton and fell in love with him more and more, we celebrated my parents 30th wedding anniversary, I got my own car, Megan and I went to Salt Lake City to attend general conference with Keaton and Jeffry and Kyle, Jackie and I drove across the country when I moved to Edmonton, Keaton and I got engaged, and last but certainly not least, we welcomed little Haig Arthur Pinsent. 
So all in all, a pretty decent year. It made me quite happy :)
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

December updates and one week until Christmas!

Christmas is coming! We are getting ready here quite a bit. The mall is getting busier and the houses are being decorated. There is joy all around and it's also really cold, haha!

I started knitting a blanket (with moms help!) a while ago for my best friends baby Kinsley. Which basically makes her my niece. I'm a bit slow, so I had to leave it home when I moved here, but my amazing mom finished it for me and gave it to Amanda and Kinsley, and she's loving it! :)

A couple weeks ago, Keaton and I were invited to decorate Christmas cookies by some friends from church. They were finishing The Grinch when we got there, then we watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and we started to watch Arthur Christmas, but Keaton and I left a bit after it started. But we laughed a lot and told stories while decorating cookies and we had candy cane hot chocolate as well.
Our ward choir also participated in a stake Christmas concert on December 11. We sang "Far Far Away on Judea's Plains" with a lower turn out that we thought, but everyone said we did okay! 

My dad had eye surgery to have a cataract removed. Alyssa stayed home with him and sent me plenty of pictures of Winnie trying to take care of him.(What a crazy sweetheart) It made me miss them a bit, but I'm happy dad is doing well.He's a trooper!

We saw Rogue One! I went in with no expectations and ended up really liking it! Keaton loved it and obviously wants to see it again. Here is what he wanted to say about it:
IT WAS AMAZING AND I WANT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE OF THAT. It was everything that I wanted it to be. I don't want to give away any spoilers, buuuuuut the last few minutes was worth the price of admission on its own. Gareth Edwards (the director) is a Star Wars fanboy at heart and you can tell by the different shots he chose and pieces he included. I want him to direct Episode 9 and all the other spin offs. It is in my top 5 star wars movies (My favourites that I cant decide between which is better, 4-7 and this). 

Over Christmas, we're having family coming to visit from Australia, which will be really cool! They're going to have a lot of fun in the snow! I received some Christmas presents from home already which are really great. 

I've also been trying to participate in the church's Christmas campaign, which is #LightTheWorld and it's a wonderful way to share what we know about Christ to others. 
Oh, you don't know about Light The World? Well, here is an awesome link to find out more!
For example, today's opportunity was "Jesus Honoured the Sabbath, and So Can You", which we did. Keaton and I listened to a general conference talk and both read our scriptures. We attended our church meetings and learned good things. We had family dinner and spent time talking a bit about Christmas as well. There's so many little ways to celebrate the campaign, and you can do what you can by checking out that pretty link up there!^
Hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas in really awesome ways! 
Happy Holidays!