This is a Blog for Elder and Sister Swift. We are on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are serving in the Philippines Quezon City North Mission.
Monday, January 2, 2012
We had three different Christmas celebrations this year with different groups of relatives. Here are some picture from each in the reverse order from when they actually happened.
The last one was at our house in Puyallup which was actually closer to New Years Eve since we were in Arizona during Christmas day.
We had five of our children here and their families. In this picture is Tianna, Amery, Layne, Mallory, Malachi, James, Andrew, Tucker, Jim, Evan.
Another group shot, with Bruce, Andrew, Evan, John, Ashton, Talitha, James, Caleb, Jacquelyn.
Mallory brought one of her favorite gifts from home with her, a talking toy dog.
Penelope is modeling some bead necklaces purchased from our traditional trip to the dollar store. She was really sick and not feeling very good but got better as the days passed.
Talitha gave homemade blankets to several of the kids. They put them to good use and made a fort to play in. James is in the front and Tucker in the back.
The computer is always a big attraction, even at meal time.
Foosball is fun. Evan and Ashton are having a game with Andrew waiting his turn.
Dallen, Mallory, Tucker and James.
This is a unique picture because everyone likes to play cards so much and here you can see Jacquelyn with all three of her daughters (Tianna, Talitha, and Doranda who was sick too) and three of the five grand-daughters (Amery, Penelope, Scarlett).
Now we move to Arizona to San Tan Valley. We had a Christmas celebration there with the Ruckers.
In this picture is Jacquelyn's dad with Duane's daughter Melissa and her boyfriend and Melissa's son Gabe.
Here is Conni's daughter Elaine with her son Elijah.
This is a group shot with Jacquelyn's mother, Gabe, Conni, Elijah and Elaine.
Another picture with Conni, Gen, Elaine, Elijah, Patti and Gabe.
Jacquelyn with Conni's pet parrot.
For the third part of Christmas visiting we were in Mesa. The first thing we did was have an Anniversary Celebration with my parents. We went out to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. They have been married 64 years.
This is my brother Mark who came up from Tulsa.
Mark's wife Angela.
Christmas dinner at my parents house.
Mark, Angela, Jacquelyn and I went for a hike at the Usury Mountains Recreation area just to the north. It was a 7.4 mile hike around a mountain and we had a lot of fun.
We saw the annual Christmas golf cart parade.
And we had hot dogs and hot chocolate at the Recreation Center at Leisure World after the parade.
We were also busy one day digging out tree stumps at my parents house.
Buzzards at Leisure World that roost in the trees and keep watch over everything going on.