Saturday, December 25, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Chrismas

We had a wonderful Christmas day that began where every good Christmas begins, waiting on the stairs.
Santa came while we were asleep ... and we were all so excited we could hardly stand it!

Larkin has learned how to play the recorder ... sort of ...
She walks all over the house playing a one note song that sounds like a soprano choo choo train sounding an SOS

Christmas is magical with a toddler!
Larkin tore into her packages with such anticipation ...
and then we spent the day playing, and napping, and walking, and painting, and playing some more ...

How'd you spend your Christmas day?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas in Alaska Part Two

The adventures in Alaska never end!
We have had such a wonderful time playing in the snow and visiting with family.

Larkin at the touch tank with Grandma Rice

Larkin's favorite toy at Grandma and Grandpa Rice's house!

Visiting the fire trucks with Grandpa Rice ...

Making gingerbread houses ...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas in Alaska Part One

My take on our trip to Alaska so far ...

Larkin was so excited to fly on an airplane!

(Dad and Larkin playing the player piano)

(Playing on the swing with dad and Zoe)

(Making snow angels ... with a little help from Isabelle)

(Riding on the sled with Andrew)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Everyone Has At Least One!

I have been reading Larkin stories about Santa. We have been watching movies about Santa. We even looked up pictures of Santa online and talked all about him in preparation for the big day this year when Larkin would get to go sit on Santa's lap. I know it can be intimidating, and I wanted her to know what was happening.
By the time we loaded up in the car to go see the man in red she could say, "ho ho ho" "snata" (and no, that isn't a typo), "lap" "cheese", and "hello" whenever I would ask her where we were going ... (I told her we were going to go say hello to Santa, sit on his lap and take a picture)

We waited in line for almost two hours to see Santa. I just couldn't understand what was taking so long. The line was longish, but not too long. After about 45 minutes I started to feel like we had already invested so much time, we had to stick it out. As we got closer to the front I started seeing the problem. Santa's little helpers were creepy! And they were so unorganized! They were running all over and yelling loudly at the kids (Festive, photo-related words, but still...). They were letting parents look at every single picture taken ... it was chaos!

When it was our turn I set Larkin on Santa's lap and told her we were going to take a picture. The next 90 seconds were chaos as Santa was primping her, the "elves" were shouting jolly something-or-others at her, Scot and I were trying to get her to smile, and a creepy puppet was tossed all over in front of her.

We got this ...

... it was actually very sweet. I asked Larkin to try and find her happy face and she tried so hard to be brave, but she was genuinely freaked out by the crazy atmosphere. Santa gave her a candy cane and she left with her happy face. She talked fondly about Santa all night after having her picture taken, so it couldn't have been too traumatic.
Everyone has at least one freak-out picture with the jolly old soul, and now Larkin has hers!

Maybe I'm a mean mom, but I think it's kind of sweet!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rice Family 2010 Flashback

In lieu of a Christmas letter this year I am going digital.
Welcome to our Christmas flashback.
Happy Holidays!

Our family has had a very busy year. Who hasn't right!?!

Scot has been busy going to school at Sac State and working full time as a culinary instructor at Le Cordon Bleu. He is teaching baking and pastry and is working on starting a bread guild. His mornings start at 3am and he is going going going until late in the evening most days.

Larkin has gone from crawling to twirling this year. She has gone from bottles to waffles this year. She has gone from two naps to one, and has added at least 50 new words to her repertoire this year. Larkin also started nursery this year and she loves it. Larkin loves life! She loves singing songs, dancing, doing art projects, reading stories, going for walks, and playing with friends.

I have been busy this year chasing a very precocious daughter and moving way too much! We have added a dog to our family, and he keeps us all on our toes all day long! Other than that, laundry and toilets don't make for a very interesting read, so we will skip all the mundane and move on.

We have been so blessed this year. It is truly amazing to see how far we have come in reaching our goals this year. I am grateful for the difference a year can make!

I hope this past year has also been wonderful beyond words for you and the people you hold dear to your heart.
Feel free to check up on us now and then as we chronicle our adventures.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Yummy Rainy Day Project

I love a rainy afternoon ...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

... the stars in the bright sky ...

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord
Laid down His sweet head

stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord
Asleep on the hay

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
'Till morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me
love me I pray

Bless all the dear
In Thy tender care
And take us to
To live with Thee there

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Right on the Tip of My Tongue

Larkin is talking up a storm these days. Talking has got to be one of her favorite skills. I love hearing Larkin's ideas, and understanding her needs a little better. Talking is a favorite! Here are a few words in her vocabulary right now:

doggy choo choo down
daddy car outside
mommy wait cook
Tucker Parker wash
ma-ga shirt ouch
pa-ga pants wind
eat shower sun
banana bath bag
shoes diaper blanket
boots dirty off
kicky (foot) clean light
hand socks phone
eye stars hi
nose night arm
button bed leg
ear piggy sign
hair book song
walk stop Jesus
run go write
fast no way red
tummy thank you blue
chair please yellow
jump sky orange
store rain green
buy flower apple
bye-bye grass all done
dance tree more
swing leaf plane
cereal play boat
cracker slide cow
yummy water cat
peas milk bird
watch juice teeth
baby hat trash
bug up cart
bus drink happy
bike sleep sad
again purple ball
bear frog chewy
cheese yogurt berries

And there are more, but you get the idea ... Larkin is a regular chatterbox!