Sunday, December 25, 2011

'Twas the Week Before Christmas

(please enjoy my 3rd grade rhyming abilities)

'Twas the week before Christmas and we headed out
To wait to see Santa. To pose and to pout.

The squeals of a toddler were heard through the town
As Grandma got in her car and drove down.

We saw choo choo trains and played till we dropped
We ate pie and drank cocoa until we all popped!

We danced in the street and sang Christmas songs.
We wished for the loved ones we missed to sing 'long.

When Christmas was near we played games all day
We dressed up like reindeer who pull Santa's sleigh.

We dressed up in costumes and put on a play
About baby Jesus who was born Christmas day.

We unwrapped our presents and squealed with delight
As each shiny package revealed a new sight.

Santa came and he went, that jolly old man,
but we are counting days 'till it's Christmas again!

May this new year be full of blessings and family.
May our days all be peaceful and healthy and happy.

Until in 365 days
We can celebrate Christmas again in new ways.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The First "Nowhere" ...

Larkin loves to sing Christmas songs. I am amazed at all the songs she knows this year. Granted, we have Christmas songs playing every day at our house in December, but still ... she knows the words to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells (she learned this one last year), Deck the Halls, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Silver Bells, Away in a Manger, Up on the Housetop, White Christmas, The Hippopotamus song, and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

I had to laugh yesterday when The First Noel came on the radio in the car and she belted out the chorus from the back seat, "Nowhere! NOWHERE! Nowhere! NOWHERE!"
I still smile when I think about her singing "Nowhere" instead of "Noel" :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Lights

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is doing a Christmas lights tour. Some years we drive, some years we walk, but whether they are fancy, over-the-top, or simple, looking at Christmas lights is a magical way to spend an evening during the Christmas season!

This year we made the trip back to Rocklin to spend the evening with our good friends the Mills. It has been WAY too long since we have gotten together, and it was wonderful to spend the evening visiting and driving around spying houses donned in lights.

(These two monkeys LOVED the lights ... the third back-seat-monkey declined to have his photo taken :)

The highlight of the evening for Larkin was holding baby Emmi! She talked about "that sweet baby" all the way home, and has begged every day to go back to our old house so we can walk to baby Emmi's house. (Walking to the Mill's house was a regular thing when we lived in Rocklin, but how she remembers this is beyond me!)

I am so grateful for good friends and family to spend the holidays with!

and as a PS:
Thank you to everyone who will double their PG&E bill for December because of all the lights they hung this month ... I appreciate this pricey but fun tradition!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

What happens when Grandma and Grandpa Rice come to visit?

Grandma reads you lots and lots of books ...

You get your hair done ...

You do a little yard work ...

You get to act like a monkey at the zoo ...

You get to ride on a train ...

You take a carriage ride with all your cousins ...

You play with your food ...

You get to eat treats as big as your head ...

You get to help decorate the Christmas tree ...

Friday, December 2, 2011


I love the holiday season!
How can you not love a holiday that is dedicated to an amazing dinner and acknowledging your blessings?!?
This year we were blessed with a house full of family for Thanksgiving!

Scot made dinner, and it was fantastic!
We had pie coming out our ears! It was out of control!

The whole day was magical!
I always forget to take pictures of the decorations before we dig in and start having fun, so here it is ... our Thanksgiving spread in pictures ...

I am so grateful for the blessings I have received this year. Having family fill our house for the holiday season brings me such joy!

I will post pictures of Grandma and Grandpa Rice's visit soon ... it was a busy ten days filled with lots of adventures!