we went to irvine to visit with everyone, enjoy a turkey dinner and give out presents.
loved seeing kendall. what a sweet little girl. next year i'm sure she will be running around playing with all of the kids.
i made a queso dip: velveeta and rotel melted together in the microwave. it was addictive and good. i also made fresh salsa for those that were counting their calories.
the dessert table was full; pumkin pie, apple pie, banana cake, lemon meringue, cherry pie, ice cream and lots of whipped cream, oh my!
this was one of my favorite memories of the day, watching grady open up his toy story
dolls action figures. i remember the boys and sofia loving them too when they were his age.
and what does an almost 13 year old get excited about? new ear phones for his ipod and a best buy gift card.
yeah, more legos... this was exactly what he wanted.
sofia got a set of princesses to add to her collection. and she loves every single one of them. she's giving them a group hug.
wednesday the kids and i were invited to a cookie decorating party with some friends. it was pot luck style. love that. then the kids decorated their gingerbread people and ate all their frosting. hee hee. at the end of the day we all decided that this will become a yearly event. i would love to host it next year. everyone had so much fun.
that night we got a chance to celebrate the 2nd night of hannaukah with our friends.
oh do we love hanukkah...
andrew and sofia missed jordan while he was away but it was a good bonding experience for these two. they tend to have the most conflict. they made puppets out of notebook paper, kitchen twine and cardboard to keep them busy. pretty crafty don't you think?rocky road parfaits that were yummy and didn't make us feel guilty.
i got my sister in the exchange this year. i gave her some giada delaurentis products from target. can you guess what this is?
i shared some of our christmas day photos already. we had a quiet day. my parents came over to see the kids open their santa gifts. then bobby's dad and step mom came over for breakfast. and we ordered chinese food for dinner with his mom and stepdad. the kids had fun playing with their presents and sharing time with their grandparents.
santa went to trader joe's this year for stocking stuffers. the kids each got coal and a variety of holiday specialties. i especially enjoyed the chocolate covered minty marshmallows.
we also have a new family tradition. meet sam the elf.
he came to us from the north pole (of target). he was sent to watch over the kids and report back to santa about their behavior. yes, it totally freaked sofia out but andrew thought it was fun to wake up each morning and find him in a different place. those elves sure are mischievous.
|stuck in the apothecary jar|
|reading a christmas book|
|having an m&m fight with the andre ethier action figure.|
|lying in our bed and watching tv.|
|sitting on top of the christmas presents.|
it was a fun new tradition that we'll continue next year. i've pinned quite a few suggestions about where other people have found their elves so i have a lot of ideas for next year.
are you exhausted? i am. and there is more to share.
part 2: kernville, new year's eve and jordan's birthday.