Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas revisited!

The holiday season is always so much fun! This year I went digital with my Christmas Scrapbook (in 2010 my family one will be digital as well) Here are some of the pages I have done. I do have a few more to do. It was so much fun to create them! Enjoy!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Baking

Taking an hour out of a busy work week to make cookies with the kids is a PRICELESS thing! The holidays are so busy and we often get so caught up in it that we don't take time to really enjoy it. It is so important to take the time to build those special memories with our kids! I have fond memories of making cookies with my mom and sister when I was a kid. I can remember making frosting for the cut out cookies with my sister- and trying to make the cookies look as good as a picture and eating the stars for the peanut blossom cookies. Ahhhh memories that make me smile. I hope that my kids look back at their childhood holidays and smile too!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Santa comes to the neighborhood!

Christmas is full of tradition for our family. One of the fun traditions comes from the city we live in. Each Christmas Santa comes around the neighborhoods on a fire truck! It is sooooo much fun to see how excited the kids get when they hear the sirens of the truck and police car. Dayne went running this year when he heard it! They waited with their coats on for about 30 minutes! After they get to see Santa waving and get a candy cane, they give a canned good to one of the fire fighters and it goes to a local food shelf! The holidays are so much fun with all of the special things we do!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Visit with Santa!

This year we headed to the Mall of America with our great friends to visit Santa! We made an appointment at 10am to see him and boy were the kids excited. I think it helps that Lylah saw Santa earlier that week at my school so she was so excited to see him again. Waiting outside of the Santa Experience-- ahhh they love each other!Rich checking out the picture that Lylah's friend brought to show SantaSanta gave Lylah and Dayne "five" for being good kids. They told him what they wanted- Lego's, trains, and games for Dayne and dolls, "water slide" (I have no idea??) and princess for LylahBoth of them actually were so excited to sit on his lap! A HUGE improvement over last year.

SinterKlaas visited our Beau and Belle

Each year Sinterklaas comes to visit and it is always fun for the kids to see what surprises he brings. The kids left a shoe by their bedroom door (you are suppose to leave it outside but it was so cold the kids thought Sinterklaas might want to warm up) for Sinterklaas to leave some treats. As you can see Lylah was so excited to open up her princess toy it went flying! Dayne got some fun cars and they both got lots of books!