Monday, December 20, 2010

Ahhhh.....December! Where are you going?

Here it is the 20th of December and I'm sitting here thinking, "where did this month go?"  I love the holiday season.  This year has been full of fun new traditions and adventures for our family and we are so grateful for both.  We decided to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas here in California as we had a wedding in Utah the second weekend in December.  So instead of making 2 back-to-back trips, we decided to go to Utah for the wedding and  celebrate Christmas a little early with our families while there.  I forget how much I miss the snow during the holidays.  Don't get me wrong, I have really loved being able to wear flip-flops and shorts year-round, but there's just something about having snow during Christmas time that really gets me in the Christmas spirit (although, there wasn't much snow while we were there)! 
So here's a little peek of our December!  We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a bright  Happy New Year!!!

Instead of trekking up a mountain in the snow, our Christmas tree hunting experience was a little different this year and quite easy, actually.  We headed to a tree lot and picked out the most beautiful, fragrant Noble Fir.  Here Mia and Bryan are testing it to make sure it produces enough sap.  I think we have a winner!
 Forget the trees, Mia was enamored by the dancing Santa and Mrs. Claus.

This has been such a fun year as Mia is loving the "magic" of Christmas.  She was so helpful putting the lights on and had to make sure that every branch was covered.

 We've loved having lots of play dates with miss Julia!

And of course......Santa, Santa, SANTA!!!
Little Santa....
 Scary Santa....
 .....and Yummy Santa!!!

We have been waiting a LONG time for this day to come.  Stan FINALLY got hitched!!!  Let me tell you a little bit about our good friend Stan.  Let's just say we are forever indebted to this man.....or at least that's what he likes to say.  You see, he is the cupid that set Bryan and I up 7 years ago.  So yes, Stan, we are forever indebted to you!!!  Congrats to you and Melinda!!
It has been many, many years since these guys were all together.  It was a fun reunion!

While in Utah we got to meet sweet Sulivan for the first time.  Isn't she a doll?  We were also able to be there for her blessing!  It was such a special day
Mia couldn't get enough of little Suli.  She reminds me often how much she wants a baby sister!!!

All the Roper cousins

 Oh and last but not least......White Elephant Extravaganza!!!
We hosted a holiday party this year along with the Moffats and had a ball.  Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a Christmas spread and white elephant gift exchange.  I must say that the term "white elephant" has evolved over the years.  There were some pretty legit gifts given (i.e. a working scanner, the Harry Potter book series, a duct tape wallet (hand-made), and a Shake Weight (see picture below)!
These adult "cross bone and skull footsies" were sure a big hit!
Bryan secretly was hoping he'd get the Shake Weight.....and his wish came true.  I {obviously} thought it was pretty funny.....can't you tell?
Stay tuned for more Holiday FUN!!!

1 comment:

The Dumas Family said...

Finally! I'm glad to see Mia is still a toddler. :0) Thanks for the photos. Miss you guys. Sorry we didn't get to see you when you were in town. Next time, for sure! Merry Christmas!!!