Most Wonderful Time of the Year
1. My company Christmas party was held this past weekend at the Biltmore hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Thanks to my sister again we were able to enjoy a night out as us all dressed up eating with friends, dancing, spending the night in a luxurious hotel, sleeping in & having breakfast all by ourselves. 2. The house is all decorated inside & out. As we turn the corner to drive up to the house every night the boys exclaim "LIGHTS LIGHTS." (Taken with a point & shoot).3. And once they are done checking out all the neighborhood lights they move on to pointing out the snowmen on the doormat. It has always reminded me of my 3 boys. 4. And of course as soon as we walk into the house Johnnie beelines for the Advent calendar to see what has been left for him. Examples include chocolate, hot cocoa, ornaments, movies, coloring books, activities such as giving money to the "bell" at the grocery store, going out to lunch & helping purchase a gift for a less fortunate child. 5. The small tree that lights up my evening as I type on my computer because it's powered by my computer. 6. Our mantel. All of our stockings are hung & ready for Santa's arrival. The photo in the background is Johnnie at 3 months old. The are a ton of photos of the other boys but they have never been willing to wear the hat so their pictures adorn the house during the rest of the year. 7. Our Christmas Tree. Sunday evening's advent calendar activity was decorating the tree & Oscar (our 6 year old cat) has spent most evenings laying underneath it. 8. My family is always a big part of the holidays. As a family we only give gifts to the boys (& of course they give to them). But the adults choose a Kris Kringle & it's always fun to try & figure out who we each have. 9. The centerpiece that sat on each table at the party. I was one of 7 lucky winners to take one home. Isn't it cute? 10. And I will end this holiday post with this photo that shows how we feel about the holidays. I am very happy & overjoyed about all things involved with this season & well Rick he just participates because he loves us & of course he loves the happiness all of it brings the kids.