Friday, December 25, 2009


Little Hallie looked better than a gift at a luncheon on Wednesday out with the girls.
To celebrate birthdays from Halloween on and to celebrate the kids being out of school, we went to lunch. From left is Connie O'Barr, Arianne Evans, Leslie Olson, Pam Neimiester and Stephanie Clark.

Todd had to work on Christmas Eve day but the rest of the family played in the snow. Shay was tired from his long walk up the hill on our perfect sliding day next to Riverview School.

Devree on the red tobaggon, Dane in his snowsuit, Noble pulling Devree up the hill and Shay.

Devree bundled up so she doesn't get any snow INSIDE!

Shay's idea to take Low Rider down with him and Noble. The dog did not like it!
Devree got cold in the snow so she wanted a bubble bath in our Jacuzzi to warm up.

Our Nativity on Christmas Eve. Devree said her walker was the donkey.
Finally the shepherd (Dane) boy showed up but forgot his staff.

The P.J.'s I made for everybody and T-shirts were their Christmas Eve presents. They decided to act like doofus' and hike their bottoms to their armpits. The boys all have snowboarders on them. Devree's are her favorite purple color.
What did we get in our stockings?
Dane is excited about his pack of "The Magic Tree House Books". All 32 of the first books.
Shay excited about his "recycled" googles that Noble found at the "Goodwill Store".
What is Christmas without getting some weapons? Swords from Grandma and Grandpa Rice.
Devree is happy about her scripture stickers for all of the Seminary Mastery. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Rice.

Noble got the first "Glee" album from the TV show and boy does it have some great music on it. Music like Heart and others I knew growing up. Another great gift from G & G Rice.
It was a bounteous Christmas with many wonderful gifts. Karyn and Lafi gave us Puerto Rico and the Northern Nevada Children's cancer group came through with each of our wish lists. But this season was much sweeter than usual because we were all home and enjoying each other. We are truly grateful for the blessings we have received this year and are trying to always remember that Life truly is a great blessing.
May your Christmas be about enjoying the blessings you have been blessed with this year. May you have that happiness and joy in your heart as we also have it in our hearts.


walkinourshoes said...

It looks like you all had a Merry Christmas. Looks like fun.

Strollerblader said...

You should enlarge, frame, and hang on your wall the pj pants picture!!

And yippeee, I see that Devree is getting a crop of hair! How exciting! Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

Merry Christmas and wishes for your best New Year ever!

Breck, Celest, Tayzia, Talon, Kallie, and Jackson Rice said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Your tree is beautiful. I might have to fly there just to pinch Dane's cheeks and kiss him because he is the cutest shepherd ever. We got about 1/8 of an inch of snow (if even that) and school was cancelled for the day. We love you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love, Aunt Celest