'Tis the Season to be Reading

Wow, just found post this in my inbox from the 1st week of December! Better late than never, right?

We had a lovely, stress-free Thanksgiving this year, with many, many blessings to be thankful for. For the first time since 1999, I did not cook all or part of a Thanksgiving meal! I've been cooking and baking for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday when I was growing up, since 1996, the year Dylan and I moved in together. This year, Thanksgiving dinner was a posh affair at the tony Las Ramblas restaurant at the Hotel Contessa on the Riverwalk. Everyone in our family loved it! Thalia and Carys absolutely adored that it was a buffet (there was even a low table with kid-food) and you could go back as many times as you wanted (in theory) for freshly-made waffles with ice cream on top. I kept thinking to myself, "Why have we not done this before?!"

We spent Thanksgiving weekend putting up our two Christmas trees and other indoor decorations, in addition to outdoor lights and reindeer. And on December 1st, as we do each year, we unpacked our box of Christmas books. I love to give Christmas books to kids, especially to mine! Classics such as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas as well as the novelty soft-covers with favorite current characters like Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans and Littlest Pet Shops.

One of Thalia's 1st Christmas books, 2001

Dora's parranda has delighted both girls since 2004

Thalia's absolute favorite Christmas book since 2007 and "the authority" on all things Santa-related

Carys loves this one right now. Once I explained all the Amelia-isms, she thought it was so funny!

And Melissa's own personal favorite from my childhood. I never, ever get tired of this one!

The girls got so excited when we unpacked and sorted through nine Christmases worth of books! They squealed with delight at rediscovering their favorites--very much like reuniting with old friends. They even enjoy re-reading the holiday baby board books. We always pack them back up at the end of the month, so all of December is spent reading Christmas stories every night in anticipation of the big day. Each book gives us a little bit of holiday spirit every day! Then all too soon, the books are back in storage until next Noel.


We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Digital holiday greetings to our awesome friends and family who may not have received a snail mail card from us this year, for whatever reason! Apologies if we overlooked you, lost your address or if your card came back undeliverable. In any case, we wish you a Merry Everything and a Very Happy 2010!

Dylan, Melissa, Thalia & Carys

Card layouts:
Card #1:Paper & Embellishments (some recolored): 'Be Merry' kit by Cherie Mask for Two Peas in a Bucket; Creative Memories 'Candy Cane' kit; Word Art: Creative Memories 'Gazebo' kit; Font: MammaGamma by Jakob Fischer/Pizza Dude
Card #2: From Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Layout Template 'Be Jolly 3' Kit by Syndee Nuckles; All Paper & Embellishments (some recolored): 'Be Merry' Kit by Cherie Mask for Two Peas in a Bucket; Font: MammaGamma by Jakob Fischer/Pizza Dude
Card #3:Layout based on Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Card Template '4x6 Photo Cards 3' Kit by Syndee Nuckles; Papers (recolored): Creative Memories So Chic Kit; Embellishments: Round Ornaments by Me; Oval Ornament (recolored) from 'Be Merry' by Cherie Mask for Two Peas in a Bucket; Ribbons (recolored) by Peppermint Creative; Sheer Bow from Creative Memories 'Baby Love' Kit; Fonts: MA Sexy by Margarete Antonio, MammaGamma by Jakob Fischer/Pizza Dude
Card #4: All papers from Scrap Girls 'Kiddie Christmas' kit by Keri Schueller; Scallop Circle Frame (recolored) from 'October Orange' kit by Jennifer Pebbles for Two Peas in a Bucket; Word art (recolored) from Scrap Girls 'Perennials' kit by Valerie Randall; Font: MammaGamma by Jakob Fischer/Pizza Dude

Photography by: Rachael Myles Photography