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Golden Christmas

Christmas 2013, our golden Christmas. A lot of love, a lot of memories and a lot of gold, literally. I naively bought gold glitter wrapping paper to go with our white and gold color scheme and boy was that a sparkly mess. I digress. A special Christmas none the less.d27

Christmas Eve afternoon at Mister Mister’s parents house.d49


Nana knows her Hot Wheels loving grandson all too well.d71

A tire shaped toy box to keep his cars in.d63


An early Christmas gift to Mister Mister from Lovey and I.

That is one leather wearing, happy man.d31

My Christmas Eve gift to the boys, light up remote control cars. I had eyed these on the Christmas toy palooza, that is the home shopping network come December, for a couple of years and finally caved. There were no regrets.d32

Racing in the kitchen until T-minus one hour before Santa was due to arrive.d30Christmas morning, stocking time!d36

Who needs rose-colored glasses when you have Christmas tree tinted ones?!  Just saying.

d37He asked Santa for Hot Wheels and a yo-yo. Santa came through on both requests!d1A tire shaped yo-yo to go with the Hot Wheels, Santa is so witty.d33Always adding to Mister Mister’s Arizona Cardinals collection.d12d2d21Such a cutie.d17Lovey received a train table as a gift from Mister Mister and I and the boys spent hours putting it together and then playing.z1z6z7Cozy new blanket cuddles.d13Christmas flowers from my boys.d47Our Christmas dinner that I prepared.d56Christmas card love, one of my very favorite kinds of love. xo d41



The Grotto’s Festival Of Lights

After a visit with Mister Mister’s parents and gift exchange followed by Christmas Eve dinner we then spent the rest of the evening at The Grotto’s Festival of Lights, a local church sanctuary’s Christmas celebration.  photo-1photo-2g22The paths were illuminated with scriptures.g3A procession of angels appeared to fly above through the trees.g4g26Untitled-4g25There was a petting zoo with goats and a baby lama, as well as a biblically based puppet shows for the kids.g5Untitled-5g8g16A breath-taking nativity scene was nestled into the cove of a mountain.g9Candle lit prayers lined the walls.g1

The church was lit up beautifully inside and out for midnight mass.g21g11There were “prayer trees” that guests were welcomed to contribute to. A lovely gesture of community and touching experience as we read through them.


Of course there were so many lights! So many beautiful, beautiful lights.g24g20g15g19Kisses beneath the twinkling lights, wrapping up our favorite season that always fills our hearts with joy and light!g23


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Elfie 2013

We began The Elf On The Shelf tradition this past Christmas. 

I discussed the concept with Lovey a week or so prior, settling on the name Elfie for our highly anticipated visitor. We read the book on Thanksgiving night and were more than ready for his arrival the next morning. IMG_3885IMG_3891Elfie was welcomed into our family with sweet, childlike excitement from Lovey and filled our Christmas season with a lot of fun and special memories.

Elf On The Shelf will now always be a part of the holidays in our home.IMG_3917*Lovey found Elfie nestled in the Christmas tree that first morning.

*Lovey found Elfie in the freezer enjoying an ice cream cone from his play kitchen. Later, he came back and gave Elfie a Hot Wheel to play with “incase he became bored while he was in the freezer.Untitled-4-lm*Lovey said “I found Elfie in my playroom, he is reading my little books!” Then he sat down and read to Elfie.

*Lovey found Elfie shooting some hoops. They made a great team.Untitled-5-lm*Elfie was found having a ball in Lovey’s ball pit.

*Lovey and Elfie both were counting down the days until Christmas. There was only twenty-one days left.Untitled-6-lm*Where’s Waldo had nothing on Elfie as he hung out with Lovey’s Elmos.

*Elfie was found watching the snow fall out the window on our snow day.

Untitled-7-lm*Elfie was playing Mega Blocks.

*Elfie brought Lovey a gift, An Elf Story movie. It was even in a cute little elf bag… Elfie obviously believes that the magic is in the details!Untitled-8-lm*Total rock band status!

*We found Elfie in the gift closet. It obviously reminded him of the gift wrapping station in Santa’s toy shop.Untitled-9-lm*Elfie must have overheard that Lovey was going to be seeing the big guy because we found him hanging out in the living room with our Santa.

*Elfie won the sack race with the nutcrackers. Untitled-10-lm*Elfie decorated Lovey’s bathroom mirror with pictures of his pals back in the North Pole.

*Elfie sent Lovey’s Grammy a shameless selfie to wish her a happy birthday. Untitled-11-lm*Lovey found the Christmas sprinkles and was ready to get his bake on!

*Elfie found this little cutie sleeping peacefully.Untitled-12-lm*Elfie played soccer.

*Elfie was feeling the love!Untitled-13-lm*Lovey has a special Elfie delivery in his mail box.

*Elfie also wondered what exactly does the fox say?!Untitled-14-lm*Elfie was cruising in Lovey’s jeep with him.

*Elfie brought us a Cardinals football ornament for our tree and rooted them on as they played the Sea Hawks. The Cardinals won, coincidence?! I think not! Untitled-15-lm*Elfie brought Lovey a Christmas coloring books and crayons.

*Elfie’s last day with us he did some cooking with Lovey in his play kitchen. Untitled-16-lmWe have the sweetest Elf! Before he left with Santa on Christmas Eve to go back to the North Pole until next year he left a note and made a heart out of bows for Lovey to find on Christmas morning. The note said; “I am so proud to be your Elf because you are such a very good boy! I had so much fun with you this Christmas and can’t wait to see you again next year! Until then, keep up the good work! Sending my love, your Elf, Elfie xo”e14

A Visit With Santa

We took Lovey to have his picture taken with Santa this year for the first time and of course to give Santa a heads up on his Christmas list. Our elf, Elfie must have overheard us talking because we found him in our living room with our little Santa along with a note that said “Have fun today at your visit with Santa!”s1We had intended to head off the long line and crying babies back in November when Santa first arrived at the mall, golden thrown and all, well before Thanksgiving. Procrastination set in, unfortunately quite common for us, so we didn’t make it there until the week before Christmas.s7As we stood there in line, que the crying babies, Lovey was remarkably calm and patient. He stooped down every time the line moved ahead a few feet to get a better view of the big guy. I overheard him strategizing with another little boy in line about what they were going to ask Santa to bring them. Lovey was a little boy on a mission and knew ahead of time that he was going to ask for Hot wheels and a yo-yo. I was partial to the sweet innocence of the yo-yo. The other little boy said he also intended to ask Santa for Hot Wheels. Great little minds think alike.   s6

Once it was Lovey’s turn to sit on Santa’s lap he climbed on up like a pro and jumped right into a full conversation with the man in red. Mister Mister and I were taking pictures and recording a short video from the side lines, which we found out later was a no-no. We didn’t intend to break the rules but I’m glad that we accidentally did because the video is priceless. Lovey smiled, talked and laughed with Santa as he tapped his little foot in sheer bliss the entire time.

Childhood Christmas magic, sweetly captured that will be cherished for a lifetime of Christmases to come.khjh