Mar 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!


So Santa finally found us, just a few months late. "Santa" bought the kids gifts the week before we packed out and we unearthed that box late last week. We decided to make it special and do a big breakfast and the whole bit. Our neighbors possibly thought it was weird when we came over in our woollen mittens and scarves to sing carols and bring hot chocolate, but Christmas just wouldn't have been the same without the celebrations... okay not really, but we got into it as best we could!

Dad putting together the toys. This is the only toy that didn't scare Gabe, and it still did a little. He likes to watch the train go around the track only if perching on Mom or Dad's lap. Laine is Mrs. Conductor, of course. Gotta love a kid and their lollypop


Gabe's new "Cheese!" face. It is so cute! Be prepared to see a lot of it, he is a total ham the minute the camera comes out all of the sudden

Our cute little neighbor girls came over midway through to play. Our kids just love these 3 girls Dani and Monique {sister Hollie is missing}. They are the sweetest, most polite little girls and Gabe goes crazy with his happy feet when he sees them

Breakfast Crepes with Raspberries and Creme, must have been good!

As we have taken the time to reflect on the true meaning of the season, we have a quiet gratitude in our hearts. The warmth we have shared together this Christmas will remain with us always. We send to you and yours our most gracious yuletide greetings. March 2007 to March 2008 was a great year for our family, as we hope it has been for all of you. We send our best this season, and hope that the new year brings it's richest blessings to you all!

The Riley's

10 comments:

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas!!

Kate Gildea said...

Loved the Christmas card...did it get lost in the mail? I am just kidding, looks like you guys had so much fun. I will be so sad when Gabe outgrows that sleeper. It is my favorite!!

Nick & Nicole said...

That is too bad that the toys all scare Gabe! I love the cheese smile. It seems like he is too little to be able to understand hamming it up for the camera, he is getting big so fast! Glad you had such a nice Christmas.

Stacey Lau said...

...and to all a good night! :) That is great. Gabe is such a cutie!

Emilee said...

Hi Natalie, this is Emilee (Wright) Fyffe from high school. I saw your blog on Lindsay Bench's blog. So I thought I'd drop you a note to say hi. Sounds like you've had a crazy but good time there in Australia.

Melanie Whiting said...

I am still confused :) Merry Christmas!

Gaengy said...

Glad Santa finally arrived...grandma was a little worried when Christmas morning rolled around and there were no presents for Gabe and Laine! You said they would not notice and you were pretty much right! Looks like they were really having fun now that Christmas really arrived at the Riley's. Loved the cheese face!

The Wells Family said...

Happy Holidays! It is one holiday or another, isn't it? I am glad that you enjoyed the day with your family. Gabe is such a cute little man! I love his smile!

Mike & Nicole said...

How funny! I think Gabe has a crush on those girls... they are beautiful! I would get happy feet to:)

So Mike Vanchierie was talking to my Mike yesterday and was going off on how he thinks I look like Brooke White. It is so funny that both of you have said that! We don't see it (maybe when my hair was longer?), but it is a huge compliment... I think she is gorgeous! Season's Greetings!

The Napier Family said...

Well Merry Christmas, it sounds like a blast!

 
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