Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Parade of lights

One of our most treasured family traditions is freezing our butts off watching the floats, marching bands, and balloons parade on by in the Parade of Lights. This year's Parade of Lights was the best ever and even the 15 degree temps didn't bring down our spirits. Ella was afraid at first as the first marching band made its way by (it was a little too loud) but once she saw the first balloon, she was in awe. She loved every horse, dog, and balloon that went by. The "woofs" and "neighs" were heard throughout the evening. We were thrilled that someone else wanted to join our little tradition this year. Ernie, Ella, Amanda and I were joined by Anthony's presence this year (Amanda's boyfriend) It was a wonderful evening.

You want me to do what?

This year Ella didn't like Santa and really was not interested in sitting on this funny man's lap! The only way she wouldn't cry is if I was sitting with her. Which was not to my liking, but I guess I'd do anything for this little girl. I had waited in line for almost two hours (that is because it is free, you get to take your own pictures and the Santa is amazing) and I literally rolled out of bed, put on a hat, and got in the car. So I apologize for my awesome prettiness. :(


We enjoyed a five day get away to Minnesota last weekend. My cousin Matthew was getting married and asked Ernie to be an usher in the wedding. Can you tell that Ernie makes friends easily? Matt and Ernie hit it off right from the start and have loved each others company ever since. Ernie got to usher people to their seats, but also got to walk my aunt and uncle down the isle. Makes me smile just thinking about the love and tradition that flows through my family. My grandparents are closing in our almost 60 years of marriage and that is where all that love comes from; 7 kids, 22 grandchildren, and 23 (and counting) great grandchildren. VERY thankful for the time we got to spend with everyone during this Christmas season. Congratulations Matt and Cayanne! We love you both very much and and pray that 60 plus years of marriage will follow for you!

The wedding

My Family (Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and second cousins)

On Sunday, we had a Christmas family gathering. We ate a lot of GREAT food and had a gift exchange. It was a wonderful time to get together and catch up with all of my family.

Ernie's ice fishing adventure

And finally, as we made our way back down to the cities we stopped by my dad's parents for lunch. It was a wonderful visit with my grandparents.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I L.O.V.E Christmas. It is my favorite holiday mainly for the soft white lights, family time, and now... an 18 month old! I get so giddy like I am ten again! I can't believe it is right around the corner. Here are a couple of pictures of our decorated house. (yet another reason why I love Christmas so much!)