Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A photo menagerie from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. My sister, her husband and her son are in town all the way from New Zealand! It was my nephew, Chase's, first Christmas and it was so fun to watch how excited he was playing with all of his new toys. Of course, Bella and Riley had a great Christmas too! Here are a bunch of pics from our Christmas this year. Enjoy!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Ryan has started a new venture. Last Saturday he opened a new restaurant in downtown Paso Robles called Robert's. The owners are two fantastic people who really know Ryan's worth and treat him with kindness and respect. He finally found great people to work for!

Ryan has a lot of time and energy invested in this restaurant. From drywalling and painting, to creating the menu and hiring the staff, he has done a bit of everything. Now that they are open, he can concentrate on the food (which is amazing). I have eaten there twice so far and am going back with my coworkers tomorrow for lunch.

I am so proud of Ryan and so happy for him! Robert's restaurant is off to a great start! So, go eat there and go tell all of your friends too!

Here is the link to their website (photos by moi).

Bon Apetit!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gotta love Christmas time!

I just LOVE the Christmas season. Yes, it is full of hustle and bustle but I love to decorate, bake, shop and see the wonder and joy on the faces of my children.

Riley and Bella both still believe in Santa. I think this may be the last year for Riley but Bella should have a few years left. We have magical elves that visit us every Christmas time. Bixie and Trixie come all the way from the North Pole to spend the month of December with us. They have been coming for about 4 years now. During the day the make sure the kids are behaving and at night they go back to the North Pole to report to Santa on how the kids are doing. Riley and Bella love their elves and look forward to them coming every year!

We have been busy as usual this holiday season. Ryan's new restaurant opened last weekend (more on that in another post) and Riley just started basketball practice last week. But, we have still found time to get the house decorated, tree up, presents wrapped and have even baked some biscotti! Yum! Next up is baking more holiday cookies and making gingerbread houses. Should be lots of fun!
Here are some photos of the house all decorated and the kids decorating the tree: