Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Year In Review

Since today is the final day of 2012, I thought I'd take a look back at the more interesting things that happened, crafts I made, and recipes we tried. This list does NOT include all posts made in 2012. We'll call it "The Rice's Favorites of 2012"

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sled Riding Fun

 Alvin, that's not the way you do it. You're supposed to be IN the sled.
 Go Erin!
 Emali veering off course
 The only way to go back up the hill. On a sled pulled by Dad, of course!
 Mommy, I'm coming to get you!
 Hi Mommy.
 Emali wiping out. It looks like it hurt, but it didn't. She got right back up and went again.
 Erin trying a jump out.
 Eric flying off the jump.
 Emali didn't do too well.
Erin's turn to wipe out.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Morning

 My awesome new Chilly Willy footie pajamas
 Alvin and the tree with all the loot

Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas Eve at the in-laws house this year. A great time was had by all. I'm not going to bore you with tons of words, but I will overload your bandwidth. :)

 Sammy's Birthday Cake. (Made by me) Her bday is on the 23rd. 
 In-laws Christmas Tree. It was beautiful. 
 Their mantle. I love it.
 Emali and her cousin Zoey looking at the nativity.
 Their cat, Icky, looking at the tree.
 Happy girl Zoey opening her gift.
 Erin with one of her gifts.
 Rich with his chocolate tools from us.
 Sammy with her Steelers wreath I made her.
 Alvin in his Batman stuff he got.
 Zoey feeding Erin meatballs.
 Alvin playing conductor with the train.

Emali and Zoey playing.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's the end of the world as we know it...

and I feel fine!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Em's Winter Concert

Emali's winter concert was tonight. I'm completely impressed at how much they've improved since last year. They are playing multi-part songs, solos, etc. The band geek in me just LOVED it. So proud of Emali for sticking with the flute for almost 2 years. Especially when a good bit of her friends are dropping out.

 She's getting so big. I can hardly believe she'll be in junior high next year.

And now, I leave you with a video of the band playing Yuletide Spirit.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our tree is up!

We went Saturday afternoon to get our tree. However, since we have a new cat this year, and he's a bit of a spaz, we have had it set up in the living room bare for a few days. Today, we took the time to put lights on and decorate it. Hemi (the cat) seems to be ignoring it for now. Let's hope it stays that way.

Warning. There are tons of pictures to follow.

 Walking to find our perfect tree. Alvin wanted to pull the sled.
 He found it! Not too tall. Not too fat. Just right.
 Eric cutting it down. I think I have this same exact picture for the last few years. Same coat. Same hat. Same position.
 Eric and Alvin pulling the sled with the tree on it.
 He wanted to pull it by himself. He made it about 5 feet before he was asking Daddy for help.
 Our awesome Yoda tree topper
 Putting the first ornament on
 This year it was Batman.
 Our tree all decorated!
Here's Hemi, the troublemaker.