Monday, February 22, 2010

What a fun Valentines Day

My sister loves holidays and Valentines day is no exception. The house gets decorated and lights get put up and she always makes her super fantastic Valentines dinner! This lady goes all out! We devoured strawberry daiquiris (sans alcohol of course) shrimp, a strawberry and spinach salad and a fabulous main course. This year it was steak! Yeah, meat! For desert she has my favorite, chocolate dipped strawberries! It's a little bit of heaven her on earth! Who needs a valentine when you have an awesome sister like I do!? wouldn't hurt. Maybe next year. :) Hope you all had a fantastic Valentines day and got to spend it with those you love like I did.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Dreaming of a Green Christmas!

Almost every year for Christmas, the Leffler family finds themselves gathering together in Phoenix to celebrate. We pretty much do the same things over and over again, but I love it. We had a new addition to the family again this year as Joe and Teri welcomed their third daughter named Marlowe in August. Here she is in all her naked splendor! Check out those rolls! Yep, she's a Leffler alright. You just can't miss their first Christmas so me and the Grossmans decided to pack things up and head on down to Phoenix! This year I flew down, when normally I drive with my sister and her family, but I couldn't take very much vacation time so flying was the best option. Anyway, my sister and her family always bring an extra cooler to fill up with snow when they hit Flagstaff and bring it into the valley so the little girls can have a snowball fight! They brought two coolers this year so they had ton's of snow. It's always fun to run around the back yard surrounded by orange trees, throwing snow at each other! It's great fun and the little girls love it. Christmas morning we woke up early and opened presents. I got Jason a Colt's Snuggie that he LOVES!!! I'm pretty sure the reason why the Colts made it to the Super Bowl is because I bought him that Snuggie! We all had fun opening presents and we all got a bunch of good stuff. Santa was very good to us, again. Thanks Mom and Dad! We had our big Christmas breakfast that Jason whipped up. I was his sue chef, but I put milk in the scrambled eggs which is apparently a no-no. Almost got demoted for that one. :) Jason planned a scavenger hunt for the girls that had a big surprise at the end for them. He, Michelle, Chloe and Israel decorated the back yard like a winter wonderland and put up a huge inflatable snowman. They wrote notes that they attached to candy canes, that lead them from one clue to the next and hide them around the house and front and back yards ultimately leading them to the side of the house where Jason had wrapped up a big slide. It was hard waiting for Joey, Teri and the Girls to come over after their Christmas morning. They finally got there and we tore into more presents then it was time for the scavenger hunt. They were so excited going from one clue to the next, and when they finally got to the back yard and saw the decorations they were jumping and squealing with joy. They loved the slide and even the candy canes were a big hit. Christmas day is usually pretty lazy. We eat, watch TV, play games, take naps and just enjoy each other. Joey told us about their Christmas morning and it was great. Aspen and Paisley had asked for new bikes from Santa so they got them the bikes with their other toys, but they hid the bikes out on their back patio and pulled the drapes so the girls couldn't see them when they first walked out into their living room to look at their toys. But they did put helmets out for the girls to see. So after the girls had opened most of their presents Joey and Teri started asking the girls why they think Santa gave them helmets. They started to think for a second and then Teri asked Aspen to open the drapes to let in some sunshine. When she opened them she didn't really look outside so Teri had to say look outside. Aspen finally saw the bikes and let out a big gasp, then Paisley saw them and ran over to the window. Paisley pointed at them and said "I gotted a bike, Mama!" and started jumping up and down and clapping her hands. Aspen started in on the jumping too, then Paisley ran over and grabbed her helmet and put it on! Aspen was still kind of confused but Paisley was ready to ride! Joey recorded the whole event on their camera and showed it to us. I've got to get a copy of that because it was the cutest thing I've ever seen! There's nothing like watching Christmas through a child's eyes. Everything is so exciting and new and just plain magical. Nothing beats it. The whole trip was so much fun but way too short. It was sad when it ended but that just makes me even more excited for next year!