Friday, December 10, 2010

Soldiers and SANTA....

Today, we went and had a visit with Santa... He asked us if we were being good-girls, and he also asked what we wanted for Christmas this year... We told him Elmo, and big Elmos, and..and...and...big-big Elmos... Santa let out a big deep laugh... we were so excited to see Santa, we didn't know what to tell him, and all that came out was E-L-M-O...
Then we picked out lots of toys for Soldiers... They were all really kind and they ALL gave us hugs... They asked us if we would be willing to be in their flier for Toys-For-Tots... so we posed for pictures with the soldiers... they gave us pencils, stickers, and magnets.  Another fun day...  We're starting to really like this Christmas-feeling....  Mommy and daddy says, "Wait until it's the 25th, when Jesus is born!"  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We're feeling better!

Hello everyone... it's Riley... I've been under the weather for a few days, so haven't been able to get to the computer.  Hopefully, Raegan has kept you up-to-date.  I'm feeling much better today, and woke up a whole new girl.  My sister Raegan is feeling better too.  Our temperatures are well under control, and we're back to eating and drinking again.. woohoo... 

So, for our afternoon treat and activity today, mommy and daddy had these graham crackers and let us make this yummy buttercream icing...
These popsicles were the greatest.... 
We didn't let much go to waste....
Raegan made a house that was a little more colorful than mine (above).  But mine (below) had these chocolate mint circles that were delicious!  I couldn't get enough of them...   It felt like we were on Cake-Challenge or Ace-of -Cakes on Food Network.  :)  We had lots of fun and shared many giggles... 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Birthday DADDY!!!

Hi everyone... it's Riley.... look at the cake we baked for daddy!!!  Mommy let us mix the cake batter, ice the chocolate, and pipe on the turtle... daddy was quite surprised!!!
Happy birthday, DADDY... from all your girls :)

Christmas is approaching FAST... and we're READY!!!

Good evening, it's me Raegan... I got away from playing with Riley to catch you up on what we've done this week.  Earlier this week, mommy and daddy got out Christmas decorations!  We sang Christmas carols and ate these yummy striped peppermint sticks that look like J's... 
I (Raegan) helped mommy put labels on Christmas cards to get them mailed out early this year.  You can tell I was working hard, so when she wasn't looking, I tried to surprise her with what I thought was a big help... she and daddy giggled a lot when they saw me...I love stickers!!!
While I was helping mommy with the cards, Riley was helping daddy with making Bumpa's pecan rolls... we sure didn't realize how long it takes for dough to rise!  WOW... it took some patience to finally get to eat them... but well worth the wait... THEY WERE GOOD!!!
The best part of it all.... THE GOOP!  That sugary stuff that's all over the pecans.... mmmm....
Mommy and daddy told us about a guy named Santa Claus.... I guess he has two names... St. Nicholas.. hmmm...  I'm hoping he'll stop by our house this year...mommy and daddy says he hasn't lost track of our family... he knows where we are :)... so when it get's closer, we're going to bake him some treats and put it out for him... 
We were in charge of decorating the tree all by ourselves... wait until you see what we've done!!!  All the balls, and shiny bulbs that they called "ornaments" were put on the tree by my sister and I.  As you can see, they are all nicely placed throughout the bottom of the tree... We are so proud of it, and mommy and daddy tells us it's the prettiest tree we've ever had!  Good job sister!  We did it!  Now... countdown to Christmas!!! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

In the photo above, it's me Riley... doing crosswords with Papa.... 
We played a lot of board games... Catan was the new one this year.... all we heard was trading wheat and wood for ore... and once in a while we'd hear uncle Bud Baaaaa like a sheep... WEIRD game... 
Nana let us help with baking chocolate chip cookies.  We got to taste-test the chocolate chips to make sure they were okay to use in the cookies... mmmmm....
Uncle Bud and Daddy went sledding with us in the back of the cabin..... it was cold... but lots of fun!  
Thank you nana for all our winter gear!!!  It kept us warm and cozy :)...
The photo above is Riley... The photo below is Raegan....

We had many adventures with brown bear... He had many names throughout the weekend... we enjoyed riding him too.. He tried to sneak up on daddy several times, but he didn't seem to frighten daddy... Then one night, brown bear snuck outside and was hanging out by the hot-tub when aunt Tami's friend Angie came up to visit.  Angie came around the corner, saw brown bear, and just about jumped off the deck with a loud scream of terror!!!  Even funnier, we were all watching it happen from inside the cabin.... :)

Thank you nana and papa for a wonderful Thanksgiving... Food was terrific, cabin was wonderful, snow was beautiful!!!  Thank you Aunt Tami, Uncle Bud, and Cousin Samm for great belly laughs and many many tickles... can't wait until next year.  
Love you all,
Raegan and Riley.