Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas this year spent with family friends and eating lots of delicious food. Christmas Eve this year we were with my family. That night we went over to Nana's house for dinner and our christmas program that is full of talents, the nativity, surprise performances, watching a dvd full of pictures of the family in 2009, and dessert. Then Dev dressed up as Santa clause and delievered some gifts for my cousins. We ended up back at my parents where we would be sleeping and opened our Christmas pj's.

Lindsay with her brand new baby, Luke

Everyone with their video cameras out filming the talent show

Tate with Papa

The Best entertainment of the night was the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS performed by my aunts, uncles, and parents.

Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

Three french hens

Four calling birds


Six geese a laying

Seven swans a swimming

Eight maids a milking

Nine ladies dancing

Ten lords a leaping

Eleven pipers piping

Twelve drummers drumming

The Nativity performed by my cousins

Tate with his soon to be uncle Bret

My cousin, Joey, did the twelve days of Christmas for his girlfriend. So Joey had Devin dress up as Santa Clause and deliever her a stocking for Christmas Eve. Then we were off to deliever gifts to members in their ward that are less fortunate than us. It was a very special experience to be apart of and it help us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. P.S. Devin was the best Santa ever!!

Mimi helping Tate open his christmas pj's

Mckenzi's christmas pj's

Devin's christmas pj's

Christmas morning at my parents opening gifts from Santa. Then we were off to a breakfast a Dev's aunt and uncle's house. Then back to my parents for brunch and my family gift exchange. Devin left half way through the gift exchange to go and talk to his brother Ryan who is serving a mission in California. Later that night we went over to Devin's parents house for The Johnson Family Christmas Party and we talked to Devin's sister Jenny who is serving in Las Vegas. As I was going through all our Christmas pictures I realized I didn't take any pictures while we were at the Johnson's. I will have to remember to do that next year. I don't know what I was thinking!

Kenz with all her gifts from Santa

Tate and Daddy by Tate's gifts from Santa

My little sisters last Christmas as a single woman

Tate helping daddy open gifts

Devin surprised me with a book that has our blog posts all compiled together. It was such a great surprise. Thanks babe!!

Tate had so much fun rummaging through all my gifts, all daddies gifts, and all of his gifts

Tate's first Utah football jersey. Mimi got him and Sam one to match.

Mommy reading Tate one of his many books from Santa

Does he look a little tired? We woke him up to open presents!

Tate secretly taking a sip of water from Mimi's mug

My families gift exchange after the Rice family brunch at my parent's house

Tate's gift from Grandma and Grandpa Johnson. He loves to ride in it when someone is pushing and he loves to push it around the house himself, banging into all the walls and furniture. I need to find bumpers for that thing!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Annual Rice Family Christmas Party

Every year we have our Annual Rice Family Christmas Party at the Gallivan Center Downtown. The party is full of good food, ice skating, sitting on Santa's lap, and hitting the Pinata. Tate had a blast playing with all his cousins, walking around the Gallivan Center, and sitting on Santa's lap. I was so surprised to see him walk right up to Santa and sit calmly on his lap. He must have gotten that from his Dad. I love this time of year for many reasons, but being with family is the very best! Thanks Mike and Liz for all your hard work this year!

The buzzin cousin's table

They are all set for the ice skating rink

Ice skating

Londyn ice skating for the fist time

Tate can't get enough of walking. That is all he wants to do now.

Tate wasn't afraid of Santa one bit. He just walked right up to him and wanted to sit on his lap. I am so proud of my little man!

Tate getting a candy cane from Santa

The whole gang! (Pretty Much)

Aren't they the cutiest couple you have ever seen?

Whitney and Jordan were feeling left out that I wasn't taking any pictures of them! Here you go girls!!