Wednesday, January 1, 2014

December Delight

December was a jam-packed month....

December Nights @ Balboa Park
Saw a little Nutcracker, ate Iranian food & sang Hallelujah. Christmas in San Diego at it's finest.

Visit with Santa @ The Spencer's Sports Club

A San Diego Ice company even takes pity on our Southern California kiddos & makes 'snow' for them to play in.

Super Service Saturday
A new yearly tradition.
One Saturday morning I had a chance to accompany the PQ2 Ward to photograph a Christmas Breakfast they hosted at the Interfaith Alliance in Escondido. The Young Men & Young Women from the ward cooked & served breakfast, hosted crafts, broke 2 pinatas & provided a visit from Santa including a present for every little boy or girl who attended. Keller & I were able to pick out & donate a toy to the activity for a boy about Keller's age. I had the joy to photograph the little boy getting his present from Santa & opening with lots of smiles:

Later that day our family started our own Super Service Saturday. 
In just a few hours we:
Bought lunch at Subway for a nice grandma behind us in line
Provided a Subway gift card & McDonalds gift cards to two down-on-their-luck gentlemen
Left 5 $1 bills hidden at Dollar Tree for someone else to buy a Christmas gift
Donated a toy 
Delivered 5 milkshakes to the nurses on the Oncology floor of a hospital

This was my favorite activity of our Christmas season. 

Keller's Christmas Piano Recital. 
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman & Up On the Housetop

We love Miss Lorraine

The month of December provided night after night of spectacular sunsets.
 Driving around to look at Christmas lights

Celebrating Keller's Birthday - 1st Grade Style

1st Grade Christmas Program

Next, it was on to Cedar City to have a Merry Marchant Christmas:
Keller helping make peanut butter balls

Ice Skating. Thank goodness for Adam Soper teaching Keller [and Chad] the tricks.

Christmas Jammies / Christmas Eve Dinner @ the Clarke's

Santa delivers.....

...while Keller sleeps under the Christmas blanket my Grandma made for me when I was 7.


Kel & Uncle Bubby with his new PUNK [Professional Uncle, No Kids] shirt

Marchant Mayhem Cousins

Celebrating 7:
Chad made Keller a custom 7 pancake with 7 candles

Then it was off to Kanab to visit Grandma & Papa Hamblin to continue the celebration:

The boy's requested cheesecake for his birthday cake.

All in all - It was all fabulous...and busy...and tiring. Merry Christmas.

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