Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Card Outtakes...

So for weeks now we have been trying to get our act together to do Christmas Card Pictures....Let's just say this will serve as the Riley Family Christmas Card! We have been so busy that is seems we never have a free second to think about getting dressed and finding the right location!

Meg (my wonderful SIL) has offered numerous times to help us out...but we were never home! So these are a few that I tried to snap last week of was so cold he really wanted nothing to do with it!

Love this one....but you can't see his precious little face!

It was so windy and cold this day he would hardly look up!

His favorite thing to do while taking pictures...saying Cheese! His little hands were freezing by the time we were done!

At least he was facing the right direction!

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!!! So many exciting things for the Riley Family to look forward too!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree...

Last weekend we headed to Noni and Popi's house for the annual Christmas Tree Adventure! We were pretty excited about taking Peyton for his first trip to mountains to find the perfect tree. We have not taken him in previous years due to our crazy schedules, but this year it worked out great!

Off we went on Saturday morning and began our adventure. We stopped and ate at Cracker Barrel as we always do and had a blast. Next off to place flowers on my great grandmothers grave in celebration of Christmas. Next stop...The Christmas Tree Farm!!! Little did we know the adventure that would lie ahead.

As we were driving, we could see the mountain in the distance and Kevin proceeded to say it is coming down like crazy up there! (One little bit of had been snowing since we left my parents house! Just flurries, nothing major!) We continued on our journey and finally reaching our destination. When we got there we could hardly believe that there was so much snow on the ground and it was not stopping!!!

We got out of the car and bundled up...but were not prepared in any way for the bitter cold. Seeing that we are from the beach, we do not own proper attire for bitter cold and snowy days! From the time we stepped out of the truck, Peyton was a wreck. He hated the snow falling in his face and hated being so cold! We managed to help Noni and Popi find the perfect tree and off the the three of us went to get warm while Noni and Popi waited to have it cut down!

This is Peyton miserable in the freezing cold!!

I can only imagine he is thinking just take me inside where it is warm! Bless his heart!

One of the many trees that we found...

As if the bitter cold and snow was not enough, as we were coming down the mountain we ran into a huge traffic jam only to learn they had closed the mountain!! Our 2 hour trip home turned into about a 4 hour trip home!!! Such a nightmare, yet such a wonderful Christmas memory!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cute Christmas Memories...

Just a few things that I want to remember about Peyton's 3rd Christmas...thus far!

1. His favorite Christmas songs are the Chipmunks, The Donkey Song and Jingle Bells! As soon as he hears any of the above he gets the biggest grin on his face and starts to is the cutest thing ever. He will sing Jingle Bells all the time and just this week has started to sing Santa Claus is coming to town.

2. Still very nervous about Santa....We went to the mall yesterday but Peyton simply wanted to see him from afar. Santa noticed us watching from the the 2nd floor and began to wave at P. He simply smiled his nervous smile and did a very small wave! :)

3. We are taking P to see the Legendary Santa in Richmond on Friday. We did this last year and P wanted nothing to do with it so this year we are changing things up a bit and doing tea with Santa. Should be a lot of fun...we will definitely post pictures next weekend.

4. His Christmas list changes with the day but a few things that he has mentioned are a firetruck, anything related to toy story, choo choo trains...the normal boy toys!

5. On a total separate note, he has started to tell us that he is ready to go to school. He wants to go to school with Colie and ride in Meggies car. We hear this at least 10 times a day. He wants to take his books and go by himself. So hard to believe that our sweet baby boy can possibly be ready to start school! Makes me want to cry!!!