Loving the Snow!

January 5, 2011

Mila is hugging brother goodbye and wishing him luck at his ski lesson.
In the photo above - Gannon is just getting off of the lift from his day-long ski lesson. He did terrific and is ready for the next level, and proclaimed that he just wants to snowboard!

Our little snow bunny - can't quite ski yet, but would if she could!

Oh What Fun...

January 3, 2011

One of the gifts I gave to my family for Christmas was a couple days of rest and relaxation in South Lake Tahoe. We began our vacation with a sleigh ride and ice skating.
Richard and I are so excited that the kids love SLT as much as we do...so much so that we're looking into purchasing a cabin there.
Now that Gannon can ski, Mila won't be too far behind - so you'll know where to find the Blake's during the winter season's to come!

New Year's Day

January 1, 2011
Crazy Daddy and Gannon welcome 2011 with a plunge in the ICE cold pool!
Good morning New Year!

Mommy and Mila

We hosted an open house today...life would have no flavor without the addition of our wonderful family & friends, both old and new. Below are a few photos that we captured throughout the day/evening...

Welcome 2011!

New Year's Eve

December 31, 2010

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
Old Sacramento is always fun this eve - fireworks, entertainment and craze!


December 30, 2010
Sledding at Cisco Grove...

Merry Christmas 2010!

December 25, 2010
Santa was extremely generous to Gannon and Mila this year.
Hope the big man in red was good to you too!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year...

...from Our Family to Yours!

Merry Christmas Eve 2010

December 24, 2010

This year for Christmas Eve, I prepared a six-course meal for my family. So much work, yet so much fun! And pretty tasty if I say so myself.

Grandma Bull made the kids some BIG and heavy blankets (part of their Christmas Eve gifts)...Mila adores blankets - can't live without 'em!

And here's Grandma reading the kids the classic story - Twas the Night Before Christmas.

And before the night is through...Gannon has to sprinkle reindeer food on our lawn - for Rudolph!

Dear Santa...

December 23, 2010
Gannon insisted on writing one more letter to Santa before Christmas day. He was so sweet...wanted to make sure to tell him to travel safely and that his sister was good all year too!


December 20, 2010
This year's cookie batch consisted of sugar (with tons of sprinkles), chocolate chip and gingerbread men. We also made and gobbled up spiced walnuts - yummy.


December 19, 2010
I love, love, love the Nutcracker! There is a sense of seasonal happiness, that is hard to describe to others, I experience when I see/feel/hear this sweet ballet. I'm so happy to bring Gannon back and Mila for the first time, introducing her to a family tradition.
Mila did wonderful. We had front-row orchestra seats, so she was enthralled with watching the members of the orchestra create music almost more than she was enthralled with the ballerinas.

As we've traditionally done in years past, we visit the Capitol's lawn after the ballet to see the gorgeous Christmas tree. Here is a photo of its splendor.

Basketball...Closing Ceremonies

December 18, 2010

G-man played basketball this winter and enjoyed this sport very much. He always looked forward to practices and the Saturday games. I know that he'll miss his team, the Turtles, very much.
Way to Go Turtles!!! Nice Trophy!

Relax - PJ Day @ School

December 17, 2010

Today is the last day of school before Winter Break begins! Gannon is extremely excited that today is pajama day, and that he gets to watch Polar Express, drink hot chocolate and eat popcorn AT SCHOOL! What a treat!!!

Notice that Miss Mila has to wear pajamas too - just like big bro.

Kindergarten Christmas Program

December 16, 2010
This evening was a special time...Gannon and his class, along with the other Kindergarten classes, performed a lovely Christmas pageant. They sang their little hearts out - and I cried when they sang the sweet song from Polar Express. What little angels these Kindergartner's are!!! Thanks BV for a wonderful evening!
After the performance, Aunt Nena and Grandma, along with my parents came over to enjoy a Honeybaked Ham that Geeg and Grumpy sent us. Delicious!!!!