We had a wonderful and very busy holiday season this year! It seems ever since we moved back into our remodeled Nevada Street home we have been going, planning and celebrating! Layla loved the Christmas lights, saying “HO HO HO,” and unwrapping presents! We had a blast watching her have so much fun! Here are a ton of pictures of a very fun Christmas!
Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fair Grounds
One of our family traditions is to bundle up, as much as is necessary in Southern California and go to the Del Mar Fair Grounds to see The Holiday of Lights set up on the infield of the race track! We always stop at Starbucks and get hot chocolate on our way! This year Layla got to enjoy her own hot chocolate and even drive the car around the race track while enjoying the lights!
Layla is dressed in her jammies accessorized by the adorable penguin hat and scarf her Nonna got for her! She also insisted on bringing the Grinch to the Holiday of Lights, maybe she was trying to show him some Christmas cheer!!
Layla always lets us know she or anyone else is wearing a hat! She pats her head and says, “Hat!”
Layla even got to drive the car with daddy!! She had a blast, she pressed every button and pulled every knob! It took me days to figure out how to get everything back to the way I like it! You can see some of the fun lights in the background!
That smirk says it all!! “I know I am doing something that I am not supposed to do but boy it this fun!”
Layla got a visit from The Scher family and was able to practice her gift unwrapping skills a few days before Christmas! It took her a few minutes to figure it out, but boy when she did, she knew exactly what to do!
A bit unsure at first…
after a minute or so… she definitely go the hang of it!
Awww… Her very own Raggedy Ann Doll! A must for every little girl! I know I had many and loved them right down to the sewn on heart on the chest that says, “I love you.”
We had the privilege of watching Ella, our neighbor Sean and Val’s baby when they went to a holiday party. Layla absolutely loves Ella! She had a blast and even helped give her a bottle! She will make a wonderful big sister one day!
We always go to my dad and Donna’s house for an Italian feast on Christmas Eve. We eat a huge antipasti, pasta with olive oil and garlic “aglio olio” and sea food, an Italian tradition! Layla loved the pasta! Grandpa Eugene, Nanny Lucy, Nicole, and my brother Dustin joined us!
I think my dad and Donna have every singing and dancing Hallmark Christmas snowman, penguin, and dog that have ever been made, thank goodness Layla loved them. She knew exactly how to turn each and every one on and she even danced along!
Layla in front of Nonna and Papa’s Christmas tree, a beautiful sunset in the back ground! Thank you dad and donna for hosting a wonderful meal and time with family!
Another one of our traditions is to drive Storybook Lane in Rancho Penasquitos on our way home from my parents! This year it was about 9:30 and it was PACKED!! This neighborhood is famous for having blocks and blocks of houses completely decked out with Christmas lights! We had a blast, Layla had fun too, We even spotted a house with a Sesame Street theme which of course made her happy!!
Later that night…
at Santa’s Workshop…
one of Santa’s little helpers put together Layla’s awesome tricycle from Nonna and Papa! The tricycle rocks but the directions for how to put it together, not so much!! I guess this will be the first of many Christmas Eves where we are putting together and building the toys while “the children are all nestled snug in their beds…”
We had a great, fun, and relaxing Christmas morning watching Layla open her presents and hosting Christmas brunch for Nicole, Dustin, My dad and Donna! Thank you all for making it such a special Christmas morning!
Layla made out! She got a Mr. Potato Head, ABC and 123 flash cards, placemats, an art easel with white board, chalkboard, and roll of paper, and a kit with chalk, paints pint cups brushes and a roll of paper. She also got a tricycle, an adorable pink and white polka dot arm chair, just her size with her name on it, her own purse with a pretend cell phone, lipstick, atm card, mirror and car keys. She also got pots and pans for her play kitchen, a sushi set for her play kitchen, a wooden tool set, an apron, a new clean Elmo, bibs, and Elmo jammies, an Elmo ornament, books, a new doll and clothes! We have so much fun playing with all of it!! It was a blast!
We had a beautiful brunch! Guy made 2 quiche, a veggie one for me and a traditional Quiche Loraine. I have to take some credit, I did make the pie crusts! He also made homemade breakfast sausage and his delicious blueberry sour cream muffins, mmmmm! Nicole made a delicious potato pie with greyer cheese, I made a fruit salad because you should have at least one healthy thing on Christmas morning, right? And lots and lots of Mimosas and cappuccinos! It was a great morning, it always is!
We went to see Janet, Guy and Nicole’s Mom and Layla’s Grandma J
Layla seems to understand how to sit on Grandma J’s lap, she doesn’t squirm she hangs out and is always mellow! Janet is getting much better with her now that she is getting a bit older and can help hold her self on her lap. We are so grateful that Janet gets to be a part of Layla’s life!
Awww, kisses for Grandma J!
The Team and the Mayor!
18 Months old
Christmas is Layla’s half birthday. June 25th is exactly 6 months from Christmas! So every Christmas we also celebrate Layla’s half birthday! I bake a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and cut it in half! When I started this tradition last year, I figured red velvet was festive for Christmas! I bring half of a cake over to Christmas dinner and we sing half of “Happy Birthday and this year Layla blew out one and a half candles! 18 months old, 1 and a 1/2 already!
This years dress looked adorable on her!
Our family! Merry Christmas!
Here is Layla’s half cake with one and a half candles!
Mmmm red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! DEE LISH!
Guy, Sheila Mishel, Nicole, Layla, and Dustin!
The Charger game was on during Christmas dinner so most of the guys watched the game, the rest of us took turns entertaining Layla and playing Balderdash, a super fun board game that my cousin Lauren made us play but we are so glad we did it was so fun and funny too! We had a very Merry Christmas! We hope you did too! Love from the Zavodnys!
and of course thank you for all of the gifts and quality time with family and friends!