Christmas part 1: The Willards

Well, I'd hate to have to do a post called "Christmas in July", so I figured I better get my Christmas pics up on the blog before summer rolls around. And we have a bunch of travels coming up, so I really need to get ahead of the game NOW.

I have so many pictures from our Christmas/New Years in California that I'm going to break it into 5 or 6 blog posts. So here goes the first!

Christmas with The Willards!
Jeff, Nicole, and the kids came to town for a few days and it was a blast. We love to hang out with them and the kids just act silly together. There was a lot of this going on:
(cute Harrison and aunt Nicole):
and if we weren't eating grilled cheese, we opted for donuts:
Owen at his morning best:
I snapped photos of the darling girls. Jillian has the most amazing eyes.
and great expressions too.
These were supposed to be her "3 years old" pictures.....just a few months overdue.
Jacqueline is fun to take pictures of too. Both girls are very photogenic.
and she has cute little feet.
This pic just makes me laugh. Can't remember now what she was bothered by.
and, cheese! Such a cute girl.
Cousins, playing together in Grandma's front patio.
One night while they were in town, we braved the LA traffic and drove from Simi Valley to Fairfax.
We ate at Messob (Ethiopian food), which Chad and Lauren introduced us to...and also announced that night that they were having a boy! And to follow that up: she just had baby Henry last week! The Willard male/female ratio is now balanced.
The food was quite tasty and it was fun to eat adventurously. My only complaint is that the bread was a bit too spongy to me. Now if you put some Indian Naan with it?! Perfect!
We had a great time eating family-style in the middle of the restaurant. And when the kids got restless, the staff entertained them. Does it get better than that??
Thank you Messob!
After dinner we walked around the LA temple to see their Christmas lights.
Everything was cheery, bright, and festive.
Moroni still:
Moroni moving:
We had a slight scare while at the temple grounds when we lost Lucy for 20 minutes. She was with all of us but at some point she must have lost sight of me or Casey and decided that she needed to go back around the temple to find us. So she started walking in the opposite direction of us. Some people saw her and asked, "what do you need?" She calmly responded, "I'm looking for my people!" Of course we were not as calm as she was and were a bit worried. So we circled around the temple as well, Casey going one way, me going the other, and yelling "Lucy! Lucy!"

People who heard us asked, "little blonde girl? She went that way...."
So we knew she was close by, we just needed to find her. And eventually we did. PHEW. Scary to think of what could have happened instead, in LA, at night time.

On that note, to finish off the night we hit up our favorite ice cream sandwich shop in Westwood:
I quickly snapped photos inside the shop, before getting busted.
Yum. I wish I had this right now in my house to devour.
For the rest of our Willard hang-out, we just played around the house, went to the outdoor mall to see the "fake snow". All the girls went to see The Princess and The Frog (and the boys went golfing). Jeff, Nicole, Casey, and I had a date-afternoon where we got In-N-Out to-go and smuggled it into the movie theater to see A Christmas Carol.

I'd been wanting to make Lucy a jacket for a while now. And since the cousins were here I made one for all three girls and ended up using them for SYTYC. It worked out great. And the girls were just cute together.
Jacqueline really could model kids clothing. She was so perfectly posed in all these shots.
Jilly's amazing expressions again.
Thanks for coming down to California Willards! It was a fun, fun weekend.


Robyn said...

You had to rub in Diddy Riese didnt' you!?!?

Nicole said...

Great re-cap! It was a fun time, except for those 20min of no Lucy, scary! Cute pictures.

Lexie & Sharrid said...

keep it coming...

Leslie said...

Nick has been talking about diddy riese forever.. Ive never been. Now I want to go.

Becky said...

I like seeing that I'm not the only one "behind" on pictures. I'm super behind on burning CDs/backing up pictures. I'm on July 09 right now. Man, I take too many pictures.

Leslie said...

oh diddy riese, we didn't appreciate it enough when we lived in west la. now i want some too! :)

lyndsey said...

yummmmm i could go for an ice cream sandwich right about now myself. [you're not supposed to take pics in there? i have before and no one said anything.] looks like a fun trip! except for the lost kiddo of course. glad you found her...and glad you're doing xmas in may instead of july :)

Fernando said...

The LA temple trees always remind me of the Joker for some reason...Did you like Ethiopian food? Diane and I tried it once and were not fans of it at all. I gave it another shot the other week at Big Bite Nite and still couldn't convince myself that I enjoyed it.