I hate that the month of December is nearly over. I really do love the holidays and our month of December has been especially fun this year. We had something fun to do every weekend. I already wrote about the play we went to at the college the first weekend and riding the light rail to MAMA art festival.
The second weekend we went to an "artist reception" at a gallery in Phoenix. The artist was a potter that works at the college with Alvin and we purchased one of her pieces for Alvin's Christmas present. Unfortunately it is still hanging on the gallery walls until December 31. He is anxious to go get it.
We also went to the Mesa Arts Center for their craft festival which was booths set up with different crafts. Alvin actually secretely purchased my christmas present there without me knowing it. He was very cleavor for sure.
The third weekend we went to our friends Sally and Rick Engleman who live on 27th Street and Thomas Road for their annual neighborhood luminarias display. Now this isn't just their street - it starts at 26th street to 30th street from Thomas to Osborn. It is lovely and every year these neighbors celebrate the Christmas season. Parties are held in the front yards, an old 1930 tractor and trailer offer rides to those that don't want to walk the streets and it is so festive.
And of course the 4th weekend being Christmas Eve on Friday evening we took Grandma Helen out to dinner along with Gretchen, Brian and Linda. It was a quiet evening. Christmas morning we journed to Chelsea and Stephen's new home for breakfast and opening the presents. Christmas Day we went to Jimmy Ruth's (my sister) for family dinner with nearly 35 attending. The little kids ages 8 to 3 had so much fun playing outside riding bikes, playing baseball, playing on the playset and hardly ever came inside.
The Snesko Christmas:
The Scremin Christmas:
Tonight we are going to the circus to end this holiday season. This is the second year the Chandler Center for the Arts has brought the circus to town. They set up their tent in the grass behind the arts center. Friends went last year and said it was great so we are going to see for ourselves tonight.