Saturday, December 31, 2011

Little Boys and Red Christmas Toys

Our family was blessed to be able to spend the day together for Christmas. While are homes are separated by 200 miles of pavement, we met in the middle in Sacramento at the home of my sister and brother in law, Christine and Tim for family, fun, food and of course presents!

As always, we ate way to many appetizers before a huge lunch and all needed a nap. But naps would have to wait. The tree was busting with pretty wrapped boxes and two little boys - Clayton and his cousin Trevor - had may surprises waiting for them.

The many surprises were topped off by the grand finale located in the front yard and not under the tree.  The two red Radio Flyer tricycles that Grandma and Grandpa (who are know as Ava and Avo in our Portuguese family) were very eager to present to their grandsons. And boy were they a hit!

Trevor is three and a touch taller than Clayton so his legs reached the pedals with no problems. Clayton on the other hand is weeks shy of turning two and still can't reach the pedals. But that did not stop him. He balanced himself and used his toes for pushing. He had lots of help to as you can see.

Of course no new bicycle event would be complete without a fall. Clayton has no fear and took a corner and went down. He cried and has a little road rash on the side of his face but he got right back on in a matter of minutes. We have added a helmet to the shopping list this week.

It was a beautiful day; the kind the memories are made from. I'm so blessed they are our memories. Thanks for reading! ~mrs. c

Friday, December 16, 2011

I Love Farmer Christmas Gifts!

I've said it many times and I will say it again, I am so blessed to work in the agriculture community and be surrounded by great people each day. Today was no different. Farmers love to share their harvest; especially around the holiday. Today brought us almonds, pecans and mandarins! All local and all yummy.

The mandarins are in season right now here in Butte County. Farm Bureau members Lou and Lola Lodigiani brought us a bag of Oroville's finest fruit. With only two of us in the office, we will each be going home a substantial portion (minus the two I already ate as dessert after lunch.) You can find Lou and Lola's mandarins at And if you hurry, you can still get these shipped to your house before Christmas. Cut-off is Dec 19th!

The almond and pecans are from past Butte Farm Bureau President and Director Ed and his wife Debbie McLaughlin of Durham. Not too many acres of pecans in Butte County (335 to be exact) so I feel very special to have this bag of nuts. Thanks Ed and Debbie for thinking of us. And you can never go wrong with a can of Blue Diamond Almonds. And the almonds you can order online and have those shipped to your house too. They make a great gift or stocking stuffer.

Do you have a favorite local product that you share with friends and family?
Thanks for reading! ~ mrs. c


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