2013 Holiday Lights Contest Winners!

The Winners of Canyon Hills 2013 Holiday Lights Contest!

Traditionally Elegant Winner- Levesque Family
 31946 Daisy Field Court

Ever"Green" Winner- Rael Family
 31962 Hollyhock St.

Through a Child's Eyes Winner- The Grenon's
 32360 Ashwood Ct.


Creative Inflatables Winner- The Carry Family
-->35406 Chicory Ct.


Clark Griswold Award- The Walton's 
-->34321 Otay Way

 You MUST see these homes in person, the pictures don't do them justice.
Winners- You can pick up your $50 Lowe's Gift Cards at the HOA office, please bring in an ID to claim it.  Congratulations and Thank You for participating!

2013 Entries

We saw SO many awesome homes tonight! We love to see the Christmas Spirit!  Make sure you register your home next year for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to Lowe's.

By Nicole Sanchez


"Tidings of Comfort and Joy"

My mother-in-law recently gave me a book entitled Simple Abundance. It has a little message for each day of the year. When I read the passage for December 8th, I felt like sharing it with you! This is a message for women during the holidays. An encouragement to slow down and enjoy what Christmas is really about.

December 8
Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending.
-Barbara Holland

This is the week that women's shoulders begin to droop as their list of holiday "should do's" becomes as long and heavy as Jacob Marley's chains. There's card writing, card mailing, gift buying, gift wrapping, gift sending, tree buying, tree trimming, cookie baking, party giving, turkey roasting. By next week, unless a Power greater than ourselves restores us to sanity, women will be dropping in their tracks. Not surprisingly, the Christmas holidays are the height of the flu season. The author of a recent book on simplifying our lives suggests that we "bow out" of the holidays - as if this were an option for real women. Is it for you?
          When it begins to look a lot like Christmas, it's because women across the country are wearing red hats and pointed shoes to accessorize their Donna Karan Suits, Gap jeans, or Lands' End sweats. In case anyone hasn't noticed, women are the ones who "do" Christmas, performing miracles on demand. Women are making holiday dreams come true behind the scenes.
          The celebration of Christmas as we know it today, with its whirl of festivity, decorations, lavish gifts, parties, and family-centered traditions, was a creation of middle class Victorians in both England and the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Victorian women, who were full-time homebodies, began "doing" Christmas in July. However, in the final tow decades of the twentieth century, women have been doing lots of other things while we're doing Christmas. Which is why we end up doing ourselves in every December. For many women, this is the season misery and angst: tears, tantrums, screaming, yelling, hustle, bustle, cash conflicts, royal-pain relations, and holiday humbug.
          Wouldn't the real Christmas miracle be if we slowed down long enough to remember the reason for the season, so that our holiday celebrations became authentic and meaningful?
          So be of good cheer. Be not frazzled, frustrated, nor frantic, for I bring you tidings of comfort and joy. If you do Christmas at your house, you can choose to do it your way. Whatever that way might be. You can consciously decide to be happy, loving, fulfilled, generous, peaceful, contented, spiritual, joyous, calm, festive, and emotionally connected to the important people in your life for the holidays this year.
          Or you can, unconsciously, choose to be a wreck.
          Today, realize that you can't do everything. Not all at once. Not in the next sixteen days. Not at all. Period.
          Now, recognize that one of the reasons Christmas pasts probably didn't live up to your expectations is because you've tried to do too much, too perfectly.
          Look at that list.
          Choose to let only what you love best about the holidays remain. Cross out two more "musts". Now there's time for gazing out the window at gently fallen snow, delighting in the sounds of bells and joyful music, savoring the sweet aromas of hot cider, roast turkey, and gingerbread, sipping hot chocolate and homemade eggnog, reading a holiday story each night at dusk, basking in fire crackling on the hearth and re-creating cherished customs that care for your soul as well as the souls of those you love.

A passage from Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
By: Sarah Ban Breathnach, 1995.

Menifee Valley Wide Recreation Youth Basketball


Registration begins in December for our upcoming Coed Youth Basketball League for boys and girls in grades K thru 8thth grade based upon the 2013/2014 school year. Get ready to shoot the hoops! Games will be played Monday thru Saturday at the Menifee and Romoland Gyms.

January 10th or at skills day Janyary11th
FEE: $65

LEAGUE SEASON: January thru April
Div tt(pre k-k) Deadline Jan 10th 2014 No Skills Day
Div 1 (1st-2nd) Deadline Jan 10th 2014 No Skills Day
Div 2 (3rd-4th) Deadline Jan 10th or skills day Jan 11th 9:30am
Div 3 ( 5th-6th) Deadline Jan 10th or skills day Jan 11th 11am
Div 4 (7th-8th) Deadline Jan 10th or skills day Jan 11th 12:30pm
My boys practicing during the 2013 season.
Menifee Gym
28545 La Piedra Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 672-0507


There's a link on the upper right column of the CLLL website home page to register.
All Canyon Hills residents are zoned to play for Canyon Lake Little League.
They play at GAULT FIELD in Canyon Lake. Click the link above for league info and how you can get involved!!!
From the CLLL Website
Photo by: Brittiany Mainwaring of BAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Celebrate the Season: Display Your Gratitude

By: Lindsay Payne-Lamberta

Seasonal Crafts
Display Your Gratitude
As we transition into the holiday season and the month of November, it's so important to acknowledge how fortunate we are! Here are two wonderful craft ideas to display what you're thankful for:)
If you don't have the time to make a craft, I recommend hanging poster board in your home, so your family can write words of gratitude. Or you could simply fill a jar, box, or any container, with small pieces of paper that say what you're thankful for:) I encourage you to read these each day, or save them to read on Thanksgiving! 
1) Yarn Turkey 
from - Parents.com
Ask each child to write what they're thankful for on a paper feather, then stick it into this cute turkey centerpiece.

How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the bottom of a 9-inch polystyrene ball. Wrap sphere neatly in thick dark-brown yarn, covering surface completely; knot on bottom. Make a 4-inch ball from light-brown yarn and attach to body with a wooden craft stick. Create simple facial features using felt: white circles (approximately the size of a quarter, with 1/8-inch pom-poms for pupils) for eyes, yellow triangles for the beak, and long red felt teardrops as the wattle. Cut feather shapes from colored craft paper and bend in half lengthwise to create seam. Glue wooden craft stick to the bottom third of the feather and insert in a fan shape on turkey body.

2) Thanksgiving Gratitude Board
from - Jelly Bean Junkyard

What you'll need: plywood board or foam board, brown paint, 30 coin envelopes, variety of scrapbook paper, vinyl or printed numbers, glue stick, Mod Podge, ribbons, hole punch, white card stock, glue gun

How to Make it: Paint your board brown. Cut off the top part of your envelopes until they are 3 ¾-inch tall, and glue scrapbook paper to the front of each. Then, use Mod Podge to glue on the numbers 1-30 -- you can cut them out of paper with stencils or use stickers or vinyl. After your Mod Podge is dry, hole punch two small holes in the top of your envelope and tie a small ribbon through the holes. Use your hot glue gun to attach the envelopes onto the board -- five rows and six columns. Cut out a "Give Thanks" title and Mod Podge it to the top of your board. Insert a small piece of blank white card stock into each envelope. Each night in November, ask your kids to pull the card stock out on the appropriate day and write down something they are thankful for that day.

Canyon Hills Fall Festival~October 26, 2013

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The Social Committee will have a Registration Table where you can get your raffle tickets (one per family member), candy, and turn in your carved pumpkin for judging!
We are also featuring 4 face painters this year, so the lines should be shorter :)

*Click on the name to get more information :)*

Javita coffee
DeBoer Chiropractic  
Baby Bound Ultrasound  
doTERRA essential oils 
Pre-K Ready Readers 
Black Tiger Martial Arts and Defense Academy  
Realtor~ Marlenne Roldan 
Sanctify Eden  
Nature's Select Pet Food
*Pixie Paints* 
ItWorks Global 
West coast chiropractic 
Quest Church 
Kait & Aud  
Glitters The Clown
Ahnie's Treats- BBQ and Kettle Corn 
Q'tsy Treats
Juice It Up
Rodent Pest Technologies
Realtor~ Helen Jong / Neighborhood Watch
Realtor~ Erenie Fortney 
and more...

October 26th 2:00pm-6:00pm
Creekside Park
3200 Lost. Rd. Lake Elsinore, Ca 92532

Can't wait to see you there!!

By~ Nicole Sanchez