Here we are, Christmas Eve. Caroling was great fun, in spite of my croaky voice. We had about fifty people come sing! Always good for the soul, and it definitely helped put me more in a Christmas frame of mind.
We're spending the day at S's brother's house, hanging out with family. Always good to get the cousins together. Then Nana J will come back with us to spend the rest of the holiday at our apartment.
I've been having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. It's been very different, now that the kids have declared they didn't want to visit Santa. The cat is out of the red and green bag, as it were -- but each kid thinks that the other still believes, and we made a huge deal about how important it is not to be a spoiler of the Christmas magic. So there is a lot, an awful lot, of odd pretending going on. It's made for a strange season.
So much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, from our health to our hearth. Thankful that mom and dad are with us for the day. We even managed to get in a family photo shoot! Now that's something for which I'll be thankful for years to come.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! S wanted to celebrate by bringing the kids to see the new Pixar movie, Inside Out. Highly recommended! Not only because it has a girl as the lead character(s), without it being a princess movie, but also because it handles the subject matter (emotions) with depth, humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. We've already had some interesting family conversations, and I have a feeling that the paradigm of the film will be a useful one to return to in our family journey.
We had a quiet Valentine's Day around here, as usual. Which is fine by me. Hearts were made and exchanged, sweets were eaten.
We celebrated with a little family hike to one of our favorite spots in the hills.
Life is good!
We've had a busy time of it getting ready for Christmas! Cookies to bake, Santa to visit, carols to sing!
Giki and Pop-Pop are in town, and we'll be heading to Mariposa for the holiday, meeting up with my sister's family. Should be a memorable holiday!
One of my favorite holiday traditions: participating in the annual holiday gift fair at the Triton Museum of Art!
We are getting ready for Halloween! Costumes are lined up, and we managed to squeeze in the traditional visit to the pumpkin patch right after a soccer match. We toured the "Haunted Trail," picked out pumpkins, and generally goofed around.
For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.
For Mother's Day, I made my usual requests: a picture of me with the kids, and a dinner that I don't have to cook!
(From the look in my eyes, I think I should have also asked for a nap!)
I was treated to a delicious dinner at Aqui's, one of our favorite local spots.
So very yummy!