End of the Year Recap

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A few favorite photos from the last quarter of 2016. We were more than happy to say, Peace out 2016! Though we know how fortunate we are in many ways, 2016 was filled with loss and grief and personal stresses. We were happy to say hello to a New Year!

Christmas 2016

We don't seem to have many photos from Christmas day this year. Did we take them, loose them or just decided to enjoy the moment? Who even knows! Which is exactly why I have this blog -to write things down before I completely forget. I do know the kids had a lovely Christmas. I do know we Santa is pretty fugal but the grandparents... not so much. Merry Christmas!

Visit with Santa

We had a nice holiday dinner at the Country Club with Grandma and Grandpa and also got a quality visit with Santa Claus. Jude asked for a specific lego set (I think it was Super Heroes) and Margot asked for a pink toy microwave for her kitchen. They had internet print outs with photos just to be clear. It was definitely better than our experiences going to the mall to see Santa.

Tree Decorating 2016

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We learned our lesson from the previous year not to wait until the weekend prior to Christmas to get our tree, so we gave ourselves a few weeks ahead of time figuring that the kids were old enough to not take the ornaments off the tree. Well, we were wrong. The morning after we decorated the tree more than half of the ornaments were lined up on Jude's bedroom floor before Chris and I had woken up. Apparently we made a wrong assumption about the ornaments and had to explain that once the tree is decorated we are not undecorating and redecorating each day. 

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Monday, May 15, 2017


Halloween 2016

Jude was a skeleton and Margot wanted to be a fairy. I made Margot's skirt from tying pieces of tulle to a long ribbon after watching a video on YouTube. It was easy enough. Margot was very shy at the preschool parade, as one can tell in the photos. Jude, on the other hand, was quite excited to go to school in his costume (Kindergartens are the only grade allowed to wear costumes to school, for whatever reason), but did not want to be a "naked skeleton." We had a hard time convincing him that no one could tell what he was if he was covering his costume with clothing. I think he wanted to be like the hitch-hiking ghosts on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, despite being too afraid to go on the ride when were there.

We also decided to skip the annual meltdown at Bate Nut Farms this year and instead got a free pumpkin (or as many as could fit in our car because they had way too many) the weekend before Halloween. The kids enjoyed a mellow outing with a balloon man, face painting and a costume contest, that Jude was bummed he didn't win, which wasn't too surprising to us, since to the untrained eye he really only looked like he was wearing regular clothing and a skeleton mask. Margot chose not to dress up for the "Pumpkin Patch."

On Halloween night I made salted caramel to be dipped in sour green apples and tomato barley soup with subpar grilled cheese. Jude and Margot enjoyed trick-or-treating and collecting candy and if I remember correctly, somehow managed to get their trade in toy before Halloween. All but a handful of their candy went to the office the next week with Chris. Overall I think (having a hard time remembering completely) Halloween was fairy mellow and mostly successful.

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