Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!

We had a great Christmas, and unbelievably, everything got done. With the kids in school up until the 21st, there was not much down time before Christmas, but now we have a week and a half to loaf around and play with our new toys, read our new books and sit around in our new PJs.

On Christmas eve, we went up to Nick's mom's house for dinner. My parents were with us, and they came up, too, and Jeff and Rebecca showed up to exchange gifts. Caroline and Grandma played the piano, and sang Christmas carols:
Miles and I played cribbage. I won the first game, and then got skunked in the second, he had Grandpa coaching him, and we are teaching him all the rhymes and sayings. I said a lot of "15-2, 15-4, and the rest won't score..."
Dinner was delicious ham and white bean soup, salad and bread, with cookies for dessert. I never got pictures of my cookie exchange, so here is a good shot of the bounty.

We got home late-ish, finished up the wrapping and the what-have-you, warned the children not to wake us up until 8, and headed to bed so Santa could come. I heard the kids up opening their stockings at 730ish, and at 8 on the dot, they came to tell us it was time to get up. I got breakfast in the oven, and we opened some gifts, took a break to eat, and then opened some more. We stayed in jammies for most of the day, then Mom and Dad came over for dinner. We played games and ate yummy cheese, then dinner was the traditional cioppino, sourdough and salad.
Dad brought some really special pinots, that we heartily enjoyed. Email me for the cioppino recipe, it is the one my mom has been making for many years, it is fantastic.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

'Tis the Season...

...for holiday music concerts. Here is a sample of Miles' band concert.

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Well, hey, not bad for a bunch of ten year olds. Miles plays alto sax, and he takes it pretty seriously. Since you cannot see him in the clip, here is a still photo.


That was last Wednesday. Next, on Friday, we had Caroline's piano recital. She played two pieces, and did a great job. Here is "The Wild Horseman" by Schumann.



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Here's Caroline in her still photo, too.


Nicely done, kids.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

We got Elf-ed.

Well, Merry Christmas!


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Monday, December 3, 2007

Links...

May I direct your attention to the right side of the page, where I have favorite blogs and websites..... I have added two new blogs that are very good reading. One is my friend Sally, who is the mother of Miles' best friend, Tai. We visited them in Paris, as they are lucky enough to move there for this year. I love to read it for the descriptions of the food they are eating. Oh, and also to hear about their adventures, what a great time they are having.

Another is my friend Eric's blog. We went to San Marin HS together in Novato. We graduated in different years, and I went to his Senior Prom with him. He is a great writer and very funny, it is some good reading.

As always I have the link to my friend Katie's blog as well. She is like a combo of the other two. She moved to Amsterdam a year and a half ago, and started writing this blog to keep track of all the wonderful cheese she was eating. It has turned into more of a diary, and she is also very funny, and it makes for some excellent reading material.

I HIGHLY recommend checking the link to Miles's website. He has made some improvements to the design, finally, and posted his two video games that he spent the better part of a couple of Saturdays making...they are a little challenging, so be patient, and get the hang of them.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

I love Winter

Faithful reader, you may remember this post.

Faithful friend, you may say, What the heck, Elise, you hate being cold! You do not love winter! When the scene out the kitchen door is this:
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I do love it. So peaceful and pretty...

Miles' team won their soccer game in it, while I was filming this. Brrrr.

For more meteorological information, check here.