Nice effort on the holiday sweaters. Happy Holidays to all!
Nice effort on the holiday sweaters. Happy Holidays to all!
We had to keep ourselves busy on Sunday in anticipation of Grace's return from Chicago. I had a rough agenda in mind. Olivia set the bar low with wanting to go to the park. Lucas was feeling adventurous and only wanted to eat somewhere we had been before. That's when I encountered dissention with my plan to go to San Francisco for lunch.
Ultimately we ended up at this tiny French restaurant in the Marina. They were both pleased with the fare so the implied crisis was averted. At lunch we decided to see a movie, but it didn't start until late afternoon. We went to the beach at Crissy Field to kill the time. It was a chilly Fall day, but that didn't deter them from building their creation from "reclaimed" wood and rocks. They wanted me to retrieve a much larger piece of wood, which was actually adrift. I did not oblige.
We saw Big Hero 6 at the Kabuki. It was very cute and though there were some sad parts, it wasn't too scary for them. We discussed the plot the entire way home.
It was a great day in the city by the bay.
On Saturday, I ventured solo to SF for Molly and Kjell's annual Pork and Punch party. In anticipation of the spread, I did not eat any pork all day (untrue, actually - started the day with a ham and cheese omelette). The pièce de résistance was again the mail-order jamón ibérico (is there a word for mixing languages like metaphors?).
It was nice to catch up with friends outside of the office. I really only went to see Oliver. He really only wanted what was on my plate. Thanks for a great time!
Grace is on a girls weekend in Chicago / Lake Michigan. There was some serious plumbing going on at the house, so we had to get out of there. HMB is my go-to for having a day outdoors with the kids. I'd say there's a routine, but every wave is different and makes for an adventurous time.
It was crazy to see what the recent storms did to erode the beach. Shortly after walking off the steps there's about a 5-6' sand cliff to the newly contoured beach. The seas were still pretty rough and I did have some fear of the kids getting washed away. There was a low-point on the beach that I told Olivia to avoid, though she kept taunting the ocean. This young couple went for a stroll right into that area and were soon soaked to mid-thigh of their rolled-up jeans. It was funny, but also made my point to O.
Though there were some scuffles and a war of wills, there was also a lot of teamwork. We had a late lunch at the hotel before heading home. HMB is always a great little getaway for us and it turned out to be a beatiful late-Autumn day.
Last Friday, Amy and Grady hosted our annual holiday dinner and white elephant gift exchange. Two years ago, it was a smaller gathering and was quite civilized. The rules were clear. The ladies exchanged "nice" gifts and the guys exchanged "fun" gifts. Last year, we had dinner out in the city.
Somehow, the Thornes moved back to the Bay Area and the gloves came off. It's unclear if everyone got the memo about the rules, but once Morgan stole a guys gift, all hell broke loose. It made for a spirited exchange and there were some gifts that were just not going to find a new owner. I actually re-gifted my Michigan gnome from two years ago, but after being stored and moved all this time, it had self destructed. A replacement was promptly delivered.
Thanks to the Burnetts for hosting another amazing event. Something tells me these gifts are going to keep on giving. Happy Holidays and GO BLUE!
Back on November 23, 2014, Euni and Eric hosted our annual holiday party for the Kellogg crew. This was our first time meeting baby Ellie. The Logan-Longs also made the trek down from Marin. Rhonda, Ky and Malia made the long, long trek down from Seattle and it was so good to see them and give them a hug.
Also making an appearance was a giant d!ldo in Euni's cupboard, which she tried to blame on Michelle, who wasn't even there. The beautiful Orlando Bloom pillow re-appeared, giving hope that the old music box might also be re-gifted, but alas, it was not meant to be (yet). Tony took the opportunity to clean out his drawers and I ended up with a box of floppy disks (high density), 10 of which might not hold one of these photos in raw format. I think they were also older than some of my co-workers. From the photos, it's clear Noah was the big winner.
Happy Holidays and thanks to the Rantas for hosting!
The day after Thanksgiving, our families met up with the Moons and Mike's parents and brother for Dim Sum at Yank Sing in SF. Afterward, Clara and Mike invited everyone over to their new home in Tiburon, which is beautiful in every sense. The kids watched Avatar in their full-on theater, complete with retracting curtains.
It's been a while since we've seen them, so it was nice to catch up, especially in such a serene and resort-like environment. I don't think anyone missed Black Friday shopping. We were able to catch a Tiburon sunset from their amazing hill-top view before we set off for home.
This year, we hosted both sides of the family at our house. It's always nice to have all the grandparents, parents, siblings and cousins together. The original plan was to eat out, but my preference is to eat at home. I guess that's easy for me to say because I'm not in charge of cooking, but Grace obliged.
I volunteered to "cook" the turkey, which mostly entailed making a fire and obsessing over my new remote thermometer, which was beeping most of the day, indicating the temperature was out of band. Despite cooking in half the expected time, everything turned out great.
We didn't have any money on whether or not Grace's dad would rake the yard, but just when. Big thanks to Grace, the moms and Jen for a solid lunch, beautiful appetizers and a full Thanksgiving spread. I hope no one regretted not going out to eat. I know I did not.
As always, we all have much for which to be thankful. Mostly we can be thankful to be able to spend time with our loved ones, young and old. Happy Thanksgiving!