Thanksgiving with Michigan Grandparents

My mom and dad came out for their first visit this year. They arrived in time to attend their first Carey Generations Day. For Thanksgiving, our oven was busted, so Clara and Mike invited our whole family over to spend it with their whole family. My camera was also busted so you’ll have to trust me that it was awesome.

On Sunday, we all drove out to Half Moon Bay for lunch at the hotel, followed by a short stop at the beach. We picked up our Christmas Tree on the way home and Grace had it decorated by dinner time. She’s a machine.

The kids had a great time spending their week off with their grandparents. Looking forward to seeing them again in a few weeks on the East Coast.

BBB with the Michigan Crew

It’s been a while since we’ve had the whole Michigan crew together so we invited everyone over for a potluck turned Bi-Bim-Bop fest. By everyone, I mean honorary Wolverines, Emily (proud Buckeye) and O’Brien, too. Due to weekend sports, May snow on I-80, etc., we were missing some folks. However, Jin-Hong happened to be in town and joined us as our surprise guest. Charles also texted out-of-the-blue and he joined us as well.

The kids made full use of the house, yard and now sidewalk. A few of the younger ones posed flight risks, which kept some parents busy until we smartened up and closed the gate to the zoo.

It’s only a few weeks until everyone launches into Summer, so I’m glad we could see everyone before they scatter to Switzerland, Tahoe, Aspen and other amazing places I heard on the agendas. We’ll be in CA holding down the fort.

Annual Gingerbread Houses at Amy and Steve’s

Amy has been organizing an annual Gingerbread House activity for our kids for years. This year, she went an extra mile to host this holiday extravaganza at her home. We love this tradition and hope the kids don’t grow out of it too quickly. I think the adults might carry on in any case. Thanks, Amy and Steve!

Olivia’s 8th Birthday Party

On Saturday, January 10th, Olivia’s school friends helped her celebrate her birthday. She’s been into Roald Dahl and requested a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed party. Really, she just likes candy.

Kate took the helm to plan the party and everyone pitched in to get ready. Olivia wanted a jumpy because she never had one before. Lucas had a serious face-plant before the party started and was out of commission for the rest of the festivities. I think this is our last jumpy.

There were several candy stations, as well as cotton candy and chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, which the girls were able to decorate themselves. The girls started watching the Johnny Depp-version of the movie before heading outdoors to a relay race. Three teams competed at five stations and everyone was a great sport, especially the girls who volunteered for the whipped-cream-pie-candy-thing. All participants enjoyed “fizzy lifting drinks” after the competition.

After lunch, the girls finished watching the movie and played outside. My only contribution was making the cotton candy (and taking pictures). Thanks to Kate, Grace, Lucas and all of Olivia’s wonderful 2C friends who helped her celebrate. Sorry to all the parents for sending home so much sugar!

Olivia already said that next year she would like to invite the boys, too.

Happy Birthday, Olivia! We love you.

Kellogg Holiday Party at the Rantas

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!

Burlingame Art Fair

On Sunday, August 17th, we had brunch on the Ave. The kids wanted to check out the rides again, so we walked over while it was still cool and uncrowded. They tried them all.

The most aggressive ride was one that swung forward and back and then all the way around. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I tried to encourage the two of them to ride it together. It turned out Lucas was not tall enough, so Olivia wanted to go with me. Usually I opt out of anything that spins side to side, so I thought this wouldn’t be so bad.

Aside from the fact that these weekend carnival rides are the kind on which people die, the ride was a lot more than I bargained for. While we were inverted, Olivia asked calmly if we could get off. I was thinking the exact same thing, but couldn’t talk because I was trying not to puke. It didn’t end there as we then started swinging around and around. Please. Stop.

It finally did, but by that point, the damage was done. Grace had to drive home and it took me a couple hours to recover. Lesson learned.

Benihana with Grandparents and Aunt Jen

My parents came to visit for a couple weeks and Jen was also in town for a week or so. We had some nice family time and grandma and grandpa were super helpful with preparing meals and shuttling the kids.

We capped off a great visit with a trip to our local Benihana. Grandma requested a window seat, which was arranged.

Memorial Day with the Michigan Crew

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th, we hosted the Michigan gang for a BBQ at our house. It was the first time having everyone over. Having a flat lot with a walk-out back yard is proving to be a benefit. We never ate outside at the last house.

Go Blue!