We spent a wonderful few days in Arizona at my Mom’s house in Scottsdale with my sister Laura, her husband Rob, and their 7-year old son Will. Highlights included brunch with my high school friends and their families, feeding Claire her first “solid” food using the Texas-themed bib Laura & Rob gave her, dinner at a fun Mexican restaurant, Claire trying on a cute pink dress that was mine when I was a baby, continuing a twenty-year tradition of homemade Chex mix, lots of fun presents for the kids including castle sets both for Will and for Claire, and Stu and I sneaking out for a really good movie. Click on the photo below for a slideshow.
A few years ago my family started a tradition of giving creative gifts to each other at Christmas. This year, my entry was a short video recorded with Katherine’s family singing new words to the title song from the 1966 TV special, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Click on the triangle Play button below to see the video.
My parents came for a great six-day visit on their way to Seattle. Highlights included Claire and her Poppa going for long walks around the block in our new stroller, Claire sitting in a high chair for the first time during dinner out at P.F. Chang’s, decorating our mantle for Christmas, knocking off about 20 projects around the house, cooking our first prime rib with Mom’s help, a return visit to the Asian Art Museum, and finally buying lots of electronic gadgets both at Fry’s Electronics in Palo Alto and at the Stanford Mall. We’re off to Phoenix tomorrow for Christmas with Katherine’s family.
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We had brunch over the weekend with our old friends Deanna & John and Kristin & Joel. It had been a long time since we’d gotten together as a group and we had some news to celebrate and an awful lot of catching up to do. Also, Claire got to spend more time with Kristin & Joel’s son Sam who is just one week younger than she is. Click on the photo of the two of them below for a slideshow.