Merry Christmas! To help celebrate, here are pictures of our preparations this year, including classic shots of the two girls screaming during their first visit to Santa’s lap, the photo below from the slightly less tumultuous second visit, Claire’s first experience with hot cocoa and her first gingerbread house, the holiday pageant at Claire’s preschool (can you spot her in the group shot?), and the two of them playing in front of our tree at home. Click on the photo below for a slideshow.
Before the photographic deluge of the holidays, we wanted to post some goodies from the past few weeks including Claire feeding Juliet, some portraits including Claire’s school picture, Claire demonstrating her passion for blueberries, and Juliet under her crib learning the downside of crawling only backwards. Finally, we’ve got a giggling video. Click on the picture of Claire and Juliet reading for the slideshow.
We spent a long weekend just before Thanksgiving up near Yosemite National Park at a rustic spot called the Evergreen Lodge. With no telephones, no television, hardly any internet access, and family activities including a kids’ recreation room, it was a great break. We went on hikes each day, including seeing the fall foliage and having a picnic alongside Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite, which is the source of much of the Bay Area’s drinking water. Juliet experienced snow for the first time, and Claire threw her first snowball, on our hike down to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Claire also enjoyed her first s’more. For a slideshow, click on either the photo of us in front of Hetch Hetchy or the picture of all my girls playing in the snow.