December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas!

A cheesy Christmas photo from us to you. 
December 18, 2008

Oh sNOw!

This is the result of Tuesday's snowfall - pleasent, pretty...just enough to make things sparkly. Tonight we are supposed to get another foot. That is too much. Especially when STB Hubs is flying in tomorrow. Maybe if everyone crosses their fingers he'll get in without a huge delay/cancellation. 

In the mean time, I'll hide in my parents house and work on getting a skirt on my mom's pretty tree. 

December 12, 2008


It's a cold day in Los Angeles when these two snuggle. Having almost no short term memory, I'm sure their little cat brains have long forgotten the January Chicago nights when we'd all find our way under the covers. I however, have not, and am on my way back for my annual dose of icy temps and frozen nose hair. I'm looking forward to it. 

Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville - it's a Midwest whirlwind tour filled with family, friends and wedding planning...not to mention Christmas. The cats, however, are staying here. Wussies.
December 7, 2008

First Holiday Card of the Year!

Well this first card of the year certainly will be a contender for the cutest, but I'm guessing it wins hands down for the funniest (did I just make Holiday card sending into a contest?).

I wonder if Wendy and Scott sent these out to their entire mailing list or if there was a 'safer version' for people who might not have a sense of humor. Maybe Wendy will answer my query in the comment section. 

So cute! Thanks for thinking of us guys!
December 6, 2008

Too Hot to Handle

Reposted from Ten Thousand Tentacles, I present to you - our friend Darren!

December 5, 2008

Thanksgiving in Charlotte - Part 2

On the Friday after T-Day it's Hillary's family's tradition to do something fun in the hosting city and then all go out to dinner. We had a few minutes to explore around the museum before we saw the Pompei exhibit and I snapped some shots.

Charlotte is a clean city with tons of new architecture. Everything seems bright and shiny. I did find this cute little church yard that seemed to have some years behind it. I'd be interested to go back when we have more time and see the parts of the city that have some history behind them.   

We beat his family to the museum and were killing some time. This is what we'd look like as ghosts. The weather was chilly and overcast, which was a welcome change from the Los Angeles weather I've become so used to. 

We had a great time in Charlotte and I'm looking forward to next year. Any city that is warm enough for flowers in late November is a-okay in my book. 

December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving in Charlotte - Part 1

{Cindy in the middle of a busy kitchen}

Hillary's family rotates Thanksgiving every 2 years. This was year 1 of 2 at his cousins Smita & Steve's in Charlotte, NC.  They have two little boys, Devon and Dillon (little one above) who LOVE Hillary. They pretty much started crawling all over him as soon as he walked in the door. They are too cute.
{Ellen, Jessica & Jenny}

As seems to be the universal rule, we all gathered in the kitchen to catch up. There was so much yummy food before dinner even started. 

{Hillary wearing his photo face}

There was an entire table of fruit and homemade cookies...guess which was more popular? 

{I am rarely without a glass of wine during a holiday...a party...a week day}

Jenny is getting her degree this school year and will be moving to Hawaii in the summer to work for a fancy hotel chain. She is actually taking a class in wine (and beer) this semester. Her dad and her supplied the whole party with tons of new and exciting wines. My fav was a Malbec that I totally forgot to write down the name of. Sad.

{Smita taking her magnificent edible creations out of the oven}

The food was fantastic! I'm sure Devon and Dillon are still eating leftovers. 

{The gentleman playing a game of Hearts}

After dinner it was game time. Hearts was popular in the parlor and the rest of us played Apples to Apples in the kitchen until I was falling asleep at the table. 

{Me talking to my family in Michigan}

Smita, Steve and the boys were excellent and gracious hosts. We left thinking we never wanted to eat again, but were happy later when we realized we had leftovers!