Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gifts, gifts and more gifts

Oh, ’tis better to give than to receive, unless you are under a certain age.  In which case, it is much better to anticipate and receive gifts. We are thankful for those who gave much thought and effort to the gift selection process and made the girls very excited by their many gifts.

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And one more special gift for our amazing first-born who has been wanting a guitar for the past few weeks.  (technically, it’s a ukelele but she doesn’t know the difference).


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Merry Christmas 2013

We were thankful to be together with family this year.  We love that our children can enjoy their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  We love the traditions that create special memories — the cookie making, the tractor riding, the gift exchanging, and most especially just sharing our time together.IMG_1775 IMG_1781 IMG_1784 IMG_1789 IMG_1790 IMG_1798 IMG_1813 IMG_1814 IMG_1817 IMG_1818 IMG_1829 IMG_1843 IMG_1845


Grandma and Grandpa’s house


We drove for many hours to reach Grandma and Grandpa’s, only stopping one time. We were impressed with how well the girls traveled, especially since we had been expecting the worst. The girls have been discovering all the new toys that are at their grandparents’.

Preschool Christmas parade

The children practiced the carols for a few weeks now, and we heard the three-year-olds and four-year-olds sing on stage yesterday.  The majority of the singing came from the four-year-olds but we were all impressed with the courage the younger ones showed in standing in front of a crowd on a stage. Afterward, we gathered for a little party in the classroom.

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Date night!

Woot, woot! My parents encouraged us to head out for a date, and bravely offered to watch the girls. It was a wonderful break and very enjoyable to eat a meal without the usual chaos of small children. The concept of dining without interruption is still somewhere foreign! These moments are so rare, we savored the balmy evening. We tried out a new restaurant downtown that we’ve been wanting to try, and we’re pleased with both our meals. Truffles must be the hot food trend as most of the menu included a truffle something or other.



The girls ate pretzels and strolled the mall with Halmoni and Halabuji.

Dad’s trip to San Fran

Last week, Dad attended a conference in San Francisco.  He sent us some photos while he was away. Maybe next time, we’ll all get to take in the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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