Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Christmas Card Dilema

Do you feel you need one?

When Nick and I were first married, I started sending Christmas cards. We were doing it every other year and it seemed to work well for us. Then a few years ago, an "on" year, I thought about it and came to this conclusion: I can count on one hand the people that would get a card from us that probably couldn't access our family blog. Friends and Family tell me all the time that they feel like they know us so well because of the blog. And for the most part, those people that cant access this blog, we speak to often, usually weekly. And I always felt like I was leaving people out. And I dont like feeling bad about things, so I figured if someone is going to be left out, it's going to be all of them!

Then you get the cards that are simply that. A card with a holiday message, no letter, no photographs... ::YAWN::  So maybe it's just me, but I'm a sucker for pictures and a nice little, "this is what we're up to" letter. Not to mention, I'm like a little kid when it comes to getting a non-bill in the mail. It brings a smile to my face and a little piece of that family seems to creep into my day. Then I start thinking again, maybe I should?

I don't know, what do you think? Christmas cards, a thing of the past that's dying fast OR keep the tradition alive because it helps my Christmas spirit thrive?!

Next, I'll be posting our family end-of-the-year wrap up shortly so stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What do you do on Christmas Break in California?

Well, we took a trip to Half Moon Bay. The kids sipped hot chocolate and ate clam chowder from a Boudin sourdough  bread bowl as we ate some local fish, artichoke hearts and chips from Barbara's Fish Trap in the harbor. It was a sunny 65 degrees. We then hit the salt water taffy store to taste samples and use our groupons. Mom's favorite flavor was pomegranate and Cooper's was Chocolate Chip cookie. On the way home, we stopped at Gray Whale Cove, hiked, got wet and took some photos. You wanted LOTS of photos right? At the bottom is a little video treat.

Cool ray o sunshine, hahaha! Take THAT December!
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Nick's money-shot, can you find Cooper?
Sean in Shadow, can you find the Seagull?
Bro's goofin' off
Mr. My Three Sons as "King of the World!"
They're such buddies.
Very cool shooting directly into the sun with some cool wave splashage
HDR shot
Very cool HDR shot
and another one....
and another.... almost over.
Dad dad Daddio
Mom on the beach with the boys (being this pregnant, that's about all you're gonna get of me)
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What an awesome day! It was gorgeous! We've always wanted to hike down to this little secluded beach right off of devil's slide. I find it just a tad ironic that we finally got around to it just days before Christmas. I guess that's what you do in California.
Here's your treat for making it this far. Watch the entire video for a wet kid.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mr. Muggins

That's what you get when you let the boys name the elf whatever they want. With a little too much influence from the movie, "Elf" this year, they named our elf on the shelf "Cotton-headed ninny muggins." I call him Mr. Muggins for short. He's a nice elf with brown hair and blue eyes. He finds pretty good hiding spot while the kids sleep at night, but he has yet to stump them. I think he needs to try just a little harder :)

The dining room light, not too shabby of a hiding spot. It took the kids a long time to find you that morning, Mr. Muggins.
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The fruit bowl, this would be good if me kids never ate fruit.

The art-deco lattice work in our totally 70s house

Real original Mr. Muggins, the Christmas tree, really?

And right next to the Wii? Like they don't look there? C'mon, get more creative

Hanging off a picture frame? A little better....

Irregardless, it's been quite the fun tradition to start this year. When they're fighting or acting up, I simply have to say, "Mr. Muggins is watching you" and they shape up pretty quickly. Does anyone know where I can get some coal? I'm seriously thinking about making these for their stockings....