Friday, January 9, 2015

'tis the season recap!

(note to james erbeck: yes grandpa erbeck, i still blog.  we've been on a dry spell, but i'm not giving up yet!)
oh what a fun holiday season we had!  christmas really is the most wonderful time of year for me...where i hang lights and worry about gifts, and wrap and worry, and cook and eat and  in general, be pretty darn merry!  i love all of it!
we had special guests this year in december, our dear friends the the keelings.  they drove up for luca's official birthday celebration- we rode the duck!  a highly touristy thing to do, but we've never done it, and it was fun.  the weather was cold and rainy, so you can imagine how happy we were to discover flannel blankets on the seats of the duck (yes, it's more of an outdoor experience!).
seattle is a lovely city, and so interesting to see in the winter when the lack of foliage leaves everything exposed.  add holiday lights and it was like seeing an entire new city!

we love our christmas eve tradition of a fancy dinner (ha!) at dick's burgers.  i brought a table cloth, candles, napkins.  we dressed up and dined like kings.  we followed our dinner with a trip to bastille in ballard for a cocktail and a yummy desert.  bastille is one of my fave spots in seattle....i always feel slightly transported to a city more regal than ours.

christmas day was full of surprises for all, but not too much, and we all felt spoiled, without feeling like it was over the top. true and luca heard santa come in and leave and then woke me up at 3:30am to find out if it was time to get up. it was hard not to be grumpy with the little dudes, but they were so sweet and cute and complained little of going back to bed.

while aaron stayed in bed for new year's, the kids and i partied at a friend's house, counting down the east coast new year's.  the kids were in bed by 10 (at a friend's hourse!), so off i went to another party solo.  it was strange to be alone, but i really wasn't because i was with so many friends.

a few days later, we were off to Alpental to mourn the lack of snow, but we were surprised to find it snowing!  our friends cobbled together equipment for the kids and we were off to the mountain.  needless to say, the kids love to ski!

now we are all back at school, back at work and true and i are struggling to let go of the holidays.  our tree is still up, the lights outside still plugged in , and i'm still finding homes for our new things.  luca, who can be very practical,  has told me he's ready for easter......
carkeek park, one of our faves

true set up a rock stand, where you could trade for different rocks. no money accepted

the shop keeper

our kids all adore one another!

dicks hamburgers....a great tradition!

bastille fancy "s'mores"

dear santa (the kids left their rudolph noses to prancer and dancer)



alpental with the stonich kids

by the end of the day, they were racing each other!

magic carpet

true, practicing the pizza wedge (we called it snowplow when we were kids)

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