Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas + a Tiny Peek at Our New Place

Merry Christmas!  This is the first time we've ever decorated our house for Christmas.  Sam's mom sent us ornaments that Sam's received every year since he was a baby, and it was cool to see him remember them and be excited.  I don't think of him as the type to get terribly excited about things like Christmas, but, well, he was terribly excited.

So were the kitties.  As soon as we set up the Chirstmas tree, they assumed positions beneath it, which is precisely where kitties belong.  When I was a wee lass, we had a kitty named Smokey who was always beneath the tree at Chirstmas time, swatting at bird ornaments.  (If you look closely in the top picture, you can see little Sprout to the right of Meatsock under the tree.)

And here she is up close. 

And the tree in its glory.
And my favorite ornament.

Sam's mother also sent us a gorgeous nativity that Sam's great grandmother made.  It's so beautiful, so so beautiful, and big, so we couldn't find a surface that would fit it all together.  We settled on a tiered approach.  Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and animals; shephards and sheep; wise men and camels. 
A close up of the Holy Family.  (Although, I just realized that animal should be paying attention, maybe.  Oh well.  Maybe he was overcome by emotion?)

More pictures of  the house to come soon ...  Hope you have the merriest Christmas.  Hope it's as lovely as you dream.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mexico 4: Because Now It's Cold Out

this is honestly my idea of a vacation: you go to a beach. you sit on the beach.  you read a book.  that's it.  that's all i need. 

in mexico, in addition to that, we had the perks of comfortable chairs and sun umbrellas and people bringing us fresh limondas and "coca lights."  we had big plans to go parasailing this day, but once we realized we'd have to actually stand up, we opted to stay put and read some more.

                                                 [cool. dude.]
after awhile we ordered lunch: tiritas, followed by garlic shrimp, fresh guacamole, fresh salsa, beans, cheese, lots and lots of lime wedges, and more limonda. 

                  [i'm not generally a sunglass wearer, but i think these ones are okay.  are they okay?]
[there's no one i'd rather read books with on the beach. or anywhere for that matter.]