Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

be back soon.

This weekend was a crap-shoot.  So I will be updating what we did later.  peace.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Home Alone

It had felt like such a long week this past work week. I haven't had to work a full 5 days in quite some time- so I was pooped to say the least. After being exhausted, we decided friday night would be Home Alone night. Mainly because it was on FX- perfect!

Once the movie started, Ryan was cracking up with every other line. It was funny because he thought this movie was pure genius. I'll admit it was funny- but Ryan was having the time of his life. Good for him!

Part way through we paused the movie for ice cream and m&m's. It was festive because we had Christmas colored ones.

Then we finished off the movie and went to bed.  It was a nice way to unwind after a long week.

However, as we were watching the movie, I was reminded of a childhood memory.  When Home Alone came out, my dad was working for Pepsi.  We thought we were the coolest because we had been given a  complementary copy from his work.  It was also accompanied by a small cardboard cutout of Kevin himself- after he put on the aftershave.

My guess is it still resides in our basement.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

San Ramon Tree Lighting

Today we embarked on local fun.  Bishop Ranch 1 was transformed into a magical wonderland this evening.  Well, not quite- but they tried.  Ryan said all day today people were scurrying around trying to setup for this evening.  Apparently for the last eight years, San Ramon has had a ceremony to light the fancy tree of BR1.  Who knew.

I arrived at Ryan's office at 5:30 sharp only to find him hard at work.  I brought him a surprise mocha, like a good wife, and waited for him to finish up.

Here is Ryan in his office.  It is bare because he is supposed to be moving soon.  Note his red stapler.

We then walked outside to join in on the fun.  All it really was, was food vendors, and nothing was free. Somewhat lame-sauce.  Plus, they had an odd assortment of child entertainment- ranging from clowns, to cinderella, the mad hater and a weird snow angel/goddess.  Don't quite get how they all relate to the holidays- but we'll go with it.

Then the mayor and owner of something to do with Bishop Ranch spoke.  They were handing out money for a few San Ramon schools.  One teacher from Neil Armstrong took the stage, and Ryan was quite upset.  Apparently this was his 4th grade teacher of which he did not like.  Legend has it, that Ryan was in Monterey and saw an Octopus.  He reported the news back to the 4th grade.  His teacher said he was lying.  Thus he has an eternal demise for her.  Nonetheless, she was there, and we snapped a picture.

Looks evil to me : )

Then, the San Ramon Valley HS choir took the stage.  I called them the glee club- because it is way cooler.  But, they were good, and very animated.  Plus, with their attire, they looked like they were fresh out of a Gap commercial.

Then, at 6:30 sharp the tree was lit.  We ran up as close as we could to see- but was yelled at by the horse carriage attendee.

Then the fun was over, and a children's choir started.  I don't like little kids singing, so we hit the road.  Overall- good attempt at trying to create a magical downtown feeling in a business park- but fell a bit short.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Our tree has been accessorized

Once Ryan got home from work, we began today's festivities of completing the tree decorations.  Our tree can be described as green and aqua with bits of memories.  That is, we have colored balls, green apples and silver pinecones all over the tree.  Then, our ornaments that we have picked up from various locations are intermixed.  

Ryan had to tell me that I was ruining the fun by dictating where a better location for each ornament would be.  So I bit my tongue and let the random placement pursue.

I think it turned out quite nicely.

Here are some of our favorite ornaments:

We also bought a pickle ornament, which I was so so so excited about.

There is a "german pickle legend".

The pickle ornament was considered a very special tree decoration by many families in Germany. There, the fir tree was traditionally decorated on Christmas Eve. For good luck, the pickle always was the last ornament to be hung on the tree with mother and father hiding it in the green boughs among the other ornaments. When the children were allowed to view the splendor of the decorated tree on Christmas morning they would gleefully begin searching for the pickle ornament. They knew that whoever found that special ornament first, would receive an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas for the most eager child.

Now, since Ryan and I put up the pickle, there is no surprise.  But- maybe a fun thing to do with our kids someday.

Lastly, I put up a few decorations:

This little guy was only $3 at Target.

Cool reindeer.

Ornaments in my Tiffany bowl.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

On the second day of Christmas...

While in Oregon, we found a killer deal on a real wreath at Costco.  We jumped on it- and have hung it on our door.  Since we have a fake tree, it is nice to have some real evergreen in our home.

We bought silver ribbon and crafted a bow last night.

I also put up our new tree.  It was hard to get the stand together, but with Ryan's strength, and my shoes, we were able to get it up.  So far, all that it has is lights and a garland.  We will be decorating later.

I love, love, love our new star.  It is green, and sparkly.  Oh so fantastic.

Today after work, to Christmas tunes on Comcast, I hung lights in two of our windows.  Just because we don't have a house, doesn't mean we can't have lights.

Also, today I was stoked to find the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule.  Tonight:  Santa Clause 3.  (Who knew!?)

Lastly, check out our sweet sweet cat.

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