Sunday, January 02, 2011

Christmas Vacation: San Francisco

The kids and I took a road trip to San Francisco, Monterey and San Jose (to visit my sister and her family).  On the drive we stopped at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner.  They had this "animal park" out back with a gorilla & dinasours.

Eventually, after much driving, we got to San Francisco.  I hear a bit of Otis Redding in my head when I look at this photo.
We took a boat ride into the harbor the evening of the first night.
The Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
Simon was estatic about seeing Alcatraz.  I had bought tickets for the next day but he could not contain his excitement.

The San Francisco skyline.

What would a trip to San Francisco be without a trip to Ghiradelli Square?
Lots of chocolate!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Diane's Holiday Party

I had the honor of attending Diane (& David's) annual holiday party!

I was lucky enough to fly in on Thursday night (thank you Dad & Linda for watching Hannah & Simon) so I was able to supervise the making of Diane's egg nog (aka jet fuel)..
Wayne came over on Friday and Diane gave him a Christmas Giants hat.  This is cool for Wayne since he is a HUGE Giants fan.
After much fun in the kitchen, we made cucumber, salmon, herbed boursin cheese and dill.
Salami, cheese and basil in a roll.  It was yummy!
Scene's from the evening....the table inside the front door.
Me (pretending I am REALLY REALLY tall) in front of the tree.
Diane striking "the pose" (ha, ha, ha!)
The bar.....
Cathy, myself & Diane.  Cathy & Diane have been friends since kindergarten.
Dom (Cathy's hubby) and I. He wanted to make sure he looked shorter than I did. I took a lot of crap for wearing 4" heels that made me 6'2" for the evening. Dom is also taunting Diane by taking off his became the running joke of the evening.

Diane's daughter, Jennifer, with their friend, Thelma.  Thelma and her hubby brought yummy bbq sauce!

Bill, Lindsey and their beautiful daughter,
Wayne (who did not match his outfit to his Giants hat) and his lovely girlfriend, Diana.
David (the host) & Avril
Fred & Cathy
A good time had by all. Can't wait until next year!

Hannah's Band Concert

Just before Christmas Hannah had her holiday band concert.  They were able to wear holiday "accessories" if they chose to do so.....
Hannah and her friend Shelby...the two flutists in her band.

Hannah, Simon & I.  Hannah did a great job!!!