Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas, Part 1

Kate and I are headed off to St. Louis today to spend Christmas with her family. Of course it is sad not to be with my family over the holidays, but luckily we we're able to open presents with them last night with the good 'ol webcam (a gift we got for them for just such an occasion).

Kate gets the present-opening started

The miracle of modern technology

Kate got a new kitchen apron that she loves

Properly dressed for the event, I'm showing off my new giant Aggie mug that nicely matches one of our tree ornaments

And after we finished opening all the presents from my parents, I surprised Kate with one last early present...

the first onesies for our baby due in June!

Thanks to my Mom and Dad for all the great Christmas presents. We'll miss you on Christmas Day - Love you both very much. Needless to say I think we'll be getting good use out of that webcam!

Happy Holidays!


There's really no reason for this post, other than Kate and I had a fun weekend last weekend and I wanted to share some of the pictures. Enjoy!

Friday started with a rainbow view off our deck. First one we've seen since moving in.

Friday night Kate and I went to dinner at one of her favorite spots on Haight St. - Alembic

The Alembic Bar

After dinner we walked over to meet our friends Jen and Dave - and on the way, found some really elaborate Christmas decor in the in the neighborhood

Of course I tried to tackle one of them.

We met Jen and Dave at the Buckshot Bar, which has awesomely operational skee ball

A crowd gathers to watch the big match...

Kate attempting to mount a comeback.

But she fell short.

Alas, all was made well with a crammed session in the photobooth with Jen and Dave

On Saturday I accompanied Kate to the Alemany Farmers Market

A rare treat for her, given my expertise in crop identification

The highlight of the trip for me was this one person band

And on Sunday night Kate unveiled the Christmas quilt on the bed - a gift she got from her Aunt Mille

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cookie Swap 2008!

New Year's resolution--become a better blogger. I am so bad at updating this thing.

Anyway--wanted to share some pictures from my annual cookie swap. This should have been the sixth annual, but last year I just didn't think that I knew enough girls who would be interested in participating. This year was a different story. It was a great swap, as swaps go...ten total in attendance (or 9.5? I'm not sure if Rebecca's non-cookie-eating nine-week-old counts for a full attendee or not...) and more than enough delicious cookies to go around.

So here's how Kate's Cookie Swap works, for those of you who aren't familiar:

Everyone brings at least five dozen homemade cookies. First the cookies are displayed in all their caloric glory...

Soon the table is groaning with its delicious, sugar-studded bounty...

Then we circle the table until the platters are empty

and our boxes are full.

Throughout the process there is plenty of time given to cookie-related debate and reflection.

In preparation for the cookie swap, we make sure the house looks extra festive...with a Christmas tree

and no holiday gathering is complete without a visit from Manny Claus.

He knows if you've been naughty or nice...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving in Kansas City

Out to dinner Wednesday night at Jose Pepper's

Pre-Thanksgiving margaritas -- a Davidson tradition

Thanksgiving Day, watching the Cowboys

Lisa's dog Cy, pretending to behave

Preparing the feast

Thanksgiving dinner

Saturday night at a Japanese Steakhouse

The Plaza , after dinner

A little taste of winter before heading back to airport on Friday