So This is Christmas

Wow, it has been a wild and wacky Christmas! We had a full house because my niece from Hawaii came to live with us, her brother got a two week Christmas vacation from the Army to stay with us. We have had so much fun playing games, going bowling (I sucked real bad), having dishtowel fights, hurling insults, putting together gingerbread houses, shopping, watching movies and eating lots of butter. I don't know what it is about this family I married into but they have some kind of Butter Gene that makes their bodies shut down without mass quantities of the stuff!
It is so awesome to have these kids back (they moved away when B was a few months old, then came to live with us for a year or two and recently have been out of touch for a year or so). My niece is so funny and crazy and smart as a whip! And my nephew- we are just so proud of the man he has become. And to see him being so sweet to my girls just melts my heart. He is going to be a good daddy one day.
Today we went to Huntington Beach State park- one of my favorite places in the world. It's this beautiful expanse of marshes, trails, and beach with this Spanish Mission style castle where the Huntington family lived during the depression right on the beach. I have played in that castle for more than 30 years. I know every nook and cranny. I still have a hard time picturing what it would have been like furnished and with a family living there.
It is the best place to play hide and seek, which we did, so many corners and doors and cubbies to hide in. I freaked quite a few people out who thought I was a statue! WTF?
Middle hallway in the courtyard of the castle. This is their Rockband pose!

Niece being all Emo sitting on the bathtub in the housekeepers bathroom at the castle.

Our "little" nephew (this boy/man was born after my hubby and I started dating, now look at him. Makes me feel a little old!). Behind him is the courtyard of the castle.

Sorry I have been away so long, but I have been relishing every minute with my family. More to come soon!


  1. Great pictures! I had to laugh when I read the picture about the "rock band" pose. When I first glanced over your post, my first thought was "I wonder what band that is?" :)

    SOunds like you're having a good holiday!

  2. What wonderful pictures, I'm sure the kids loved having your niece and nephew around.

  3. Glad you have been having a good visit!

  4. Wonderful pictures. So glad you have been enjoying the company of loved ones.

  5. everyone's seems caught up in the whirwind of activities, and it's understandable ;)

    ..but I am here dear to actually invite you to see me tag you on my signing off. hope to see you there...kindda missing your visits now ;)

  6. Looks like a happy Christmas to me. I love the rock star pose!

    I haven't been visiting much because of the holidays, so I thought I would drop by to wish you happy new year!


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