Saturday, November 14, 2015

Birthday Bonding

Steve is a November birthday. November is an excellent birthday month - Thanksgiving, the start of ski season, and every 3 or 4 year a James Bond premier!

This year brought the Spectre and another James Bond party to celebrate my very favorite person on earth. Break out the champagne and tuxedos - it's time to party!

Bar? Check! Finger food? Check! And, yes, there was Chick-Fil-A
Vesper martini anyone?
Shaken, not stirred
A darn fine looking couple.

We ate, we drank, and then we headed to the theater to watch a little Daniel Craig. It was a heck of a night!

The best part? Walking through the theater in all our black tie regalia and having every second person stop us and ask what was going on. Our answer every time? James Bond.

We are so blessed to have good friends who are always up for a good time, a crazy theme party, and a fabulous celebration for one heck of a guy.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


We had the perfect Halloween this year! The weather was warm, the costumes were perfect, the kids had nigh-unceasing trick-or-treating energy, and, my favorite thing of all, the kids were totally hip to a family theme - we went Back to the Future!

We had a great looking Doc, Marty, and two 50s sock hop girls.  Everybody looked fabulous!

Yes, that's a legit Casio calculator watch
Skirts by Grammy - aren't they cute?

We got even more candy at the Qualtrics Halloween party
And we even got to drop by Grammy's house for some trick-or-treat fun
Good fun, good friends, good weather, good haul. I think we'll have candy to last through Easter!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Prep

Costumes are assembled, pumpkins are carved, candy is sitting on our counter mocking me. Yep, we're ready for Halloween.

It all started with a Sundance Halloween lift ride. It's always a blast (the only haunted house I can handle is one where I'm dangling 30 feet above it) and with our unseasonably warm temperatures we had the pleasure of not freezing this year.

The next step in Halloween readiness was pumpkin carving. We try not to carve too early so that we don't end up with a pile of rotted pumpkin goo on our doorstep by the time Halloween comes - hopefully carving within a week of Halloween will prove good timing.

And, yes, the costumes are ready and we have a family theme again, but you'll just have to wait until Halloween to see those!

Transporting the pumpkins home... we don't do anything the easy way around here.

Time to carve! WanYing was a huge fan of the gutting

Ben survived only by wearing gloves

And Grammy helped a ton

An artist at work

Sasha's impression of her Jack Skellington pumpkin (a keen likeness)

Tah dah! We were very happy with how Ying's Minnie pumpkin turned out

The finished masterpieces

Come on by on Halloween! You can see 'em in person and this year we have full-size candy bars so we're well worth the visit!


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