A few weeks ago, Logan started telling his friends (and their parents) that he was going to have an epic Nerf war at the park “with a table for pizza”. It was such a simple request, I had to oblige. We ended up with 20+ boys (and 1 Hailey girl), one bloody tooth, and only a few tears! I think this will become a New Year’s Eve tradition!
We brought down the house at Fenton’s last night with our party of 18! And don’t worry, Mom, even Scott made sure not to leave any hot fudge on the plate. I love these people and I love a Black & Tan with all my heart (and belly).
(And we dined next to Samin Nosrat of Salt,Fat, Acid, Heat! )
Raclette! A true genius made this up. Melted cheese draped over grilled meats (tri tip and tilapia) and veggies, fruit (Brie+apples), and toasted baguette. Top with chimichurri and voila—dining perfection!
On Thursday and Friday, my brother’s family stayed with us, so we started strong with Star Wars and Super Duper Burger, and then spent the rest of our time playing games and eating cookies. Jake and Rush introduced the boys to Dungeons and Dragons. Hailey and Macey made new songs and charts with hand bells and tried 3-legged roller blading. Logan spent a lot of time hiding behind the couch playing the Switch and watching the big boys play some strategy game on phones, and I did a lot of dishes and talking with Laura and everyone. We had people sleeping on all the beds, couches, and floors, so it was a full house! Just the way we love it.
It was a Christmas miracle! Jake and Eric were able to gather enough people (8) to play Captain Sonar not once, but TWICE today! I’m glad they knew what was going on, because I did NOT. Good game, guys.
We must have ended up on the Nice List because Santa stuffed the stockings and Mom wrapped presents until 2:30 a.m.! Favorites this year were roller blades (Hailey), camping hammock and drum pad (Rush), and Legos and laser tag (Logan). And gaaaaaaames!
With our December starting in Mexico, we didn’t get to most of our Christmas holiday things until much later in the month, and some we just skipped completely. Maybe next year we’ll decorate the top half of our tree and get the star all the way to the top! But as the saying goes, the people gathered round our tree is what matters most, and I am infinitely grateful for my little family (and my big family! and my family of friends, teachers, and neighbors!). The abundance represented in this quiet scene is not lost on me.
I grew up in the @crippsmas_place neighborhood in Fremont and I still love walking the streets every Christmas season. If you’ve never been, put it on your list next time you’re in the Bay Area during December!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! All the Bains, just missing Mom and Dad in Mexico. Christmas Eve games, tacos, piñata, cousin gift exchange, carols, and neighborhood lights walk. The sooner these kids get in bed, the sooner Santa’s elves can start the wrapping party!
We added a few new stops on our San Francisco holiday tour last night! There’s nothing twinkling city lights.