The highlight of the year and a big life change for us in 2011 was moving from Vashon to Seattle and into the house we’d been renovating for a year. Eva was born just a few days before the start of the year so we were back to handling an infant again after having 2010 with toddlers only, no infants. We were so busy with the kids and the house that we didn’t take any vacations or even go anywhere outside of Seattle all year.
Early Friday morning we took the kids downtown to see Santa. By Saturday, they were excited for Santa to come. This was the first year that they understood the Santa concept, so Havana came into our bedroom at 6am Sunday morning asking to go down to open the presents. Hudson was already in bed with us, so she woke all three of us up. Eva wasn’t even awake yet so Gay got her and we all went downstairs.
Gay had made a coffee cake on Saturday so we had that and coffee to wake us up. Havana and Hudson were excited to see Santa’s presents by the fireplace and in the stockings. They didn’t finish opening presents until noon because they had to stop to play with the ones they’ve already opened. For lunch, Gay made a strada and we had champagne. So we just relaxed the rest of the day.
We had Steve and Renuka and their kids over for Christmas Eve dinner. Steve and I offered to cook the entire dinner. He brought a prime rib over around 2pm and I had most of my dishes prepared and ready to be cooked, as soon as the rib roast was done.
Eric and Sandi stopped by after Eric picked him up at the airport, after flying in from NYC, on their way to Eric’s family in Bellingham. We had drinks and appetizers, oysters and cheese and crackers, and watched the Seahawks game while the meat roasted. We were eating by 6pm and then Steve and I opened the barrel-aged Old Rasputin and had that while the kids watched a movie and Gay and Renuka cleaned up the dishes (ha ha!).
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You’re so very special
Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so f–––ing special
I wish I was special
But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
It’s been a busy year since she was born. She’s been a great baby, very easy-going, eats well, always easy to get to sleep and she sleeps well when she’s not sick. We turned her car seat around today, so now she gets to face forward in the car like the other two.
We had our first-ever parent-teacher conferences. Hudson’s was on November 29 and Havana’s was on December 2. Hudson’s was delayed and then cut short, so we rescheduled it for today. Both kids are doing great. Hudson was hard to get to wash his hands in the morning and didn’t always clean up when asked, so we got some advice from his teacher and that really helped — she is amazed at how much better he’s gotten and how much happier he is that he’s learning his boundaries. Havana does very well, is very creative and loves art projects, and plays with all the kids. We talked about schools for next year for both of them and got some good information.
Our theater furniture was coming soon (since delayed until January), so I had to get our theater equipment bought and installed soon. It took about 2 weeks to pick the equipment and get it installed. It was all done just in time to watch Cars 2, the kids’ new favorite movie.
The local elementary school has a Christmas Tree sale, so we ordered our tree, a Noble Fir, of course. We put it up and decorated it today. Both Havana and Hudson were very excited to put ornaments on it; that’s the first year they’ve done that. This is the earliest we’ve ever had our tree up too.
Looking forward to egg nog!
Gay and I went to see The National at The Neptune Theater last night. It was a late night for us too, we didn’t even leave the house until after 7:30pm, after watching all but the final minutes of the Seahawks beating of the Eagles. We stopped at the theater to pick up our tickets at will-call and to ask when they expect The National to go on — 10pm, so we had plenty of time.
We went to Hudson Public Ale House, a place I’ve wanted to go to for years now just because of the name (that they have a good beer list is a coincidence, I’m sure). It was close enough to the U District and probably the closest we’d be to the place for a while, so we went.
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