Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Break

We spent Christmas this year in Virginia with my family. Nothing says "Jolly" quite like leaving for the airport at 4:30 in the morning for a 7:00 flight in San Francisco. But not to worry, i had a flight attendant who felt that she would make the passengers more in tune with the holiday spirit but changing the lyrics to classic christmas songs to fit with traveling with Delta, it was very awkward. The flight was a little early, but both Aaron and i arrived safe and sound in Virginia . Our holiday was fantastic, full of quotes from Christmas Vacation, grandkids running a-muck, and lots of family togetherness, i wouldn't have had it any other way. Here are the usual million pictures from Christmas break. Enjoy.

Hanging out with Carly and Tay by the heat dish. It was freezing in Virginia.The Christmas Eve Nativity Scene. this was Round 2. There were two rounds so that both girls could be Mary. The Nativity is always more fun when the little kids do it. Taylor, Stacey, and Carly by the tree.Christmas Morning! Don't we look fabulous?
Organizing the presents into piles for each person. There were a lot of people involved in Christmas this year.So Christmas Vacation is our favorite holiday movie, as you might know. In the movie Cousin Eddie and family stop by randomly to help celebrate with the Griswolds. They aren't the classiest of folks and at one part in the movie, Eddie is wearing a black "Dicky" under a white sweater. A dicky is a turtleneck without sleeves, just the neck part and some material coming down. Well, my mom found a dicky at a thrift store and gave it to my dad as a gag gift. this was his reaction.Matt and his Wii. We had a lot of fun playing this over christmas.The Stringham KidsThe Stringham girls being awesomeWhat is a holiday without taking the obligatory family picture?
And of course, the most important members of the family, the grandkids. Brooklyn, Taylor, Carly and Lulu (Emma).

Monday, December 8, 2008

HMS3 Baby!

Kate and I are officially awesome!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Feeling Festive

Despite the fact that its already December 6th, i have yet to get into the Christmas spirit. Shocking, i know. I see the decorations, i hear the music, but the weather is throwing me off. Its not cold enough for Christmas time! California is confusing me a little, and my festiveness is suffering. That confusion, however, ended today. I woke up this morning and Aaron had bought me a gift from Target. Christmas Booties!! I'm in love, aren't they adorable? I can now keep my feet warm and feel festive all at the same time. Later today i got a package in the mail from my mom. In it i was delighted to see that my Christmas jammies had arrived. Yes! So i'm sitting here with my Christmas booties and jammies on, and its safe to say that i'm feeling pretty dang festive. Finally!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Festivities

Well its about time that i put up my thanksgiving post. This years thanksgiving was extremely spontaneous. Aaron had thought about driving to Utah to celebrate, but we weren't sure whether he would get off work. We never made solid plans to go, but instead we waited until the last minute to make the decision. Tuesday night Aaron came home and said that he could roll some hours and get wednesday off. In about 30 minutes we packed up our suitcases, got in the car, and headed off to Utah.
Thursday was wonderful because there was no cooking or dishes involved. This year Aaron's family decided to go out to eat. We drove up to Ogden, picked up Aaron's grandparents and headed off to the restaurant. I made a vow with myself that i would bring my camera and take a copious amount of pictures while i was there. Unfortunately my battery died in my camera, so i didn't take any pictures until the last night that we were there.

The day after thanksgiving the girls headed off to the movies to see Twilight. Yes, that was the second time for me, and i still loved it. The guys headed off to the mall to see how crowded things were on black friday.We also went and saw Australia. It was a really good movie, and Hugh Jackman was so delicious the entire movie. The only downside was that it was like 3 hours long. So i wouldn't recommend it if you don't like long movies, but if you like Hugh Jackman... definitely worth your time.this was my attempt to take pictures the last night that we were there. Aaron's Mom and I
Aaron and his dad
Our thanksgiving posse.It was so nice to be able to spend thanksgiving with Aaron's family and to have a little vacation. It was definitely not long enough (like most vacations), and we were really sad to go. Thanks for a great trip.