Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Time Adventures

As soon as the Thanksgiving tables were cleared, the Christmas Tree went up.
Mandy's quilt for our new nephew: Nicolo.
We got to visit baby Nicolo (along w/ Dan and Melody) at the hospital the day after he was born. What an awesome Christmas present!
I look really awkward... or maybe I'm flashing some gang signs w/ a baby.
Crum made a nest on his grandparent's couch. He really blends in.
Christmas dinner at Michele's house. It was a crab feast!
The age-old Christmas tradition of Skyping w/ relatives.
Michele loves Crum and he loves anybody who will give him cheese or let him on their lap.
Andrew, Eileen, and Mandy.
Jen and Patrick hosted a Christmas party at their new place in Oakland. It was a lovely party! That's not Patrick though, it's Travis.
We got to see Nicolo one more time before we left. Here he is nice and cozy at home in his new quilt. What an angel.
"What's the pastability you guys could stop noodling around and finish dinner?"
John, Kaylee, Seth.
Kaylee's new Ark. Trivia question: What's Noah's wife's name?
The Fresno family.
Kaylee and a well-behaved/worn out Crum.

We are back in Long Beach now and getting ready for another awesome year. 2012 is going to be the year to end all years. :)

Babysitting Elsa

We got to babysit Elsa all by ourselves for a few hours. This was good practice for us, specifically my photo-taking skills... babies move a lot.

Thanksgiving: Long Beach and Fresno

The '2nd annual RCLB Thanksgiving Feast'. We put three tables together end-to-end. This is the 'kids end' of the table.
And the 'grown ups' end. We had over 20 people total. Very fun and a great success.
So much food...
...and desserts.
Andrew giving a 'fire and brimstone' messages to Matt.
Then Mandy and I traveled up to Fresno where we got to see John, Kate, and Kaylee. Pete and Michele drove from the Bay Area and lots of cousins, aunts and uncles came over to visit too. We're so glad they're back in California.


Crum and the pumpkins greet our neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
Halloween family portrait: Medusa, Perseus, and a Crum-sized dragon. Dragons are from Greek mythology, right?
We used up the last of the aluminium foil making my shield... so the battle could be historically accurate...

Theo's First Birthday (Oct.11th)

Here come the blog updates for the last quarter of '11. Try and keep up. :D

Theo, Crum's best buddy/arch-nemesis, turned one October. Amy baked him a dog cake and they went to town.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Garden explosion!

So I was skimming through some older blog posts and realized that the yard photos I posted in June are way out of date. Here's what it looks like in October! Crazy how fast everything grows.
We have some spots to fill up from where the gophers killed some plants. And we need to transplant some of the plants getting swallowed by the bigger ones. Hopefully next weekend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RCLB Elder Retreat '11: Julian, CA

A few photos to sum up the Revolution Church Long Beach Elder's retreat over the Labor Day weekend. We (The Haaks and San Nicolas families) had a lot of 'vision-casting' and planning to do for the next year, but we also go to spend a lot of time just enjoying each other's company as we soaked in the sights of Julian, a little mountain community east of San Diego.
Julian is 'famous' for it's apples, apple pie, and other apple related products.
Sampling the fares at the local indoor farmer's market. The 'market' turned out to be a bit of a bust, but we did sample some of the hard cider. There's also a quaint little down-town strip that has a gold-rush feel (of course I didn't take any pictures of it...).
We took a hike through the forested hillside on our last day. The storm clouds were forming overhead...
Looks straight out of Tolkien's Middle-Earth. On our way to Rivendell...
...but all we found was the 'Big Lagoon'. Who wants to go swimming?
On our walk back to the car it started to rain. We got a little wet, but the weather was still warm and it was a nice reminder that even in Southern California the summer can come to an end.