Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Catching Up

Catching Up

Finally, I took the time to get caught up on my blogging. I had not made an entry since October, 2009. So now there are FIVE new entries. I think that since this is mostly a journal for my kids to have someday (and I post a lot of photos), I've let Facebook somewhat take its place. So I will try to pay more attention to this blog. I do have two other ones that I am slowly getting together. They are even more for just my family.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Holiday Season 2009

The Holiday Season
random shots

Twins 4th birthday Dec. 9th

Kyle in front and Cole behind blow out candles.

Dec. 15th, Viv put on a Swedish
party and served a special drink

Kathy B., Viv T., Patty M. and Anne M.

Mary B. and Patty M.

Anne M. and me.

Dec. 16th Mary C. had a cookie exchange party.

Plenty of cookies to sample and take home.

Dec. 19th Billy's 4th Birthday

Billy's cake

Dec. 19th Cathy and Mike gave an
afternoon Christmas party.

That same evening there was a Christmas party
at Patty and Gary's. Always fun as we play the
white elephant gift game.

On Dec. 24th, Alison and I went to visit Bill's grave.

My front door

the dinner table

the tree

Alison, Josie and Chris

Chris, Josie and Ogee the dog

Alison, Chris and me

Alison and Josie with chocolate mustaches.

Chris (looking a lot like his Dad)
with chocolate mustache (and Ogee)

Ogee ready for Christmas

Dec. 26th, Alison and I went to give
out Christmas a gift to the twins.

It was a basketball hoop.

Also went to see Billy and Emma

Emma playing with basketball hoop.

Billy and his Dad putting together one of his gifts.

Dec. 27th an annual mother/daughter luncheon

Having a drink at the new Capone's Speakeasy.
Alison, Matt M. his lady friend and Josie.

New Year's Eve
Patty M. and me

Dick Clark ready to announce the new year.

And the crystal ball falls!
Happy New Year 2010!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Family Wedding

Family Wedding
and much more

The wedding would not be until Sunday, but we went down to Santa Clara on Friday, (so that Chris could spend time with his girlfriend--who lives down there) and I could go to the Outdoor Community Christmas Concert that my nephew George (trumpet player) was performing in.
Before the performance, Mike and Jack had prepared a wonderful clam chowder dinner for all. Then we walked to the community center to celebrate Christmas with the local community. It was so great to be part of the outdoor celebration. What a fun evening. George’s school performed and then alumi from the school also performed. Afterwards, we walked back to my niece Bonnie’s house (where I was staying) and had snacks and visited with Mike’s family members.

George is the tall trumpeter towards the left side.

George on the left.

George in his band jacket.

The next day was the day before the wedding. Bonnie and her friend had plans to go to a Victorian Home Tour, so I joined them. We visited several old Victorian homes in the area, and enjoyed ourselves. We also stopped for lunch. That evening, Bonnie, had not yet decided on what to wear to the we went shopping. She found a top we all liked and so we went home and joined Mike, (her husband) in a game of Scrabble.

Steve and his wife to be, Tonya

My nephew, (on the Hastings' side), Steve was getting married on Sunday evening Dec. 6, 2009. Interesting wedding, since the entire family was not invited. There have been some riffs in the family and so if to avoid “drama” certain members or more distant members were not invited. My adult children, even though they are the same generation, are over ten years younger and had not spent time growing up with Steve, so it was understandable that they were not invited.

I was allowed to bring a guest, and my son, wanted to go, so I chose him. My daughter, would not have been able to go, even if invited, as she lives in Portland and would have to work the next day.

Sunday, the day of the wedding. My son, Chris arrived (in his new suit), and we all prepared to go. The wedding was held in a gorgeous St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica in San Jose. Then we all moved to the reception at the Corinthian Event Center for a lovely dinner and an all night open bar, with dancing after. So much fun even though a couple of the nephews who had RSVP‘d that they would come, did not show.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica in San Jose, CA

Corinthian Event Center

Family guests: Chris Hastings, Mike Clow, me,
Bonnie Clow, Al Jurado and Peter Hastings

Tonya and Steve

Steve's younger brother, Tommy reads
scripture at the wedding

Patty Hastings (mother of groom) & Jeff Hastings
groom's older brother
Judge Tom Hastings, father of the groom

The new Mrs. and Mr. Steve Hastings

Chris and me at the reception

2009 Turkey Trot And Thanksgiving

2009 Turkey Trot And Thanksgiving

They way we start every Thanksgiving morning!
The kids race is first.

Kids race begins.

The cutest little chick!

The adult 2 mile walk/ run.
This is the one I do with my friends.

A couple of my friends watch the
6 mile runners come in.

Here come the runners!

Later that day my son Chris and I went out
for our Thanksgiving dinner.