Yep, it's that year. (I forget where we got this ornament. Crate and Barrel? Not sure.) The tree goes up on the 1st of December each year and comes down New Year's Day.
The first child to make it home was Meredith, here shown 12/21 dressed for a "Five Families" party we attended.
The "Drama Mamas" contingent of the Five Families, 12/21 party. Cari second from left, of course.
12/25: Our living room before the gift openings. Santa has laid out the full stockings...
Tommy liked his inflatable guitar.
Julie does her barre work Christmas morning.
The second inflatable guitar. (Got 'em both at a yard sale for a quarter.) Ethan wears a "Can you believe my mother is doing this?" look.
One of Ethan's gifts was a cereal bowl in the shape of a milk splat. Ethan is into conceptual art. Mom displays guitars.
Ethan and Sarah.
I don't know why... I liked this shot.
The table before we sat down to Christmas dinner.
Christmas dinner. Once again, Cari outdid herself. Martha who?
Shopping at Tyson's the day after Christmas. It was a very full day! (Note: Yes, Ethan's wife Sarah used to be a blonde. The poor thing developed an allergy to bleach. So she has gone back to her natural hair color - more or less.)
Family photo after church on Sunday (12/27).
Lunch in Alexandria - Bertucci's (12/28). We are taking Ethan and Sarah to the airport. Meredith adjusts contacts.
12/29: Had lunch at a McDonald's with Chris and his little son Braddock. Julie and Tommy were in Richmond, Meredith with her pal shopping around Northern Virginia, Cari at work.
12/30: We went to the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax.
Julie and Tommy complete a purchase at the H&M.
Interesting tee-shirt design at H&M. Big skeleton eats little skeleton. Isn't that the way of the world?
12/31: You can always tell what the weather is like by looking at the patio table on our deck. If there's 21 1/2 inches of snow upon it, nobody will be driving up the street until the plow comes. If icicles are hanging off it, we had freezing rain during the night.
But you don't have to stare at an ugly, dirty table... there are all sorts of things that become prettier with the icing. Here's our neighbor's holly bush. Very seasonal looking.
...and our neighbor's pine tree.
12/31: At Meredith's request we had lunch at Mike's American Grill in Springfield. Mmmm. Been eating there since it opened, in 1987 - which is also when we moved to Springfield.
Julie wanted to see the National Cathedral - Tommy had never been there - so we went there and toured around.
Cathedral interiors are mysterious and interesting. Photography barely does them justice. Lots of dark and light spaces...
You can shoot a stained glass window with or without a flash. Without is much better!
12/31: Cari and Julie in the National Cathedral.
And that closes the books on 2009. We were going to go to a party that night, but Cari caught the cold that had been going around with our kids. So it's a quiet, boring evening at home watching the ball drop in Times Square. Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve: Meredith's friend Katie came by to fix chocolate-covered frozen bananas.
Julie and Tommy stopped in to see what's cooking. As New Year's Eves go, it was underwhelming. Cari got sick and took some Nyquil, and went to bed shortly after 11 PM. The kids stayed up to watch TV, but I went to bed. Cari was zonked by Midnight. I tried to fall asleep but was awake at 11:57, and so went downstairs to watch the ball drop. (Apparently 2010 is sponsored by Nivea.) I then went back to bed. Whoopie. We got Julie and Tommy to BWI airport by 5:30 for their 7 AM flight. Happy New Year's! That's Christmas 2009, over and out.