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03 January 2010 @ 09:47 pm
What I did on my Christmas Vacation... a picspam  
I'd like to declare the end of 2009 official.  Christmas was great. 
New Year's Eve was good. 
I've been a little up and down,
but I'm looking forward to the coming year, finally. 
And glad the old one is over.  
So come, see some pictures that celebrate all of that.

The ocean invites you ...

Christmas time in Sacramento

my dad's christmas tree - beautiful as usual

my family gathered in the living room to do a white
elephant gift exhcange

me and my nephew

me and my little sister

my mom's christmas tree

Christmas time in LA

our LA christmas tree

Neil and his cat ash - being cute

all the presents and a passed out dog

mom's christmas eve present - crazy slippers

my christmas eve present - adam lambert's CD!

mom's christmas morning present pile

neil's christmas morning present pile

my christmas morning present pile

mom's necklace (and funny expression,
but i like the picture)

ash the cat playing with his presents

mom and domino being cute

our christmas day dinner table

the salad fixings

Neil and his stuffed flank steak

chrismas cookies!  done a la jackson polluck
because neil made a lemon frosting

spiced christmas cookies (and my new
favorite way to frost)

my second favorite picture of me and mom this year

second third christmas with d.

d. & the cat (he was helping, really)

my favorite pic of me & mom
(from our post xmas shopping trip to santa monica)

Tyler & Kate go to Griffith Park

the renovated Griffith Park Observatory

one of the towers

planetarium and the city

me as we sat down to play chess on the roof

tyler, the chess master

the view from the board

the skyline and me when i still had a
chance of beating tyler

tyler gloating because he knows
what's going to happen

one of the few times i had him on the run

there was an Einstein statue ... we made friends

he didn't mind

the sun heading towards the ocean

New Year's Eve

neil & d. at new years
(throwing gang signs, you know how it is)

two pretty princesses!  see the tiaras?!

me and my man :D

Field Trip to the Beach

domino at the dog park.  one of the first
times she's actually made friends!

tyler at will rogers state beach

a kate-foot and a tyler-foot

the foam of the tide

tyler-toes with a rock

my legs against the sunset

tyler's photo of water running off
a pier

tyler's stone sculpture

even better picture of it

my itty bitty stone sculpture

it did, however, stand up to one wave


obligatory facebook shot (looking into the sun)

obligatory facebook shot (with sun behind us)


seagulls and seagull footprints in the sand

and the view from the chess set at the beach

as the sun set

me, considering my next move

tyler plotting to take over the world.

the process of taking over the world

the sunset

hey, it deserves at least another picture

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EB: Queen of the Social Leperselizabuffy on January 4th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Ooh! Some of these pics are absolutely gorgeous! I love seeing all these pics of you during the holidays. Playing chess at Griffith park sounds like so much fun (even though I suck at chess)! And the beach pictures! Love the rock sculptures. :)

Can't wait to talk to you,

my monkied brain: AI_adam_shykatekat1010 on January 5th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks darling!!! Although I can't take all the credit - about half of the ones from me & tyler's adventures are from his camera. I mostly suck, especially when i'm playing against tyler, but then again, I also make him help me strategize my moves too, so it's not like it's *competative* or anything.

and yay for rock sculpture love!! we adored them too!!

*squishes you to pieces* i'm sorry i didn't call today, because i want to catch up! sadly we have this thing tomorrow too - but wednesday! i even have a list with 'call eb' on it. *squishes you*
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on January 4th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
How lovely to see!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 5th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
*grins* Thank you so much lady! It was great fun (and of course I'm finding with only six days left, not nearly long enough).
cordelianne: Scoobies Pretty Tintcordelianne on January 4th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
What lovely photos! The beach ones are gorgeous!! Aw, you and your mom are so cute! Thanks for sharing! :D
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on January 5th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much darlin'! I can't take all the credit for the beach ones - half of them are Tyler's shots (well, and really? the beach is simply that beautiful. It's kind of amazing that way). And thanks! Me and mom have such a great time together and I think it shows.
brutti_ma_buoni: The Seabrutti_ma_buoni on January 4th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Those beach and pier shots are just beautiful, but there's nothing so nice as happy Christmas photos, which are lovely to see. (I'm so jealous of how many trees you had a part-share in!)
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on January 5th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
AWWW thank you darlin'! And really I only had a hand in decorating one of the trees - the rest were put up before I got there (but I agree with you, they're awesome). It was such a good holiday and I'm glad it shows!! :D
froxyn: clashfroxyn on February 5th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it takes me a while to find a page that can hold my interest. And for some reason I haven't friended you...which boggles my mind. Would you mind greatly if I did so?

And these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I can take a decent photo...once in about 100. My girl does most of the photo taking in our household.

So, when I see pictures like this...it just amazes me. And I realize that this was posted like a month ago or something, but...thank you for sharing them.

Portable chess is awesome! :D