Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

A 4th of Firsts

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Happy (belated) July 4th, everyone! It’s been quiet here at THL, but we’ve been keeping VERY busy. New job for me. Dan’s got lots of client work. And Ryan definitely keeps us on our toes. At 18 months, she’s a girl on the go. In fact, I dug around in the archives and reread last year’s Independence Day post. To quote that old billboard campaign – We’ve come a long way, Baby.

This July 4th, it was all about spending family time together and enjoying a few milestones. We thought we’d let Ryan share her latest adventures for herself!

My first balloon! I needed a bit of help from Daddy to get the hang of it.

But once I did, it was pretty much the most fun ever!

First haircut! Check out my new bangs!

My first corn on the cob! I love it. It's crazy fun.

My first 4th of July feast! Barbequed chicken, fruit salad, corn on the cob and salad with fresh cherry tomatoes. How's that for summer eating?

My first spray bottle! (I've been carrying it around for days. It's the coolest. High technology is totally overrated.)

So far, I only know how to spray myself...

My first patriotic inspiration...

... to save the world from alien attack!

We hope you all had fantastic July 4th holidays full of fun, sun and good times! (And we promise to start posting more regularly now that life seems to be settling down a bit.)




Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Well, Thanksgiving 2010 was a great success! And Ryan fared really well, considering there was a lot of commotion and new people around all day. Somehow, in the all the merriment and excitement, I neglected to take any proper holiday photos. But rest assured, a great time was had by all and no one left hungry! We had dinner at Pamela’s house for the second year in a row, and had a great time. She’s is a great host, and pulled off a fabulous meal with all the trimmings despite having had a cold in the week leading up to the Big Day. (Mega trooper points for Pamela)

The aftermath of the feast.

Following dinner, Pamela and Ryan treated us all to a holiday sing-a-long, with Ryan playing the rhythm section. It was a lot of fun to say the least. Ryan is really loving music these days. It’s so fun for us to see her personality emerging more everyday!

The rhythm section.


I hope you all had restful Thanksgiving celebrations full of friends, family and whatever traditions suit your fancy!


Halloween Fun

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We didn’t think we’d do Halloween this year. We’re kind of like the Ebenezer Scrooges of Halloween. We generally don’t get into the whole costume thing and we haven’t given out candy for a few years (our neighborhood doesn’t have many trick-or-treaters). Besides, Ryan is too young to eat candy and goes to bed far too early to partake in either tricking or treating. However, when my co-worker invited us to a Halloween party for little ones, we decided to join the fun. So, I did what any self-respecting knitter would do and immediately grabbed my needles, dug into my stash of yarn and cast on for a costume.

Honey Bunny 2010

Her costume was the oh-so-original pajama/bunny suit combo. Sadly, none of my pictures show her feet – they have little bunny faces with ears. It was quite an ensemble.

This photo shows off the ears better.* Too bad I didn’t have a spare carrot lying around to use as a prop.

The party was loads of fun, and our first real “kids” holiday party. Most of the kids in attendance were toddlers and preschoolers, so you can imagine the excitement in the air. Sadly, I didn’t get any pics of the party – it was fairly crazy and I had my own kiddo to tend to. But the costumes were fabulous! One boy was a rocket ship (VERY cool felt costume) and his baby brother was dressed as the chimpanzee who rocketed into space. There were a couple of witches, a BP Oil spill, a unicorn, a fast car (NOT a race car), a firefighter, a tiger, a pancake chef and many more. It was fun. Game four of the World Series was playing and Ryan was riveted by the game (we don’t watch a lot of TV, so it’s quite a novelty for her – she seems to particularly enjoy sports).

TV Baseball Zombie. Seriously, she couldn't take her eyes off the game. When we left the Giants were up 2-0.

When all the big kids left to go trick-or-treating we decided to head home. Ryan was hyped-up and totally exhausted by all the fun. We had a great time and can’t wait until next Halloween!


* In case the knitters want to know the specifics – the yarn is Cascade 220 superwash in a light pink and a darker pink. The hat pattern is just a basic 2×2 rib brim and then stockinette knit in the round. The ear pattern came from the rabbit stuffed animal pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts that I used to make Ryan’s stuffed bunny a while back.

Star Spangled: Little Miss America

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Happy July 4th everyone!

We’re enjoying a quiet day at home before East Oakland turns into a simulated war zone when the sun goes down. In the meantime, we thought we’d snap a few of the kiddo to celebrate the day. Here are a few of our favorites. We couldn’t decide which we liked best, so we’re putting this one out for a vote. Let us know which one is the real keeper! We’ll tally the results and let you know the winner.






Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day!


In honor of Virginia

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

When I was a very small girl, my grandmother, Virginia MacCubbin, sewed quite a few dresses for me. They were beautiful – pleated, smocked, embroidered, puffed-sleeved and ruffled. When she was out visiting in February, my mom brought me a few of my old dresses that she had saved all these years. One of them fit perfectly for Easter.

Sadly, the lighting in these photos was not the best and we only had the camera on my iPhone. But at least we got a few photos ! Babies grow so quickly that I don’t think that the dress will fit at the next holiday or dress-worthy event.

My grandmother died when I was about four years old, but I have always remembered the dresses that she made for me. I don’t have any photos of her (in fact, very few exist). So, here you have my tribute to Virginia, my grandmother. Her craftsmanship has stood the test of time. I’ll have to put the dress away for safe keeping and give it to Ryan for her daughter to wear someday.

An old-fashioned, almost doll-like Easter dress…so cute! (Maybe I’ll blow this one up really big so that Aunt Dotty can see it. I think she’d like that.*)

Look at that smocking!

Cute, no?

~ Susan

*Aunt Dotty was one of my grandmother’s best friends since childhood. She’s still living large – 94 and still on her own. She tells really great stories and even a few racy jokes from time to time.

Mad Hatters

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

It’s been a while since the last post, but we’ve been pretty busy around here these days. Ryan is in daycare and loving it. Dan is busy at work. Me, I’m just trying to juggle it all and stay balanced.

However, the Saturday before Easter we did manage a day trip out to Santa Cruz to celebrate spring with a Mad Hatter brunch at Bill and Colleen’s place. The weather was beautiful, the food was fabulous and the company was a lot of fun. Ryan even managed a couple of naps without much of a fuss… so a great time was had by all!

Ryan and Dan enjoying the sunshine.

Ryan and me. Just hangin'.

Chilling with Great-Aunt Colleen

Dancing with Great-Aunt Pamela.

Favorite dance? The twist.

~ Susan