Monday, December 30, 2013

Life in Our Small Town

It usually takes a few days to completely settle in and disconnect here in Markleeville so we are now in the midst of perfect relaxation. We do not want to leave.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best of Both Worlds

Lisa at the Markleeville library reminded us that we really do have the best of both worlds. We have the ocean and coast and all that the city has to offer (which for us means food and art!) and then, we can escape to the mountains and our place of solitude here whenever we want. She's right, we have a lot to be thankful for. And, one of the benefits of the city that we enjoyed recently was Beauty and the Beast: the Musical -- a very, very special and memorable Christmas Eve treat for Rai and Ko (and us!).

Friday, December 27, 2013

Is it Really Over?

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day always come and go so quickly. Luckily, there are still plenty of reminders in Markleeville town...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Semi-White Christmas

It's been a few years since we've seen a huge amount of snow at the cabin during December but it was great to return to Markleeville to find at least a few inches of permanent snow in town and in the forest surrounding the cabin. There's definitely enough to go sledding tomorrow!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve tradition continued this year: Santa Claus himself made a visit to Grandma and Grandpa's home to give Rai and Ko a personal "Merry Christmas". This year, Rai looked a little more stunned than usual. I was worried that he's making too many connections already. Afterwards, he asked, "Why did Santa look different than the Santa we saw downtown (just a few hours before)?". He followed that up with the more important, "Why did Santa leave his entire sack behind? What about the gifts for all the other kids?" Finally, a more sad question, "Why did Santa come and go so quickly?" We were sad about that too, but Santa's a busy guy and he probably had lots of other homes to visit on Christmas Eve.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rai is 56 Months Old!

Still can't believe it sometimes. We have a 4 and a half year old in our home. Crazy.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December is Ballet Season!

The boys love performances (even when they aren't the main attraction), they love dance, and they love the ballet so we decided to treat them to a holiday tradition: the Nutcracker. We saw a rendition by the San Francisco Youth Ballet and following an amateur first half, we were actually impressed by the second half. Today, however, we stepped it up a notch. We attended the renowned and innovative Smuin Ballet's XXMas performance, part of their year long, 20th Anniversary series. It was incredible. It's our third time seeing a Smuin production and, each time, we've walked away exhilarated and excited by such a contemporary approach to such a classical art form. You know its good when a four year old and three year old can sit through a 2.5 hour performance enthralled and without stirring. And,when the snow started falling on the audience for the last dance, the boys almost exploded with joy!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas... with Friends!

Christmas is in the air (I guess it has been since Thanksgiving) and the boys have started to enjoy the spirit of the season with their friends. A few days ago, it was the Academy of Sciences with their friend Theo (and some reindeer!) and today it was the Zoo with their friends Benjamin and Ian (and more reindeer!). Just a couple more weeks until the big day...