Happy 2007 everyone!! I hope you all had a fabulous time relaxing and eating lots of good food. We had a blast, we were gone for quite a while and saw tons of family and friends along the way. But it is kind of nice to be back in our little house, which I think is a good sign. We missed Chapel Hill!! Here are some random (I was bad at taking pictures this trip) photos from our holidays.
Emily proves she is not only stylish but can find nearly all the hidden stuffing with grace. Excellent job. For folks who've been to my parent's house, check out the new cabinets. They did a great job on a kitchen makeover, it was gorgeous!
Christmas Eve (for us at least) dinner. Someday I will have a big enough table, how different does that look from my Thanksgiving dinner event!? So much great food and it was fun having a 8 year old to get excited about Christmas with.
Being sunny California, and having dog like Miss Penney, we spent lots of time at Olde Port Beach. She was one happy camper that week, Trent has excellent ball "chucking" abilities..
I cannot even tell you how many hours my Mom and I have walked this beach, discussing everything from the most mundane to the most important. I am very fortunate.
After a lovely week in SLO which included climbing San Luis Mountain, great times catching up with my Aunt Lucie, and plenty of good fish (I am still dreaming of the crab and swordfish, Trent and I drove up to Davis. Here we are at a hip Mexican restaurant in Sacramento with his whole family. I missed Davis.. it is quite a place. We did the Farmer's Market, breakfast at Ciocolate and Crepeville (holla Haley!!), and lots of long runs just like the ones we used to do when we were.. courting (I guess that is the word, at least when you date someone like Trent, it is imperative you can keep up with him for 10 miles on your second date).
On New Year's Eve we headed to San Francisco via Amtrak and Bart (so lovely). We arrived around 3 and proceeded to have a wonderful week filled with all our favorite restaurants, lots of good friends, and even a yoga class. The weather was quite nice and Emily and Rob were kind enough to teach us how to do archery. Here I am giving it my best shot..
I think Trent loved it SO much. Maybe visions of Lord of the Rings or something. His arm was so beat up afterwards, but he was thrilled. We should find somewhere to try it out here! Admire Emily's perfect pose.
Rob was the definite best. I was quite impressed.
The targets are little animals on a burlap bag tied to a hay bale. Looks like someone had it out for the groundhog in this photo.
To protest the burlap animal cruelty (and when our arms got tired) Emily and I made daisy chains instead. I wore mine to the Park Chalet where we got yummy snacks afterwards.
Unfortunately, that is about it. Too bad because we had lots of other adventures but a good overview I think. We got into Chapel Hill late this morning to be picked up by friend Deirdre. We all had a cup of tea as we tried to get the musty old cabin smell out. The neighbors (the blue cottage) were kind enough to collect our mail while we were gone so we went and chatted with them. Turns out her cousin is dating Ernesto Sandoval from the UCD greenhouse where I used to work.. very small world. We borrowed our other neighbor's registration card because he looks like Trent and just got back from our very first Carolina basketball game. It was a trip, everyone was wearing Carolina Blue and screaming the entire game. Very fun.
Tomorrow I start my next rotation and I am all nervous like it is the first day of school! Wish me luck!