Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Pre-Christmas Christmas, part 2




On Christmas eve, we went "over the driveway and through the woods" to Grandma Happy's for dinner with Shannon's family. Happy, who never overdoes it, had a gorgeous spread of appetizers, a bar table, three entrees, and three desserts for the 6 of us. We also had fun opening gifts and watching Sara tear into hers. She seemed especially pleased by the bathrobe from Happy, and the Bratz microphone from Mom and Dad. She performed several original numbers from the "stage" in the living room, including "You Quiet (House) Plant."

Pre-Christmas Christmas




We spent the weekend before Christmas with Mark's family. It was a fun, relaxing time with Mom, Dad, Rick, and Andrea on Saturday and then the extended family on Sunday. On Saturday, we opened gifts, ate WAY too much, lay around by the tree (no visible progress on the alleged downsizing of the tree,) and watched a movie. Sunday, we got to catch up with most of the extended family, and really enjoyed second cousin Dylan, who's 20 months and so much fun.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Niece and Nutcracker



My favorite part of this holiday season was taking Sara to the Maryland Ballet's Nutcracker. We read the book to her the night before, so she'd know the story. She pointed out the pinkest of the waltzing flowers, and declared, "I want to be THAT one!" I wish we had a picture of "Happy" (my mom Becky) to show you how pretty they both were, and how much they matched (Mom swears this was accidental; believe what you will.) It was so much fun to watch Sara fold up in the theater seats (been a long time since I couldn't hold them down, but I remember it well) and enjoy the ballet.
Cold rain forced the cancellation of our plans for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Annapolis (sshhh! we're saving it for next Christmas!) So we went instead to Homestead Gardens to see the themed Christmas trees, huge stuffed animals, and train display. Sara posed for"UncaMark," as you can see above.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Outtake

We took a hurried family photo to include with Christmas cards this year. This outtake was actually my favorite shot, as Sandy snuck in a smooch for Mark.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Mark's First Cover Shot

Mark's been a published photographer before, with shots in SpinSheet, PropTalk, and The Capital. But he's finally on the cover of the December SpinSheet. If you've seen Mark's gallery, you know that he's had many cover-worthy shots, and we're a little surprised that this was the one that finally got published. But we'll take it! -S