Merry Christmas Eve! I know I"m dreadfully behind on posting, so as my poor sick hubbie recovers and the girls nap, here's an update on what's been going on with us this last month.
We had the tremendous blessing to visit with my dad's brother and his family--whom we haven't seen since my sister's wedding in July of '09. They spent a short amount of time with us, but we loved all the time we got!
Here they are enjoying the sights of Fisherman's Wharf:
We saw this otter swimming around among a ton of jellyfish--it was amazing! (See the pink splotches in the picture--those are jellyfish.)
Thanks for taking time out of your quick trip to CA to visit us--We love you!
Another memorable occasion this month was Jon's graduation from the Naval PostGrad School. (More on that in another posting.) His aunt and uncle from LA drove up for the occasion and it was great to see them too:
And last but certainly not least, the Luminatis came out to see Jon graduate and to spend some good Christmas time together before we move. Here's Gram and Kate:
And Ellie with her new best friend. It was funny--Ellie LOVED Pops. (Who doesn't? :) She would wake up and call for him, and she adored having him chase her down the hall. It was so cute to see them play together! She even took him on a long walk. He needed a nap after that.
And Gram helped keep the tradition of sugar cookies alive in our house with her two little elves:
We opened presents before they headed back to Colorado and one of their thoughtful gifts was this book. It's a wonderful story recorded in their voices that I know we'll cherish when we're across the pond. Thanks so much! We love you and enjoyed all our time with you.
Gram and Pops watched the girls while Jon and I sorted stuff in preparation for the move next month. Our unaccompanied baggage has already left and we're only in Monterey for a few more weeks. It's hard to believe the move to Germany is almost here.