Alright 2011…it’d better be good!

We rang in the new year last night with friends, delicious soup, games and an early to bed night.  I know…New Year’s Eve is not usually an early night…but travel wears you out.  Which brings me to the end of 2010.  We celebrated the holidays with both our families after some last-minute travel plans.  We flew to Minnesota on Christmas Eve and got in just in time for a roast ham and many a Fischer.  There were grandparents, sisters, brothers, a nephew, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law and of course a mom and dad…and snow.  A lot of snow.  We had a wonderful time in Minnesota and then it was on to Utah…nearly didn’t make it after a snag (delayed flight) in our travel…but got in just in time for dinner.  Again…there was a lot of family, and a snowstorm, and this time…two nieces.  Lots of fun and laughter and catching up in MN and UT…and then it was time to head back to Pasadena.  We arrived yesterday, picked up our tuckered out dog…and relaxed a bit before the evening plans.

This morning, I literally woke to the sounds of the fighter jet fly-by signaling the start of the Rose Parade…it was THAT loud…because…it was THAT close!  So we watched us a little parade…and we made a little morning chai…and we nibbled on holiday goodies still lingering around the house.  The sun was shining and Cleo needed to become a solar dog.  Our street was completely parked up…and we’ve done basically nothing today…which is fabulous!

We did watch the Rose Bowl and cheered for TCU…luckily they held out and beat Wisconsin.  We enjoyed some classic snacks…queso and tortilla chips as well as onion dip and some potato chips.

Enjoy a quick look at our holidays, our travels and our families!


How Woody and Cleo like to relax during the holidays.

Our stockings…hung by the fire, watched over by the buffalo skull!

Our set up for our holiday party.

This pheasant ornament plagued Cleo the entire month of December…first it smelled like pheasant…real pheasant…and then to top it off…I hung it from the chandelier in the dining room by some fishing line…so it looked like it was floating in mid-air…and here’s the kicker – we lit some candles on the table just before the party and the heat from the flames created just enough air disturbance that all of a sudden…out of nowhere, the floating pheasant began to move and swing all on its own – this was too much for Cleo.  She was on point in the dining room, in full hunting mode, trying to alert us that there was a PHEASANT IN THE HOUSE…HELLO!!!

Christmas Eve in Pasadena – fallen leaves, bright green grass, sunshine and 60 degrees!


In contrast with Christmas Eve in Minnesota – 2 feet of snow, icy roads, frozen lakes and single digit temperatures.

Grandin, Laura and Will

Grandin loves stories and books and being read to by Grandpa – who doesn’t…?!

And of course, the boxes are almost always more fun to play with than the toys that came in them.

Woody written in Marathi – a gift from Sarah, freshly returned from study abroad in Pune, India.

Another fabulous present for Kitren – an interesting coat made solely of Argentine fox…everyone had fun trying it on.

Grandin loves to point out teeth, and makes a funny face himself while doing it.

Someone suggested I put everything on…all at once.  I believe there are 17 different wraps or scarves, 1 hat, 1 fur coat, 1 pair earrings, Christmas PJ’s, and bangles from India…I got hot…very quickly.

The answer is yes…it is what you think it is…a hand-built bird house styled, leather shingled, iPod speaker!  Basically, Mark outdid himself again this year…setting the standard high for Fischer homemade/repurposed/recycled Christmas!  Amazing!  (the perch is the volume control knob!)

Sarah and boyfriend Chris

I previously mentioned ham – which was delicious on Christmas Eve…and continued to be delicious over the next few days.  Croque Madames and Croque Monsieurs, and Woody’s favorite, ground ham salad with pickles.

The little monkey received some orange crocs and ran around in them over the top of his footy pajamas all day – ridiculously cute.


The blondes – from left, Molly, Sam (in the back looking wise), and Pippa.

A dinner of orecchiette with mushrooms, kielbasa, chopped tomatoes, spinach and mascarpone.

Avery learned to make biscuits with Mimi.

Note the matching aprons!  🙂

We finally met Eloise…and she occasionally smiled!


The elusive family photo – this was one of almost a hundred!

Then it was time to play in the snow with Aunt Wynne and Dad…it was so much fun, she threw a fit when she had to come inside because her hands were icy cold.

Grand-père snoozed – he was fighting a cold that one of his lovely sons gave him for Christmas.

How can you resist this!?!  Look at those eyes!

And now we’re home.  Home!  It’s good. Now comes the challenge of unpacking, getting back into the swing of things, facing Monday morning (ughhhh!) and a brand new year!

Happy New Year!




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