Monthly Archives: December 2009

And Santa Claus Came to Town!

On Christmas Day, Ken and I along with his daughter, Elizabeth went to Michael and Alicia Hatch’s home to see what Santa Claus had brought Jackson and SpencerJackson, at 2-1/2 years old, was totally enthralled with Christmas and was surrounded with a sea of new toys.  Little brother Spencer, at 9 months, was completely happy with a strip of paper from one of the gifts while Michael labored over assembling a battery-powered Batmobile that we brought.

Alicia served a festive and casual Christmas supper which we all enjoyed, except Jackson who couldn’t take time away from all his new toys to actually eat.  He did serve us toy pizza slices with appropriate toppings from his new kitchen set however.  Yum!?  

Christmas Eve with Family and Dear Friends

Every year at Christmastime, we take turns with the Barriers in hosting Christmas Eve for any members of our family who are available to join us along with Pat Wallace and any members of her family available.  This year it was Patty and Jimmy’s turn to host the party and what a magnificent party it was!  Joining Ken and me from the Hatch family were Michael and Alicia Hatch along with their sons, Jackson and Spencer, Elizabeth Hatch, and Katie and Kevin Laramore along with their 6 month old son, Cutter.  Also joining the party were Kjell Schei and his friend Keely (see photo above) and Pat Wallace and daughters, Christy and Nancy Wallace.  Elizabeth and Christy are pictured above.  Also pictured above are Ken along with his daughter, Elizabeth and grandson, 9 month old Spencer.

We each took turns choosing a favorite Christmas carol that we sang together.  Most of the carols were pretty traditional, but it was fun to remember the words with a little help from an I-phone app.  Patty had the most unusual Christmas song that none of us had heard previously.  We ended the evening with our traditional white elephant gift exchange and the sumo wrestler fan made yet another appearance!

At the end of a marvelous evening together on Christmas Eve, we were all off to head to our beds where “visions of sugar plums danced in our heads”.


Hatch Family Christmas Celebration

Each Christmas season because of blended families, married children and lots of competing demands on time together, we schedule either December 22 or 23 as the “Christmas Celebration” for the Hatch family.  This year we were fortunate to have everyone join us on December 23rd with the exception of Justin, Amy, Stephen and Catarina.  We started a new tradition of adding a photo ornament on the tree for each family member and this year, we asked each one to share with us something special that had happened to them during the past year.  In the two top photos, you can see Ken beginning the process and a close-up photo of some of the photo ornaments.

This year was special because we had three little boys to celebrate with, two of whom were brand-new since last Christmas; Jackson Hatch, the big brother at 2-1/2 years old, Spencer Hatch at 9 months and Cutter Laramore at 6 months.  Ryan and Teresa Hatch along with daughters Kylee and Nicky, came from Florida to spend Christmas in Seattle.  Katie and Kevin Laramore and son, Cutter came from Spokane to celebrate  and we were so happy to have Elizabeth Hatch, who lives in L.A. come celebrate and spend time with us this year too.  Also celebrating with us who already live in the Seattle area were Sean Hatch, Troy Clark, Renee Newitt, Michael and Alicia Hatch and sons Jackson and Spencer.

We had a very merry Christmas and hope you did too!  

Santa Supper at the Rainier Club

This afternoon we attended the Santa Supper at The Rainier Club.  The Rainier Club was packed throughout with hundreds of people there celebrating the season with their families.  In addition to visiting Santa, there were dozens of activities for young children and their families including face painting, balloon animals, holiday tattoos, decorating sugar cookies, making s’mores, etc.

We joined the Gary & Susan Neumann family at a table in the Burke Room.  Joining them was their daughter, Katherine and husband Cory and sons Benjamin and Henry.  At other tables were friends, Dave & Trudi Syferd and family, Carol & Spike Anderson and family, Nancy & Van Strom and family, Doug & Joyce McCallum and family and others.  Joining Ken and me were family members Michael & Alicia Hatch and their two sons, Jackson and Spencer and Katie & Kevin Laramore and their son, Cutter.

For their first Christmas, Santa was definitely not a hit with either Spencer (8 months) or Cutter (5 months)!  Jackson, at 2-1/2 years was quite pleased to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas though and wasn’t the least bit afraid.  Following a beautiful buffet supper with an extensive dessert buffet, everyone went home “with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads”.

And yet another Birthday Celebration!

Just when I thought this birthday was over and done with, it was time to celebrate with a few more friends who also share December birthdays.  On Friday, we had a festive luncheon celebration in the The Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic HotelThe Georgian Room, now celebrating its 20th year rated as a AAA 4 Diamond restaurant, features French-inspired Northwest cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Gavin Stephenson.

Instead of receiving birthday gifts, our civilized custom is for the birthday girls to bring small gifts for the non-birthday girls while the non-birthday girls bring birthday cards and pay for lunch.  Celebrating December birthdays with me were Jan Rogers and Londi BurnettJan brought thermal “green” coffee cups from her new business, Londi brought darling little ladybug Christmas tree ornaments and I brought blown glass Christmas ornaments along with handmade soap.  Denise, who was not a birthday girl this time brought us each a Tully’s gift card anyway and none of us even complained about her not following the birthday club rules.

Happy Birthday, Jan and Londi, and all my other December birthday friends!

PNB STARS Holiday Party at our home

On Wednesday of this past week, we hosted the PNB STARS Holiday Party at our home. PNB STARS is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the Pacific Northwest Ballet through special events and member education. Originally established in honor of the Ballet’s 25th Anniversary, PNB STARS is filled with dedicated, energetic members who… Continue Reading

Please acquiesce to my immeasurable appreciation!

As I mentioned in my recent blog posting, we celebrated birthdays at The Capital Grille last week.  My ZINO Society associate, Mary Holmes, gave me a book entitled “The Big Book of Words You Should Know”.  The book jacket cover exhorts, “Impress your friends and family with language that’s both euphonious and sesquipedalian.”  Of course… Continue Reading

The Birthday Fairy Arrives.

Though I spent all weekend trying to avoid coming face-to-face with the Birthday Fairy, she finally tracked me down on Sunday evening.  Dear friends, Patty & Jimmy Barrier, hosted a beautiful small celebration dinner Sunday evening at The Ruin’s in my honor so I couldn’t be totally ungracious when the Birthday Fairy came calling.  In… Continue Reading

Norwegian Tradition

Saturday evening, the Hatchman and I attended a beautiful cocktail party at the Sammamish lakeside home of Joyce & Doug McCallum. Doug and Joyce have a very interesting home. They remodeled and put together two homes and their main entertaining space is a gallery that fills the area that once stood between the two homes.… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday evening, my good friends Toni & Rod Hoffman, Susan & Gary Neumann, Suzy & Moe Krabbe, and Trudi & Dave Syferd hosted a small birthday dinner party in my honor.  What a special dinner party!  Toni and friends had gone to huge amount of effort getting photos of me as a child which were… Continue Reading