Monthly Archives: December 2010

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve

Kevin, Troy, Sean, Ken, Katie, Renee, Cathi

Troy & Sean


On Christmas Eve “Eve”, we celebrated with the members of the Hatch family that were in town and available to join us for a family celebration.  This year our group was small since we had only the families of two out of our six children in town and able to join us; Ken’s oldest son, Sean Hatch, with his partner Troy Clark and mom, Renee Newitt and my daughter, Katie Laramore with her husband, Kevin, and 1-1/2 year old son, Cutter.

It was a relaxed evening with lots of conversation, re-telling of old stories and food.  Cutter and ZiZi, our 6 month old Yorkshire Terrier puppy, kept us entertained with their antics.

The “reveal”

Cathi with the Nutcracker

Ken and I were intrigued with the VERY oversized beautiful, wrapped gift that appeared next to our Christmas tree from all of the children.  We guessed that it might be a refrigerator, but we couldn’t imagine where we were going to put it.  After dinner when we opened gifts together, we were both astonished when the “reveal” occurred and we saw the incredible, 6 foot tall wooden Nutcracker emerge.  He is carved from head to toe and will be a fantastic addition to all of our Christmas celebrations in the future!  Thank you to Kevin, who saw him and arranged for everyone to participate in the gift.

Katie opens “white elephant” wedding ring

Cutter and ZiZi were the most spoiled with total number of gifts, but Katie was most surprised when during the white elephant gift exchange, she opened a gift bag that held a matching wedding ring for her finger!  Kevin is sneaky and a great gift selector!

At the end of the evening, we all retired (without nightcap or kerchief) with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

Not a creature was stirring . . .

Patty Barrier & friends, ZiZi & Pepper

ZiZi dreaming of Santa Paws
At the end of the evening on Christmas Eve, 6 month old ZiZi was exhausted from all the celebration activities!  One of the guests brought Pepper, the Papipoo, and ZiZi was kept incredibly busy chasing Pepper around the house including up and over the guests sitting on the couch!  The dogs were a blur!
Ken with “mustache”
Nancy Wallace, Kjell Shei with
Shake Weight Dumbbells
Kevin & Katie Laramore

Mike Kunath pontificating
It was our year to host the Christmas Eve dinner at our home and we so enjoyed having friends and family join us.  We began early with “Elf” cocktails and champagne with JJ McKay joining us along with dinner guests, Katie & Kevin Laramore and little Cutter, Patty & Jimmy Barrier, Pat Wallace, Nancy Wallace, Kjell Schei, Mike Kunath & Kate Harrison.  We feasted (see menu below), sang Christmas carols and had a white elephant gift exchange.  Sumo Wrestler made his annual appearance and went home with Patty Barrier this year.  The big gift hit this year was the “Shake Weight Dumbbells” and they were stolen time and time again.  The gift I ended up with was “mustache bandaids” so I got Ken to model one for a photo.

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu 
Fresh Dungeness Crab Fry Legs with Canlis Mustard Dipping Sauce
Caviar Pie
Assorted Cheeses with Crackers
Fennel Vichysoisse with Crab Garnish
Homemade Bread with Christmas Tree Butter
Mustard Crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Balsalmic Onions
Dijon Horseradish Creme Fraiche
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic and Fresh Thyme
Cauliflower Gratin with Mustard, Sage Cornbread Crumbs
Sauteed White Asparagus
Beet and Tangerine Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Persimmon Pudding with Brandy Creme Anglaise
Assorted Christmas Cookies
Grandma Lee’s Christmas Fudge

Santa’s Supper

Back row: Alicia, Spencer, Cutter, Katie, Kevin, Michael
Front row:  Jackson, Ken, Cathi

Spencer and “Grumpa” Ken

Today we celebrated Christmas early with Michael & Alicia Hatch and their sons, Jackson and Spencer in advance of their departure to Hawaii for Christmas. Following the celebration at our home, we all went to the Rainier Club for the annual Santa’s Supper and were joined by Katie & Kevin Laramore and their son, Cutter. All three boys wore matching outfits to Santa’s Supper and were fascinated with the life-size Snowman, Penguin and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer characters that were roaming the club. Santa Claus was not quite as popular with Cutter, though Jackson and Spencer were happy to sit on Santa’s knee and have their photo taken. Other activities included a major buffet for adults and children, balloon animals, decorating Christmas cookies, henna tattoos, facepainting, lip reading, s’mores in the giant fireplace in the Rainier Room and arts and crafts.
We saw many friends and their children at this fun, family event including Kathleen & Tom Schafer, Trudi & Dave Syferd, Susan & Gary Neumann, Carol & Spike Anderson, Suzy & Moe Krabbe, Joyce & Doug McCallum, Annette & Bob Parks, Bill Knudsen, plus a score of others. It was actually bedlam with all the children screaming and running everywhere and their parents and grandparents chasing them, but it definitely gets me in the holiday spirit!

Cutter and Katie



More Holiday Cheer!

Cathi, Julia Rindlaub, CK Coles, Patty Barrier

Last night we went to one of our favorite holiday parties at the Rindlaub home. We always love to catch up with John and Sarah and their three beautiful daughters, Alison, Susan and Julia.  We were not able to stay long since we had a 70th birthday party for a friend to attend also.  We were able to see Alison & Dan Chester, and Julia Rindlaub and her boyfriend Mike Carson, but missed seeing Susan and her fiance who had not yet arrived when we had to leave.

This year they planned a small non-traditional holiday party and included just a few close friends. Alison was having a great time trying out her new camera.

Dan & Alison Chester, Ken Hatch, Mike Carson

She and Dan had just returned from Hawaii within the past hour and were looking forward to spending the Christmas holidays with John and Sarah.

Following the too brief stop at the Rindlaub home, we headed downtown to Canlis Restaurant where we helped Jan Rogers and 35 close friends celebrate her 70th birthday.  There were many toasts to Jan.  My toast recognized that she is very inclusive and is always adding new friends to her circle as she generously hosts beautiful party after party at her elegant home.

Mike Carson, Cathi, Dan Chester, Jimmy Barrier

Counting Down! Only One Week Until Christmas!

Ken, Cathi & ZiZi

The stockings are hung, the Nutcrackers are standing at attention and the tree sparkles with lights and ornaments.  The Christmas countdown is on . . . 

It has been a very busy week for Ken and ZiZi and me!  ZiZi missed her doggie adventure camp this week because she was so busy staying home to “help” Laura wrap the presents.  Ken and I were busy attending parties and dinner parties, plus I was able to squeeze in several business meetings with potential sponsors and a two-day retreat with the ZINO Society Executive Management Team plus an all-day bank board meeting for Pacific Continental Bank.  More parties are coming up this weekend!

This year, we are not able to get our entire family to come at the same time to celebrate, so we are doing Christmas in shifts.  First shift is this Sunday when we will celebrate with Michael & Alicia Hatch and their two sons Jackson and Spencer before they depart for Hawaii the next day.  For the next shift, we have a mid-week celebration night scheduled with Katie & Kevin Laramore and their son Cutter along with Renee Newitt, Sean Hatch and Troy Clark.  And then finally for the last shift, we have a bigger celebration planned for Christmas Eve when a few more friends will join us too.

If you are reading my blog, I wish YOU the happiest holiday season full of magic and wonder!

Multiple Choice – What Were We Doing?

Kathleen Shoup. Kathleen Kosmos, Dorothy Fluke,Cathi Hatch, SaSa Kirkpatrick During this season of celebration and holiday cheer, I thought you would enjoy a new blog format. Because the group in the photo are all such serious and sophisticated women, you will have no trouble guessing what we were doing in this photo.  This is a multiple choice, interactive blog… Continue Reading

Ladies’ Holiday Luncheon

Cathi with Hostess Carol Anderson, and her daughter,Molly Salazar Yesterday I attended the annual Rainier Club Ladies’ Holiday Luncheon as a guest of Carol Anderson.   We were greeted with Pomegranate Sparklers and gathered near the gigantic (roast-an-ox-size) fireplace in the Rainier Room before heading upstairs for the luncheon itself.  As always, Chef Bill Curtis, provided an… Continue Reading

Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast

This morning was the 2010 Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast and the first year I have attended.  It was a fundraiser for the IPCR also known as the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research which is a collaboration of UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  There were around 1,000 people attending; more men than women, but… Continue Reading

Omega Watch Store Opening

JJ McKay, Ken, Alex Camara Last night, Ken and I attended the opening celebration of the new Omega Watch store on the corner of University Street and Fifth Avenue in the Fairmont Hotel.  It is located in a portion of the space that was previously Jeri Rice, once my favorite clothing store in all of Seattle.  We… Continue Reading