05 January 2010

"Cut. That's a Wrap for 2009."

This was our 18th annual "Cousin Cookie Day"
at Aunt Marie's house. The oldest cousins to first attend
are now in their thirties. Our youngest ones attending now
are children of the actual cousins! Amazing.

Bette Davis eyes? How about Emily's eyes?
I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere!
This is a nice break from college finals!
Spencer is my nephew. But, he's a cousin to my kids.
But, he's an Uncle to Davis. Davis is the son of Chad.
Chad is the brother to Spencer. This was Davis' first
"cousin cookie day" because his family just moved to CA.
Chad has come full circle!
Chad, Spence and Mark all "talk shop." Chad is setting
up an orthodontic practice in Merced. Both Mark
and Spencer are currently "enjoying" the Dental
School application process.
Children make you want to start life over.
Muhammad Ali
Davis and Camille
A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
Christy and Craig's first cookie day! They both jumped
right in! It felt like they had always been a part of us!
Thomas and his frosting.
A sugar 'high' waiting to occur.
A little more artistic take on the cookie decorating.
Karin, Andrew, and Anne Marie. This was Andrew's
first cookie day, too! He was born last year
on Christmas Eve!
I thought this was cute. On the back of our family Christmas
card I had all of the cousins who were there jot down a little
note to our two cousin Elder's currently serving missions...
Michael and Jeffrey. I handed the pen and cards to Emily and
told her that I needed her to write her name down..."two times."
(One on each card, right?) Well, she did just exactly what I
asked her to do and wrote her name down two times. See
it in the middle of the card? Twice!
Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy
the present, which very few of us do.
Jean de la Bruyere
Mama in Rick's kitchen on Christmas Eve.
Chase, Spencer and Mark. So nice to see "The
Three Musketeers" all in the same place again. I
half-way expected one of them to put up some
bunny ears behind the other.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren open up special
Christmas gifts from Grandma and Grandpa Rowan.
This year on Christmas Eve our children (and Kris
and I) received new slippers rather then their
usual Christmas Eve jammies. I think they
were surprised!
Woo hoo! "GolMee" soccer goals for Ty to practice with.
And, here he is...just yesterday giving them a practice run.
What would Christmas be without a new soccer jersey?
Celebrating the fact that the world cup will be in Africa
this year, Ty sports the Ivory Coast jersey!
New beanies for all!
Uncle Dodd surprised Kris with a unique gift.
Anne Marie made me this gorgeous new apron. She
made the little flower that is pinned on too. I love it!
On our way to Cambria...a heart on the mountain.
Our favorite restaurant.
They do not take reservations, so you must show up and
stand in line if you want to gain entrance!
The view while waiting is okay, I guess.

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.
Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone
can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes
down. And this is all life really means.

Robert Louis Stevenson

We like to be first in line so we can be one of the few to
sit at the bar and watch them cook. Plus, they hand
you samples of things to try while you are watching!
MMmmm. Our Salmon.
We always check to see if they have T-shirts in our size,
but they never do. This year we got lucky!
Love walking the ranch next to mom and dad's home.
Several hand-made benches are hard to resist.

This world is not conclusion;
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
But positive, as sound.

Emily Dickinson

Anne Marie said "This is when 'being benched'
is a good thing." Don't you agree?
Why would you want to leave?
Years ago, Ty scratched his name on one of
the benches. We always look for it. See it?
I make the most of all that comes and the
least of all that goes.
Sara Teasdale
If you look very closely after double clicking this photo,
you can see a hummingbird just to the right of the
fifth tall red bloom from the left. It kind of blends
in with the rock behind it...but it is there!
We showed up at the beach one day just exactly
at the moment a bride was walking down the
"sand aisle." Not every day you see this!
From December through March the Elephant Seals
come up onto the beach near San Simeon and give
birth. They have come all of the way from Alaska.
It's funny to watch them flip sand up onto themselves.
You can hear the little babies making noises because
they want to eat.
Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge
disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes
and garments or scavenging among seaweed and
whitened timbers...
Loren Eiseley

At the beach time you enjoyed wasting,
is not time wasted.
T.S. Eliot
(Yes, that is Ty you see making a
surprise cameo appearance.)

My moonstones (and a few other additions). It is
mesmerizing and hypnotic work planting yourself
down and settling in for a good 'hunt.'

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some
potent power to make us think things we like to think.
Robert Henri


  1. This was the best. I suddenly realize just how much I did these past two weeks..and yet just how little. Oh, the simple life~
    Loved it. Good photos, good videos

  2. I agree with Anne Marie- great post. The cookie day looked like great fun. You are blessed to have a house full of family so close by. Enjoy.
    I love the beach too.

  3. I can not believe that everyone has grown up so quickly. I used to babysit them now I have my YW babysitting my kids. It looks like you had a great time this holiday season and then weather looked picture perfect.

  4. Look at all those cousins. I giggled right away at that top picture of the little guy wriggling free of Anne Marie's hands, I salivated over the salmon, and felt my blood pressure ease as I thought of sitting on the ocean bench. And the moonstones shot is classic--how many years of moonstone-collecting does that make for you? And they still keep rolling in with the waves.

    P.S. India for Annie? Are you dying? What an amazing life she is leading.

  5. What a post, I don't know where to begin except to say, I LOVED IT ALL! Very jealous of the ocean pictures and that great tie.

  6. What a fun post! I love the cookie tradition with the cousins! Traditions are just so fun in general! The beach photos were amazing. Gotta love the pillow tie! A good friend of ours sells them here in So. Utah...there a classic!

  7. My kids used to mention your cookie day with longing when they were little...I think they secretly wished they could be Hyer's for the day. The hummingbird and elephant seals were awesome.

  8. Great post. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!