Monday, December 21, 2009

Busy Weekend

Whew, this was a busy weekend. Thing is, Christmas is coming up way too fast to truly enjoy the season. I know I say this every year, but it is true. That's totally unlike my much younger days when it seemed to take forever for Christmas day to arrive. Not so any more - I guess all that wishing I did when I was little to speed up the process is now coming true and is another example of be careful what you wish for.

At least one nice thing: all the Christmas shopping is done! Tonight as we drove back from dinner, around 6:30, there was a long stream of cars heading into the Santa Anita Mall. Haha, suckers! Why'd you wait so long?? Of course now that I said that, I will discover I need to get a last minute gift for someone or other and I will be sitting in traffic estimating in my head how many cycles of the traffic signal will it take before I am in the next section to go.

Keiro celebrated the December birthdays of its residents on Saturday, one of which is my mom's. There was time at the beginning to take pictures, then the birthdays were announced, entertainment was provided by a ukelele group, cake was served, and then a special guest star appeared at the end. I've got it all documented below:

First, here we are gathered around my mom (click on any of the pictures for a larger version):

Next, here is the ukelele band. They also performed last year. I don't know what their name is, though. Maybe some of you recognize some of them?

Here's the blow-out the candle picture.

And another one. They still have some wind left in them because they managed to blow them all out.. after two tries:

That evening Julie and I had our Saturday-night dinner with her side of the family at NBC in Monterey Park. Here's a picture taken by the waiter:

Oh, and here's a YouTube clip of the surprise guest at the Keiro birthday celebration (he was louder than the entire ukelele band, haha..):

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