Visiting Santa

We had a fun family day beginning with brunch at the Gingerbread House at the Great Wolf Lodge and then visiting Santa. Harvey surprised us by asking Santa for a firetruck and a goldfish!

Christmas Lights Around TC

Here’s a few snapshots of Christmas lights from around TC. I’ll add to this post through Christmas.

Dan & Peg’s magnificent tree:

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Beach Christmas in TC:

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Mom & Dad’s beautiful tree:

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CRB Christmas Party 2012

The firm was out last night for the Big-Little Christmas Party at the TCGCC. It was fun to see everyone and their spouses outside of work and in the holiday atmosphere.

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Reynolds Jonkhoff Christmas Party 2012

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On our way out, in the hallway of the beautifully decorated Traverse City Golf & Country Club clubhouse. The twist on the white elephant gift exchange this year was that you had to make the gift of bring a $20 gift card. I was impressed by the creativity of the group. We ended up with a quilted wall hanging that has a snowman on it and reads, “Think Snow.”

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Good Grief

Our tree is similar to this, except much taller. I removed the sombrero that I had placed atop the tree and will soon put our sparkly gold star on. Merry Christmas!

Our First Christmas Tree!

In search of a tree,
We drove to “The 40”;
Linds’ in high fashion
And me not so sporty.

Like slobber to walls,
Linds’ shot to the tree.
Eighty-seven pictures later,
The saw was set free.

To honor its branches,
A prayer we did say.
Then “Amen” was uttered;
The tree would soon lay.

When my turn was had
The tree last stood;
In a matter of seconds
Did soft snow hit wood.

Above my round head,
I hoisted our tree
And without any thought
I tossed it to Lindsey.

“Here ya go Honey,
You can lug it from here.
I’ll take some pictures
And look out for deer.”

What a woman she is!
That face full of might.
The prickly tree heaved
Right out of sight!

The snow came down softly;
And Yogi had fun.
It beat the heck out of
Some plain old run!

It’s not every couple
That gets perfect weather
When they go hunting
For their first tree together.

But what mattered the most,
(And I’m proud to tell),
Is all I kept thinking was
She’s pretty darn swell!

*****The End*****

Wii for Me

I got a Wii for Christmas. It has reignited my long-lost passion for video games. The only reason for this is the high level of interactivity. It is impossible to not be immersed in the game you’re playing. Even bowling is incredible.

Yes, these comments are stale – the Wii came out over one year ago. But, this is my first chance to play and, well, I’m a believer.

I own the following games:

  • Super Mario Galaxy – Fun and frustrating.
  • Tiger Woods 2008 – My current favorite, although even on the hardest setting it’s still pretty easy for me.
  • Wii Sports and Wii Play – Bowling and Tennis are a couple family favorites. A little different than sitting around a table playing cards. Nice to break a sweat.

Ready Set Go

Two very stressful activities just happen to coincide for students – Christmas present shopping and final exams. The assumption is that we should put off shopping and focus on finals, but that’s kind of a Grinch thing to do. And, exams don’t really take that much time. However, it looks like I’ll be doing the […]

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