Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! We've been busy...and here is a look at what we've been up to.

Our friends (the Drs. B and their family) came over to cut their Christmas tree at the tree farm and have dinner with us. We made our first fondue, and it was fun AND delicious!
We hosted Christmas day for Gregg's side of the family - potluck appetizers and dessert in the afternoon, for as long as anyone wanted to stay. Kim & Alfonso (next-door neighbors) joined us later, bringing some of Kim's delicious specialties (they own Burrata Bistro & Paella Bar) and Alfonso's guitar. It was a great treat to listen to him playing and singing. Our last guests left around 1:30 A.M.
Last night, we went to the All-Academy Ball, an event hosted by the Washington State chapters of parents' clubs of the United States Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force and Coast Guard). Our dear friend, Johanna, with whom David has attended school since the age of five, is a cadet at West Point (she was also accepted to Annapolis - she is a wonderful young lady!). Our families shared a table with a Coast Guard commander and his wife. We heard a deeply inspiring talk by a retired West Point instructor, heard from cadets and midshipmen of Washington State, honored the service of those presently in the military, heard beautiful singing of patriotic songs and danced.
Here we are before we caught the ferry to the city:
I'm hoping to get some photos of Cadet Johanna and her family, too. She looked so impressive in her dress grays, and beautiful in her ball gown.
Happy New Year to you!

14 comments:

Robin said...

I don't know about Johanna, but I love your top!

Elizabeth said...

You are easily the most beautiful couple I know! And your son, too.

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas -- I'm glad.

deb said...

Just so full of happy and love.

Kay said...

What a wonderfully fun looking time you all had! I'm with Robin..love the top. I would never be able to pull of a stunning thing like that. Love it!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too. : )

Lakeland Jo said...

you both look great. Sounds like a very happy and merry Christmas XX

karen gerstenberger said...

You are so kind...the top is from a Chinese shop in the Pike Place Market. Our friend Linda Watson (the opera singer) has ordered a number of things from that store - they do custom-tailoring - and she talked me into buying it when she was here. I don't get to wear it often, but I love it, and it's so comfortable!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your party/Christmas looks wonderful. I wonder if I would have been invited to stay if I showed up with a box of wine and some pigs in blankets??? ;)

Love seeing all the happy faces.

The "All Ball" sounds amazing, I would have loved this. You and your men look divine!!!! Love your outfit Karen, you clean up beautifully. heck, you are always beautiful.

Mary Potts said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.
OK, I love the top too!

Tracey Axnick said...

What a wonderful Christmas - those photos are so full of love and laughter and LIGHT! Perfect! (And you are, as always, glowing from within!)

Feliz Navidad to you, my friend!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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God Bless You :-)

~Ron

Karen said...

Lovely times, full of special people, good food, loving friendship. I love the way you are so involved with and supportive of your friends. Your picture is gorgeous and made me miss the Chinese clothing I used to wear in Maui! It looks like you had a very merry Christmas.

Jabacue said...

Busy indeed, Karen! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Jim

Jason, as himself said...

I can almost smell the trees!

It looks like you had a very nice Christmas.

rebecca said...

karen, please help me get the word out, allegra needs us...now...