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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sundance Film Festivities

Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival where my parents went to support the Terri movie which my dad screenwrote.

Uncle Aza the director and his star Jacob "Terri". A super great kid.

The Terri team. Very proud and very happy to be there.

Aza introduces the film, "Hope you like it..."

The world premiere was GOOD! This was the first time my mom had ever seen the film and she loved it and we all know how critical of films she can be!

After the film, and all the applause, Aza brought everyone up for the Q & A. My dad tried to sneak out of the line up by going to the restroom.

But they forced him up and he got to hear people say some really nice things about his writing. It was an incredible night for all. Once in a lifetime kind of stuff here...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I forgot to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

My New Year's Eve was pretty mellow. Just me, Nadine and a babysitter. We whispered and giggled in my bed until late though. My mom and dad, and Uncle the Chief and Ingrid who were visiting, and all my parents' Portland friends, got together at the Ballroom and had a lovely soiree.

There was an elegant potluck banquet.

And DJ Brooke on the turn tables.

And my mom and Britt and co on the dancefloor.

Dawn brought her cookies.

DJ Monte took a spin on the tables, Dad ran the heated dice game, and they partied in the New Year of 2011 and beyond.

The next day was slightly less of a party.

Yet my mom still made it out the next night to see Mahmoud Ahmed, the Ethiopian pop legend.

Where the Portland Ethiopian community joined with the Portland cool white kid community to make one major fun dance party.

Britt still had her New Year's hangover headache and my mom could barely stand on her tired wobbly legs but they committed to the night, and a new year, of fun, adventure and excitement. Same for me!

Monday, January 17, 2011

SIX is the new five!

Saturday was my birthday. Woo! Pee! What a great day of my six year long life. I got really great super cool presents:

The favorite, maybe, being my VERY OWN RECORD PLAYER FOR MY OWN ROOM!!! What a revelation. Now instead of begging my dad to let Stuart and I play Black Cabbage or Queen over and over, we can just go in my room, close the door, and get to rocking in private. Though, the first record I put on was the Nutcracker Suite.

Tie for first place of best gift probably was the hand-me-down PlayStation with a dozen games from my cousin Patrick. My parents already put a bunch of rules around it like only 30 minutes a day and I have to have a clean room before I begin but I'll do whatever it takes. There's a football game and a Star Wars game. Bam.

I also got Perfection which is a game and a song from my mom's past that she always sings..."put the plunger down, set the timer..." Now I know what the song and the deal is all about. It's sort of scary for my nerves because I fear the explosion when the timer goes off but this is good training for the frightful surprises in my life to come.

I also got another very cool game called Mr. Mouth, which I wanted, which is a game and song that my dad remembers and sings from his own past. We are all living and reliving good times over here. Other standout gifts were the giant floor-size air hockey game from Nana and Papa (wait til you see this, Bobby!) and the Magic Treehouse Books 1,2, & 3 from the S-Man that are totally interesting even though there are hardly any pictures in them.

For my bday celebration I got the choice between party with my pals from school at the museum or an All Day Fun Day with one friend. I chose the latter. And I don't need to tell you which friend I chose.

We started off at the arcade, then went to the movies (Narnia; awesome), then pizza, then ice-cream, then Revenge of the Sith in bed sleepover.

Day to night partying, past 10 o'clock even! Seriously, seriously, very very cool.

Thanks everyone for all the presents and cards and calls. I love being six. I think it really suits me.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holiday Hodge Podge

Gaming with the Kimball beauties.

The cutest boys in Poulsbo County.

With the kindest parents...we are very thankful to them for all the Nepalese guru good vibe help lately.

Just a couple of soccer guys.

A family in camel.

Riders on the storm.

A lot of good long visiting this holiday season. We appreciate all the traveling our way. We'll come to you soon....

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Xmas Vid

Friday, January 07, 2011

Christmas Past

I know we are well into the new year (2011) and just getting to finally doing a Christmas posting of pictures. We had visits from friends and family for 3+ weeks and now we're back to just us and our old routine.

Lots and lots of presents this year, always, every year. We do love those presents!

We wait patiently while the gifts are handed out by old Saint Nick.

I cannot tell you my favorite gift of the year because actually every one I got was one I really wanted and wished for, like the Soccer Guys and a dolphin pillow pet and this gigantic Nerf gun.

Rapid fire battery powered dart action. Incredible!

The day was spent with family and with me opening, assembling and playing with each present one by one. It took me days to get through it all.

Family pajamas courtesy of Uncle Twon.

Comfort Jungle.

I got some movies of the Christmas day, coming soon.....