Back in the USSR...errr....I Mean CA

So yeah, its been a while. Well I'm back in California and back at work. One week in Hawaii sure went by fast. I had a nice visit and actually wish I had a few more days. Our last couple days were so, so humid, which is precisely what I don't like about Hawaii weather. The kids had a great time they sure love seeing their cousins, the big ones and the small ones. I secretly think they like their big cousins better because they get so much attention from them. One thing did happen though, K got eaten alive by mosquitoes. He had this big, boil-like bites on his face, arms and his entire right foot was covered in bites. They are now slowly disappearing. I feel super bad for him. His cousin Ka'apu was bitten as well but her's were on both her eyelids and her little 7-year old eyes became so red and swollen it was heartbreaking!

We got back first thing Thursday morning and spent the day lounging about and going to Costco to restock our fridge. On Friday I sent the kids to school and T worked out of the Pasadena office. I took the opportunity to clean up and get all the Christmas decorations up. I love decorating for Christmas. Although we have a fake tree I did buy a big fresh wreath and hung it on the inside of the door and it is providing us with that familiar evergreen smell. Yum! I also bought these great vanilla/jasmine candles for the dining room and that is very yummy as well. I haven't wrapped any gifts yet but it is surely on my "to do" list as I need to send some stuff out. Thank god I took my Hawaii gifts with me and left them with my mom. Friday night we were planning on taking the kids to the Yo Gabba Gabba/Aquabats show but we were just so lazy and so tired that we skipped. I think they would have loved it but we were just to tired to do anything. Plus the kids seemed pleased that the house was christmasfied while they were at school.

Saturday night was my company's annual year end/holiday partay. I was a bit upset that my dress was not ready at the tailor's so I had to put something together. I looked around at Nordstrom Rack for something inexpensive to wear but as I stood in the store holding a gold dress I said screw it. If I can't wear what I really wanted I don't want to buy anything new to wear. I opted for overdyed black skinny jeans, black satin heels and a pale pinkish/blush colored tank with chiffon overlay. I blow-dried the new 'do super straight, put on a little bit of jewelry and called it a day. Here's a pic if you're interested:
Me and Ron

Me and T (and his wanna be Eastside sign)

We were late getting home and I feel so bad. I called and texted the sitter to let her know. Although she said that it was ok I still feel guilty. When we left the party, so did everyone else. We were stuck in the damn Hollywood and Highland parking structure for 45 minutes!!!!! It was ridiculous. All in all I had a great night, ate some yummy food, watched some jacked up dance moves that bordered on dry humping at the company party and saw a hysterical white-boy cover band. Exactly what I expected from a corporate holiday party!

Christmas cards are being sent out this week. I really wanted to get these beautiful photo cards from Shutterfly but the turnaround time was to long so I opted for Costco which was priced right and was actually ready within an hour or two from uploading and placing the order at home. Sweet!

If you're in the area there's some fun stuff going on in Downtown Burbank this week.
*Today from 12-2pm and 5-7pm RA Organic Spa is giving out free tea, treats and complementary massages. (119 N. San Fernando)
*Tomorrow night at 5pm is Family Movie Night. The city is shutting off the East parking garage and setting up "drive in movie style" on top of the structure and showing Polar Express. They suggest you bring blankets, coats, lawn chairs and picnic dinner for the night.
*Thursday night is Jingle Bell Jammyfest at Barnes & Noble, across from Ikea. Kids wear jammys and they suggest you bring your favorite lovey for holiday stories, sweets, songs and surprises.
*Friday night is the Holiday Toy Express and the Burbank Metrolink Station. Metrolink’s Holiday Toy Express lights up the night and makes spirits bright with its 450-ton train spiffed up with over 50,000 twinkling lights, holiday decorations and animated displays. KOST 103.5 FM will be there to add even more excitement with music & prizes. The Metrolink Holiday Toy Express, in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department, collects new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment to benefit the Spark of Love Toy Drive. All toys collected at this event will go to Burbank kids in need. For more information, visit www.metrolinktrains.com
*There are a couple of things going on on Saturday:
  • from 830-10am its Breakfast with Santa at the Burbank Town Center. Tickets are $7. For ticket locations and details, call 818.238.5300
  • There will be carollers all evening beginning at 5pm near the AMC theaters
  • Holly Trolley Tour at 545 and 715pm, Enjoy hot chocolate and caroling as you view the best of Burbank’s holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus. Tickets are $5 +2 canned goods for the Downtown Burbank Salvation Army. Tickets can be purchased at 141 N. Glenoaks.
  • At Gio's Boxing Club for $5 all you can eat NYPD Pizza and some knock-down, old fashion boxing.
*Sunday is a Snow Day in Burbank from 11-2pm near the AMC. Good Kid Fun! Fifteen tons of snow, refreshments and music and its all free.

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