Sunday, September 11, 2016

Christmas Movies

Here are our (OK, Jamie's) list of Christmas movies. Not exactly sure how to describe perfectly the requirements to be on this list, but in order to get on this list, one or more of these have to be true: 1. The movie is about Christmas. 2. There's a significant Christmas "part" in the movie. 3. The background in the movie is largely Christmas. 4. Clearly set at Christmas time. 5. Anything that plays on the Hallmark channel from Thanksgiving through Christmas. 6. Jamie likes to watch it during Christmas time. Christmas movie season starts in mere weeks - be prepared.

* 12 Dates of Christmas * 8 Women * About a Boy * All I Want for Christmas * All Is Bright * Angels Sing * Apartment, The * Arthur Christmas * Babes in Toyland (1934) * Babes in Toyland (1961) * Bad Santa * Badder Santa * Batman Returns * Bell, Book, and Candle * Best Man Holiday, The * Beyond Tomorrow * Bishop’s Wife, The * Black Christmas (1974) * Boyfriend for Christmas, A * Bush Christmas * Charlie Brown Christmas, A * Christmas Card, The * Christmas Carol (1938), A * Christmas Carol (1951), A * Christmas Carol (2009), A * Christmas Eve * Christmas in Connecticut * Christmas Mail * Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The * Christmas Shoes, The * Christmas Spirit, The * Christmas Story, A * Christmas Tale, A * Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, The * Christmas with the Kranks * Comfort and Joy * Coming to America * Crown for Christmas * Cutting Edge * Dead (1987) , The * Dead End * Deck the Halls * Die Hard * Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! * Edward Scissorhands * Eight Crazy Nights * Elf * Ernest Saves Christmas * Eyes Wide Shut * Family Man * Family Man, The * Family Stone, The * Father of the Bride * Four Christmases * Fred Claus * Friday After Next * Frosty the Snowman * Godfathers * Grandpa for Christmas, A * Gremlins (1984) * Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever * Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone * Help for the Holidays * Holiday Affair * Holiday in Handcuffs * Holiday Inn * Holiday, The * Holly and The Ivy, The * Home Alone * Home Alone 2: Lost in New York * House Without a Christmas Tree, The * How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) * I’ll Be Home for Christmas * It Happened On 5th Avenue * It’s a Wonderful Life * Jack Frost * Jingle All the Way * Joyeux Noël * Just Friends * Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang * Krampus * Kristin's Christmas Past * La Buche * Lemon Drop Kid, The * Lethal Weapon * Little Drummer Boy, The * Look Who's Talking(s) * Love Actually * Lovely, Still * Man Who Came To Dinner, The * Meet John Doe * Meet Me in St. Louis * Metropolitan * Mickey’s Christmas Carol * Miracle on 34th Street (1947) * Miracle on 34th Street (1994) * Mixed Nuts * Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The * Mr. Destiny * Muppet Christmas Carol, The * National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation * Nativity Story, The * Nativity! * Night Before, The * Nightmare Before Christmas, The * Nightshift * Noel * Nothing Like the Holidays * November Christmas * Nutcracker (1993) , The * One Magic Christmas * Perfect Holiday, The * Pete’s Christmas * Polar Express, The * Prancer * Preacher's Wife * Rare Exports * Ref, The * Reindeer Games * Remember the Night * Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer * S.C. Congress the Martians (?) * Santa Claus (1959) * Santa Claus Conquers the Martians * Santa Claus: The Movie * Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause, The * Santa Clause, The * Santa Suit, The * Santa Who? * Santa with Muscles * Santa’s Slay * Scrooge (1970) * Scrooged * Season of Miracles, A * Serendipity * Shop Around the Corner, The * Silent Night * Sleepless in Seattle * Snowglobe * Snowman, The * Surviving Christmas * Susan Slept Here * Toy Story * Toy, The * Toys * Trading Places * Trading Places * Trapped in Paradise * Ultimate Christmas Present, The * Unaccompanied Minors * Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, A * We’re No Angels * While You Were Sleeping * White Christmas * Window Wonderland * Year Without a Santa Claus, The * You've Got Mail *

Saturday, September 10, 2016

AJ Explores

Papa and AJ did a quick run to the Exploration Station in Grover Beach. These were his favorite stations...

Vibe Table (Earthquake simulation)



Tuesday, September 6, 2016


And the two of us thoroughly enjoyed a Foremost Wine Company evening, complete with desserts and champagne. BTW, they've got a new curry flair to the roasted cauliflower!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fun with Trash Cans

These were used for macro-scale beer pong Saturday at an adult party over at Gibs'. The kids, of course, figured out all kinds of ways to play with them.

Driveway Time

Spontaneous play on the driveway earlier today...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

1 Place, 3 Photographers

We took a jaunt to Montana de Oro. But this time, Matteo had a camera with him and AJ got as many shots as he wanted with Jamie's. Matteo's camera was pretty old, low-res. It's amazing he did as well as he did. All the pics are here. You'll see Matteo goes for wildlife.






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great Lodges of the Northwest

Four intrepid adventurers set off to add to their collection of Great Lodges of the West following this itinerary: We took Amtrak's Coast Starlight from SLO to Klamath Falls, OR and headed right over to Oregon Caves Chateau. We made a quick stop at It's a Burl in Kerby, OR on the way to the Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood. In the vicinity of Mt Hood we did a 2+ mile hike around Trillium Lake. Then on to Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier with a couple runs down to the National Park Inn at Mt Rainier for breakfast (change of pace). We visited Pike Place Market and Elliott's Oyster House while overnighting at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront before our return to SLO from Seattle by train. What a great, relaxing time. Target rich environment for photography. This book is what got us started: Great Lodges of the National Parks.  All 1372 photos are here.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight from SLO to Klamath Falls.

Oregon Caves

At the Oregon Caves Chateau.

The Chateau at the Oregon Caves

Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood.

On Mt Hood (took the ski lift up).

Timberline Lodge.

Mt Hood from Trillium Lake.

Paradise Inn at Mt Rainier.

Lens cloud (right) above the Tatoosh Range with Mt Rainier on the left.

Carter Falls at Mt Rainier.

Christine Falls


One afternoon and evening along Seattle's waterfront.

Return on the Starlight from Seattle.