December 23, 2011

Merry Catsmas and a Viking New Year!

What's better than a surly cat with eye-herpes?







A surly cat with eye-herpes...and a Christmas sweater!


If cats could talk, I would love to hear what they would be saying to each other right now:


Oh no! The Christmas sweater is contagious!


And now, lest I make people think this is a cat-blog, here's a video by Viking (Keene's band) to get you in the goddamn Christmas spirit:


(Bonus points if you spotted a Halo grunt in the train shots.)

If that doesn't get you ready for some holiday cheer, I'm afraid nothing will.

December 14, 2011

Maia Does DIA.

No commentary necessary...just watch the hilarious video Keene made:



Okay, a little commentary: this is how one can expect a Keene to act at the airport.

Not shown: Elder Keene high-fiving strangers and being asked to "please stop filming in the airport for security reasons."

December 4, 2011

And so this is Christmas...

We finally bit the bullet and decorated for Christmas. We actually negotiated our way out of celebrating Halloween at the same time. See, we've had pumpkins on our kitchen counter, waiting to carved, ever since October. The kids--poor, deprived children they are--kept asking when we could carve pumpkins. We kept putting it off and putting it off, until it was no longer Halloween. And after that, it was just hard to get the motivation to carve Thanksgiving pumpkins. Then that passed. And now we were being pressured to carve Christmas pumpkins.

Finally, we made a deal with the kids: if you just forget about pumpkins for the rest of the year, we'll put up the tree right away. They agreed, but only on the condition that we chopped up the pumpkins to make pumpkin pie. That I can get on board with.

So, now that Halloween was officially out of the picture, we put up the tree and Christmas village.


Our village even includes a ferocious, black Yeti-kitty:


And a train. That nearly ran over yeti-kitty's tail with each loop:




In keeping with our family tradition, we also went to the Parade of Lights. We didn't take pictures of any floats. Because, well, the floats are usually the same each year. So I'll just link to a Parade of Lights of yore.*


Squish together for warmth!



(*Okay, it looks like I've never actually posted the pictures of the parade. I'll make a separate post for that. Sometime. Meanwhile, I found this post from 2007. Interestingly enough, that coat Kayden is wearing in that post is the same one he was still wearing up until about three days ago. He had been complaining about that coat getting too tight. I thought, "That's weird...I only got it like last year." Never mind. It was more like four years ago. Boy, how time flies when you're a coat. Anyhow, he got a new coat, so all is good.)