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December 30, 2011


Filed under: Just Everyday,Special Events — Dad @ 3:43 am

The end of 2011 and the end of Celeste and Frederik’s visit. Cezanne was quite sad to see them go, and admitted that she was going to miss them. We took a few photos out back of the family and here are the few that made the cut.


Cezanne swinging. The Steyns, Cruywagens and Lamberts.

Happy New Year ! We hope you all have a wonderful 2012 !

December 28, 2011

Capitola Beach

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 3:31 am

What ? Another trip to the beach ? Do these mid-westerners ever tire of the sunny mild days here in California ? Everyday seems good enough to be called a beach day 🙂

Actually the in-laws ( mother, father and sister ) went “wine tasting” so we had a day to ourselves again and wanted to get out of the house as it was really a beautiful day – mid 60s F in December !! Eat that Chicago !

We first had lunch at a place on the beach and then found a spot on the sand and released the kids. It was already quite late in the day and the sun had started setting so the light was not great for photos, but in a matter of minutes my subjects had given me over 200 images and a couple of real gems ( especially Etienne – coming soon ).

It was really tough for us to tell if Cezanne had a good time, you be the judge 😉




To say this child enjoys the beach, the sand and just being outside would be a major understatement ! I think if she could she’d live on the beach – just don’t give her any ideas, at least not yet !

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Filed under: Special Events — Dad @ 3:20 am

dsc_2103.JPG Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk !

dsc_2121.JPGdsc_2124.JPG A good spread this year !

Thanks to Ouma and Oupa & Aunty Celeste and Uncle Frederik who’s gifts added to the pile.


Cezanne opens gifts and delights in the spoils of Christmas.

Julie (her American Girl Doll) got new shoes (including a pair of ice skates) and a carry case !


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas !

December 17, 2011

Santa at the Firehouse !

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 2:45 am

As luck would have it we ran into Santa (again) at the local firehouse here in Dublin. We walked over to see the jolly fellow and take some photos. Cezanne and Etienne got helmets and badges and were thrilled to see Santa and the fire engines.



Cezanne got to see a boy friend from her class and we got to tease her about it 😉

December 11, 2011

Baker’s Beach Again and San Francisco…

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 2:54 am

Lanelle’s mom & dad arrived to visit at the beginning of December and we decided to take them into the city (San Francisco) and show them the beach and bridge so we returned to Baker’s Beach on a much colder windier day. Cezanne and Etienne love the beach despite the weather and had just as much fun this time round. After some time on the beach we went to get some lunch and bumped into Santa ! What a lucky surprise ! We enjoyed our lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and then went to see the giant Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel. Cezanne got a chance to write Santa another letter and mailed it from the lobby of the Hotel.

Baker’s Beach & Golden Gate Bridge, Cezanne enjoying the sand… 
Cezanne on the beach in December, only in California !! 
Baker’s Beach & Golden Gate Bridge, with Mommy & Etienne 
Santa in San Francisco @ Fisherman’s Wharf – lucky surprise !!
Cezanne and Etienne at the Fairmont in San Francisco
Cezanne writing and then mailing her second letter to Santa

December 10, 2011

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Filed under: Just Everyday,Special Events — Dad @ 2:26 am

It was time for the annual photo shoot for the Christmas card. Armed with lots of patience and very little expectations I got stuck in and just had the kids play and then pose in front of the tree. Lanelle had seen an idea to use blackboards to carry the message and by splitting the message in two it made the job of getting the perfect shot a little easier since only one kid was in the shot at a time – only one set of eyes needed to be looking at the camera – it worked !


Cezanne loves to pose and so her part in all of this was easy.


Merry Merry Christmas 2011


Etienne and Cezanne playing in front of the tree – this play soon led to a fight which I just had to capture and add to the card – enjoy !

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