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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snippets from Cali!

There. Did you catch them all? All the food, all the fun with friends and family? It was epic. And yes, we also have Chinese food at our Thanksgiving. It's delicious and a tradition!

I've been writing like a mad scientist (a mad scientist who needs grant money and needs to publish papers, lol), so my pics from last week in California got somewhat backlogged.

In between bouts of writing (luckily my family goes to sleep earlier and wakes up later than I do), I had a jolly good time with people near and dear to me.

On Monday last week, my family headed up to Geyserville (where Ev and I got married). We specifically made a trip to Meeker winery. It's one of our favorite wineries and we had a lot of their wine at our wedding. Here I am with my mom and her mom (my grandma).

Their tasting room is in an old bank, and they actually keep all the wine in the big vault!

What the heck am I pointing at? I think I was just pointing for the sake of pointing :/

Wine tasting OOTD Specs
Calvin Klein red zip-up dress ($50)
Martin & Osa black seamless core turtleneck sz L/XL ($8 sale)
Xhilaration raspberry pumps (thrifted NWT $7)
Black tights ($8)

Later in the week, my fam exchanged some early Christmas gifts since Ev and I will be spending xmas with his family this year. My bro got this African mask from my Auntie and cousin. I proceeded to act normally with the mask. *ahem*

Ooh and look, I had heard there was a field game cardi look-a-like at TJ Maxx on various blogs, but I hadn't had a chance to visit one. There is one near my parent's house, and I found this one on sale for $20. My mom said I looked like a candy cane.

Ev also finally opened up his Kinect that work gave him. The whole family had fun playing with it. My favorite moment of Thanksgiving weekend was seeing my 90-year-old grandmother elated to play virtual ping pong on the Kinect. Priceless. I want to be like her when I'm 90.

And finally, my favorite pic of the week. You might be able to tell which side of the family I got my silliness from...

This blue and beige dress was my Thanksgiving outfit. It's a BCBG Paris dress I got at the outlets near my cousin's UC Davis wedding (I think it was about $50). It's got a great poofy skirt, a vintage vibe, and pockets!


vintageglam1234 said...

aww, how adorable is your gran playing kinect (is that similar to wii?)! She makes me smile :-)
You all look so happy in the photos and that last photo where you're putting on your best funny faces - priceless! You got your silliness from your father's side, right??!
Cute outfits too! Loving those red shoes - they look great.

SRP said...

sounds like you have a fantastic holiday! I absolutely LOVE that last picture, that one's worth framing!

Jamie - Thrifty Threads said...

Love all these pictures -- it looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful time together. And I'm very impressed by the FG lookalike! I found one at Macy's for $28...which was still a good deal, but you know I'm always looking for the BEST deal : )

The video game shots are priceless -- those are my faves of this bunch!

LilMissSeamstress said...

How cute your granny looks! Looks like you had such blessed time with your family!

Cindi said...

You guys are sooo cute playing kinect! I love it. And the food looks great. I see cucumbers too on your table! :) Welcome back to the rain.

Matt said...

Looks like an amazing trip!! And that's pretty cool about the bank vault and the wine! I adore the shoes in your wine tasting outfit too! The kinect pictures are really fun as well! It sounds like a wonderful visit!! :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

I love the mask picture! Too funny!

Inkmark said...

Ah, I love your 90 year old grandma playing ping pong picture. We got a playstation Move and it was fun to watch my hubby (who is a fairly good pingpong player) lose the ps3 pingpong game! haha

Jess said...

Lori, your family pictures are priceless and look like so much fun. The kinect ones make me laugh in a goo way too! And food pictures! Love food pictures :)

Laura said...

Your fav Winery sounds like a great time. I could use me some wine right now. Virtual Ping Pong? What will they think of next? Love how you put together these fabulous family montages. You definately get the silliness gene from all sides. I still adore those red pumps.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

You are such a fashionista. And I love all the pictures. These pictures are so vibrant and so full of life. What camera are you using? =)

Lori said...

@vintageglammz the kinect is kinda like a wii except you don't have to hold any controller. Your body is the controller. It works by using three cameras to track your body movement. I def got my silliness from my daddy! YAY daddy!!

@Jamie $28 is still a great deal! Plus, I love the blue colorway you got!

@ChinkyGirLMel these pics are mostly taken with a Canon Rebel XT with a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash and a Sigma 17-70 mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens

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