Visited the Orange County Regional History Center

Meg and I visited the Orange County Regional History Center. It was a good visit–lots of great history stuff featuring the native people of Florida, the native cultures in the present, the history of agriculture and commerce in the area, and of course, our state’s kinda embarrassing racist history (and present).

But I got to sit in a spaceship and that was cool.

Spaceship Gal

Drinking and Drawing at home

I usually go to my monthly Drink and Draw art club over at Café Hey, but today I got to have some drinking  and drawing in my own home!

My sister got me Jam Jar wine for my holiday gift because I joked that I wanted to celebrate something with Manischewitz wine (the yummy juice-like wine I grew up with at family rituals), and my sister asked if she can please get me a wine that’s not Manischewitz. So I tried it.

Verdict: Pretty yum.

The drawing part was with the assistance of my family. Cutiepie Ash got to lie down on the paper and get a trace of his body he could color. Daddy and Mommy (my brother-in-law and sister) did it too. I just drew comics.

And we also played some kind of game driving some kind of vehicle represented by pillows. It was really fun.

A New Year’s (Newish) Tradition: Breakfast for Dinner!

It’s so much fun to have breakfast for dinner in the new year. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I love having my family over as a New Year’s tradition so I can spoil them with my favorite foods.

Here we’re having quiche, pancakes, tater tots, and banana muffins, all homemade except the frozen tater tots! We have cheese, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, various syrups (lite syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, honey), and various toppings and condiments (chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, ketchup) for adding to our food. So good!

New Year’s Eve 2018

We had a lovely New Year’s Eve at Mom’s. I went over to her house where my sister Patricia, brother-in-law Yusuke, and nephew Ash were staying, and we all lit sparklers, ate ice cream, roasted marshmallows, and played Uno together. We watched the ball drop and talked a little about resolutions!

Sparklers with Ash

My sparkler

Ash with sparklers

Ash with sparklers

Ash’s New Year’s ice cream

Mom’s New Year’s ice cream

Yusuke’s New Year’s ice cream

My New Year’s ice cream

Patricia’s New Year’s ice cream

Roasting vegan marshmallows

A family game of Uno

Christmas 2018

Christmas Day happened at my mom’s house this year! Sister Patricia, brother-in-law Yusuke, and nephew Ash were staying with Mom. Sister Lindsay and brother-in-law Mike drove in to visit, and I brought friends Victor and Jeaux. Later Lindsay and Mike’s friend Ryan and Mom’s roomie David joined us.

We made cookies, had dinner, and opened gifts!

Frosted Yule Log

Sprinkled Yule Log

Cookie-Making

Working on Gingerbread house!

Completed Gingerbread House!

Decorated Cookies

Group Opening Gifts

Ash decorating cookies

Ash’s cookies

Jeaux and Victor making cookies

Yusuke & Patricia documenting Christmas

Yusuke & Patricia’s Gifts

Ash enjoys gifts

Jeaux building Legos with Ash

Desserts: Cookies & Yule Log Cake

Ash enjoys a ninjabread cookie (It’s a gingerbread man shaped like a ninja)

I’m enjoying Ash’s enjoyment.

My Steven Universe sweater

My Steven Universe cap

My other Steven Universe cap

Peridot socks my friend Kari made me!