Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Crossmans

Some sad news for us as our cat Salem passed on after 18 years. We got him as a kitten shortly after we married.

We wish you and yours a happy holiday season including whichever holiday is your preference. Here are some of the comings and goings that kept us busy in 2013.

Riley:

Favorite Far-Off Places:
Disneyland, always. Played with the American High Marching Band in Anaheim, Santa Cruz, Napa, Fairfield, San Jose State Football Halftime, and parades in Newark, Niles, and Oakland. Exploring the shore in Half Moon Bay.

Favorite Movies / TV:
Doctor Who, Catching Fire

Favorite Music:
Appalachian Spring Field Show with the Marching Band. Legend of Zelda Music at Davies Symphony Hall. Old favorites including No Doubt.

Favorite Hobbies:
Lots of reading. Likes to watch YouTube videos on computer. Hanging with Owen the cat and Maya the dog.

Cool Gadgets:
Xbox 360, iPhone 5, Saxophone

Highlights:
Switched from Clarinet to Saxophone in the Marching Band. Went to Boy Scout Camp Wente. Played the National Anthem with the Marching Band at an Oakland Athletics game. Played tour guide for his band buddies when they visited Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Attended two weeks of Band Camp before school started in August. Our cat Matilda chased a turkey. Visited Medieval Times.

Quinn:

Favorite Far-Off Places:
Disneyland especially California Screamin’ coaster. Enjoyed traveling to Utah in the RV with grandparents. The Exploratorium. Mercer Caverns.

Favorite Movies / TV:
Catching Fire, Frozen, World War Z, Walking Dead, Regular Show, Adventure Time

Favorite Music:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Started taking drum lessons and enjoys playing to Weezer and The Beatles.

Favorite Hobbies:
Hanging with friends. Lots of time drawing including characters and animals and scenes from video games. Nerf guns and Lego. Playing lots of Xbox though has gone back to the Wii more lately. Plays Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Cool Gadgets:
Xbox 360, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, electronic drum set

Highlights:
Taking care of Cookie the hamster. Played baseball in the spring, hitting better than last season and making several spectacular plays in right field. Team won more games and Quinn got to pitch a couple times. He says he doesn’t want to play next year but you can watch highlights of his final game on YouTube. Received Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts. Visited the Wax Museum in SF and had a chocolate soda at Ghirardelli Square.

Julie:

Favorite Far-Off Places:
Switzerland! I especially loved Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn. I also quite enjoyed the windmills in Holland, and walking and walking and walking in Amsterdam. I spent my birthday at Disneyland too!!

Favorite Movies / TV:
Catching Fire, Frozen, We’re the Millers, Identity Thief, Amazing Race, Survivor, Good Luck Charlie, HGTV and TLC.

Favorite Music:
Still: U2, Katy Perry, Pink (I saw her live twice this year!), Fun. and my XM radio.

Favorite Hobbies:
Facebook, jewelry making, crafts, sewing, oh and Pinterest!

Cool Gadgets:
iPhone and iPad. My Fitbit.

Highlights:
Attending LOTS of Marching Band activities with Riley-It is so much fun, and attending the A’s game, when the band played the National Anthem! Riley’s playing saxophone this year. Watching Quinn play baseball, for the last season?. He’s now learning to play the drums, and that is really fun! He’s actually quite good. Watching LOTS of Giants baseball, on TV and at AT&T Park. Hanging out with friends. Shopping. Four trips to Disneyland this year, and all were great fun. I am also enjoying my very adorable 1st and 2nd graders. I’m teaching a combo this year and while it was a lot of work at the beginning of the year, it’s great fun now (and a little easier too). Oh and concerts: Pink, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and a fun mix concert which included Howard Jones, Information Society, and Men Without Hats. It’s been a very fun year!!

Kevin:

Favorite Far-Off Places:
Loved visiting Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italian Alps. Dream come true to visit charming Zermatt and seeing the real Matterhorn. Beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley (like Yosemite) and picturesque Berne. St. Moritz was calm and peaceful. Enjoyed people watching at jazz fest in Montreaux. Lovely windmills and “interesting culture” in Amsterdam. Enjoyed the Heineken Experience. Visited Walt’s Apartment at Disneyland. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Resort, always.

Favorite Movies / TV / Podcasts:
Gravity, The Internship, This is The End, We’re the Millers, Identity Thief. Big Bang Theory, Survivor, Mad Men, HBO/SHO series, The Talk Show, Hardcore History, WTF Podcast

Favorite Music:
Best Album: Pagan Rites by Ixtahuele (exotica tiki music). Best Song: “Axis” by Pet Shop Boys. Franz Ferdinand. Concerts this year: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Howard Jones, Information Society, Men without Hats (it was a Synth Summer!)

Favorite Hobbies:
The Frat Pack Tribute website. Appeared on DisDads Podcast several times.

Cool Gadgets:
iPhone 5s (space gray, naked)

Highlights:
Enterprise Community Manager at Juniper Networks. Watching the SF Giants and attending several games. Saw a coyote. Played dodgeball at work. Discovering a cool new restaurant in Niles – The Vine. Watched Vintage Base Ball game.

Best of 2013 Photo Set

Best of 2013 European Vacation

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