Friday, January 05, 2007

Christmas in California

As I mentioned in my itinerary, I had Christmas in California. It was a wonderful week! This year I was more than happy to trade a white Christmas for a green, sunny one. :) We (Ted, Chrissie and myself) spent the week with John and Maria (my brother and his wife), who live outside of LA, in the suburb of Burbank. (My parents were in Zambia, and Shirley-Anne and Bwalya were in Japan.)

Here are some pictures (with a bonus at the end) of our Californian Christmas. (Click for full size.) Enjoy!

At John & Maria's table, where we enjoyed many happy meals. (I realize I look like a bit of a half-wit. ;))



This is a panoramic picture of Burbank, taken and spliced by John.



Chrissie and me in a tree at the sea-shore in Santa Barbara.



Ted had difficulty climbing the tree. ;)



Eating our favourite food: Indian!



John and Maria live just around the corner from Hollywood. I'm glad they don't live *in* Hollywood, because Hollywood, in my opinion, is not a very nice place. It is run-down with many decrepit and low-moral stores, and the prominent religion seems to be Scientology.



This is the Chinese theatre in Hollywood, in front of which are the hand and foot imprints and autographs of many Hollywood "stars" preserved in cement.



This are Arnold Schwarzenegger's imprints. Wow, a perfect fit!



Ted always pretends to be taller than me in pictures. :)



Here we are at Universal Studios, where many films have been made. Universal Studios is just 20 minutes from John & Maria's place, and we got half-off tickets. :) In this picture we are saving John from the "Jaws" shark!



John insisted on taking this picture with Shrek. We had to line and up everything. Okay... we all wanted to do it, :) and I couldn't resist patting Shrek on the shoulder.



Here we are--Ted, Chrissie and myself--about to experience the "Terminator II" ride. We are still wearing our ponchos from the previous (wet) ride and are too cold to take them off.



Taking the tour of some of the Universal Studios film sets.



This is part of the set of "War of the Worlds", starring Tom Cruise. See another part of this set in the picture above.



Christmas morning. A most unflattering picture, but what is family for? :)



Finally, click the video below to hear Ted and Chrissie perform a beautiful duet. ;)

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APRIL


MAY

30 Thu | TEB poss. staying over
31 Fri 10am online MI b. mtg

JUNE

12 Wed 12noon flight to Houston, TX
12-16 Wed-Sun time in Houston
15 Sat Prayer Journey - Houston
16 Sun flight to Arkansas
16-21 Sun-Fri downtime in Arkansas
21 Fri flight to Toronto
23 Sun eve flight to Manila
25 special event w/ ~J
25-30 Sun-Sun Lausanne Marketplace Forum - Manila

JULY
1 Mon Canada Day - likely lunch w/ J/BA+
2 Tue (1) 6:30pm dinner (Pstr Nono), (2) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
4 Thu 8am - med. appt: stress echo
5 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Balsom Lake
8 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 12:30pm detailing
27 Sat (1) 1pm wedding (NA+) - Etobicoke, (2) 5:30pm wedding (C/C) - Kleinburg, ON

AUGUST onwards
Aug 12-16: Kids Kapers camp
Sep 13: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Oct 18 (or 25): poss. CCWM board mtg
(Oct 4-6: BAM conf - Silicon Valley, USA)
(Oct 22-25: poss. conf - Edmonton)
Nov 1-2: poss. Nepal prayer b'fast w/ TH
Nov 22: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
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