Hey, it’s, uh, 2009!

Maybe too late for Christmas, but still in time for New Year’s. Sorta. Hey, I’m a busy guy.
Pix in the Gallery, as per usual.
We are still finding places to stash the fresh load of kid stuff, but really, the kids seem not to mind having their new toys within easy reach of the dinner table. Since the arrival of Torterra in a pack of Leaf Pokémon, I have lost approximately all of my battles with Andrew. Clearly I’m going to have to start spending my allowance on Pokémon cards.
Maggie really likes her new kitchen set. I got a full ration of hassle about gender stereotyping from a colleague, and perhaps rightfully so. But seriously, the girl likes to play with kitchen stuff, and I’d much rather she have her own set than to have to retrieve my pots and spoons from under the couch so I can cook dinner. It’s a win-win, folks.
Optimism seems to be in short supply these days, so rather than wishing you the sun, moon and stars, I’ll just say this: here’s to a 2009 that doesn’t totally suck. For any of us.