Monday, December 22, 2008

'Twas the Sunday Before Christmas

to Jason Johnson's
University of Arizona Wildcats!

"J Twice's" alma mater not only was in their first bowl game Saturday night since 1998 when he was a freshman, they won it!

His 8-5 Wildcats defeated the 10-3 BYU Cougars by a score of 31-21 in the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl.

Post game celebration as the U of A receives their bowl championship trophy!

Arizona's QB, Willie Tuitama, was named the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl MVP for his 325 passing yards, 2 TD passes and 1 TD run.

Meanwhile, back in sleepy Ventura County, California...

All of my friends who still teach, as well as our son Mike and his fiancee Vanessa who are both doing graduate work at California Lutheran University, are officially on Winter or Christmas Break depending on your degree of political correctness

A Contreras Family Tradition,
"The Sunday Morning Pancake Flip and Catch"

One Sunday morning several years ago when our two sons were quite little, I was making them pancakes for breakfast and decided to test their skills by positioning them by our refrigerator with an empty plate to see if they could each catch a pancake that I flipped to them out of the pan.

Here you see Michael extending his personal record of 27 straight years without dropping a single pancake.

WARNING:  Mike is a trained professional and this dangerous stunt should NOT be tried in your homes!  

A Small Holiday Get Together
From left to right: Laurie Contreras, Helen Fujita, Katie Nielsen and Koreen FitzGerald

As is happening all over the world at this time, families and friends are joining to share friendship and cheer during the holidays.

Tonight we had a reunion dinner of the four couples who took a three week trip in 2006 to Europe by first visiting Venice, then cruising the Mediterranean Sea before finishing with a few days in Rome.

I failed to get a picture of the four husbands, but really, we are not much to look at when you get right down to it! The missing besides myself are Rod Fujita, Chris Nielsen and Brian FitzGerald.

Rod made the delicious fish you see here. 

Chris made the outstanding BBQ Tri-Tip Beef you see here.

The FitzGeralds were in charge of the salads and we brought dessert... Good Times INDEED!

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