Christmas 2016 Old Ranch Santa Brunch

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart

Off To See Santa (12/11/2016) At Old Ranch Country Club

We arrived just at 11:00 and got to see the snow in its pristine condition, before the varmints tore it up! We had a delightful meal, visited with Amy and Joe and watched Alex and Charlie get all excited about Christmas.  They met Santa, got their faces/arms painted! Charlie had his arm painted with light bulbs and then proceeded to put his arm on his forehead... He looked funny all lit up!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
We went farther north than we expected!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
This was just for sledding...

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Shall we eat or see Santa first?? It's rock-paper-scissors to the rescue

Did You Know? - Rock-paper-scissors is a zero-sum hand game usually played between two people, in which each player simultaneously forms one of three shapes with an outstretched hand.

These shapes are "rock" (✊ a simple fist), "paper" (✋ a flat hand), and "scissors" (✌️ a fist with the index and middle fingers together forming a V). The game has only three possible outcomes other than a tie: a player who decides to play rock will beat another player who has chosen scissors ("rock crushes scissors") but will lose to one who has played paper ("paper covers rock"); a play of paper will lose to a play of scissors ("scissors cut paper").

If both players choose the same shape, the game is tied and is usually immediately replayed to break the tie. Other names for the game in the English-speaking world include roshambo and other orderings of the three items, sometimes with "rock" being called "stone".

The game is often used as a choosing method in a way similar to coin flipping, drawing straws, or throwing dice. Unlike truly random selection methods, however, rock–paper–scissors can be played with a degree of skill by recognizing and exploiting non-random behavior in opponents.

The first known mention of the game was in the book Wuzazu (zh) (traditional Chinese: 五雜組; simplified Chinese: 五杂组) by the Chinese Ming-dynasty writer Xie Zhaozhi (zh) (traditional Chinese: 謝肇淛; simplified Chinese: 谢肇淛; fl. ca. 1600), who wrote that the game dated back to the time of the Chinese Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
"Good job boys!"

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
"We are off to see Santa!  But first, we need a funny face"


One funny face coming up!


"My turn!"


"Have you guys been good???"


All painted up!


"This is Frosty's baby picture"


"Boys will be boys!"


"A little of this... A little of that"


Decisions Decisons


Masterpieces


All smiles... What are they up to?


Up and down... Left and right...


"We can figure this out!"


"Let's look goofy!"


"Let's try the Ninja Turtle Look!"



Now we are getting really scary!


Mom... Dad... Do we have to be serious?

 

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Look into the crystal ball

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Amazingly enough.... The tree is real!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Jose' manned the Bloody Mary Bar

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Paul is so old he can have dessert first

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Mac & Cheese add-ons... Excellent choices

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Roasted pumpkin and butternut squash soup!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Eggs, sausage, bacon, ham - All health food

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
We stayed away from this table... Sort of

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016 Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016 Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Fiona clings to every word!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Awe

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Perfect California winter day!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
Just relaxing... A good thing to do during the holidays!

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
"There's Alex and Charlie... Hope Santa is still OK"

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
"I am going to win the funny face contest"

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016


We get the story of the forearm to the head...


Merry Christmas... We are missing the Vallari's!


"Well... It's about time to go home... I ned my nap!"


"Nap??? Did someone say Nap?"

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016
The snow was right outside the front door

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016

Enjoying the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with the Liles' family 12/11/2016