Elton John (the parrot)

The newest member of the Kamman family is an Eastern Australian Rosella parrot named Elton John. Elton was found when he flew into Jackie’s neighbor’s garage in Folsom and landed on her neighbor’s shoulder. Sol has always wanted to have a parrot, so on Superbowl Sunday we adopted a stray parrot named Elton John. Kelley named him because of his bright “costume” of plumage. Elton is very friendly and enjoys sitting on shoulders and heads, as well as eating earrings and hair. He can now say “bad kitty” and “hey baby”. (“Hey Baby” he already knew when we got him, that was the first thing he said to me!) Plus, Sol taught him how to wolf whistle. He is quite entertaining! The cats are also fascinated by him…they sit under his cage and meow often.


12th night celebration

The last of the holiday celebrations came the first Sunday in January. My mom and dad threw a 12th night celebration dinner to officially close the season- a fun new tradition!

Some info. about the history of 12th night: Any excuse to celebrate, right?

Twelfth Night is a festival in some branches of Christianity marking the coming of the Epiphany and concluding the Twelve Days of Christmas.

It is defined by the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary as “the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking”.[1] However, there is currently some confusion as to which night is Twelfth Night:[2] some count the night of Epiphany itself (sixth of January) to be Twelfth Night.[2] One source of this confusion is the Medieval custom of starting each new day at sunset, so that Twelfth Night precedes Twelfth Day.

A recent tradition in some English-speaking countries holds that it is unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night, a belief originally attached to the festival of Candlemas (2 February).[3]

Central Coast New Years Eve trip

Well, I know this was 2 MONTHS ago now, but I am still catching up on all of the fun Kamman goings-on, so bear with me 🙂

Before we even left Colorado, Sol and I were already plotting our next adventure to maximize our time off for Christmas break. A few days after we returned to California, we left for a central coast New Years Eve trip. We left on New Years eve with a stop in Folsom to see the Desais and meet baby Finn. He is SO tiny and adorable!

That afternoon we drove to the Blakemans chic downtown San Francisco pad for a fun New Years eve celebration. We ate tofu lasagna, drank champagne, played Apples to Apples and skyped with Bianca before heading out on the town. We went to a fun Irish pub and then walked to a party that their neighbor was throwing to ring in the New Year with dancing and more champagne. This is also about when my bout with the stomach flu attacked- but I did not let it ruin my fun! We had a great time ringing in the new year with Casey and Leslie. The next morning we went to breakfast at the diner next door and then headed to Monterey.

In Monterey we stayed with Liz, Martin and baby Sage Suro at their cozy house in Pacific Grove. The New Years day weather was gorgeous, warm and clear, and as soon as we arrived we went immediately to Carmel beach to play. The sea air was intoxicating and it felt so good to be back on our old stomping grounds! That night we had a delicious meal, delicious wine, more games, more giggling and good company at the Suros. The next day we had a leisurely morning and then headed off to do touristy things around Monterey with Liz, and then enjoyed the obligatory bread bowl of wharf clam chowder.  We had a great time seeing friends and visiting places we love, and it was a perfect way to ring in the new year!


So, junior highers are really into innuendo. I have to squash possible “innuendo” situations all the time. The other day I was explaining the guidelines of the assignment and how I wanted them to draw their figures enlarged. I said “you guys like to draw small scale because it’s easy, drawing bigger is harder…which is why I want you to practice drawing bigger.” A girl (innocently in a confused manner) raised her hand to ask “so, smaller is easier and bigger is harder?” The boys in the back were giggling so much, I had to use my best “mean teacher face” on them before I could move on…

The kids are constantly trying to use “that’s what she said,” but it is ALWAYS in the wrong context. I would write a referral, but I don’t think it’s considered dirty if it doesn’t make any sense! I usually just look at them confused and say, “I’m not sure that’s how you use that…”

The student below obviously knew the right context, and had a teacher with less of a sense of humor :).

Congrats Words and Olsens!

I just found out that 2 of my good friends are pregnant!! Julie and Ryan Olsen and big sis Bailie are expecting their second baby, and Dayna and Matt Word are expecting their first. I am so excited for them and can’t wait to meet their new little kiddos! Love you guys, CONGRATS!! We are so happy for you all!

My mom and I were doing the count the other night, between the expecting Witloxes, DeLacys, Goves, Brittons, Doziers, Rands, Olsens and Words, there is going to be a baby we know being born once a month for the next year! Time to stock up on funny gift onesies? Value pack ? 🙂 Who’s going to be next!!?!?