We decided to open our gifts from the Seattle Ladd/Quan clan before heading out tomorrow to San Diego. Gavin enjoyed opening his book and shirts. Aliciana got some rubber stamps and a photo holder which she will surely put to good use soon.

I was gifted with a new book “Building Scalable Web Sites” which I have had my eye on for a while. I am looking forward to starting it once I finish “Programming Collective Intelligence“. Yes Jessie, I am quite a geek. Also got a penguin ornament to add to the tree.

Some photos below of Gavin enjoying his first Christmas presents. I got some crappy green lens flares on the last few photos that otherwise look pretty cool. Nick, any idea how I can prevent this suckage in the future? Was it the UV filter I had on the lens? Or was it because I was shooting 800 ISO and the Christmas tree has tons of lights? I really need to get a book on photography… I can’t blame ruining perfect shots on my camera anymore.


  1. Thanks Nick & Jessie. I loved the Christmas ornament you picked out for Gavin. He helped me hang it on the tree. Sorry your gifts haven’t arrived yet, but they will get there eventually if it ever stops snowing in the Pacific Northwest.

    Comment by Aliciana — 12/24/2008 @ 3:00 am

  2. Love the pics! And thanks for posting them so quickly; you guys totally made my Christmas Eve! (We wanted to find matching collared animal shirts for Chris, but alas, they only make shirts like that for kids! Haha.) Merry Christmas, guys! Love from snowy Seattle!

    Comment by Jessie — 12/24/2008 @ 9:03 am

  3. Glad you all like the gifts! Wish we could see you guys for the Holiday. Anyways, Merry Christmas. Give Gavin a hug and kiss for us!

    The lens flare is odd…probably not an ISO issue. Typically a lens hood would help with sun caused lens flare…not sure how you would solve that with the odd tree lighting….anyways, the photos are way cute.

    Comment by Nick — 12/24/2008 @ 2:40 pm