Moritz Life

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


happy new year!

Happy new year!

-Andrew Moritz

Monday, December 27, 2004


Bulldogs Win!!!

If you didn't watch the MPC Computers Bowl, you will be happy to find out that the Fresno State Bulldogs were victorious over the formerly 18th ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a stunning come from behind win in the first over time. The score was 37-34 for the Bulldogs after being down 21-7 earlier in the game.

Go Bulldogs!!!


Fresno State Bulldogs Football

In case you haven't heard the news, the Fresno State Bulldogs Football team has made it to a bowl game for a sixth consecutive year. This is the longest active bowl streak in the western United States! Bowl games, for those of you who don't follow College Football, are basically the playoffs for College Football.

Today marks Fresno States Bowl game, at the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Fresno State is playing No. 18 Virginia at 11:00am Pacific (2:00pm Eastern). All those who have access to ESPN, I definitely recommned watching the game, and if not, you are more than welcome to go to and click on the gametracker for the game, to watch live stats on your computer.

Go Bulldogs!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day 2004



Many people know that a tradition in our family is the annual "Risk" game. This year's winner: Jonathan!


Christmas Day has Arrived

We've had a wonderful day so far. We slept till 8 and got up to see all the goodies Santa Claus had left in our stockings by the fire. Of course we had a blazing fire to stay snug and warm and then a delicious breakfast casserole. Jonathan is in charge of making the turkey, stuffing and gravy this year (although I had to give a lot of instructions to him). We're getting ready to play our annual Risk game, even though Lloyd doesn't like it when we get rid of his armies early in the game. Turkey will be ready about 4 pm and if any of you can make it, we'd love to have you join us! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your families and friends.

Friday, December 24, 2004


Christmas Eve in California

Starting late, because Jonathan worked until 8pm, we had a quiet and enjoyable evening together as a family.

Each year we incorporate Christmas customs and traditions from another country/region. This year's choice was the American Southwest (i.e. Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma), so for dinner we had a very tasty meal based around fajitas.

After our late dinner we practiced our own German-based tradition of opening gifts. And then off to bed to wait for Santa's coming!





Christmas time is here again!

My favorite time of the year is upon us again. It just feels different though, because there is no snow. Of course, the fog helps, but it just isn't the same. I guess I will have to take a quick trip up to the mountains this winter some time to see some snow. But when it all comes down to it, the general feeling of the season prevails, and it makes me happy!

Now that that is off my chest, I want to wish everyone a wonderfully happy and merry Christmas, a fun boxing day, and a cheerful New Years.

Thursday, December 23, 2004


It's cold here!

I know most of you will say we're just soft, but our weather has been cold the last few weeks. Many people believe that California is the land of surf and sun, and that the weather here is consistently idyllic. Wrong. Sure, southern California has nice weather, but California is a big state (in fact there are parts of northern California that are further north than the most southern point in Canada!). We're in the middle - in Central California - and we get four distinct seasons. OK, "summer" is the longest, and "winter" is the shortest but we do get a taste of winter. We live in the San Joaquin valley surrounded by mountains on almost all sides, which puts us right in the middle of a big "bowl". In winter we get lots of fog because of the stagnant cool air mixing with the moisture. In the last week we have been overcast most days, with fog throughout the day on a few occasions. While we almost never get snow in Hanford, it can feel like winter with everything so white because of the fog. The addition of COLD weather affirms our sensations. How cold is it? Today we hit a high of 40F (5C), and it should freeze tonight at 30F (-1C). Don't you feel sorry for us?


Thanks for your patience

If you are reading this, you have obviously checked out our new web-site. The last two weeks have been "crazy", preventing us from meeting the deadlines we promoted in our Christmas Card mailings. We have faced three challenges: 1) We have been just plain busy. 2) One of our computers went down diverting our attention. And, 3) we had some technical issues integrating our blog into our web-site. Please bear with us over the next few weeks as we work out bugs, and expand our features. Our goal is to allow the important people in our lives an opportunity to keep in closer contact with us.


Only 2 Days 'til Christmas!

The countdown is on. Andrew has been asking daily if we can open presents in the morning instead of Christmas Eve. Of course he means the morning of Christmas Eve not Christmas morning. But if he keeps on bugging us, maybe we will save all of his presents till Christmas morning! You'd think he was 6 instead of 16!

We are celebrating "Christmas in the American SouthWest" and will be enjoying Fajitas with homemade guacamole and salsa, jalapeno corn bread along with a traditional zucchini and corn with cheese casserole. For desert we will eat the traditional Pecan Pie. Sounds good!

Today we are going to shop in Fresno for the final few gifts we have yet to buy and to pick up a few groceries at Whole Foods Market. There is a dense fog advisory until 10 am, but we're getting used to driving in the fog.

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas. May you enjoy being with your family and pray for those who won't be able to be with theirs. Love to all - Kathy

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Merry Christmas!

This is my first attempt at blogging. I'm looking forward to posting updates of what's happening in our family. I wish you all a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and a New Year filled with all the love that is ours through knowing Him.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004



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