Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Holidays are Here!

In the past 10 days, we've had a lot of events. Most were happy, just one sad. Not to be a downer, but I'll start with our sad goodbye to Josie's very dear friend, LoLo. LoLo was Josie's first friend at her pre-school here in California. LoLo, like the pre-school friends we left behind in Virginia, is a Hugger. We love Huggers! The girls adore each other, so this was a tough one for Josie. LoLo and her parents Ross & Leah will remain close in our hearts as they start their new life in Colorado.

James turned 49 years old on the 21st. As is our tradition, he got to pick his birthday dinner. This year he surprised us with a request for Cream of Crab Soup. I found an excellent recipe on the Old Bay Website and doctored it up a bit (added quite a bit of Sherry and other spices). We served the soup in bowls of sourdough bread. It was VERY filling and really delicious! A crisp green salad went along with the soup and of course, red velvet cake for dessert.

Disneyland switched over from Halloween to Chirstmas decorations in record time. We took Josie to see the Christmas tree on Main Street and then her favorite -"Its a Small World" -all decked out in lights. It took us 45 minutes in line to get on that darn little boat and honestly I had that song as an ear worm for the next 3 days... Torture!!

This year we decided to do a bit of local exploring for Thanksgiving. James' family was unable to make the trip to visit us and my family was gathering at my sister Suzanne's house in Philly. I certainly didn't feel the urge to spend all day cooking for just the four of us, so off we went to San Diego.

We stayed at a Marriott resort on Coronado Island which was really 'old school' but lovely. Josie loved the flamingos and ducks which had free run of the resort. Did you know that flamingos eat bread? I didn't, but found out rather quickly when Josie held a roll in her hand...

We spent Thanksgiving Day visiting the Hotel del Coronado's beachside ice skating rink. It was a bit odd, but fun. The day was sunny with temperatures in the mid 60's. It was Josie's first time on ice skates. Initially, she wasn't too thrilled with the concept but she got more brave with each trip around the rink. In the end she declared that she 'loved' ice skating.

After we took off the skates, we took a walk on the beach. Just writing that is pretty weird, but the experience is what we all deemed "Soooo California"! It really was a great time for all of us.

Being in San Diego was the perfect excuse to resist the urge to hit the 4AM Black Friday sales. Santa is going to be a bit stingy this year... 3 big presents for Maddie. For Josie, well.... We've spent the better part of the month trying to convince her that there was NO WAY Santa's sleigh could carry everything she is wishing for. Our girl does have a lovely heart though... In her letter to Santa Claus she asked him to please bring new toys to the 'poor children'. What a kid :-)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


  1. I think it sounds like a PERFECT holiday weekend!!!!
    I would love to spend next Christmas in Cali enjoying the sun and fun that it offers!!!

  2. What I love about reading my friends' blogs is seeing the different places and celebrations around the country. On a snowy, winter day, it is refreshing to see sunshine, color, and the fun of ice skating in a warm place!

    Love the photos of the girls, and the lights in Disney are so festive.

    Now I'm hearing "It's a Small World" too. :P

    Happy Thanksgiving Michele and family.


  3. Sounds like a great start to this holiday season....we need to get together soon, it's been too long!