We’ve been Christmas-ing and Vacationing since a week before Thanksgiving, so it’s been crazy. I’ll do a quick overview to catch up.
The week of Thanksgiving we had off from school, so we kicked it off by going to the “tree” lighting in Beverly Hills. Where else does Santa arrive by rappelling down the side of a fancy hotel before the ice skating, singing, fireworks show to countdown to light the Baccarat Crystal chandeliers that line Rodeo Drive? Where you stand by Mel Gibson (shirt unbuttoned and gold chained) and Dawson? Which was all very funny and a bit cheesy, but since it ended with snowfall and then the kids tossing up the “snow” in the air and playing for ages, it made for a memorable night.
Here you can see them throwing it in the air.
We also took advantage of the decked streets to take a few pictures.
And I took some end of year pictures of the kids with Daddy.
Both of ‘em!
Then that week we had playdates, and Daddy day at the car show (kids were in heaven for this yearly excursion) and Thanksgiving (for which I have zero pictures, but it was a lovely day where we took and bike and hike and then had friends over for a low key dinner and cricket catching party, because we have a cricket farm in the back yard and the friend we had to diner has lizards… of course!). Then early the next morning we headed for a weekend in La Jolla! I’m going to insert a quick slide show filled with pictures of us on our rooftop breakfast and at the cove playing. It was a gorgeous 80 degree weekend and it’s our favorite family getaway.
Then! We got home and got up to go to the opera. I thought the kids would maybe last halfway through, with me bribing them with treats to make it to intermission. But it turns out that they loved it (Florencia en el Amazonas), and we stayed for the whole thing AND went to the kids post show where we played with props, learned about butterflies in the Amazon, had snacks and even met the stars of the opera. Molly was second in line to meet the star of the opera and she was so shy and delighted to have her sign her program.
But she was too shy to pose for a picture with her. Not Jacob, who charmed the diva completely.
Then the week as school flew by, and we were ready to take another long weekend – for work! I was invited to La Costa to judge a gingerbread contest, so we decided to make a weekend of it and use the spa as a jumping off spot to surprise the kids with a trip to Legoland. They had a wonderful time feeling very important at the gingerbread judging, ceremony, and then just a blast taking over the place and playing tennis, swimming in as many pools as they could (I think we made it to three pools, one splash pad and two jacuzzis in their quest to try them all…) and making s’mores to watch the truly terrible and fun Peter Pan from our hotel beds. I think they didn’t want to leave, but once we got to Legoland, all else was forgotten.
Too many pics to do anything but another slideshow:
We got home last Saturday night quite late and had a birthday party Sunday morning then went tree getting Sunday night. Because we had a ton to do this week to get ready for our cookie party, which is tomorrow. Oh, we also snuck Disney on Ice in this week. And today we took a baking break to see the LA Ballet’s Nutcracker with Mol’s Girl Scout troop. That was fantastic, and worth the fact that we had to stay up a bit late to get our gingerbread house decorated AND watch the beginning of The Sound of Music, which we’d been planning on all week. Whew! But I had to catch up before I take pics of the kids and all their friends tomorrow. And their awesome gingerbread house that they decorated themselves – not to mention the rice krispy tree they made… So, last pics are with the Nutcracker today:
Happy Holidays! We will try and post sooner, but our next update may be a Hanukkah/Christmas post…
(WordPress is playing with formatting, so I can’t publish pics bigger, but you can always click on them to see them larger. And I’m trying out the embedded slideshow…)