Happy new year, all!
Are you back in the swing of your usual weekly routine after Christmas? My three kids returned to school on Wednesday so I’m back in the thick of it. Except (shh) I still haven’t yet taken down the holiday decorations…
The good about our usual weekly routine: quiet hours in which to work. The bad: very early mornings and having to badger my kids into doing their homework at night.
I LOVED our Christmas vacation days. Thus, I thought I’d take a fond look back at the trip we took to southern California to visit my mom and dad, my sister, and my sister’s family.
The minute we arrived my 6 year old asked my dad if she could make homemade lemonade. My parents have a lemon tree, an orange tree, and a simple circa 1980s juicer. All ten of their grandchildren have come to love making and drinking fresh orange juice or lemonade.
My hometown of Riverside is just a 45 minute drive from Anaheim. So, on the 23rd, we took our kids to Disneyland.
Christmas morning, my kids waited in the same hallway I once waited in on Christmas mornings while the adults got a fire going in the fireplace, plugged in the Christmas tree lights, and turned on the music. Once we were ready, they rushed into the living room and went straight for their stockings.
After Christmas, we spent a few days relaxing in Palm Springs. Palm Springs is known for its golf courses, hotels, and mid-century modern architecture. It enjoys some of the sunniest, mildest weather anywhere in America. In December and January average daily highs hover in the high 60s and low 70s. Rain? What rain? It’s located in the desert.
On the night before we returned to Dallas, a friendly passing lady snapped this group shot for us. Later, when my sister and I checked the photo, we saw that the friendly passing lady had cut off my sister’s husband. Do you see a tiny bit of him, over on the far right? Ha!
Did you travel or stay home for Christmas this year?
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