Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Christmas in California

I've written about the things we did while in California, but I haven't written about the real reason we were in California. And of course that was really to spend time with family and friends. I did wind up going to a holiday party, and a lunch or two with friends, but the main highlight was celebrating Christmas with my family.
Christmas Presents
This is my brother, mom, grandmother, me, the boy, and my dad and grandfather in the front row. We went over to my grandparents' house in the in the morning and had appetizers while we opened presents. We all spent the day together and then then later had dinner which my grandmother made.
My Plate
Dinner was prime rib, green beans, mashed potatoes, and one of my favorite salads. If I remember correctly there's squash, dried cranberries, and a lot of parmesan. Everything was really good, but I especially love that salad.

There was homemade dessert too, of course!
A cranberry cake that wound up having almost a candy crust on top. And yes, I did cover my slice with whipped cream!

Since I'm always curious seeing what everyone received as presents, I figured everyone would enjoy seeing it as well.
Christmas Presents
My grandparents bought me a new box of See's lollipops (good thing because I was running low!). And yes, that is a Drew Brees Saints jersey that the boy bought me.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to stay in California for ever and wound up having to fly home the day after Christmas. But not before taking a few family photos in the backyard. Here's one with my parents and younger brother,
Family in the backyard

and a second shot of just me and the boy.
Beau & me in the backyard

It was great being able to spent some time back at home. I love being home in California and wish I could be there more often. Unfortunately its a little hard to visit from Louisiana often. Otherwise I'd be home a lot more often. But whenever anyone creates some sort of instant travel machine I'll be back there for more often!



  1. Fun! Thanks for sharing photos! I am envious of that lemon tree you are standing next to. I assume it's on your parents' property? My best friend has a lemon tree on their property in Arizona - they are so lucky!! I usually visit in Feb and take some home w/ me, but it would be wonderful to have basically an unlimited supply when they are in season!

  2. What a great trip! I love seeing all your pictures! :)

  3. Love the pictures! I really want to go to CA but the boy isn't a big CA fan even though one of his best friends now lives there! Arg... I'm dragging him there eventually!

    That lemon tree is awesome!

  4. Taylor Swift CD..wooo!!

    Looks like you had fun in CA.

  5. Aww that's totally my new fav pic of you and the boy! LOVE IT!

    It's SO nice to go home when you live far away, hey!? I wish I could go home all the time, too!!! I'm so glad you got to spend Christmas with your family :)

  6. I want a lemon tree!

    Looks like you had a fabulous trip. Great Pictures!

  7. I'm glad you had fun with your family. That's always the best~ just seeing family. Looks like you got some good stuff and had some great food.

  8. It looks like you had a wonderful time at home. That food looks great and your presents look awesome!! Glad you had a wonderful time!

  9. Looks like so much fun!!! It is hard when family lives far away... We really should start working on that instant travel machine (plus we wouldn't have to pay for expensive plane tickets!!)

  10. That prime rib looks heavenly! Makes me want the holidays back right now!

  11. Hello! Nice idea, but will this really work?