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How I spent my Christmas Vacation

January 2, 2011

When I said I needed a vacation I wasn’t kidding.  We were all three sick, exhausted from Christmas-ing, and ready for a break.  And so we took one.  Here’s what I was up to last week.

eating m&ms

We started out playing with trucks and eating Christmas M&M’s.  And with that kind of a start, you know something good is going to happen, right?  Well, it was good.  It was a long drive with a sick baby, but it was good.

at the beach

The day after Christmas we drove to California so we could do a little beaching  And it was freezing cold and super windy.  Turns out that the massive snowstorm at my house was a huge rain and wind storm in southern California.  But we loved the beach, walking on the completely deserted pier and dipping toes in the frigid Pacific Ocean. Well, not my toes, but you can’t keep Scott’s toes out of that water.

at disneyland

We did a little Disneylanding, and a LOT of It’s a Small Worlding.  We also went to California Adventure, but it wasn’t as much fun as Disneyland.  Something about waiting in line for over 2 hours to buy lunch put a damper on our spirits.  But Disneyland was fantastic, and we stayed all day, rode every ride we wanted to and became experts with the FastPass (the greatest invention since Disneyland opened.)  Creamie took two naps while we were on the go and even though she was still sick, she handled the whole thing like a champ.  We didn’t get to meet any disney characters, but Small World and the Winnie the Pooh ride were big hits with the littles.  My favorite was Space Mountain and The Haunted Mansion all decked out for Christmas.

fashion district

On one rainy morning all the big girls left all the little girls at home so we could do a little shopping.  My goal was the fabric district (another post all on it’s own) in downtown LA, but we also walked through the garment district and got a little sidetracked in the flower district.  A huge thanks to Patti, Stephanie and Catherine for braving the forcasted “drenching rain” so I could see the fabric district.  It was awesome.  This pic is of a crosswalk in the garment district.  Now doesn’t that make crossing the street fun!

scott and creamie

We drove home on New Year’s Eve.  And thanks to the borrowed DVD player from my brother, the 24 hours in the car didn’t make me insane.  While Creamie watched an endless loop of The Grinch and Horton Hears a Who, I made a lot of lists, and a lot of plans.  I’m so glad we went to California and spent some time with family.   We almost didn’t go, what with all three of us having nasty colds and coughs.  We still have them, but I’m glad we went.  Tomorrow I’m going to buy my new 2011 notebook and spend a good chunk of time deep cleaning my house and then I’ll officially be ready to start the new year.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Coonan permalink
    January 2, 2011 5:15 pm

    Nice to hear that you are all on the up-swing of your colds-

    I enjoy your posts and find it interesting that like you- my new year will not start until my house is clean! Tomorrow is as good as any day to make that happen.


  2. January 2, 2011 5:36 pm

    I love to hear from another chronic-listmaker! What is your 2011 notebook like?

  3. January 2, 2011 7:23 pm

    I made a list of to dos yesterday too. AND I’m tackling my house this month. AND I’m glad you had fun. I love the fabric district – did you make it to Henry (?) Levine? AMAZING!!!

  4. Sara permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:57 pm

    So glad you guys had a good time in Cali! But totally missed ya at the Crapo xmas party….I gave Heidi your pumpkin templates to get to ya. Thanks again…I made a couple and they turned out super cute!

  5. January 3, 2011 12:54 pm


    When can I come play trucks with Creamie? I’ll bring the M&M’s.

    Your vacation looks so fabulous! I love Disney (minus all the waiting time). Glad you made it even though you weren’t feeling well.

    xo -El

  6. January 5, 2011 5:18 pm

    Great pictures!! I think my daughter has that same PJ’s. 🙂

  7. January 6, 2011 12:21 am

    Just finally made my way down to this post. I’m so glad you went (you’re a better woman/wife/mommy/family member than I, because that hot place would have to freeze over before I spent 24 hours in a car!).

    That last shot is bliss. Is Creamie wearing a vinyl tablecloth? Cos if she is, that totally makes it.

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