Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Day

Every December 24th, Jim and I, along with the kids and grandkids, spend the entire christmas eve day all together as one big happy family. I look forward to this one particular day all year long as it is the only day during the holiday season that I get my family all to myself. Selfish as that sounds, I wouldn't trade it for anything..... I love that day. I would love it even more if ALL of my kids and grandkids could be here. How I miss my children who do not live nearby!

This year we started out in Coronado at a little cafe, that turned out to be just a little bit smaller than we had thought. When we called the cafe to make our reservations, we thought we were making our reservations at the same cafe that we had eaten at a couple of years ago. Wrong! When Jim dropped me off out front, I went inside to let them know we were there.... slight problem, that cafe wasn't expecting us. Upon looking at the address of the cafe that we HAD made reservations at, we realized that that cafe was located further down the street. When we finally arrived at the right cafe, we nearly choked. It was the smallest cafe you could image and they were turning people away so that all of us could fit inside. Below is a picture of the outside and then of the inside. There truly was no room for anyone else but us!

Lindsey had a big bowl of oatmeal.

After breakfast, it was time to drive over to the Hotel Del. (One of these days I'm going to stay there!!) It was a beautiful day and the kids loved being near the ocean. Inside the Del, there was the coolest candy shop that all of the kids felt a need to go into. Keira LOVED the big glass dog that was right inside the door. She was constantly hugging him.

The kids know that Auntie Becka is one big sucker and that she will always keep them supplied with candy!

John and Christopher were worse than the kids!!

But then you had Casey.... ;-)

Michael and Casey are still our little honeymooners.

After Coronado, most of the guys decided to go and hang out on the Midway while the rest of us went over to Horton Plaza. The guys had a great time thanks to Aaron sharing his tickets.

Once the guys were done at the Midway, we all met up at Seaport Village. It was the most gorgeous day!! Here's a couple of my favorite pics. Thanks everyone!!


Lizzie M. said...

Look so fun *sniff, sniff*...wish we could have been there!!!

TheFitnessFreak said...

It was so fun! I'm glad we had that weather and not the weather we're having now!

Deborah Hays said...

I'm with you on that one Nicole... even though I am thankful for the rain. And "sniff, sniff" I wish you were there too Elizabeth. I hate it that you, Randy, the kids, and Paula girl live so far away!!

Anonymous said...

How far in advance do you think we need to make reservations for breakfast there again next year?! :)

Deborah Hays said...

No telling..... if we were able to get a reservation by calling on the way down there, we may have to actually call before we leave the house next year. I tell ya.... it was big time.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but if EVERYONE comes for Christmas next year *wink wink* then we may need to make reservations now. They are going to need to add on! :)


Beks said...

Gee, it only took a month to get those photos up. ; )

Deborah Hays said...

You know, ya little smart aleck, I just got the pictures from your dad! He took his sweet little ole time as he was making sure that all of you had your copies first!!! I put them up as soon as I got them!!

Deborah Hays said...

Oh! Lindsey... I never thought of that! Good thinking!