Saturday, December 26, 2009

Too Much Fun to Blog

I thought that being on vacation would mean lots of posts and lots of pictures. I thought wrong.

We are having a great time and every time we do something fun, my husband says "You have to blog about that." Then we do another fun thing and I forgot all about the last one.

I will just have to do my best with a brief and incomplete summary of the past few days. On December 23rd, we joined our long-time friends Kevin and Christie as they finalized the adoption of their twins at the Monterey County courthouse. Afterward, we went out to breakfast and I received a phone call from my realtor that she had just opened escrow on our house. It has been for sale for 2.5 years, so this is a momentous event for us. There are still a lot of hurdles to be jumped and so much that can go wrong, but if things are still on track in another couple of weeks, I may just get excited.

Later that night we went to Bubba Gumps for dinner and it was one of the best times we have ever had eating out as a family. I am not sure what it was, but on this one evening the food was just right, the girls were happy, the service was perfect and we were entertained by live carolers singing Christmas classics. It was just one of those magical family moments that you can tuck away in your memory box.

Christmas Eve wasn't what we had hoped, but we did get to visit with family. We returned home from vacation to sign the papers for our home sale and to exchange gifts with the relatives. It was a little sad because the grandparents weren't up for the party. They were the primary reason we had traveled all the way home.

Christmas day we returned to Carmel and our vacation. We didn't buy any extravagant or fancy gifts, but there was plenty of presents under the tree and the girls were all smiles anyway. After a nice long nap, we went to the beach and let the girls play until sunset. The beach was much busier today. I guess others thought it would be nice to see the sunset on Christmas day too.

After that, we showered the girls and took them to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey to enjoy the Christmas lights on the boats and to eat dinner at the Old Fisherman's Grotto, one of our favorite restaurants. The lobster ravioli was to die for! We were having such a nice time together and then the waitress informed us that the couple next to us had just paid for two desserts for our girls. No one had ever done something like that for us. It sure made a special evening even more magical, such a sweet and friendly gesture.

I hope you all are busy making some special treasures for your memory box!


Colleen said...

sounds like a wonderful vacation!!! I haven't been to Carmel in a long time!!! I love it there....Merry Christmas!!!

Donna said...

That does look like fun!



tiffany said...

I am so glad that you are having too much fun to blog!! :) Enjoy and very Merry Christmas to you and yours. Lovely pix as always btw.

Hannah said...

Sounds like a great Christmas to me!!

Colleen said...

Your photos are stunning!! Looks like a most perfect Christmas! We are hoping to make it to Monterey this week-end.

Teresa said...

Sounds like your family magic was noticed by others for them to buy dessert for your girls! What a nice gesture of generosity during these hard times. Congratulations on the escrow of your house. I know it was a long time coming and is a relief to you, but a little sad at the same time.

Wanda said...

A very good reason not to be blogging. Making happy memories is vital, recording them is secondary.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Wanda (At Last...)

Carol said...

(New reader here...) Gorgeous photo! My hubby and I honeymooned in that area almost (gulp!) 27 years ago. Your girls and your photos are beautiful!