Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas in California

We were fortunate enough to drive south for Christmas for a great time with Grandma Balke and a little warmer weather. The 10-12 hour car ride never gets shorter but it's always worth it. Here are a few highlights of our trip.

Our 4 socks filled with goodies from "Santa"

The big gift from Santa for Evan and Dean was a few sets of Geo Tacks. Little did I know 3 weeks later we still have Geo-Tracks on our family room floor and every morning I here the words "Mom you built a new track, a good one like Daddy." I've become the master track builder, when Daddy is not around.

On Christmas Day we went up to Rose Hills to view the newly placed grave marker for my Dad. It's such a peaceful place and it was nice to go and do that. I really missed him this holiday season.

And what would a trip to California be without a visit to the beach! We stopped off at Seal Beach! The boys had fun discovering sand and watching the birds and surfers. It was a beautiful day on the beach in December!

A few pictures of us playing in Grandma Balke's front yard. She has a beautiful Ginkgo tree that's leaves turn yellow and fall in December.

That's our fun in California. We returned home to find snow, snow and snow. It was a nice break from the white stuff and we hope to go back soon!


m o m said...

Those are very precious! What cutie pies. Great pictures of the beach! Thanks for making a grandma happy.

Nicole Jones said...

Your pictures are so great Jennifer! I especially love the family picture of all of you in front of your dads grave. So beautiful! Glad you had a great Christmas!