Eucalyptus Avenue: Holiday Lights

If you haven’t seen the Christmas lights on Eucalyptus Ave. in San Carlos I highly recommend it! It has become a huge holiday tradition in my family to stroll down Eucalyptus (in car and by foot) numerous times throughout the month of December. The number of houses that participate have really grown over the years. This year I was surprised that both blocks of Eucalyptus were decked out as well as many of the surrounding streets. I love putting on my coat, gloves and hat and taking a stroll with some hot chocolate and Emma of course to see all the lights! ImageThis guy goes a little nuts! But it really is so fun to see each year. Image      

Haha always love this sign! Sometimes there is even real snow out front! 

This year Jess and Dan joined us on our stroll and they loved it! It’s always so fun taking people who haven’t been down there before and experiencing it all over again with them! ImageClearly we know how to have a good time! Props to my hubby for being able to get all FIVE of us in the picture! Love these guys!

One of my goals/DREAM is to someday live on Eucalyptus just so that I can do this! Not sure the hubby is 100% convinced yet, but I’m working on it. Hey, they also get crazy for Halloween! How perfect would that be for us?!?!?

ImageI mean look at this? Can this be my home please?

Anyway, can’t believe we are down to just ONE more day until Christmas! So excited!!!

SF Nutcracker

A holiday tradition we seem to have started is seeing the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker. This is our third year going and we really enjoy this new tradition we are starting.Image

Ballet holds a very special place in my heart because I started dancing when I was probably 2 1/2 and continued into my first year of high school. I was put on pointe at the age of 10 (the earliest my teacher Karen ever put someone on pointe). For a long time ballet was my LIFE and I miss it so much (my hubby can attest this)! Maybe someday I will go back or at least take an adult class. So wish that I continued my dancing…

Before the show we had dinner at an awesome Thai place called Lers Ros Thai. The food was really yummy and we were so lucky to get a table! I called ahead for a reservation and they were booked from 5-8pm, but  said to just show up and see if we could a table. We showed up and surprisingly got seated at the bar right away! The food and drinks were delish and a perfect place within walking distance to the Opera House.

I always LOVE the decorations at the Opera House; the tree is just stunning and always so beautiful! The nutcrackers are pretty cool too! Image

This year we splurged a little and got seats in the orchestra section. We were in the last row but could see so much more of the production! Each year I think we will just inch our way closer and closer to the front of the stage. Tickets are expensive, but I really love ballet, seeing the Nutcracker every year, and it pays (hehe) to sit a little closer. The music is beautiful (makes me miss playing clarinet) and the dancing is always exquisite (makes me miss ballet even more)! Sounds like maybe I need to start playing my clarinet and take a ballet class or two… There were a few snafus…those darn ribbons in the French number. One of the ribbons got wrapped around one of the other dancers foot and if they both didn’t notice it could have been a disaster! Luckily both dancers noticed and were able to get the ribbon loose and continue right on dancing. 

You can never go wrong with a little bubbly during intermission. If you know me, you know that I love the bubbly! Sometimes it’s all about the small stuff, right?Image

We had a great time this year and I’m already looking forward to next years performance! Also hoping that maybe we can go and see a real ballet like Giselle or Cinderella this season. I know I would love it and that maybe the hubby would too!

Only SEVEN more days until Christmas! 

It’e beginning to look a lot like…part 2

Well here it is…our first tree with all the lights and ornaments!Image

I’m so glad to have found a super cute tree skirt at CVS but we still need something for the top of our tree! I know, I know, how can we have nothing on the top of our tree?! We just haven’t found anything that we really liked/loved so for now the tree won’t have anything on top. I’m still trying to convince the hubby to take another visit to Holiday Lane in hopes of finding the perfect tree topper and some other holiday goodies. Maybe I can get him there this weekend.

Here are some of our other favorite decorations. Image 

Sometimes I set things up the same as the year before but it’s also fun to get new stuff and decorated in a new way! Our Christmas collection is certainly growing…but it’s not as large as our Halloween collection! 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Over the weekend we decided to finally get a tree! Chris and I have been married for 3 years now and have NEVER gotten a real Christmas tree. I have a very cool mini American Girl Christmas tree that I put up every year so that has been “our tree” for the last few years. But this year we decided to go for it and get a real tree! Our place smells so wonderful with a real tree and Emma doesn’t seem to mind or pay much attention to it. We plan to get everything decorated by this weekend so I’ll be sure to post some pictures after. I can’t believe there are only 19 more days until Christmas…so many things left to do!    Image

 

30 Days of Thankfulness: 28-30

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” ~Melody Beattie

Day 28: Happy Thanksgiving! ImageToday I am thankful for so many things but most importantly my family! I’m really looking forward to spending time together, seeing my aunt and uncles, eating good food, and just enjoying the day together. I love my family so much and am very thankful for each and every one of them! Hope you all enjoyed your day with loved ones. Image

Day 29: Today I am thankful for my sister Ariana! She means the world to me and I am so lucky to have her as my sister. Love you sissy! Image

Day 30: Thankful that it’s only Saturday and there is still a lot left to the long weekend! Going to enjoy every moment of it!

“No gesture is too small when done with gratitude.” ~Oprah

I really enjoyed doing 30 Days of Thankfulness and hope you all did too. I have so much to be thankful for and it’s pretty cool to keep track of it all/write it down. Already looking forward to doing this blog post again next year!