I’m back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family/friends and are now excited to ring in the new year! It’s just crazy how fast the holidays come and go…
We just got back yesterday after all of our holiday travels down to Southern California and are quickly getting ready for New Years. Here’s a quick recap of our holidays:
We spent Christmas Eve with my family; just the six of us (mom, dad, Ari, Brian & Chris) oh and of course 4 mini schnauzers! My Latvian cousin, Anda couldn’t make it this year, which was a real bummer! We sure missed her! For dinner we had our traditional Christmas Eve meal, which consisted of ham, Grammis potatoes, sauerkraut and plenty of mulled wine. For dessert we ate a bunch of Christmas cookies and then opened presents from my parents. For the last few years they have been getting us gifts as couple. This year we got a new crockpot and I can’t wait to use it!!
Christmas morning we opened up the gifts we got each other and had a cup of coffee, or two. After that we headed back to my parents house for our Christmas day celebration. We had our traditional Belgium waffle breakfast along with some handmade cinnamon rolls that are Ari and Brian made from scratch. Yum yum! Once we finished breakfast, we opened up our Secret Santa presents and had an absolute blast! One thing that we also do in addition to our Secret Santa presents is donating to a charity in honor of the person we have for Secret Santa. Over the years it’s been so fun to see where people donate in honor of each other.
In the afternoon, we loaded up the cars and headed to Napa to have Christmas dinner with some of my uncles and my cousin and her kids. We had a delicious turkey and lots of cookies and pies for dessert. It was really nice seeing everyone and being able to spend time together.
On Saturday morning 12.26 we headed down to Southern California for Christmas #2 with Chris’s mom. On our way down, via Highway five The Grapevine had SNOW on it! Check this picture out!
Once we arrived in Huntington Beach, we unpacked and just spend the rest of the day hanging out. We had prime rib for dinner which was absolutely delicious and then opened up our presents. All four dogs got along really well and had a great time exploring the backyard and enjoying the SoCal sunshine. Although we didn’t get down to San Diego to see our nephew Colton and twin nieces Kendall and Madison, we still had a really nice visit. We even got to see Chris’s best friend Melvin, who unfortunately lost his dad on Christmas. It was nice to spend some time with Melvin and his sister even though they’re going through such a difficult time. We love our SoCal family and friends!
We left Tuesday afternoon and headed to Santa Barbara. We decided to take the coast route, PCH. I love being close to the ocean! I think a lot of other people thought it was a good idea to take PCH, so we ended up getting to SB later than we originally planned. We did manage however to go to our favorite sushi restaurant, Arigato for dinner. This place seriously has the best sushi ever! We had a really lovely time eating some of our favorite sushi rolls and just enjoying spending time together. Santa Barbara holds a really special place in our heart especially since that’s where we both went to college and where we met and then fell in love. ❤ ❤ We just love everything about Santa Barbara.
The next morning we had breakfast at our favorite place, The Daily Grind for breakfast burritos and bagel sandwiches. After breakfast, we stopped at UCSB for a quick walk around campus with the dogs. UCSB is getting a new library starting in January and oh my goodness it’s absolutely gorgeous. After taking some photos we got back in the car and headed home to San Jose.
Overall, we had a really, really lovely time celebrating the holidays with both of our families. I’m so glad we got to spend quality time with both my family and also with Chris’s family. Can’t wait to get down to San Diego at some point in the new year to see our nibblings!
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family. Also wishing everyone a very happy New Year’s Eve today!! Best wishes for a fun night filled with lots of bubbly!
Here’s to the lat post of 2015! Have a great night!