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I have one of these every year for the kids.  I get a store bought one with only chocolate, but last year with 3 different ones it seemed silly.  I wanted to make one that could hold a candy for each kid and a bible verse to tie it into the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
Here’s what I’ve come up with.  Enjoy, there’s still plenty of time to make one for yourself.  The whole thing took me 1.5 hours.

Oh, and more on day 4 of Taking the Scenic, tomorrow.

Taking the Scenic – Cambria to Pebble Beach

The whole idea of this trip was that we were going to drive each day until we felt done.  If the kids were too crazy, or we were just to tired, we’d stop and stay the night. So, when we made it into Cambria on the second day, we decided we had come far enough.  We found an AMAZING spot at  The Cambria Pines Lodge, I highly recommend it. It was well priced (off season), offered suites and fireplace rooms at nearly 1/2 the price of major chains as well as being very clean and super pretty.  It ended up being the best place we stayed all trip, In fact they all went downhill from here (you’ll see what I mean).

This was the first day I figured out that on every other day, I could re-pack so that we’d only have to unload 1 suitcase and the food and ice chest. It takes a bit longer, but totally worth it when you are weary from being on the road.

We set out for Big Sur (AKA: Big Surf and Big Sir)  knowing we were in for an awesome drive.  I quickly realized that throwing rocks would be the favorite pastime of the trip. Who could find the best ones to throw, who could throw them the farthest and who could freak out Mom the most by coming WAY to close to the cliff ledge when they were throwing them! I found out that Tommy, just like me, is scared of heights and that’s why he is missing from the family photo below, Lucas and Eli had no fear (go figure).

There are not many places to stop on this drive other than the view points so that’s what we did until;

I GOT CAR SICK!  I’ve never in my entire life gotten car sick.  The road is a long and windy one and man oh man, It got me.  I actually got sick and we had to pull over so that I could pull it together. Needless to say when we got to Big Sur, Eli was disappointed that it was a forest, but I had told him that all along. Lucas asked where the big man was, apparently he thought it was Big Sir.  We stopped for a bit of gas (because it was nearly 5 bucks a gallon) and headed up to Pebble Beach.  It was already getting late and the drive took way longer than we anticipated.  Mile long stretches were only 1 lane because the highway had given out or huge boulders had fallen.

We visited with Grandma Barb and Grandpa Miltie.  Boy is that getting sad, I think my Grandpa is starting to loose his mind a little, we were suspicious last year when they visited after Ruby was born.  He kept asking me about why they call Acorns, Acorns when they fall from an Oak Tree and how he only spent 26 months in high school until he went into the service. I kid you not, same stories 3-4 times within a 3 hour period.  Very sad.

After a few hours the kids were so stinking hyper that I decided we had to make a run for it before they passed the point of no return. Ha, who am I kidding that happened the moment we entered my Grandmas place.

Off to Alisomar we went.

melissa - December 1, 2010 - 7:15 am

Love love love all of your pictures! Our coast is seriously amazing.

anji - December 1, 2010 - 7:22 am

Thanks!! What a dork i am tho…I mixed up san simeon and big sur…fixed. LAME

Taking the Scenic – OC to Cambria

I’ve taken this trip a thousand times.  Well OK, maybe only 20, but I was very excited to share with my family the beautiful seaside of Central and Northern California that I love. My Grandpa Milt used to take me all over this amazing state and I’ve seen it from one end to the other. Top among my favorite spots are the coast (pretty much anywhere), the Redwoods and Sequoias.

We started out on a stormy Saturday night and I was convinced that the trip was ruined.  I had planned running around and picnic lunches on the beaches, but the way it was looking we were done for.  It was going to be a stormy trip up the coast with fog and rain.

Our first night we didn’t get much further than Tacos . . . at no other than King Taco (a fav of the hubby) and a stay in Oxnard.  The Boys were so excited they could hardly get themselves to bed and I, I was worried.  I really wanted it to be a perfect trip and the cold weather made me hurt.  I was a little frustrated.  How would we be able to pull this off if the weather was crummy?

When we woke up bright and early to a sunny sky on Sunday, I was super excited.  Ruben was up for the challenge (even the continental breakfast with all the kids!) and after almost 2 hours of packing it in, we were on the road again.  Hitting every state beach park from Oxnard to Cambria that we could. We would even wake up the kids if they were sleeping just so they could see the amazing coast.  It was COLD but sunny and beautiful.

Taking the Scenic

We’re HOME!  Yay!  Although I have so much stuff left to unpack and TONS of laundry to wash (you know how I feel about that), I really wanted to start getting some photos and stories up about our trip.

Originally, we were only going to be visiting my Grandparents in Pebble Beach for Thanksgiving.  We were going to take 3-4 days getting there, driving up the 101/1 and really enjoying the trip.  Three days before we left, our trip was extended.  My 102 1/2 year old Great Grandma had sent me a birthday card and after I read It I knew we had to go visit.  I looked at Ruben and said “Babe, what do you think about extending our trip to Quincy?  I need to see my Great Grandma and the kids have never met her.”  Without hesitation he said “Yes, let’s go for it!”

I love that about him.

My plan was to chronicle it as we went but It was apparent from the start that would be impossible. Today, I started going through the over 1,000 photos and realized I have a very big job cut out for me sooooo, I’ll be doing them day by day instead of one large post.

I had our map spread over the counter for over a week before we left. Eli was very curious about it and wanted to help me figure out which way we should go, where to stop along the way and where to sleep.  We talked about all the cities and what we’d see there.  He decided that Big Surf or better known as Big Sur was going to be his favorite place to go.  I think that he had more highlighter on him than we got on the map, but that’s ok.

The Crack of Dawn

That’s when my house wakes up.  Right now that is between 5:30 and 6 am, everyday. I am sure that by the time they are teenagers and have become inseperable from their beds, I will be at that point in my life where I am unable to sleep in past the crack of dawn, you know like your grandparents who are up at like, 4AM!

Must be some kind of sick joke, but man sunrises sure are pretty!

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