Early California Christmas in Livermore

The entire Chambers clan, sans brother Alex, descended upon Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Livermore the second weekend in December for an early family Christmas. Dan’s sister, Robin, and her family, flew in from Oklahoma City, and we flew up from Orange County. Dan’s dad had broken his hip and had emergency hip replacement surgery the week before, so the weekend was a little different than originally planned, but we all got to spend time together, and that’s what mattered most.

Friday: After arriving late on Thursday night, our first order of business on Friday morning was a walk to Starbucks! It looks like Lillian will be taking after her daddy and his love for fancy coffee.

Starbucks Baby!

Starbucks Baby!

Later in the day, Robin’s family and our family boarded the Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights and our girls got to see Santa for the first time this holiday season.

Waiting to Board the Train of Lights

Waiting to Board the Train of Lights

Saturday: On Saturday morning, we celebrated an early Christmas around the tree.

Happy Mama and Baby with Their Christmas Gifts

Happy Mama and Baby with Their Christmas Gifts

The cousins spent a ton of time playing together. They all got along so well and had a blast with each other.

Cousins and Friends for Life

Cousins and Friends for Life

Sharing

Sharing

Building Towers

Building Towers

On Saturday afternoon (which was also our 6-year engagement anniversary), we went wine tasting at Wente with Lillian. This was Lillian’s third time wine tasting and she’s only 7 months old!

Wine Tasting on a Rainy Afternoon

Wine Tasting on a Rainy Afternoon

And later that evening, Dan and I did something that we very, very rarely get to do these days – go out on a date! We saw a movie (Office Christmas Party) and ate a late-night sushi dinner downtown at Roppongi Sushi.

Sunday: After a day spent visiting and playing, we took the kids to see Deacon Dave’s Christmas lights.

Traditionally Visit to Deacon Dave's

Traditional Visit to Deacon Dave’s

Monday: On Monday, before we flew home, we all posed for a family picture (sans Alex).

Chambers Family

Chambers Family

It was a hectic, chaotic weekend, but a good one, too.  As much as we enjoyed visiting with family, we are really looking forward to a quiet Christmas at home with just our two girls.

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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One Response to Early California Christmas in Livermore

  1. Diane says:

    We really enjoyed having you here. This post was great in that we also got to see what you did when you were not with us. It was a very merry season this year, after all was said and done.

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