A Picture of Christmas + the FlipBelt Winner

We had our family Christmas celebration this past Saturday. For the second year, we picked up the twins in Orange County, then headed south to my son Nathan’s home in San Diego. Three Grandsons. Triple Awesome. In addition to the grandsons, Dane, Cash, and one year old Samuel, my son David, his girlfriend Melissa, niece Brynne (my sister Sue’s daughter), her boyfriend Eric and his son Zach were there. With, of course, Nathan and Sarah, Samuel’s parents. Nice size group, which included several paleo eaters, two vegans, and a bunch of “if it tastes good I’m eating it” eaters. Interesting combination.

While Nathan roasted a turkey, he also made a vegan stuffing, and we brought a party tray from Native Foods. We all had plenty to eat. I’d even got a slice of vegan pumpkin pie for myself when I picked up the platter, so I’d have something to nosh on at dessert time too. Confession: I didn’t take any pictures of the food. Instead, I took a lot of the family. Here are a few.

Samuel_DavidSamuel loves his Uncle David.

Dane_CashDane and Cash

Sarah_SamuelSamuel and his mom Sarah

David_MelissaMy youngest son David and his girlfriend Melissa

Brynne_EricMy niece Brynne and her boyfriend Eric

saraj_NathanArtsy pic with Sarah reflected in the mirror while Nathan admires his Chargers t-shirt.

MontanaA Joe Montana jersey for the 49ers biggest fan (sometime I’ll tell you the story of the only time I saw my husband speechless..when we bumped into Joe Montana at the Cliffhouse in La Quinta).

Alan_Dane_CashThe boys loved their goggles.

Brynne_Zach_EricWe had a plethora of 8-year-old boys. Eric brought his son Zach too.

Sarah_Nathan_SamuelIt’s great to be a one-year-old at Christmas. Of course Elmo was there.

SamuelAll this for me?

samue;2Of course, as children do, Samuel picks the wrapping as his favorite present.

Alan, the twins, and I stayed overnight in Encinitas. When we woke up on Sunday morning, we all went for a run along the coast. I’ve said it before, these eight year old boys are amazing. We all ran almost three miles!

Running FamilyMandatory family selfie

Running Family2Yes, we were running along the coast on December 21. Don’t hate us.

It was a wonderful celebration! The only sad thing was that my sister Lisa couldn’t be there. Hopefully she’ll be able to make it out from Texas next year (or, even better, the whole family meets in Hawaii (love this idea)).

With the big celebration out of the way, Christmas Day will be much smaller. Alan and I will celebrate it together, and my son David will probably stop by (and, omnivore though he is, enjoy some vegan Christmas dinner).

Before I forget, the winner of the FlipBelt giveaway is Sheena!! She says she will pick a black FlipBelt so that it will match all her crazy running clothes! Congratulations Sheena. I know you’ll love your FlipBelt. Remember if you didn’t win, you can still save on your FlipBelt! Just use the coupon code LFL and save 10%!

I hope that all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Christmas. Stay safe and enjoy the moment. See you in a few days.

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