It's been a wonderful Christmas....a little nontraditional- but great! All of our kids were with their other parents this year, so Brandon and I loaded up the Kia mini-van sleigh and headed to the beach for Christmas Eve. On the way we stopped at one of the casinos (see I told you it was nontraditional) and stuffed ourselves at their fabulous buffet. Sooo much food!!! Then we continued on to the Baywood Shores Bed and Breakfast (http://www.baywoodshoresbb.com/) in Lincoln City, OR. What a gorgeous place! I strongly recommend you check it out if you ever have the chance. We stayed in the "Captains Room". It had a big jacuzzi overlooking the bay, a private balcony, a fireplace and so many other little things that made it perfect. We went and walked on the beach in the rain, spent a little time shopping at the outlet stores, then made a snack run to the grocery store.
After exploring the town a bit, we headed back to our room for a rousing game of Scrabble in front of the fire, followed by a dinner of cookies and eggnog. Then we watched a movie and soaked in the tub while watching the twinkly lights across the bay. So relaxing! About 3:30am I was awoken by rustling in the corner. It thought Santa had found us! But no, it was just Brandon digging through our bags looking for some antacids. Apparently, unlike Santa, he is not cut out to indulge in a dinner of cookies.
In the morning the innkeepers made us a lovely breakfast of "dutch boys" and fruit. More food, just what we needed! We lounged around our room until it was time to check out, then went to pick up my kids. Once home with the kids we opened their presents (didn't take long to open their stocking and gift card!) then got to work on making our Christmas dinner. Yup, more food!
In the morning the kids and I are getting up at the crack of dawn and driving to Utah to visit my family. (It's going to be hard to get up early after being a total lazy butt for the past week!) Brandon will stay here and "staycation" with his kids. I can't wait to see my family and especially my little nephews! Hopefully the 13 hour drive will go smoothly, and the weather will cooperate. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!