Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Magical Christmas Eve - 2013

So for the second year in a row we spent Christmas Eve morning and afternoon in Coronado. This year was a bit different than last year. The weather was perfect, 75 degrees and sunny, and the day was magical! We parked in the perfect spot to fit in a beach stroll on the way to the Hotel Del. 

Time to ice-skate at the coolest rink in town. There is something about watching the surf while ice skating that will get ya every time. Lola and Ellie had ice skating lessons last winter and they paid off, it was a much better experience this time! Just the girls and I started off the session...

…and then the coolest thing happened…
 Tony was able to skate with us this year!!! After our 11:00 session was up, they let just our family on the rink during the intersession. It was such a cool and magical experience for all of us. The girls absolutely loved skating with their dad. Not only was it so fun for the girls to hang on daddy and skate super fast, Tony had the time of his life. It was such an opportunity for him to play with his girls and experience such a physical rush. The best part was that we had the entire rink to ourselves for an hour. Yes, we had the coveted Hotel Del sold out ice-rink all to ourselves! The only downside was all the specters we had, but we really didn't care all that much!

A video of our skating!

After skating it was time for some ice-cream!

…. and then before heading home, we spent some time walking around the Hotel looking at Christmas Decorations!

Next stop Christmas Eve Mass, the girls were all dressed up and ready to go. 

After mass the girls came home and got right into their jammies, even before dinner. (At this point the excitement of the upcoming Santa visit simply couldn't be contained.) Then we all enjoyed our traditional Christmas eve dinner of lasagna before we left food out for Santa Clause and Reindeer.  

Now, all we have to do it wait for the man-in-red to come down the chimney!

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