Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Full Plate

Today, if you were to summarize the activities that went on around here,  we screened five movies, worked in the pharmacy for three hours, did a three hour service project, did baptisms for the dead, made six gingerbread houses, went to a birthday party, went to the winter dance, watched a movie, played board games, went out to dinner, made two batches of royal icing, broke two mixers,  bought two mixers, worked at the soda shop for three hours, cleaned two bathrooms, and took one nap. Also played various video games, gave one pony a hair cut, and made two french braids. 

I believe we have all earned a day of rest tomorrow

In No Particular Order

The hazard of having a camera on your cell phone is that your vacation pictures are never all in one place.  So here are some more pictures!! You would think they would be in order, and maybe they sort of are, but not really.


We stopped at Cove Fort on the way down to stretch our legs.  It was a nice stop for about twenty minutes.  The weather could not have been prettier that day.

Then of course there was the obligatory stop in Barstow.  They have moved Ronald.  For one scary moment, we thought maybe he was gone.  Then we spotted him. Such relief



And more Thanksgiving pool side.  You just really can't take too many photos of a day like that.




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This was at the pier in Newport where we got on the whale watching boat.  I think it was Balboa, but I could be wrong about that.



Just sittin outside the tour office, waiting for a boat.


This was on the USS Iowa.  Olivia was fascinated by this rotary dial phone.  She had to know how it worked and had to try it out by dialing the phone numbers of everyone we know.  She had never seen such a magical, mystical device.


I think this was the most interesting thing that happened to her the entire trip.



A sister shot, and one last pool shot, just to rub it in.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thanksgiving in Newport, Year Two

So, this is what happens when you sleep for two solid days: You wake up around four in the afternoon of the second day, and when bedtime rolls around several hours later, you are wide awake, and at two in the morning you are still wide awake and suddenly fascinated with figuring out how to get pictures on to your new computer.  I had my wisdom teeth out Thursday morning, and the doctor knocked me all the way out.  I have pretty much been sleeping ever since.  Slept all day Thursday, all night Thursday, and most of today.  So now, here we are, sitting up staring at the computer and drinking warm chocolate.  Not even the percocet have me knocked out tonight.

Which means that it is a perfect time to finally get around to posting a few of our pictures from Thanksgiving.  Especially since Christmas is rapidly descending upon us, and soon Thanksgiving will be nothing but a warm and distant memory.

So here we are Thanksgiving morning.  85 degrees by eleven and a.m. and the turkey is in the oven.  That is Erwann under that towel there.












Seriously, there is nowhere better to be on Thanksgiving than hanging out poolside. And I seriously love this picture of these two.

Thankgiving afternoon, we were back in the kitchen, hard at work.  We nearly burned down Alisa's apartment when we tried to baste the turkey and then the oven started smoking and wouldn't stop. We were all getting smoke inhalation so we had to open the door and turn on all the fans, and the green bean casserole only got half cooked.
Fortunately though, the turkey was perfect.



Relegated to the kids table.

Relegated to the grown ups table.

After dinner, we had pie. And pie. And yet more pie. We are Paulson's after all.  Then we laid around with the cats and watched Elf. And drew names for Christmas.

The next day we went whale watching, which was really dolphin watching, which made it no less spectacular.
It might look like that dolphin is in the water, but really he is in the air.






We saw a LOT of dophins.









And had a snack on the whale boat.

























And on the way in we saw these guys, just sunning on the buoy.  I forget what they are. Sea lions maybe?



 Here we are on the pier.  It was all decked out for Christmas


The next day was Beach Day!



















And all too soon it was Sunday and it was our last day there. And it was raining. So we drove to Long Beach and took a tour of the USS Iowa.  It's a battleship that fought in WWII and the Korean War.
It was a good way to kill a rainy Sunday afternoon.





Bright and early the nex morning, we kissed Alisa and Erwann goodbye and headed for home. We stopped at the outlet mall in Primm, Nevada, which just about did Will in. We watched Christmas movies all the way home, which just about did ME in. By the time we got home late Monday night, we were all ready to be home.  And by Tuesday night, we were already planning our next trip out there.