A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON

Hi there and thanks so much for stopping in today. Since I was both under the weather and very busy during Christmas & New Year’s, I thought I’d take today to give you a recap of my holiday season. This year 3 of our 4 boys, our daughter-in-law and soon to be DIL, and our 2 grandbabies were with us for a full week from Christmas thru New Years.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Snow Play | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Christmas morning I was up early, taking photos of our snowy landscape that I shared with you in my last post. We opened stockings and then took a break to prepare a pancake breakfast with the help of my grandchildren.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Christmas Morning Pancakes | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My recipe for Pancakes is a delicious one. You’ll find the recipe by clicking here.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Christmas Morning Pancakes | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

They are especially yummy topped with strawberries and whipped cream!

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Christmas Morning Pancakes | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My parents and nephew also joined us on Christmas Day for our traditional Prime Rib Christmas Dinner. I make decadent Creamed Spinach, Creamed Sweet White Corn and Popovers to accompany the Prime Rib that is served with Fresh Creamed Horseradish.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Christmas Dinner 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In my opinion the popovers are the best part of the meal!

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Christmas Dinner 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

After the opening of gifts everyone went outside to play in the snow. My son showed his kids how to make snow angels.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Snow Play | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

They worked on a snowman…

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Snow Play | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

and made a sled run in the front yard…

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Snow Play | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We also gave the kids their first lesson on skis, having formed a tiny ski run in the driveway.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Snow Play | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

After making a Cookie White House with me over Thanksgiving, the kids were anxious to make a gingerbread house for Christmas. It was so much fun! If you have kids in your life I highly recommend this special activity.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Making A Gingerbread House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Making A Gingerbread House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | Making A Gingerbread House | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We also took the family to the newly opened SkyPark at Santa’s Village. What an amazing place! I can’t say enough about this wonderful new amusement park, located right here in Lake Arrowhead. In fact, stay tuned, as I plan to dedicate an entire post to this place that’s making spirits bright all year long!

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | SkyPark at Santa's Village | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We visited with Santa, peddled around Arrow’s Adventure…

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | SkyPark at Santa's Village | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

went ice skating, and much, much more!!

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | SkyPark at Santa's Village | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

All of a sudden a week had passed and New Year’s Eve was upon us! I’m usually too tired by the time New Year’s rolls around to plan and prepare anything special so we generally stay home and just chill. But this year, unbeknownst to us, the kids had gone shopping and purchased a plethora of festive decorations. They told Brad and I to stay out of the bar so they could surprise us with a spontaneous New Year’s Eve Party.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We were simply blown away when my granddaughter parted the gold curtain they’d hung and we entered to find every surface blanketed with New Year’s decor.

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON | New Years Eve 2016 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

What a wonderful way to end the year! As we look forward to a terrific 2017 I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following me. I am ever-so-grateful for you and wish you a healthy, happy & prosperous new year.

So there you have it: A RECAP OF MY HOLIDAY SEASON

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

Express Yourself!

No blog post is truly complete without a word from you. I’d be so delighted if you’d leave a comment below. 

All opinions expressed in this post are my own. All photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com and may not be reproduced without specific permission.

Comments

  • Patty

    Such a sweet post! My son is studying in an abbey in Silverado CA and although we’ve been out to CA many times and gone on road trips down highway 1, we have never seen snow! What a beautiful area! Thank you for sharing your holidays and happy New Year!

  • Hwy 1 is magnificent but for sure gets no snow. You will have to visit the Sierra’s one day. California also has beautiful mountains and yes, lots of snow in the winter. Happy New Year to you too Patty.

  • The Enchanted Home

    What a beautiful holiday you had….could you have asked for any more? i think not…the grandkids are so cute and to be there for their first ski lesson must have been such fun. Happy that your holidays were so merry….all the best to you in 2017!

  • Thanks so much Tina for your kind comments. It was a wonderful time having all my family together here in Lake Arrowhead for the holidays. And yes, the grandkids do bring such joy to everyone. Wishing you the best year ever as well.