Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Christmas Eve!

Hi Everyone:)

Well we made it this far, one more day to go! I am officially done shopping and just have a heap of stuff to wrap (but I LOVE that part). I usually pop in Love Actually, Bridget Jones, Emma and depending how big the heap is, Pride & Prejudice (the BBC Colin Firth version of course). The other shocker is, I even have all of my grocery shopping done,
so basically, I'm good.

If you have found me today because of the lovely blog hop Gayle and Kel have put together, welcome! I wish I had more for you to look at but due to the activities above, not so much :) I do however have some information and pictures of one of our Christmas traditions we partake in every year. Our trip of the canals in Naples, Long Beach to see the Christmas lights. Due to a rare rain storm we just had for almost a week straight, we went by ourselves and kinda ran vs walked. Usually we gather as many family and friends as we can, pack the hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and other treats in the car and head out.

The canals themselves are really cool and the waterways a bit challenging to navigate via boat due to the connection of the Alamitos Bay, Pacific Ocean and the Long Beach Harbor, but well worth it once you find it. I used to live directly across the street and miss this area so much! My doggy Indy grew up running through all of the curves and over the bridges.

The outer waterways

The Canals

They run Traditional Italian Gondolas through the canals at sunset, complete with a bottle of vino, a stripe shirt navigator and some of Italy's finest tunes. That was our Christmas gift last year from our girls...awww. I even know people who have been married on them.

During the day

During the Annual Boat Parade

And finally, this years rainy tour:

And now a very scary thing!

If your are following the blog hop or would like to jump in, see the list below. If you are stopping by for the first time, thanks for coming and I look forward to chatting with you as I make my way around to you.For those who visit often, thanks so much, I am glad you return and I am thankful for your friendship.


Kristin xx

Gayle - Altered Orchid
Julie - A Creative Journey Through Life
Leanne - My Little Life Of Scrap
You are HERE :) Kristin - Places, Things & Me
Sherry - Sherry's Simple Blog
Barbara - Baraginie And Co
Diana - The Scrappy Tree
Michelle - Happenings On This Side Of The River
Kelly - Journal Journeys


  1. Hi Kristin,

    You're ready! I've still got to go and do the dreaded food shop this morning............... but we're meeting friends for coffee first so will there be anything left or will it be eggs on toast for lunch tomorrow?! Eggs on toast are a lot quicker to prepare, hmmmmmm thinks!

    Would you throw my name in to the blog hop - I'll hop around over the next couple of days.

    Joanna - Fiddlesnips!

    Those are beautiful photos of the Christmas lights, and one very scary bauble!


  2. What fabby photos! Love all the lights :-)

    I just dropped by to wish you a very merry Christmas. Hope it's a really good one xx

  3. Lovely photos - thanks for sharing them all. You sound very organised, I made sure I got things done on time this year. I watched my DVD of Bridget Jones yesterday while I was ironing - still swooning over Mr Darcy!!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to you and if you pop over there's a glass of mulled wine waiting for you!

  4. What wonderful pics Kristin! The canals looks lovely and I kinda want one of those singing Christmas balls!!! Love ya! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!!

  5. Kristin, I LOVE this! What fun to go take in all the Christmas lights with your friends, I am a sucker for lights and water :) it's a lovely tradition, one day I will come join you :)
    Merry Christmas Kristin!! xxx

  6. Hope you have a fab Christmas Kristin :)

  7. Oh WOw! I am so jealous: our neighbours have the most boring lights EVER, I wish we could go for a drive and see some pretty lights. We used to do it back when my parents were still together, and it was so nice. Oh well, I'll just have to make my own tradtions when we have our own kids!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family x

  8. What a wonderful tour, you are lucky to have that close to you.

    I would like to wish you and your family a
    Merry Christmas!


  9. Those photos are lovely! I hope you have been having a brilliant day!