Thursday, January 23, 2014

Our Holiday at Home #Latergram

Cannot believe Christmas and the holidays have passed already. Is it me or did the end of last year fly by crazy fast? There were a lot of things on my to-do list that just never happened. Gee kind of like this post..

 I still wanted to show some of the fun here in Northern Cal during winter break...So what the heck! Better late than never! (Okay if your done with holiday posts feel free to click over to something more relevant and exciting. I won't be offended. :)

Though we did not leave for the Christmas break, we did get to squeeze in some lovely walks as the weather has been very mild here, compared to the rest of the country. I love the rough and brambly gray of much of the plants and trees mixed with the buds that are already showing on so many plants. I think it's been too warm actually.

It's still warm! We are loving it, but feeling bit guilty about it.

 Chilling with the neighbors' cat in my yard.

We Californians are probably all going to hell! (Hope not!)

Love this old ivy wall surrounding an historic house I pass on my walk.

 I did get out for a day with my favorite guy.  My husband patiently shopped with me and we shared a lunch outside on of my favorite days of our break. He and I did quite a few walks and little dinner dates and coffee runs. One of the perks of staying home was more downtime together for all of us.

We also drove to Half Moon Bay to walk the beach a little and grab clam chowder and lobster rolls at Sam's Chowder House.

It was an amazingly gorgeous day for December. 

The boys built the Lonely Mountain from the Hobbit.

We saw that and the Mr Banks movie on  our break. I loved Mr Banks!! Highly recommend that one.

Also got to stop at my favorite nursery and get a few ivy plants to perk up the house.

The other highlight of the holiday break was getting up to San Francisco for a night with the kids. We were a bit hampered by Griffin twisting his ankle right before we left. : [  It wasn't ideal, as San Francisco is such a walking city and a tough one at that with all the hills. His crutches were exhausting and so we couldn't cover much.

We walked to Macy's to see the pets up for adoption in the windows. The boys love that.

Also so many gorgeous holiday windows!


I loved Gumps! Their windows were chic and original..

Our motley crew.

And cute!

Inside the mechanical toys and Santa's from all over the world charmed us. We were all fascinated!

Gumps is a must do on a shopping trip here! Unique and fab items from all over.

Loved the windows at Ghurka...

How about those Cartier panthers?

We got to another of our favorite spots, Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.

Griffin and I first discovered this tiny treasure on our summer trip to SF. They specialize in Scottish and U.K. candies. They have things that you've never heard of or tasted and they do samples. Don't miss Fiona's which is on Sutter Street. My favorites are the brown sugar cubes that have black licorice in them!

Picked up a darling modern Christmas tray and more at Crate & Barrel. Always love everything there.

C&B is wonderful spot to find fresh ideas. I always want to re-do my home after a visit.

Neiman Marcus's huge tree reflected from the windows.

Dinner was just Max and I as the kids preferred to stay in the room and watch their own movie. Griffin couldn't really walk anywhere far. We got them a room service pizza and they were thrilled.

We stayed at my favorite, The Hotel Monaco, and they give kids a complimentary movie card, which was so nice. We also got some passes to, "Raid the Bar," which was credit for your honor bar, so the boys got sodas and goodies from it. 

It's those little things that make The Hotel Monaco and Kimpton Hotels worth choosing. This was all on out own dollar and it was nice that so many perks come along with an overnight stay.

Griffin and I chilled out in the animal print robes a bit too. Fun!

Dinner in the downstairs bar was delicious and fun and it was nice being in the hotel while the guys were upstairs.

Things were going okay until the next morning when our neighbors texted to tell us our Guinea Pig had his head caught in his wire ball. :(

Can you believe it? That's our sweet neighbor Abby, who rescued him.

Luckily one of her brothers got our wire cutters and pried him out. We were so thankful to them! The pig was unharmed...However at that point we threw in the towel and came home. 

Still it was lovely to be in San Francisco during Christmas even if it was 18 hours!

We did New Years at the home of my friend Aimee and her brood who are like family to us. They also enjoy lots of crazy nutty teens and make it fun for them as well with obnoxious hats and exploding items! I don't think my kids would enjoy New Years if we weren't there.

We had time to spend with my 96 year old grandma Jody too. The boys helped her grocery shop. It was a perfect day except in my excitement I locked us all out of the car with my grandmother's groceries and ice cream inside!  That was fun. Didn't bother my grandma at all of course! She rolls with the punches and that's why she has probably lived so long!

We spent a fair amount of time just chilling like my neighbor cat does here in my yard...Is that cat yoga or what??

And now we are off...Another year and all that. January is flying by too fast.

 Here's to 2014!

If you're still reading, happy weekend!


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  1. Such a beautiful family! And you're becoming quite the photographer! Gorgeous pics. Yes, us Cali folks are sure being spoiled with this amazing weather while the rest of the country is suffering from an article freeze!

    1. Aren't we lucky Dawn? It's really been so strange like spring. I hear next week we are getting high 70s...Almost a bit worrying with fires and all.. Thanks so much you are sweet. xx

  2. So much fun to read your adventures Kim! Doesn't matter when you post them. Your writing always makes me feel as though I was along for the ride :)

  3. Such a lovely overview of your Northern California winter break! Those photos on Half Moon Bay are stunning and timeless! Glad to hear I'm not the only one to feel guilty about our unusually warm and perfectly clear weather … like we have anything to do with it … ha ha! After seeing the weather in pretty much of the rest of the Northern hemisphere … i stopped mentioning on my blog …my disappointment on not being able to wear any of my winter clothes :))

    Your post once again has me yearning for a trip to Nor Cal!

    Happiest of weekends my dear!


    1. It's hard to believe you two haven't met yet. How fun that will be someday! ;)

    2. Tamera, It looks like it's been even more gorgeous down south! I also am missing wearing my new winter coat and gosh thinking about buying some shoes since all I've got now is boots and not ready to wear flip-flops yet..CRAZY!

      Heather, it's going to be so fun to meet Tamera and all of us get-together one day...:)

  4. Thanks for sharing looks you had just the right Holiday season!

  5. Thanks for sharing! looks like you had just the right Holiday season

  6. I don't mind at all looking at festive photos as it's such a lovely time of year but passes far too quickly. You are so fortunate to have those temperatures. It's wet and cold here although I shouldn't complain as I've just had my sunshine break and .... I found Crate and Barrel in Dubai!! I loved it and it made us want to redecorate too! The Monaco really does seem to have something for everyone. Your Grandma looks so well and far younger than her 96 years! Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Miss b, I've heard it's been terribly wet in the U.K. Sending some sun to you.. SO no kidding C&B is in Dubai? Wow, they really have everything there don't they? Thanks about grandma! She is amazing. xo

  7. Loved all the photos kim and I think those living back east will be envious of all this sunshine!! We saw Saving Mr. Banks a few weeks ago and LOVED it. Great family movie:)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Leslie, Mr Banks was my favorite film of the year. Hoping to see the Buyer's Club some time soon..Just saw American Hustle and it was great, not what I expected at all though.
      Have a good weekend!

  8. Happy belated to your granny! She looks lovely and in great shape Kim :) You are so lucky.

    You sure are the poster family for Cali and the lifestyle. It looks better than most British summers...xx

    1. Naomi, Thanks she actually is turning 97 in May. She swears by tons of veggies and loves to go out and do things. She's pretty active. Just gave up driving not long ago if you can believe it...

  9. OOh this reminds me to put labels on my posts, I stopped doing it a year ago and must get back to it. I love that photo of you and your hubstar and your youngest son looks exactly like you! I must be so nice to have a pool, love looking at any body of water. The other day i got in the car and the temp registered was 80degrees, so warm and dry its spooky!

  10. Hi Kim...I am imaging another world, your world. Thank you for taking me along. It is so beautiful! My only time spent in CA has been in the La Jolla area and that was years ago. I have had many glimpses into the CA lifestyle from bloggers like yourself and I love it. Thank you for your lovely comment on my post..I look forward to following your blog! xx

  11. Kim, your 96 year old Grandma looks so beautiful. It is so nice to have a beach nearby. The beach in California is so beautiful and a perfect place for a stroll when you have your sunny California weather. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Wow Kim - you have so many great photos and I know what you mean about the year flying by and now January is already gone. Also - I cannot believe the lucky weather you've been having - I am definitely a little jealous I'm missing the sunniest Jan. in SF hehe. Your beach photos are beautiful and it's cute you and your hubby got to spend more time together - coffee breaks together are the best.


  13. This might be my favorite post of funny and festive and beachy. I just love it!
    Poor little guinea pig. They aren't known for their smarts, are they?
    Hope to see you soon!
    xo, A

  14. Kim..your little trip brought back memores of our trips to the city when our kids were young (33 & 30 now). Love the Kimpton of the best!!! Great pics by the way...

  15. Hi, Kim - Your family is beautiful!! It's been a while since I visited California. Your fabulous photos bring back such memories. Wonderful shots at the beach. I wish I was there :)
    Cheers from frigid DC,

  16. Hi
    I'm so excited to discover your website and read your blog! I'm a style fanatic about to move to Mountain View from Cambridge UK with my hubby (yes Silicon Valley is where we have to be too) and 3 young children.
    It is great to find like minded stylistic sisters who adore being a mum but still adore fashion, style, shopping and life!
    Also your posts on places to visit and dine etc will be invaluable as we settle in.........
    Here's to coming over the pond very soon.