A Christmas Carol 2013

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

12/17/2013 We Stopped To Say Goodbye To Our Dear Friend Herb

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Herb was at the VA and we stopped to pay our respects


We lost our dear friend at 5:00 PM after a valiant fight - God Bless

When All That's Left is Love-Rabbi Allen S. Maller

To Seasons 52 For A Fantastic Lunch Before The Play

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The early arrivals....

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Greg and Sue examining the menus

Did You Know? - The Seasons 52 menu is seasonally-inspired with the fresh appeal of the farmer’s market. It represents a unique blend of art and science, with creative offerings designed to excite and surprise the palate. We feature dining choices that are thoughtfully prepared and in appropriate portion sizes. So our guests feel the freedom to indulge in a complete dining experience, including our custom flatbreads and signature mini-indulgence desserts, while still feeling good about themselves and their dining choices.

We use natural cooking techniques such as wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking and caramelizing vegetables to let the natural flavors shine through. And we execute precision with seasoning, and oil with control and care to ensure just the right amount is used to bring out the great flavor profiles. An added benefit to this style is that our menu items are naturally lower in calories. In fact, we make a promise that nothing on our menu is over 475 calories. The result is great tasting, highly satisfying food that just so happens to be good for you!


Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Lisa came in from San Diego

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Yeah! Theo makes his appearance

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Lisa and Jen came to dine and shop.... Or was it shop and dine??

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Our room was perfect ... Impeccable service and fantastic food

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Standing up on the chair worked

Watch Us Say Hello To Robin!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
We be all here

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Jen gots the giggles

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Michele could not believe no more than 475 calories per entree

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
"...and for you young man???"

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Jen gets to meet the rest of the crazies in this family
(Jen is Lisa's roommate at CSULB)

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The wine glasses never went empty... Well, except for the girls and boys

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Lisa and Jen were smart... Order something different and share

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
What was this delightful bottle of wine doing sitting alone??

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
...another one... and the ones we love... What's happening???

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Annie really got us this time... How very very thoughtful!


W
What a treat! Thank you so much!!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Three more bites and they will not have to wash the dishes....

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The boyz.... Theo, Nick, and Bob...

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
New Christmas tie and super hat....

Did You Know? - The tradition of Santa Claus entering dwellings through the chimney is shared by many European seasonal gift-givers. In pre-Christian Norse tradition, Odin would often enter through chimneys and fireholes on the solstice.

In the Italian Befana tradition, the gift-giving witch is perpetually covered with soot from her trips down the chimneys of children's homes. In the tale of Saint Nicholas, the saint tossed coins through a window, and, in a later version of the tale, down a chimney when he finds the window locked. In Dutch artist Jan Steen's painting, The Feast of Saint Nicholas, adults and toddlers are glancing up a chimney with amazement on their faces while other children play with their toys.

The hearth was held sacred in primitive belief as a source of beneficence, and popular belief had elves and fairies bringing gifts to the house through this portal. Santa's entrance into homes on Christmas Eve via the chimney was made part of American tradition through Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas where the author described him as an elf.


Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
What is that... A dessert tree!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
A dozen healthy selections...

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The girls are going to try one of each

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
...as long as Paul gets the Rocky Road

Did You Know? - Rocky Road was invented in Australia in 1853 as a way of on-selling confectionery spoiled by the long journey from Europe. Gold miners in towns outside of Melbourne, such as Ballarat, were wealthy but uncultured. Unscrupulous businessmen took advantage of these men, mixing the spoiled confectionery with low quality chocolate and other 'filler' ingredients, such as locally foraged nuts. The name Rocky Road is derived from the 'Rocky Road' travelers had to take to get to the gold fields.

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Theo gets down to some serious flirting

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Decisions decisions

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Our waitress lends some suggestions

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Oh the stress....

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Everybody is moving to grab their dessert first

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Notice the kids (and Big Lisa) are woofing them down!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The boys got a candle so they have to blow it out

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Slowing down....

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
"Hey... we are off to the show!"

To South Coast Repertory For "A Christmas Carol"

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Jen and Greg enjoying the heat!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Bob and Lisa await the ride

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Snap.... We are ready to go! The girls rode
with us to the theater (across the street)

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
The rain stopped for a few minutes

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We head to the theater

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Our bartender at work.... A democrat working???

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Grandma likes were hat

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Fantastic sets

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Champagne is delightful in the afternoon

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Greg always gets the beautiful girls

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
No No... Not the beautiful girls!

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
"Have you been good little girls???"

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Great play... Great afternoon

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
OK... Crazy faces

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Time to go home

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
To the parking lot

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR
Theo... You are going the wrong way

Family afteroon to see A Christmas Carol at SCR

But Not For Long... Nightlighters Here We Come


Join us for the fun!


Dancing Through The Snow!