Christmas Trip North 2013

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

12/26/2013 We Are Off For A Whirlwind Drive To Saratoga & Stockton

Zooming up the coast on a beautiful day

Little traffic means we are making good time

~ 390 miles right up Highway 101

Dinner is served

The ceiling was an eye grabber

Lisa and Hannah up for the Christmas vacation

Diane got time to relax a bit

Sisters---- Sisters---

Did You Know? - "Sisters" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1954.

The song appeared in the movie White Christmas where both parts were sung by Rosemary Clooney (who served as Vera-Ellen's singing vocal dub for this song, while Trudy Stevens dubbed Vera-Ellen's other songs in the film).

The movie White Christmas also starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. It was not possible to issue an "original soundtrack album" of the film, because Decca Records controlled the soundtrack rights, but Clooney was under exclusive contract with Columbia Records. Consequently each one issued a separate "soundtrack recording": Decca issuing Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, while Columbia issued Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

On the former, the song "Sisters" (as well as all of Clooney's vocal parts) was recorded by Peggy Lee, while on the latter, the song was sung by Rosemary Clooney and her own sister, Betty.

The Clooney sisters' version, which was also released as a single, was the most popular recording of the song, charting in 1954. The song was also made famous in the United Kingdom by sister act the Beverley Sisters.

Paul and Emily

Pat attacks the fondue

Yeah yeah... The gangs all here

One more try

Chocolate fondue.... Bring on the marshmellows

Dip... Slurp... Giggle...

Lisa is dipping watermelon in the chocolate???

The puzzle was almost done when Jordy decided to dump it on the floor

"It was Jordy... Not sweet little me!"

"It was indeed him!"

A glass of wine is great after a seven hour drive

"Merry Christmas"

IPhones are powered up

Sue has got the giggles now

Bubble TAlk... A new boared game

"Hey... It's my turn"

"Hey... I wanna win a round!"

Pat & Paul are enjoying the game

Is someone spoiled????

Off To Stockton For Lunch

Aunt Kaye is 95 and looks like 65

Dining at Strings... Best Italian food in the area

Cousin Tommy, Aunt Kaye, Sue, and Paul

Heading home

The rest stops are looking good these days

We stopped for gas as a train rumbled by on High 99

We are home after 850 miles