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