What I did on my Christmas vacation

Did you have to write those reports when you were in school? I’m sure I did but I can’t really remember. Either way – there’s no time like the present 🙂

It all started with a cross country flight. I’m not sure I was playing attention when I booked my ticket because I had over a 3 hour layover in Houston! When I landed after an uneventful first leg, I noticed that my flight was delayed by 20 minutes. What’s 20 minutes when you are already waiting over 3 hours right?

I grabbed some dinner and checked the board again to find that my flight was now delayed about an hour. It turns out that my plane was headed in from the snow covered northeast. While looking at the board, I noticed that there was an earlier flight that was still on time and leaving in about an hour. Remarkably, there were still seats available on the flight and I was able to quickly get my name on the top of the standby list. I asked about my bag and was told they needed an hour. They had 53 minutes so we figured it would be fine.

It wasn’t and my bag didn’t arrive at my mom’s place until 24 hours later. You haven’t had an eventful Christmas until you’ve worn your mom’s unmentionables.

the infamous missing bag

After a day of shopping and errands around town, my mom and I made the previously mentioned mind-numbing drive to Vegas. It’s worth it to see my brother and his family though, and see the joy of Christmas through their eyes.

IMG_2773Christmas Eve

My brother and I usually trade gift cards so it was a special treat when he gave my mom and I tickets to see the Blue Man Group at the Venetian. The show was amazing – especially from our seats in the 3rd row – but the real adventures included losing $40 in the casino, finding some amazing after-Christmas sales, getting REALLY lost on the way home, and doing all of it with a REALLY empty pump (like ‘no delivery’ empty)!

IMG_3027Blue Man Group

After playing with the kids a little more and making my mom suffer through wearing matching pajamas –




my mom and I headed back to Southern California. I learned about the blessings of traffic and will try to take that lesson into the new year with me.

I enjoyed a great dinner with my extended family, and continue to look forward to the time I get to spend with them.

Group picture!

After a day of rest, my mom and I headed into Los Angeles (in traffic) to see Mary Poppins. The show is really well done, but I couldn’t help but feel some sort of irony hearing them sing about the benefits of sugar!


The next morning, my dad came to pick me up and we drove up in traffic (do we see a theme here?!) to his house for a final Christmas celebration. We drove by my alma mater so I could see the new science center that they recently finished.


I’m not saying I come from an odd family, but apparently the dogs at my dad’s house think they are people too and enjoy sitting in chairs and wearing sunglasses in the house at night.

Oh, and there was that whole embarrassing incident where I was flirting with our waiter at dinner and my dad mentioned how the earth had reached its galactic center.



On the way home, I made my dad stop at Chick-fil-A for our dinner. Living in the southeast, there are two things I can’t believe. 1. How much smog there is around here (when you don’t see it every day, you tend to forget I suppose) and 2. How there is anyone left in the U.S. that has never eaten Chick-fil-A. I may or may not have a standing appointment there every Wednesday.



While you are reading this post, I am (hopefully) on the final leg of my overnight journey back to the east coast. I hope you had a great holiday season and are entering the new year relaxed and refreshed.

So tell me, what’s the best thing that happened to you this holiday season, or what are you looking forward to most in the new year?


  • Great pics Sara..sounds like you had a brill time..the pics with you and your mum with the same jammies on are really good.

  • Wearing your mother’s unmentionables. Shudder. Other than that, glad you had a wonderful time.

    The best thing that happened this holiday season was just being with family. Looking forward to exercising again in the new year 🙂

  • Great pictures! Children at Christmas are wonderful. The best part of my holiday season was definitely spending time with our niece. She’s only three months old, so obviously doesn’t get it at all yet, but it sure made my Christmas!

  • Great pic’s! I still can’t believe your Dad has never eaten at Chick-fil-a. Your niece and nephews are adorable. I had a good Christmas. I enjoyed having dinner with you, George and Jaimie. I am looking foward to seeing Scott on the 5th. This year is going to be amazing!!!! Woot!

  • I’d say, if this were a school essay, you would get an A+!

    So glad to see you and your family had such a wonderful Holiday (minus the missing bag of course).

    I’m excited to finally be going back to school. I start Wednesday. Yeah! I may have some disclosure questions for you, if you wouldn’t mind giving some advice.

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