Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Lunch. . .

Yesterday we met our Fresno Five at one of our favorite restaurants Espanas Southwest Bar & Grill.  Los Banos is a half-way point for us to drive from Monterey and Russ and Denise to drive from Fresno and perfect for our Christmas lunch.


It is always interesting to observe what young ones order.   Stanley ordered white rice, Mary cheesy nachos and Will, as usual, ordered dino chicken nuggets from the kid’s menu.  Will always checks his dinosaur nuggets and identifies each: “yes, this is a bronto…, this a t-rex” etc. This year he ate them unlike last time when he wrapped them up to take them home for his collection!

It was a fun few hours of visiting (everyone talking at once- “I’m in Girl Scouts, I’m playing basketball this year, I read this book. . .”,) eating and unwrapping the presents their older cousin Jorden had bought for them.   It made our Christmas pretty complete; all four (of the most wonderful) grandchildren in one place!  We are seeing Gary and Vivian tomorrow but will miss Kelle and Joe who live in Texas.  Just hung up from talking to Kelle  where we compared our  nearly identical Christmas Eve dinners:  chili, tamales and cornbread, the same Christmas Eve meal we had while she was growing up!  Traditions. . .

Before we parted ways, us back to Monterey and them home to Fresno Denise pulled a a pan of her famous lemon bars out of their van.  Another tradition.  She makes them every Christmas for me!  Everyone likes them but I absolutely LOVE them!


Did you buy new p.j.’s for your children each Christmas so they would look good for Christmas morning pictures?  This is Gary, Russ and Kelle on Christmas morning a bunch of years ago! 


Wishing you a

Blessed and Merry Christmas!


  1. The same to you! It looks like you're having a fantastic holiday -- and those lemon bars look delicious! Have a very happy Christmas and New Year's, too!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful get-together. My kids don't think pajamas are a gift, but one of them got that along with socks and underwear. I told them I'm not buying just for the sake of buying. We have everything we need, more than in fact! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Blessings of health and happiness in the new year. Tammy

  3. Beautiful family - and merry Christmas to you and your family. Love, sandie

  4. Glad you had this wonderful time!!

    Hope you had the merriest of Christmases and wishing you a wonderful 2012!

  5. I want you to know that I read your comment first thing this morning about even the hay sounding good and had a good belly laugh! HA! Wishing you and yours health and happiness, light and love, peace and tranquility for 2012! Blessings, Tammy