Today I'm writing you from a parking lot in Long Beach. Such a strange place to be, but we are heading to yet another Christmas performance for the kids and the International Peace Choir...more of this tomorrow.
In fact I'm just checking in for a quickie review/scoop from yesterday, which was a most productive day (I love those!).
I took the kids Christmas shopping, checked some more recepiants off of their shopping lists, I decided to make Gnoccette Frito alla Parmagiana - have you every last bit of it from scratch.
And the highlight of the day was going to and being in the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade!
The only thing that we weren't prepared for was the wind - the absolutely crazy winds!!!
But as they say - the show must go on...
Balboa Pavillion Est. 1907 (c)travelincousins.com
Waiting to board the boat (c)travelincousins.com
Being in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade (c)travelincousins.com
It's a windy night to be on a boat (c)travelincousins.com
Lotsa pretty lights (c)travelincousins.com
Happy Holidays (c)travelincousins.com
Boats everywhere (c)travelincousins.com
With all of the traffic we faced on the road, we didn't really have the time to stop for hot drinks prior to the event, so we were empty handed and actually kinda cold handed with all the wind.
Our hands were stuffed in our packets and the kids had to even hold their hats on their heads so as to not have them blow away.
So although we found the show to be enjoyable, it was an interesting point of view from the ones that we've experienced in the years past (being on foot).
But I guess you do kinda miss seeing the parade when you are part of the parade!
There was quite a bit of traffic on the water, and seeing all of the sparkling lights glimering on the water was definitely rather nice, but once the tour was over and we had made it back to the car I must say that we were much more comfortable to be out of the wind and then before going home to a nice fresh out of the over hot dinner, we opted to stop to those warm drinks that we had missed on the way in.
Overall I scratched that itch and think I prefer going about it all on foot. But that is just me. I think Cosette preferred being on the boat. Until next year guys...the parade does tour for a few days, maybe we'll do both!
Here's a peak at our dinner:
Time for me to go now, busy day of performances, shopping, Christmas tree picking, and a wrapping party.