Fam on the Run

Since we survived the trip to Spain and back, we scheduled a few progressively less-far trips for the rest of the year.  We loaded up the kids and flew to California to visit friends and family.

Nina and Natalia loved the beach.

We rented a GMC Acadia.  We don’t know that we’d want to own one as an everyday driver, but as a rental vehicle, we loved that thing.  We affectionately called it the land-yacht.

We had tasty burgers at Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, San Diego.

We went sailing with LT on his boat.  By the way, he recently became (f)unemployed so he can sail around the world alone and get in adventures- like Caine from Kung Fu.

Also, note to parents– a sea-sick toddler is a well-behaved toddler.

We also spent a lot of time eating delicious meals with family and catching up.

Natalia already has expensive taste– nothing less than Rolexes (wink).

That is one of my aunt’s unrivaled empanadas pictured above.   Before leaving, we spent a day at the L.A. Zoo and we saw baby komodo dragons.

Then we drove back down for one last visit with friends and we left.

Then a few weeks later we hopped on a plane to Ann Arbor, MI to visit our great friends and former neighbors.

Our friend hosted a Xmas party at his place while we were there– it was great fun.  We improvised the mistletoe.

In the photo below, Natalia falls asleep while our friend (and fellow chemist) explains the research he was involved in during his first post-doc in natural product synthe….zzzzzzzzzzzzz

We had a great time and a lot more great food– then we went back home to beautiful NJ (it really is).

Our last trip wasn’t much of a trip at all.  We met up with our friends in NYC to meet Santa at Macy’s.

Thanks for reading, friends, and have a Happy Holiday Season.

We figure 2011 is going to be a piece of cake around here.

6 Responses to “Fam on the Run”

  1. Lydia says:

    I love all the pictures but the one outside GAP in the mall of you, Cati and the kids in tow is better than Brad and Angelina with their kids! And the one with Santa and the girls–priceless!

  2. karen says:

    GREAT pics, great idea… I just wondered why, in GAP pic, Alex is carrying the baby and Cati is carrying the toddler?!?! SO sorry we missed you in Ann Arbor, Madison WAS great and the a cappella group fantastic; no $$ yet therefore no band to accompany them!

    Qué tengan una Navidad muy felíz… les mandamos saludos a todos y unos abrazotes muy fuertes.

  3. Cati says:

    Karen, I have to confess: I only carried Nina briefly throughtout the day. In the pic, we are rushing to the subway. Otherwise, Nina was walking on her own. Alex, however, carried Natalia for the entire time. We are sorry we missed you, too. We will be back to MI soon.

    Feliz Navidad a vosotros también!

    Lydia, you are too funny comparing us to Brangelina, but we are not having 4 more children!

  4. Gina says:

    Those kids are so stinking cute! I need to get down there before it’s 2012!

    You’ll hear from me soon about a visit! Or I’ll just show up on your door step. :)

  5. Susan Fowler says:

    You are ALL adorable! I wish you the brightest, best most wonderful holiday EVER! Natalia’s first!
    Love you all to pieces….

  6. Lydia says:

    Cati, You don’t have to give birth to all of them–just adopt!