Here is a recap of our break.....
Our annual Christmas Eve appetizer night....the experiment this year? Egg Rolls. And they were delish.
Then on to Obachan's house. (My Japanese MIL)
She made an amazing spread.
The cousins playing games....
All the grandkids, minus the one away at college.
The next day we headed to San Francisco, with Obachan and two of the cousins.
In Japantown, Bookworm, picking out her rice bowl for the year.
The bento box aisle is my favorite.
At the Peace Pagoda
These were some mochi treats. We thought that the topping was a sweet one, but it was a savory, sticky, soy sauce one.
This dish is amazing. Green tea ice cream, sweet beans, fruit, mochi, and those gelatin balls.....so, so good.
Next stop was China Beach.
We stopped at Pillar Point for some chowder....
...and some calamari.
Then down to the beach for a walk.
The sunset was beautiful.
We left that side of the family and drove a teeny ways to the grandparents house, for a delicious dinner.
The next day we all learned how to play Mexican Train and loved it.
And we had a great time visiting with them.
Finally, on New Years' Eve, we headed to our friends. It was a full house: 9 adults (one dad was home sick) and 24 kids.
Playing games, late into the night....
Celebrating with cider.....
Lunch the next day......
Chiopino for the fish-loving people.....
And lots of volleyball.
All the kids....
And the adults.
This break was fun for our family and a much needed rest for My Sweetie and I.
Now onto 2014!