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Happy holidays.  I really feel that we need more weeks in December.  Although I'm pretty close to being done with all of my presents and are working on sending out Christmas cards, I still feel stressed.  There are still potlucks and holiday lunches to attend.  There's also that birthday party to plan.  I really wish that I can have some time to enjoy the holiday season and not let all the obligations take away from the fun.   So last weekend, after paying my parents a visit, we took the kids over to Pasadena to see some of the Christmas lights and festive storefronts in Old Town.  Following Yelp's recommendation, we ate dinner at  La Grande Orange Cafe.  Once again, 2000 people were right, the food was fantastic!  The best part is that they have a great children's menu for $5.  Their short ribs were fabulous and they valet for parking.  We're definitely going back.  

After our dinner, we walked down the street to the famous Stats for some Christmas cheer.  That store is an institution in Southern California.  As a kid, I remember hearing about the crazy lines of people waiting to buy Christmas decorations the day after Christmas.  Yet, I've never been there before!  Until last weekend!  Wow, the place is crazy.  All I can say is, if you love Christmas decorations, it's a must visit.  The kids had fun posing for pictures. :-)  We walked out empty handed, but hearts full of cheer.

Ever get that strange feeling that you're surrounded?

These two peacocks are stunning!  Sadly, the price tags were a tad steep for my budget.

Where did all that snow come from??
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