Weekends are for... boat parades and Santa!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday : Every year at Christmas time, Newport Beach puts on a boat parade. We've gone a couple times and have always had a great time. A couple years ago we were able to get a great spot on someone's dock and were able to see all the boats up close. Last year we got there a little late so we ended up seeing the end of the parade but still had a pretty good view off a little beach on the harbor. This year I planned in advance and wanted to get there early so we could get a good spot. And sadly to say, I was kind of disappointed. It didn't live up the the way I envisioned it. We got there early and found a nice couple that let us share their table. We hit up the pizza place that was next to the table and the service was...awful. They were so unprepared for the mass amounts of people that come to the parade. I'm not quite sure how that happened since this is the 105th boat parade so I'm sure they knew it would be busy. The pizza was good, but we had to wait almost an hour to get 2 slices each. Also, there weren't very many boats. Overall, we did have fun but I think we will be trying to the Dana Point boat parade next year.

Sunday : We had a much better Sunday and had planned to go see Santa. This was the first year that all the brother and sisters had kids so we wanted to take a cousin picture. The ages ranged from 2 months to 6 years so I was a little worried about how it would all go down but everyone did well and we got a super cute picture! We had gotten there a little earlier than the others so we walked around an enjoyed the pretty decorated trees and decorations around the mall.

We are enjoying the holiday season so much and I can't believe Christmas is already on Wednesday!