. . . the movie Christmas Vacation that is! That is one of my favorite Christmas movies, White Christmas being my most favorite of all time, but for some reason I never got around to seeing Christmas Vacation this year. Probably unbenounced to me, my family and I we're about to relive that crazy Christmas movie!!
This year we had to go up to Chris' parents house in Santa Barbra a little early so the whole family could be together. Rylee was so happy to see and play with her cousin. Chris's mom wanted to have a family picture taken so after dinner we got into our picture taking clothes and headed down to the studio. Brady was not having any part of picture taking at 7 O'clock at night, he cried the whole time and I would be surprised if there is a decent one of him looking at the camera, but you never know, it only takes one right??? On Friday we opened presents, had a little family time and then Chris wanted to head back to Riverside before all the holiday/rush hour traffic. This is where the story gets exciting . . . . .
The car was packed wall to wall and floor to ceiling with presents and all our luggage. I knew the kids would sleep on the short trip from SB to Riverside so i didn't pack any snacks. We left around noon, got on the road, the kids promptly fell asleep and around the 405 101 merge in holiday traffic our Escalade lost all electrical power!!! No hazard lights no steering no nada! Chris had to cross 4 lanes across the merge to get to the last bit of shoulder in LA. We called AAA and Chris tells them we are "dead in the water" and Rylee starts looking over the side like our car is stuck in a lake "i don't see any water daddy" They were to tow the car to Riverside and told us they would get there in 30 min and then we called enterprise rental car because they'll pick you up right?!? Well yes, unless you're on the freeway. While taking to the rental car agent she first wanted us to pull our car off the freeway, not going to happen, then she wanted us all to get in the tow truck ( with 2 car seats) and then pick us up nope that wasn't going to happen either. Finally she said someone would come get us in 20 min. At that point I thought Holy Shit this is all going to work out!!
2 hours later…
The tow truck and rental car show up at exactly the same time.
In the meantime…we have let both kids out of their car seats and they are roaming the only part of the car not inundated with presents…the driver and passenger seats. Brady proceeded to push every button he can get his hands on. Chris freaks out and tells me not to let Brady touch everything in case the electrical comes back on. I reassure him Brady is harmless. No longer than the words came out of my mouth Brady hits the hatch open button and all the presents start falling out of the back of the car avalanche style onto the 101 freeway!!! Chris runs out trying to scoop up all the presents cursing my name in the process!! Oops! After we clean up that mess a suspicious pick up truck with equally suspicious characters inside pull up within 50 yards behind our car. Great we would be the ones to get robbed on the side of the freeway. Chris hands me Brady as the passenger gets out of the car (Chris thinks he's going to have to spring into action on the side of the freeway) the guys starts to push their car toward ours. Rylee starts yelling "they're going to ram us they're going to ram us". Turns out they were trying to jump start their truck not looking to rob innocent people stuck on the side of the freeway with a car load of Christmas presents and two kids. At that point Chris has to go to the bathroom, Brady and Rylee have eaten every cookie I had left in the car from the last cookie party I went to and I just want to be home. Such troopers, if the kids hadn't been so wonderful we might not have faired so well.
When the rental and tow truck came I took out the car seats and walked them down the side of the freeway while Chris was dealing with the tow truck driver. I come back and Chris had locked Brady in the car and he was surfing on the center console pushing all the buttons. We had the rental guy, tow truck driver, Chris and I all walking Christmas presents down the side of the freeway to put in the rental so they would make it to Christmas!!! We finally made it in the rental, right in time for rush hour LA traffic, 2 and a half hours later we pulled up to my parents house in Riverside.
TOTAL TIME: 7 HOURS!!!!
After all the chaos subsided we were ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas festivities! Pizza making! Chris was channeling his inner Italian!
Rylees pizza looked great. Cheese and sausage, just the way she likes it. She and Brady ate pizza all week my mom was so happy, being that Bryn and I don't like pizza!!
Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to bring them to bring their presents. Such good little kids they really are. Santa brought them everything they asked for. Thanks to Blueberry the Elf (our Elf on the Shelf)
Chris and Aunt B in their matching aprons!!
Brady loving his new tricycle, if only his piggies reached the pedals!!
After morning Christmas, we headed over to my Aunt Pam and Uncle Jay's house! Rylee and Brady loved it because they have a bunch on animals including a horse. Rylee was so excited when they asked if she wanted to ride the horse, but the horse was kind of spooked so we decided another time would be best. Little did we know another one of the rot wheilers was "spooked" too and ran up on Rylee and tried to take her down. Quick action by my uncle and he ripped the dog off of her with only a scratch to show for it! Scary but thankful it wasn't worse. Later, when Brady was done opening his presents, he thought if would be fun to take a short nap inside the little doggie cage!! For the record he climbed in the cage on his OWN!!
The traditional Tavaglione family shot! My aunt takes this picture every year and I am going to round them all up and see what I can do with them. Love it!!!
After all of our Christmas shenanigans, it really did seem like we were living out Christmas vacation, Chris got 2nd place on fabulous light display, stuck on the freeway, and attacked by a dog, next year I hope we are paralleling Hawaiian Vacation . . . hahah!!!
Christmas has come and gone another year, we got way to much and are very lucky for all that we have. Next year we will have a 2 year old and and 4 year old, crazy thought and it makes me a little sad but I'm loving every minute.
Merry Christmas from the
Griswold Family Hlinka Family