Posted by: dkeaquinto | December 10, 2008

Thanksgiving ’08

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I was completely overwhelmed with 10 days worth of pictures while in California.  Then I saw how my sister, Stacie, posted Thanksgiving.  So, basically I’m stealing her ideas.  Thanks, Stac!  

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We flew into San Jose late Friday night.  Then Saturday my mom picked up Stacie, Brandon, and Brody and we all went up to Lakeport to see our Grandparents.  Sunday we got to see Dan’s Grandma Lois and Aunt Theresa who met Sofia for the first time.  When we got back, we got to eat crab cioppino!!  My cousin Brad when crab fishing the day before and caught 10 fresh crab.  Thanks Brad!!  My Grandma Joan makes the best cioppino- the recipe originates from Papa (my great-grandpa) and it’s an all day process.  Thank you Grandma- it was amazing!

Monday, Dan and Brandon decided to shoot squirrels with bb-guns and then we went to a beautiful winery that my Grandpa Bob was so excited to show us.  We also got to see Nanny and Papa’s grave (great-grandparents).  And that’s when my camera battery lost it’s power.  Yep, I forgot my charger.  Thank goodness Stacie and my mom took awesome pictures for me the rest of the week.

Tuesday we drove back to Livermore and Ty drove up from L.A. that morning and later that night Aaron and Ada arrived!  We were introduced to the Wii Fit and, of course, competed to get the best scores from Yoga to Ski jumping.

Wednesday we went to the city to see  the new California Academy of Science and we got a flat tire on our rental van and we should have known how the rest of the day was going to go…  Stacie said it best while singing “If I could turn back time (Cher) I’d stay at home in my pjs (Stacie).”

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Thursday was Thanksgiving and it was so yummy!  Thanks Mom!

Friday we went to Half Moon Bay and hiked up to a beautiful look out point and then ate fish and chips at Barbara’s Fish Trap!  The only place where Dan will eat fish!

Saturday we had to say goodbye to Stacie, Brandon, and Brody.  To get our minds off of their departure, we went to San Francisco.  We got several samples of Ghirardelli’s peppermint bark chocolate squares, ate Boudin’s clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls, saw the sea lions, watched the Bush Man scare some unsuspecting pedestrians, and hang out sipping Ghirardelli’s hot chocolate late into the evening.  Ty left later that evening and we miss him already.

Sunday morning Aaron and Ada left.  Then my parents, Dan, the girls, and I went back to the city to eat in Little Italy and had the most amazing lunch at “Calzones.”  My mom had this incredible crab pasta and I had delicious gnocchi pesto.  The men had pizza that was good, but nothing like our pasta. 🙂  We walked around a little until we found a little dessert shop where we got some yummy gelato and Dan got to listen to some guys talking about soccer in Italian.  Once again, we had to get some peppermint bark chocolate…mmm…

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Monday we hung out and had to fly out that night.  Besides our flight being delayed 2 hours (which we didn’t mind spending more time with my mom) we had a smooth ride home.  The girls were wonderful and we can’t wait to go back.  I left my heart (and Sofia’s sock) in San Francisco.



  1. I loved your pictures! Holy Cow you got some really really good ones. It sounds like you guys had a blast. I haven’t posted anything from Thanksgiving because it’s too overwhelming! The pictures of the four of you with the ocean in the background are amazing! What a beautiful family. I ‘m glad you had such a great time!

  2. Such a gorgeous family Kristin! Really, really great photos. You all look great. And Bria is getting so fun… I enjoyed seeing her today!

  3. Ya’lls girls are seriously so beautiful! I swear ya’lls trip sounded like you went somewhere foreign. Ya’ll went to some beautiful places. Makes me want to make the union trip in July to San Fransisco even though the baby will only be a few weeks old. Who knows I guess we’ll see how healthy the baby and I will be then. I’d hate to miss a great trip we wouldn’t otherwise make! Thanks for the great post!

  4. Looks like you guys had a ton of fun! California has such nice weather, I’ll bet it was a good break from the snow. You have such a cute family!

  5. I LOVE the slideshows, now I’m going to have to make you teach me how to add them to posts when you get here. I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you!

  6. do you guys like Ghirardelli?

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