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About Me & My Family

I'm the mother of a two high energy kids who were born ready for adventure. My oldest is a gifted athlete and my youngest is a charmer with special needs.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, disorganized, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
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Our Favorite Vacation Spot
The Big Island, HI
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Cook Islands, Australia, Jordan, Alaska, Israel ---oh, did you say PLACE as in singular? HA!!!
Favorite Vacation Memory
Riding a water bike on a Hawaiian lagoon with one of my kids on each pontoon!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying with my three month old baby just weeks after September 11 -- what a nerve wracking and tense experience that was!!
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Awesome Christmas Lights on the San Francisco Peninsula

My family loves a festive light display or an action packed show during the holiday season.   Here’s where you too can take in the holiday lights we’ve enjoyed year after year:  Updated for 2015!


3050 Hecker Pass Highway
Gilroy, California

Gilroy Gardens Holiday Lights: This charming garden-themed amusement park opens at dusk for an evening that becomes more illuminating as the night goes on. Rides your kids have become familiar with on your regular visits, take on a holiday theme. Those cars that wind their way through early Gilroy, become the Twelve Days of Christmas, the walk into the park becomes Candy Cane Lane. Lights, figurines and holiday themes glow everywhere --- there is even a nod to Hanukah and Kwanzaa! The annual holiday event culminates in a laser light show over the park’s Coyote Lake. Set to symphony music, this amazing show not only lights up the normally peaceful waters, it brings cheers from the crowds.


333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, California

Fantasy of Lights: Vasona Park is transformed into an astonishing display of holiday whimsy. Imagine Santa Claus tossing a basketball to Rudolph and the ball flies over your car! A child plays with a dog, a young man rides an old fashioned bicycle, dinosaurs roam the land again ---these are only a few of the fun scenes spread out over the park’s acreage with the expressed purpose of dazzling visitors. When you enter the park, tune into holiday music on the station directed by park staff, drive slowly with highlights out and enjoy the show. Word of advice: Visit during the week! Wait times are very long on weekends.


1260 Estate Drive
Los Altos, California

For 20 years the residents of this quiet little street near Grant Road and Fremont Avenue have transformed their yards into a holiday wonderland. Reindeers perch from rooftops, Santa wave from front lawns and hundreds of lights delight visitors with a twinkle.

reviewed on: February 07 2014

"A Lovely Holiday Tradition"
For years now the charming and well manicured cul de sac of Estate Drive has decked itself out for the holiday season.  Tastefully trimming each and every yard for holiday sparkle and lights so that drivers may come through and enjoy the spectacle.  My kids' favorite is the house at the end of the road with the spooling video imagery showing Santa at work in the home's upstairs window.

Estate Drive is located near Grant Road and Fremont Avenue.  My advice is to drive the street not to walk it.  There are no sidewalks and it can be difficult to spot pedestrians at night.  


2387 Adele Avenue
Mountain View, California

We’ve joked for years that the caretaker of this Christmas tradition has the most understanding wife in the universe! For nearly thirty holiday seasons, fellow holiday lovers have been invited onto the lawn here for a few hours each evening to watch elaborate trains travel through the front yard, into a tunnel and up a snow capped peak before entering one end of the house's large living room window winding around Christmas decorations and out the other end of the window before making the trip again. The operation of this display is weather permitting and dark on Mondays. The trains usually run from the day after Thanksgiving thru Dec 25 only, 6:30 - 9 pm. Please stay on the proper side of the rope and don't let your children touch the trains (believe me, they'll be tempted!). The family usually sets out mats to stand on in case the grass is damp. It's a nice little tradition that my train fanatics always enjoy and we are very grateful to these folks for keeping it going!


1705 Fulton Road
Palo Alto, California

Each year the 1700 and 1800 block of Fulton Street in Palo Alto are turned into a tribute to the most wonderful time of the year. The concept of Christmas Tree Lane (originally called Christmas Fairyland Lane) was conceived more than sixty years ago by four residents gathered around a bridge table. It has survived black outs during World War II, the energy crisis of the 1970's and a few other challenges over the years but, is still going strong thanks to the hospitality of the street's residents. Whether you drive slowly down the street with only your parking lights illuminated and enjoy the displays from your car or park on a side street and walk past all of the Nutcracker characters, elves, reindeer and the Peanuts gang, please be mindful that these are people's homes and you are there at their invitation. Christmas Tree Lane usually rises mid-December. The lights displays turn on daily around 5 p.m. and continue through New Year's Eve, with the lights darkening each night at 11 p.m. No parking is allowed on Christmas Tree Lane, but parking is available in nearby neighborhoods.


1200 Dewey Street
Redwood City, California

Redwood City’s Dewey Street between Carson Street and Roosevelt Avenue becomes festive display of lights, decoration and holiday characters. Many visitors stroll the street on foot while others drive slowly down the street taking in all of the sites.


709 Sheraton Drive
Sunnyvale, California

There are 101 Santas on display in the front yard of this house. In fact, just about everything in this yard either has a Santa on it or is somehow Santa-related. The lights are also synchronized to music. There is also usually a donation box and food barrel for City Ministries in the front yard. Donate if you can!


757 Sheraton Drive
Sunnyvale, California

Approximately 100,000 lights with displays on roof and ground and almost all are entirely LED. Displays and animations line the roof and if you’re lucky, you’ll enjoy this light display on a night when Santa is also visiting. Word on the street is that Santa hits up this address a few times during December to simply shake hands with anyone who happens to be in the area.


Eucalyptus Street
San Carlos, California

I cannot even comprehend how much neighbor cooperation it would take to convert a two-block section of a neighborhood into the holiday wonderland that is Eucalyptus Street! It is truly amazing!! Word of warning: park your car and walk in, it is better to get up close and personal with the displays and numerous photo opps. This area can also get vehicle congested easily.

reviewed on: December 19 2014

"Amazing Display of Christmas Spirit!"
This street is quite a sight during the holiday season.  Bedecked, bedazzled, and strung with more lights than the average family could take the time to count, Eucalyptus Street is a holiday filled spectacle from one end to the other!

Lit trees, lit jeeps, lit fences, musically synchronized lights, fences, characters, and all sorts of other holiday feasts to the eyes are around you everywhere as you walk this street.  I can only imagine the neighborhood unity it takes to pull something like this off year after year --- and you would need a lot of unity because this display brings people out in droves.  I've been there when a line of car traffic has clogged the street and I've been there when they've closed the street to pedestrian traffic only, something I think should be done every year.

TIP:  No matter how the street is handled, please don't drive into the area, park a few blocks away and walk in.  The detail given to decorating these yards is a treat, enjoy them on foot and appreciate the lengths these residents have gone to in order to share the holiday spirit!