and then we went to our friend's boat (they live there year round-she has taught me a thing or two about living simply with three kids on board) for a dinner party. my friend, natasha is from costa rica so she cooked a typical costa rican meal with rice, beans, and slow cooked meat and it was delicious.
on sunday we went to the redwood library (the oldest lending library in the country) holiday open house and heard children's stories read and christmas carols sung by a choir. the sweet shoppe in newport also had an open house so we walked there and the girls decorated gingerbread men. and then it was on to the playground with friends.
i love taking advantage of all the holiday festivities this area has to offer. speaking of holiday, i was getting our cards ready to mail out and was looking at the united states postal service website and found these earthscape stamps. i just put an order in for our holiday cards. i'm always on the look out for artful and meaningful stamps to adorn our letters and cards and these do just the trick.