Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas! ♥

Merry Christmas Eve! ♥
It's finally here.  This past week has gone by so fast.  In some ways  I feel like because of everything that's been going on in my family I've missed the entire Christmas season.  I'm sad about that but I am looking forward to New Year's and starting fresh on January 1st.  We are making the best of things and grateful to be where we are.  Unfortunately my mom will not be home for Christmas, but hopefully soon afterwards.  She's being well taken care of at the rehab hospital and is doing very well! Every day she is getting stronger and we are so proud of her! 

So although our Christmas has been different this year, I have managed to squeeze in a few traditions.
Last night we went to our favorite Christmas place, Edaville Railroad.  We go every year with friends and this year was no exception. We saw Christmas lights, took a train ride, saw Santa, and had hot chocolate & warm chocolate chip cookies.

 It was freezing cold, but it felt good to feel some Christmas cheer ♥

John and his friends rode the Ferris wheel.

Too high and COLD for me, but he had a blast!


I love this picture of John so much (on the right) taken at Edaville in 2017, I had him recreate it.  What a change in him in just 2 years! (it makes me happy and sad at the same time )


My favorite part! So good!

It was a beautiful clear night. 
We got to see a gorgeous sunset as we took a train ride around the lake. It was all lit up with light and looked magical!

Back at home I was able to watch my favorite Christmas movie, The Holiday.   I love this movie so much. There is just something about it...the setting, the music, and the story.  My heart melts for this movie.


 Iris's English cottage is the home of my dreams...: )

Last week was also John's Christmas concert at school.

He and his friend Sean are the two senior drummers this year.  

They did such a great job! 

 I didn't have time to do much baking this year but I did manage to make this peppermint fudge.  It's John favorite and he asked me to PLEASE make some for Christmas eve.  How could I not?  It's so easy and YUMMY!  (It's a Pioneer Woman recipe with only 3 ingredients! Recipe HERE if you need a last minute dessert!)

And here we are.  Presents are wrapped and stockings are stuffed, all ready for tonight.  We will be spending a quiet day at home on Christmas Day.  I bought our favorite cinnamon rolls to have for breakfast while we open presents.  After dinner we'll head up to the rehab to visit my mom.  My Dad and sister will already be there, as they are offering a Christmas dinner for family members.  It's such a wonderful thing to do.  My heart goes out to all of the people in the hospital who can't be home with their families on Christmas. We'll have a late celebration once she gets home.  For now we are just grateful she's here ♥

Whatever your plans, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with the ones you love!  That's the most important thing, isn't it?! 

Merry Christmas, my friends! I hope Santa is good to you!

 I'll be thinking of you all! xoxo


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Danielle. I'm glad your mum is getting stronger. I hope she's back home very soon. xx

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