Thursday, December 31, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Hello Friends! Merry Christmas Eve!
The other night we got the opportunity to visit La Salette Shrine. At Christmastime they do a beautiful lights display. It's a walk though, all outdoors so we were able to safely socially distance while enjoying the beautiful lights. It was such a touching experience, as the music played, to truly remember the reason for the season and especially during these tough times, just how lucky we are. Better days are ahead.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Happy Wednesday! As I type this post it's mid afternoon and we are expecting a huge snowstorm tonight. I expect to wake up to a foot of snow in the morning. Yup, winter is here.
It's hard to believe Christmas is only 1 week away. In some ways it doesn't feel like Christmas but the snow this evening will definitely help the feeling. After John goes to sleep tonight I'm going to make myself a big mug of tea and finish wrapping his presents. I don't know if anyone else has this feeling at Christmas time, but I always seem to be fighting a touch of sadness. My mind wanders back to a time when John was a baby. Those first Christmas's with him were just the best. I don't think I'll ever be that happy again. I can picture him, a chubby little bald baby, playing with his beloved Thomas Trains under the tree....happy as can be. I feel so blessed to have those memories, back in our old living room in the house I used to live in ♥
Don't get me wrong, I love every age, but those baby memories make my heart ache. Ache with sadness because I wish I could go back and live them all again, but also ache with happiness because I can hold those memories in my heart forever. I'm grateful that I can still play Santa and wait for him to go to sleep to wrap presents. Even though now he knows I'm doing it, it's still fun. And Christmas eve is still exciting. Thank Goodness!
We were talking this morning about the snow coming and John was reminiscing about how he used to LOVE to play in the snow. I would bundle him up so much he looked like the kid in A Christmas Story. He could hardly walk or see! He would literally just roll down the hill in our front yard and not be able to get up. He loved every minute of it. So did I.
Christmas break starts on Friday and we're planning to go see lights this weekend and also start a movie marathon. We're making new memories everyday and I know I'll look back on this time in our lives with as much fondness as the baby days.
I've got to finish up my work and prepare for my wrapping tonight. I think I'll watch White Christmas while I'm doing it.
Have a wonderful day everyone! I'll keep you posted on the snow!
Fingers crossed it's not too much : )
Friday, December 11, 2020
My weekend plans include wrapping presents, planning our Christmas menu, and watching this movie. If you've never seen The Bishop's Wife then stop everything and go watch it. It's wonderful and as corny as I am and that's why I love it. I wish our world had more Carey Grant's in it. It would be a better place, don't you think?
Have a Merry Weekend Friends! Christmas is coming and I'm already dreaming of 2021!
Better days ahead! ♥
Sunday, December 6, 2020
A few things from my week that have brought me joy...♥
This book is sooooo good! Lately I've been so tired that if I try to read at night I fall asleep, so I'm trying to make time during the day to read. 20 minutes here, 15 minutes there. I love it. I'm always wanting more.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
I've said before and I'll say it again... One of the things I love most about this little blog of mine is its a place to store my memories. From very serious events to the most lighthearted moments. Everything I want to remember about my life is right here, and I love that.
I was scrolling though some old posts today searching for a recipe and I came across this little story that I shared years ago. It's still funny to me, and if you know my husband you'll know why....
(I copied this excerpt from my blog post in 2013! ♥)
One Sunday Rob was watching a football game and I offered him some hot cider. To my delight he said yes. I prepared it for him and put it an a fancy mug with a cinnamon stick. "Enjoy!" I said as I left the room. A little while later when I came back to collect the cup I noticed the cinnamon stick was gone.... I asked how he liked the cider and he said it was really good, but he didn't care for the cookie! OMG - he ate the cinnamon stick!!! Has anyone ever eaten a cinnamon stick??? I didn't think it was possible??? When I told him that he wasn't supposed to actually EAT the cinnamon stick he said "good, because it tasted terrible". True story ♥
I remember this day so clearly and the feeling of confusion and shock when I realized the cinnamon stick was gone. He didn't??? Yep, he did! LOL
Looking back on this story now I was thinking to myself why did he continue eating the cinnamon stick if he thought it tasted awful? It must have been not to hurt my feelings, and that's really sweet.
And there you go. Thank you old self for documenting this on the blog. I got a chuckle today and I hope you did too! 😄
PS - Here's the link to the post if you want to see how I prepare the hot cider. I still prepare it this way. In fact, I had some yesterday! : )
Sunday, November 22, 2020
My mother in law had blankets in case we needed them, but we didn't. We all dressed in layers and were quite comfortable. She prepared some snacks for us... all in individual baggies. Even the marshmallows for the hot chocolate were in individual bags so we didn't have to touch anything.
She thought of everything ♥
It's amazing what you take for granted.