What a great Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated here at home in the afternoon and that evening, I went to the hospice house while Chris and the boys had dessert with neighbors. We’ve had boatloads of turkey leftovers, some of which have already been transformed into turkey salad sandwiches, turkey broth, and turkey tetrazzini. The next… Read More Post-Thanksgiving and Pre-Christmas
Joe and Jack and I went to see Santa Claus at New Town Shopping Center in Williamsburg. By far, it was the most low-key Santa visit that I’ve ever had. We almost didn’t go. I’ve been so overwhelmed and busy lately that I thought perhaps it would be good to knock this thing off the… Read More Visit to Santa Claus
Some photos of my birthday celebration at the park and of our Christmas day… My birthday was pretty low-key, which was alright with yours truly. We visited a local park where I took photos and video while Chris and Joe played. The day ended with – what else – cake! Christmas Day was a little… Read More Birthday and Christmas
After writing my rather Scrooge-y post last night, I decided to do some Christmas decorating. I know that you’ll all be impressed. Yes, that is a Fisher-Price manger scene, sans Mary. She apparently decided to skip out on all of the guests and well-wishing animals in order to take a post-delivery nap. Much needed, I’m… Read More Update to Christmas: I’ve Decorated!
It’s less than 5 days till Christmas here in NZ and you know what? I have yet to buy a single Christmas card, put out a single Christmas decoration, wrap (or even buy) a single Christmas present for the immediate family, and I’m not all that stressed out about it. Christmas feels different over here. … Read More Christmas, or lack thereof
I had such a blast during our visit to the States. Food! Family! And shopping! I bought so much stuff. And returned so much stuff. And thought about, and hemmed and hawed, and drooled over so much stuff. America has a lot of “stuff” in it. Just visit any Walmart and you’ll know what I’m… Read More What I Shouldn’t Have Bought
Hello, my lovely readers! I hope that you’re all doing well and enjoying the season. This is such a wonderful time of year for so many of us, but I know that it can also be a hard month for those who are away from loved ones or struggling with other issues. I hope that… Read More Santa, Baby!
Today, I’m linking up with The Blog Dare on Bloggy Moms. I’ve only recently heard about it, and thought that I’d start it up in 2012. I was looking over some of the 2011 prompts, saw the ones listed for the remainder of December, and thought, “Why not do a few now?” So today, that’s… Read More Holiday Events!
Living in New Zealand and experiencing a warm Christmas has meant changing up our traditions. Instead of spending Christmas Eve day looking at snowfall and drinking hot cocoa, we decided to hike a volcano. Rangitoto is part of Auckland’s volcanic field and is some of “newest ground on earth”. It’s only about 600 or 700… Read More Hiking Rangitoto While Pregnant? No Problem.
On Saturday, Chris and I went to an Auckland event that’s been going on for the last 17 years – Christmas in the Park… This is a free concert sponsored by Coca-Cola and featuring several NZ artists, both old and new. Since we’ve only been in NZ for about 7 months, every artist was new… Read More Christmas in the Park, Drinking, and Dirty Diapers
Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in New Zealand. We briefly considered mounting our own celebration, but this pregnancy plus the very warm weather makes the thought of cooking a turkey, making homemade stuffing, and baking a pumpkin pie from scratch sound pretty miserable to me. Besides, “Thanksgiving” in New Zealand would still technically be Wednesday in the… Read More Black Friday? What’s That?
I was shopping at Sam’s Club this weekend and stumbled across this little gem: Holey moley! All of my favorite childhood Christmas movies in one box. How have I gotten through a Christmas without this? Now if only this one was in the collection, too… I’m looking forward to spending a few evenings watching these… Read More Best Purchase of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend
Merry Christmas everyone! I’m really busy right now, so this is a short post. I promise that once things calm down I’ll write some more. Suffice to say that it’s been a crazy few days! And for those of you curious people out there who want to know where Santa is AT THIS VERY MOMENT,… Read More Merry Christmas!
I am finished with all of my Christmas shopping! At least, I think that I’m finished. I have a tendency to say that I’m done, only to wait till a few days before Christmas and decide that I need to get one last thing for someone. But this year, I really think that I’m finished.… Read More Christmas Shopping
Hi Friends 🙂 I wanted to share some of the lovely ornaments from our Christmas tree. Enjoy! This ornament was made the year that I was born Christmas Angel Some friends gave us a set of ivory ornaments they bought during a trip to Africa. This camel is one of them. One of… Read More Christmas Ornaments
(click on image above to make it larger) We put up our Christmas tree on Saturday, and I was so pleased! In the almost 4 years that we’ve been married, we’ve only put up a tree once before, making this time numero dos. We were in Spain during our 1st Christmas (on our honeymoon), put… Read More O, Christmas Tree!
I had a lovely little box waiting on my front step this afternoon, and I was hoping that it would be my Christmas ornament from PamperingBeki’s exchange. And it was 🙂 Isn’t it so cute? A big “THANK YOU” to Glacier-Eyed Girl – it’s adorable! And for those of you wondering about my ornament, I… Read More Christmas Ornament Exchange – Received!
Do you realize that there are only 53 days left till Christmas? I was reading a post on my friend Janna’s blog, and she was expressing my sentiments exactly – it is soooo hard not to get caught up in buying a ton of presents for loved ones! It’s bad enough when the person you’re… Read More Christmas Presents
I signed up for PamperingBeki’s ornament exchange a few weeks back, and got my assignment today over email 🙂 I won’t reveal who it is, but I will show you the cute ornament that I got! I found it on Etsy from BellaChicBoutique: I hope that she likes it. It was something that I would… Read More 2008 Ornament Exchange
Hi Everyone. PamperingBeki is organizing the 2008 Bloggers’ Ornament Exchange. Sounds like fun! To sign up, head over to her website and follow the directions. Ornaments should have a value of approximately $10 and will need to be mailed by November 22nd. The sign-up deadline is October 25th, so hurry on over if you want… Read More 2008 Ornament Exchange – Sign Up!