Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wrapping up 2014!!

Well --- Happy New Year everyone!!  Hope 2015 brings you all Health, Wealth & Happiness, I know I'm definitely looking forward to a more peaceful and healthier 2015!

Now, I just want to briefly want to wrap up December - which came and went faster than I could blink!!

We came back from Florida to get back into the full swing of things - finishing up Physical Therapy sessions for my son, get a follow up with his orthopoedic to see if he has the ok to go back to working out and finishing up with all the Christmas preparation.

Oh & I almost forgot - getting ready for a special Christmas performance that my daughter's dance academy was having in the town middle school.  She had to dance her 2 parts in the Nutcracker and it was beautiful!!  But before her performance in the Nutcracker, we treated her to a trip to Lincoln Center in NYC to see George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.  It was a beautiful performance - WOW!!  Would be amazing to see my daughter there someday!










And now for her school's rendition of the Nutcracker........








It was an awesome performance - all the girls were wonderful and my princess did an amazing job as usual :)

Now, time to focus on Christmas -

We spent Christmas Eve at home, just the 4 of us and had a nice traditional Noche Buena dinner.  Then we exchanged gifts.....

got these cookies in the oven for Santa...


quick family pic (some people weren't in the mood)


then first gifts were my kids exchanging with each other...



then gifts from mom & dad - can you tell how excited she is!


my son shows less excitement!


and I totally forgot about the cookies in the oven, so Santa had some burnt cookies....oops!


Goodnight all....time for bed & wait for Santa


this year, it didn't take long to wait - Santa delivered around 2 hours after we went to bed & my little princess wasn't 100% asleep - so at 12:30AM she decided to go to the bathroom and take a peek in the living room only to find that Santa had delivered!!! UGH - her dad was watching tv at the time so they woke me up and called my son (who wasn't sleeping either-too busy playing video games) and they opened up their gifts!







Andy observing all the commotion....waiting to see something he can play with




After all this, it was almost 2AM, so I went back to bed and left everyone to their gifts.  Baby girl eventually went to bed at 3AM.
When we all woke up again later in the morning the kids opened their gifts from family and spent the entire day playing with their new things.
Baby girl will miss Ken, her elf on the shelf, but we know we'll see him again!

I lounged ALL Day in my PJ's - best way to spend Christmas day!!!

Well, that's it for my 2014

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful Holiday Season

I'm ready for 2015!!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishing you All a Happy New Year!!!


Wordless Wednesday....The Sky's the Limit


Monday, December 29, 2014

Re-Living the Past 2 Months ~ Part 2

November is here and normally I'd be panicking but, since I began my Christmas shopping early and already had an idea of all the gifts I needed to get - I was ok!
I also knew that I wouldn't be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year as we were planning to go to Florida and spend it with family - so I made no plans for Thanksgiving dinner!! Thank God we didn't have to cancel this trip...hehehehe!!

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving were just filled with work, shopping and more work.  My birthday was very low key - although I share my birthday with a coworker and the girls in the office got us balloons, cupcakes and our boss treated us to lunch - Yum!!





Then that night - hubby and the kids took my out for dinner at Outback!!
OMG, I ate way too much - but I did enjoy the time with friends and my family!



The weekend before Thanksgiving was spent packing and making sure everything here was in order before we jumped in our car to take that 1230 mile long car ride!! Ugh - why didn't I buy airline tickets earlier - SMH!!  I also decided to put up our Christmas tree, that way it was one less thing to do when we got back and my daughter would be happy that Ken will be here before our trip!



And here is Ken - crash landed into our tree....LOL


Anyway, by Tuesday night after work we were on our way to Sunny Florida!!!  We were excited and thought we were being smart by leaving this night instead of Wednesday - a storm was approaching and we knew most people would be traveling on Wednesday - so hey, we got a headstart. Oh boy were we wrong!!!!  First traffic jam was as soon as we jumped on the NJ Turnpike - then in Delaware - some poor driver hit a deer and destroyed his car -- the traffic continued every couple of miles.  I guess we weren't the only ones with the same idea of heading out on Tuesday night!

By 11pm we were in VA and decided to stop and sleep - we were exhausted!!! The next morning we were up at 5am and downstairs to enjoy our free breakfast by 6am.


It had rained the night before and the morning looked cold & muggy too, but we were on our way!



My sleepy heads, each had their own row all to themselves - thank God for SUV's!






South of the Border - now we are getting there!!! 




My job follows me....




Clear blue skies - YAY!!!







FINALLY IN FLORIDA!!!


And another Salson truck.....




We finally arrived at my dad's house sometime late that afternoon - I was so tired but so excited to see my family, especially my grandparents!!

This is the first Thanksgiving I've spent with them since I was 8 years old!!


We went to bed soon after arriving - needed to rest and prepare for the next day!!

Thanksgiving day was great!  Spent the day at my dad's surrounded by family.  My sisters cooked up a storm and everything was delicious!!







Getting the turkey ready to be cooked...



sweet potato casserole in the making.....



the kids having lunch...


grandpa singing us a song....




Kids adding twigs and branches to the fire pit



corn casserole ready for the oven....



Finally - the finished product!!





someone couldn't wait anymore.....



We spent 2 more days here, just relaxing, did a little shopping and just enjoyed being with family.

Sunday morning came too soon and it was time to head home.








stopped at South of the Border this time - Ugh, I'm so tired of driving!





This road trip was the longest ever!! It took us 21 hours - Holiday travel is the worst - we will be flying next time!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!!!