Holiday

July in Photos

This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business.  Frankly, July was a rough month.  Started out fine but then it took a nosedive.  My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my […]

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Memorial Day

Last year for Memorial Day, we went out to the cemetery and saw my dad’s headstone for the first time since it was placed.  I was amazed at the amount of people there for the ceremony.  I’m glad to have experienced it, but this year we decided that a quiet remembrance of the day was […]

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March in Photos

Something crazy has been going on with my blog and/or WordPress over the past week.  I keep trying to come in and do a new blog post and haven’t been able to!  So, finally here is March in photos. March was kind of a month of indulgences.  Between the Mozartkugeln from Germany, the yummy homemade […]

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Honoring Her

Easter never used to be more than a holiday for me.  As I mentioned in my last post, over the past few years it has been made more special by spending our honeymoon in Rome for Easter.  Eric’s love of family and traditions has also changed my perception of it, and we celebrate with a […]

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Preparing for Easter

This time of year is always special for Eric and I.  Our wedding anniversary is at the beginning of April and we spent our honeymoon in Rome over that Easter weekend.  It was the first Easter Mass for Pope Benedict XVI.  With this Easter being the first for the newly elected Pope, it brings back […]

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January in Pictures

For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days. January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent […]

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Things I Love Thursday: Holiday Memories

I’m really loving my TILT posts.  They are a fun way to focus on what I’m currently loving (to borrow the name of one of my Pinterest boards) and feeling grateful for.  So, today, since it’s the day after Independence Day I thought I’d focus on the holiday and some of what it brought up […]

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Father’s Day

So, I mentioned a few posts ago that my dad died at the end of February and I haven’t been really sure how to blog about it.  But I do feel like I need to.  I feel like in some little way, I need to share who he was with the Universe.  And, after three […]

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Girls’ Day Out

A little while ago one of my closest friends was visiting from Germany.  We got together with two more girlfriends and had a lovely day out.  I took a few photos to record the day, and just wanted to share them.  First we went over to the mall and spent some time at the MAC […]

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Christmas Deliciousness

Usually at this time of year, we have our annual Eggnog & Dessert Party, where I bake some things and we invite our families over to indulge.  This year, with my dad being sick we weren’t able to do that.  And usually, for Christmas Eve we have Eric’s family over for a big dinner.  But, […]

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All Aglow

Our home has been decorated for the holidays, and it is nice to have a bit of “normal” right now, with my father so sick.  We won’t be holding our annual family gatherings this year due to his health.  So, Eric and I will just have a small, quiet Christmas with just the two of […]

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Santa Baby

Dear Santa, There’s a few things I’d really love for you to slide under the tree for me this year. Just a handful of things I’d like to begin the new year with. 1. Beauty   2. Color 3. Luxury & Warmth 4. Fun and… 5. A little sparkle Have I been a good girl? […]

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Christmas in the City

I thought it would be fun to share some photos from our trip to New York City a few years ago.  New York is amazing at the holidays.  The whole city is decorated and it seemed to me the whole place was filled with music too.  One of our first days there, we spent the […]

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Fireworks: A Love Story

Eric loves fireworks.  I didn’t grow up thinking they were anything special.  Watching the fireworks with my family was usually from the backseat of the car and never from a prime location.  But going to see fireworks with Eric is something special.  We take chairs, we find a good spot, we set up with our […]

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Happy 4th!

I hope you’re having a happy Fourth of July!  Eric and I are fully enjoying the long weekend and I am thrilled that he’s been excited about cooking the past couple of days.  While I’m going to be paying for it come weigh in time, I’ve been indulging in some summertime favorites.  Above you can […]

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Ringing in the New Year

Since we spend Christmas Eve with Eric’s family, and have Christmas Day to ourselves, we usually try to get together with my parents on New Year’s Day.  The past several years my parents have travelled to see my sister and her family for Christmas, so they haven’t even decorated their home for the holidays.  This […]

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Cozy

Although we’re already well into January, I thought I’d continue with my holiday posts and share some of my Christmas decorating.  I ended up being busier than usual, it seemed, this season and I never managed to get these photos edited until this past weekend.  I really do love decorating for Christmas, and even though […]

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve used to be a night spent at Eric’s parents’ house.  But the past couple of years, Eric has wanted to host Christmas Eve at our house.  He always does a magnificent job with planning the menu and creating an amazing meal.  This year he asked me to make a dessert, so we went […]

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Holiday Entertaining

One of the things I enjoy about the holidays is entertaining.  It’s a lot of work, but so worth it in the end.  Every year we hold an Eggnog & Dessert Party for our families.  It’s one of the few times both families get together during the year.  This year, I spent the week before […]

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Wishing

One of my most favorite things to do is make lists.  And of course the best kind of list is a wish list.  It’s always fun to dream big, so I thought I’d make a little “Dear Santa, this year I’ve been very good and so I’d love it if you brought me…” list.  So […]

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Being Martha

I’ve been spending some time doing a bit of holiday planning.  We’ve got our annual Eggnog and Dessert party planned for the 18th.  So, I’m trying to decide what to make this year.  I pulled out my Martha Stewart Christmas Cookbook to try to get some ideas.   I also needed to make something to bring […]

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Holiday Inspiration

This time of year, one of my favorite things is seeing how people decorate their homes for the season. Blogs are full of photos of Christmas trees, lights and cozy living rooms.  It’s one of the things I love able design blogs – getting to peek inside people’s homes!  Magazines too, are full of baking and […]

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In Thankfulness of Heart

I haven’t done much decorating for holidays this year, but for some reason, I was in the mood for a little Fall in the house.  I’ve put out the beautiful table runner Julia made for me on the dining room table, along with my amber glass turkeys.  I am so in love with the turkeys.  […]

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Week’s Photos

12/27/09 – 1/2/10 My Christmas gift to myself, a quilt kit for a quilt called Winter Trees. The way they packaged it up is so pretty, I’m hesitating to break into it. And a Christmas card from my friend, Kim, came with this little note on the envelope. She knows me too well. And I […]

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