Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hello December

So Thanksgiving just flew by and now we are less than 2 weeks until Christmas, how did that happen??!!

I completely overbook myself and kids the months of November and December and I absolutely love it.  There is so much to do this time of year, we can rest in January.

I hung out with my guy Andy Cohen



kicked off the Christmas season with tea at the Ritz



trimmed the tree




checked out the activities around town





did our annual big bear brunch



decorated gingerbread houses




watched my kids dance

sing



act


and play





  Been to plenty of work parties for the hubby




and my favorite shopping party for me


I've done the cookie exchange

and we have already been to 2 breakfasts with Santa



We still have so many activities,

 and I am saving the best for last
The Nutcracker

with a pre show tea with the cast mastes


Santa at the symphony



wild lights at the zoo



my annual girls Christmas dinner and gift exchange


the BEST breakfast with Santa in the city



Holiday brunch at American Girl Doll




and Christmas Eve dinner at our house



But before Christmas I have the 1 final activity that I am not looking forward to at all
ugg!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Making My List

At any given moment someone can ask me what I want for Christmas, and without hesitation I can ramble off my list.  I like to think of myself as a planner, this girl knows what she wants!!  











Gold Puffer




Poncho


The Most Amazing Perfume


and if the stars aline, top of my list is to go here next summer


What's on your list?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In the Mood

So spending a few days at Silver Dollar City has totally put me in the holiday spirit.  Christmas lights  everywhere,  Santa, carolers strolling, mulled cider, and no scrooges anywhere!!

This is as close to story book perfect that you are going to get. 



My recent visit, plus the case of Cakebread 2006, anderson valley pinot noir I scored, added with the snow that is coming on Saturday has definitely got me in the mood.  

But I can't over look Thanksgiving, we have so much to be Thankful for and it really is one of my favorite holidays.  I spent the afternoon picking up a few things for our house this thanksgiving.





and I could not resist this...
An absolutely adorable plate to serve the absolutely disgusting cranberry sauce from a can.
The hubs has one request each Thanksgiving, I put a can of cranberry sauce in the fridge 1 week before Thanksgiving just for him.  He likes it good and cold, and would like it to slide out of the can in one piece so he can see the ridges from the can.

Yeah we all know what I am talking about.

Hubs idea of great cranberry sauce...



and mine...

He has a major cranberry flaw!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Life Lately

Does anyone else feel that September-December is just non stop busy?  I have barely had time to regroup since getting back from Costa Rica.  As soon as we got home we had my son's birthday..


Halloween..
a little Halloween cookie decorating at Williams Sonoma




and then your basic case of "reentry is rough"




But now I finally feel settled!

All I can say about Costa Rica is that it is an amazingly beautiful country.  It was never on my radar until the hubs brought it up as a possible vacation destination.  My initial reaction was , umm no!!  but I am so glad the hubs persuaded me, now I really want to take my kids next time.

our beach was amazing


The activities were endless
a little golf

as long as you can keep the monkeys off the course


kayaking


tennis on grass


which is extremely difficult


catch of the day.
Meet the resort fish monger and pick your dinner for that night, the red snapper is delish


rock climbing

zip lining


swimming in the hot springs then taking a volcanic mud bath
I know it sounds/looks gross but trust me your skin will feel absolutely amazing after this.


and a little paddle boarding


 At night you can release a wish lantern




and of course the animals were everywhere
 monkeys are like squirrels in CR, they are everywhere.


and extremely large iguanas.


It was such a great trip, I would recommend it to anyone, and to top it off, when we were checking out the concierge gave us a voucher for 3 free nights because they feel we did not experience the resort to the fullest since it was under renovations.

wow those wish lanterns really do work!!


Now I am off again today with my girls and my mom for our annual trip to Silver Dollar City

hee haw