Friday, December 15, 2017

{These Moments} First Of The Season!

{These Moments} A Friday ritual. A single photo -or four- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section below. Wishing you a lovely weekend before Winter Solstice! xo

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Saint Lucia Day!

Happy Saint Lucia Day from our family to yours! May Saint Lucia's spirit of kindness, generosity and service to others be present in your life today and every day! xo

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Trees

All three trees are now up and it finally feels more like Christmas around here than it had been.  Usually, we have our window candles up right after Thanksgiving, and I was fully prepared to put them in the windows as soon as we got home from the crusie, but sadly, I think I inadvertently got rid of them when we were doing our big basement clean-out this past September. And, since there are no window candles to be found anywhere in MetroWest (or online) there's no way to make that right until next year. 
Our new tree topper. The box says it's a star, but to me it looks more like a sun  (which works since we usually put a sun tree topper on our tree on Solstice Day)!  And yes, I do know that the sun is actually a star! 
 The addition of our sun/star tree topper really just pulls our nature-y tree together. 
 The girls did a great job putting up our kitchen tree. We tried to put the angel my Grandma Ruth made (back when I was a kid) on the top, but the top part isn't strong enough to support it, unfortunately. There is a tree topper from World Market that I'm thinking would be absolutely perfect on this tree. 
And finally, the tree in the girls' room is up. It took some doing to locate a little tree due to the tree shortage that's going on this year (thanks to drought and the recession back in 2008). Since it's a bit smaller than the trees they've had there in the past they decided to use these sweet wooden ornaments that Gramma Terri brought up for them last year. We need to find them a little tree skirt of their own. It's funny to see them towering over their little tree this year! When we started this tradition (four years ago) they weren't all that much taller than it! Now, that's clearly not the case! xo

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day Nine- One Last Adventure

 New York Harbor. 4:45am Sunday November 26th. 
 Our wonderful adventure has come to an end. We'll happily carry all these memories with us for the rest of our days, but the entire trip went by way to quickly! Oh, and that's what you get when you ask Grace to "pout". The poor thing can't help but smile even when she's sad! 
 We docked near the Norwegian Breakaway. We watched this massive vessel being built on Mighty Ships and she was even more impressive to see in person! 
 Since we were arriving back in New York City while the Downton Abby exhibition was in town, we decided that we might as well get tickets to see it that day. Lunch with Frank and Brady was the perfect addition to our day in New York City. Good food with good friends after an amazing vacation really was the cherry on top of this sundae! 
 Before we entered the exhibit we were told to take as many pictures as we wanted! What a lovely invitation, and one that I didn't mind accepting at all! After all, it's not often that a special event like that invites you to do so. Below are a few of my favorites. The entire thing was lovely and we highly recommend seeing it if you are in the area while it's here. 
We spent a couple of hours soaking in all the beauty of Downton. The only way it could have been any better would have been for us to actually be at Highclere Castle. It was lovely to be transported back to Downton Abby before journeying back to Massachusetts. An absolutely perfect ending to a truly perfect vacation! xo

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day Eight- Our Last (Sea) Day

 Saturday November 25th, was our last sea day. We couldn't believe how fast our cruise had gone! As we were getting ready to head to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for the girls appointments when I realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of the turkey towel art that welcomed us back to our stateroom on Thanksgiving night. 
 That afternoon, the six of us got dressed up and headed to the Royal Court Tea Party. It was a small gathering, with wonderful food and entertainment and lots of surprises for the girls (dolls and charm bracelets and books! Oh my!)!
 Since the girls were all fancy Grandpa Ron requested a few more pictures of them (and I couldn't resist being part of the paparazzi too!
 Our last night of chocolates and towel art. These days went by way too fast! 
The girls pose with Daisy during the "good-bye party." Until we meet again, Daisy! xo