For those family and friends that live around the world and wonder about our daily life, here is a quick glimpse into our December 2014. It’s just a glimpse, as there were many activities tucked in between each of the special events mentioned below.
We‘ve been working on one of our rentals, and the kids have been very accustomed to going to Home Depot nearly everyday. On one of our last visits, one of the workers corralled us into the Santa seat for a family picture. Notice this particular day I was shopping with Rapunzel and “the king”.
“Polar Express” is a favorite family movie and when we heard there was an event happening at the railroad park, we committed to going. Let’s just say that it was quite an adventure… and will always be a memory! It was cold, and past Alex’s no-nap bedtime, but as we left the park, the kids were given a train “ticket” with a bell attached. Ella asked what her ticket said, and when I told her she smiled with magical wonderment. It made the whole adventure well worth it!
Homemade holiday gifts. A girlfriend and I hosted a Craft Night, inviting lovely ladies over to Jennifer’s beautiful home to make lip balms, bath salts, and whipped body butter. We had everything everyone needed to make their potions, along with gift wrap….and let’s not forget the yummy food and spiked cider.
Our family hosted December Supper Club. It happened to fall on the fourth night of Hanukkah and we had three December birthdays…hence the theme became dreidal-spinning, birthday-celebration with slow roasted beef, cumin-scented beet latkes, curry sweet potato latkes, mushroom piroshke, pomegranate braised red cabbage, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and homemade applesauce. Did I mention winter mojitos!
Nana and mommy took Ella on her first experience to see the Nutcracker. It was amazing! As it started, I wasn’t sure Ella would be able to sit for two hours, but as the auditorium went dark and intermission began, Ella looked at me with pleading eyes and asked “Is it coming back?”
Christmas Eve is a grand Italian tradition with prawns, polenta, meatballs, stromboli…yum, yum, and more yum. This year Ella and Alex helped make a pear and berry crumble, and mom was excited to share her English cocktail called a Snowball.
This year for Nicola’s birthday we went bowling! I haven’t been bowling in at least 12 years, as my score showed. And I learned that my brother-in-law is talented at yet one (two) more things; spares and strikes! Ella has been asking me everyday since, if we can go again.
We are beyond blessed to be surrounded by AMAZING family and rich friendships! Happy Happy Merry Merry to everyone.