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December 2012


New Year Greetings

December 31, 2012


No recap post from me. No time. Just a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who has stopped by this past year. I look forward to your company this new year and wish you all the best – lots of love, happiness and health!!!


Birthday Boy

December 29, 2012


Here’s a little collage of 12 pictures of our boy – our firstborn – from the past year.

Happy 12th Birthday, son!!!

We love you!

We hope you have an awesome year, almost teenager. (And how did that happen? One more year and I’ll be the mom of a teenager!)



My favorite part of Christmas

December 28, 2012

It’s been a busy few days and not just because of the holidays. We were watching our neighbors’ pooch for a few days. He is such a good boy and the girls had a blast walking him. Why is it that they were fighting over who could walk him but they never volunteer to walk our dogs? Christmas involved cooking (hubby and my mom), going out with grandma and hubby’s aunt and cleaning lots of wrapping paper.

My favorite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve – always has been and I’d wager always will be. It’s the big night in Germany – Heiligabend – we usually never saw the tree before that night and the magic of seeing the tree for the first time combined with the excitement over getting presents – Bescherung – never got old.

Christmas Eve dinner

We continue this tradition with our own kids and Christmas Eve is always reserved for time with my mom and presents that the “German” Santa dropped off early at her house. This year we also had a traditional Christmas meal of roasted goose, with potato dumplings, red cabbage, stuffing and gravy.

waiting for presents

The kids barely eat anything because they are too excited to open presents. They know that as soon as dinner is done and the table is cleared; they’ll get to tear into the mountain of presents under the tree.

wrapping paper everywhere

As usual, my mom  Santa didn’t disappoint and there were a lot of squeals and happy faces. And for once I didn’t have to spend two hours building any of the toys!!! (The boy built his own.)

working on his new chair

And after all the presents are opened, the wrapping paper and kitchen cleaned up, it’s time for everyone to relax and put up their feet. And try out the new toys!!!

the king in his new game throne

And then, the tree is waiting for more presents from Santa… but not until all the kids are in bed and fast asleep. Well, at least the littlest one… The other two are my helper elves now!

all cleaned up


Linking up with MyTimeasMom and MamaTrack for Essence of Now!

Essence of Now


Last fill in of the year!!!

December 28, 2012

This is the last Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun hop of the year! Can’t believe it’s almost over. Crazy how time flies when you are having fun…

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Tami from Empty Nest in IL– she came up with the last statement!

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1. without fail, whenever I fly__
2. I used to be___
3. When I ___ I ___
4. My greatest fear is ______.

My answers:

1. Without fail, whenever I fly (which hasn’t happened in a while) I listen to music and read. I can never sleep because I feel like I need to keep my eyes in the kids at all times.

2. I used to be a waitress in my parents restaurant when we first came to the US.

3. When I get up in the morning, I first walk the dogs and then have my first cup of coffee.

4. My greatest fear is losing one of my children. My heart hurts just thinking about it.




Christmas Greetings

December 24, 2012



Wishing all my friends and family a wonderful Christmas. May your holiday be filled with love and laughter.



Picture Perfect Weekly #34 {Last one of the Year}

December 22, 2012

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your pictures and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been doing my Picture Perfect Weekly hop for 34 weeks now and we are at years end. This will be the last one for this year. I’m going to take next week off and then come back in the New Year. I’m going to start fresh again and start counting from week one. It’ll be the Picture Perfect Weekly 2013 edition… 52 weeks of picture perfect moments!!! I hope, you’ll join me!!!

Here are a few moments from my week. It’s been a bit busy around here. The boy had is first ever midterms last week and his schedule was all wacko so I had to do quite a few double runs to school and back. And of course I’m in full prep mode for Christmas. I still have a few things to get and all the presents still need wrapping! Anyone want to help? 🙂 I always tell myself that next year I’ll start shopping earlier and get things done quicker and then time just gets away from me.

12-22 gingerbread boyWe didn’t make gingerbread houses this year but I found a kit for gingerbread men. The boy was the first one to decorate one. He also proceeded to eat his right away!!!

12-22 cookie decorator

Little one was my number one decorator yesterday. We had to make a second batch of Christmas cookies so we could leave some for Santa Christmas Eve!

12-22 more Christmas cookies

 I made a lot of candy cane cookies. For some reason I really like them this year!

12-22 big Christmas tree

This tree is in front of the Marriot hotel here in Boca. It’s absolutely beautiful and so big. See Little One in front of it?

12-22 reflections

I named this one Reflections. The lake was like glass one morning this past week and I loved the way the trees were a mirror imagine. I chose a black and white filter because it just seemed to fit with the barren trees.

Thank you all who stopped by each week to see what I have been up to and to all of you who linked up. I truly appreciate it and I hope, you will once again join me in the New Year beginning January 6, 2013!

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!!!!


The 5 Days of Florida Christmas… and some Fill In Fun!

December 21, 2012

This week for your viewing pleasure I give you the one and only — Ashley — singing The 5 Days of Florida Christmas!

This was a school assignment. The children were supposed to take a holiday song and change the words to make it funny and different. After some consideration Ashley and I decided to go with the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and give it a Florida spin.


Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Pam from Trooppetrie– she came up with the last two statements!

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help me spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. When I am in a ____ mood I ___
2. When I ___ I ___
3. If I could donate a ton of money to a charity it would be_____ because _______.
4. I like to visit ______________blog(s) because __________________

My answers:

1. When I am in a bad mood, I tend to pout and get very quiet.

2. When I get home from dropping the kids off at school, I have to go around the house and make all the beds before I can do anything else.

3. If I could donate a ton of money to a charity it would be St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Humane Society because families that have to deal with their very sick children shouldn’t have to worry about paying the bills and such, and I love animals. Our pooches all came from the humane society. I would never, ever pay thousands of dollars for a pet when there are so many waiting for good homes.

4. I like to visit photography blog(s) because I learn so much just from reading and I feel it has helped my photography tremendously. 



Santa and Mrs. Claus {Wordless Wednesday}

December 19, 2012

Santa and Mrs. Claus 3


Santa and Mrs. Claus 2


Santa and Mrs. Claus


Linking up with Hilary at FeelingBeachie for Wordless Wednesday.

About the photographs: I love my Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers. They always have a special spot on the dining room table. Recently, I was practicing to get the bokeh effect (the blurred background/light circles from the Christmas tree) with my camera. I was pretty happy with the results as I’m still using the kit lens. And what better subjects this time of year than Santa and his lovely Mrs. Claus?