Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

It seems like an infinite bounty of pumpkins…could it be true?

pumpkins

But wait…there’s more! Check out this link to see some great photos and maybe even join in on the fun!

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Happy New Year – 2013

I really like this list!

I don’t usually make New Years resolutions, but I do like the idea of making life style improvements, and this list just about covers all of the areas of interest to me!

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So, as I sit here and drink my coffee, and watch football, the french toast is baking in the oven.

I guess the healthy eating will come later ūüôā This is probably why I don’t make resolutions.

But, I am looking forward to reading my book today!

Happy New Year 2013!

Mission accomplished!

A few weeks a go I was feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas, and all of the events that would take place in the month of December.

I was determined to not let it get the best of me, so I gave myself a few goals.

My goals were to relax and enjoy each moment of the season. Celebrate time-honored traditions, reflect on the special family memories, and be willing to make new ones!

No two Christmas’ are ever alike, and this year was no exception!

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with my very best friend. We went to the Hotel Del Coronado to see the huge Christmas tree, one of our time-honored traditions!

Christmas 2012 at the Del

We had good conversation and a great dinner at a quaint little restaurant. We laughed, we looked at the lights, we wrapped presents, and drank coffee together.

On Christmas morning, we exchanged a few, very special gifts. Gifts that we will treasure because of the love and the thought that was put into giving them.

I also learned a very valuable lesson, and it was probably my best gift of the year.

I learned that sometimes the unplanned events and moments can be the very best moments of all! The month was filled with these moments, Christmas day included.

I wasn’t able to be with my own kids at Christmas, but I did get to hear their voice, and the voice of my grandkids. ¬†An unplanned moment, and priceless gift indeed!

The afternoon was spent with my best friend, my mom, my niece and her husband. ¬†The plan for the day had always included lunch with my mom, but the bonus was¬†my niece and her husband. ¬†They were a much welcomed, surprise visit!¬†Another unplanned moment. ¬†I was able to celebrate Christmas with my sister’s daughter. ¬†I know she really would have liked that a lot, and that makes me happy.

It was great to spend time together, talking and laughing, and enjoying the comfort and love of family.

And…I also met my goal!

In fact, I think this Christmas is going to hold a very fond memory for me. ¬†I’m glad I gave myself these goals. ¬†Especially the goal to try and enjoy each moment, because the moments, both planned and unplanned, were good, and I really did enjoy this Christmas!

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A perfect ending to beautiful day!  Mission accomplished!

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Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts red

Three Gifts Red….

A little bear with a red heart from my very best friend ever!

Bear with red heart

A little red heart from my daughter, because “I know you like hearts mom“. She’s right, I do, especially hers!

Red Heart

A red Christmas stocking made by our daughter-in-law, to carry on a family tradition!

Red Christmas Stocking

Long distance Grandma

Next month we will be celebrating our second grandsons 1st birthday!

I was so excited for his arrival, but I was also a little reticent at the prospect of being a “long distance Grandma.” I was afraid that I would miss out on all the special moments and changes that happen in the first few months of this little guys life.

If ever there was a time that I would want to be in two places at one time, this was it.

Since the day he was born, there have been multiple pictures, face time sessions, and frequent visits either by car or by train.

It’s the life of a “long distance Grandma”, but I’m pretty sure that as a result of these efforts, when he saw me last week-end, and his little eyes lit up, it was because he knew who I was!

And once again…my heart melted.

I’m so glad we have made the effort to be committed to the priority of connection across the miles.
I have to admit it though…I would still like to live closer to him.