Normandy For A Week

Happy New Year! Hope that you had a wonderful holiday season spent doing things you love with people near and dear to your heart. We spent about 10 days in France, most of it in my happy place, Normandy. It’s always a little different to see a place you love at a different time of …

Week 51/52

Life lately in 2016 Wrapping up the year and getting our holiday groove on were the main focus of this past weekend. It was festive and heartwarming to be able to celebrate a great meal on Friday night with the girls’ French class, followed by a Saturday night piano recital and holiday meals with friends …

Week 50/52

Life Lately in 2016 So I caught this stubborn cold and coughing bug that I’ve been fighting off this past week and it culminated into a full-blown laryngitis, hence reducing my ability to communicate dramatically this past weekend.  It has not been fun, especially now during the holidays when I’m desperately trying to get things …

Week 49/52

Life lately in 2016 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Yes, it is.  Our house is decked out for the holidays, along with the appearance of several advent calendars and Ellie, our Elf on the Shelf.    Holiday-related events have also started, kicking off with C’s guitar recital this past Sunday.  We’re trying to make …

Week 48/52

Life lately in 2016 As I’m writing this post’s title, I started to freak out a bit.  I can’t believe that we only have four weeks left in 2016 and that the holidays are really upon us.  This past week was a bit of a whirlwind between Thanksgiving and spending quality time with different family …

52 Weeks, Week 50

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2015 It feels like we’re just in autopilot mode right now, crossing things off our to-do list before Christmas and New Year get here. Still the holiday craze has not been as bad as other years. Perhaps it’s because the girls are a bit older …

52 Weeks, Week 49

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2015 It was a relatively quiet weekend despite the fact that it’s the holiday season. A welcome change. I decided not to overcommit or rush into anything this year, just doing the essentials to make this time of the year special. We spent most of …

Advent Calendar Crafting

With the mild weather we’ve been having out here in the East, it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I guess there’s nothing like good, old holiday crafting (and eager kids) to drive the point home that the holiday season is upon us. Last Sunday, I attended an Advent …

The Truth About Santa

Last year, Chiara and I had a conversation about Santa. It was becoming quite obvious in a lot of her comments that she was beginning to doubt Santa’s existence. I knew I was going to have the talk one day and even anticipated the conversation a few years before, after hearing parents complain about how …