Monday, December 28, 2009

Secret Santa Surprise

Amid all of the busyness and wonder of the season, I received a package in the mail from my Secret Santa. Kind of like a secret pal but at Christmas. It was so much fun. I remember when I was younger and had a secret pal from my youth group, trying to think of little ways to surprise them...
Anyway, we had some mix-ups with our deliveries around our little area but my package finally made it where it belonged...to me:-)

Just look at my goodies...



2 candles, which I love...one in pink which is my favorite color and the other a handmade soy candle, maybe made by my secret santa??? Both are amazing!

Yada Yada Prayer group books which I have been told by many are a wonderful read and right up my alley:-)

A pretty cross and bracelet...again in my favorite colors.

A picture frame that has a beautiful message on it about family and is exactly like something I would pick out.

Last but not least, this amazingly beautiful vintage santa ornament, although since it is perfect for me it will be out year round!



Thank you Secret Santa! After all the days I spend being santa around here, it was so nice to have someone out there thinking of me:-) I love it all!

Oops...there were chocolates too but those are long gone:-)

Suzanne

Friday, December 25, 2009

We Wish You...

...A very Merry Christmas
full of peace, love, joy and happiness.



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Eve...

...from our "village" to yours.



If you lived closer,
we would bring you some of these...




And as the billboard near our home reminds us,
don't forget to wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas...





Joyeux Noel!

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Name is Suzanne and I am a Homebody...

There...I said it!

The official definition of a homebody is "a person whose life and interests center on the home."
Yep...that's me!


Especially at Christmas.

Maybe because we have been so busy leading up to the Holidays.
Maybe because I just love being home with my family, regardless of the time of year.
Maybe it's because I realize how quickly the years are flying by and there will be plenty of time for dinners out and parties when we have an empty nest.
(But if you think I won't move mountains to keep my girls nearby, you don't know me at all:-)

Don't get me wrong, I love a festive Christmas party as much as the next person.
In fact, in my own humble opinion, I could throw an amazing Christmas party...and every summer I say I will.
Then the Holidays get closer, I realize we have a window of one weekend to do it...usually the one right before Christmas...and I can't do it.
I can't do that to myself because by that time I am craving peace and quiet at home.
And I can't do it to friends who want the same.
But one of these years I will...maybe next year. But I think it will be a Christmas open house late afternoon/early evening on a Sunday. Maybe that will be less stressful. People can stop in for a bit of Christmas cheer when it is the most convenient for them. Yes, I think definitely next year;-)

In the meantime, it is the Friday before Christmas and I am probably the only person out there who is sooooo happy for a few simple things.

I am happy...

~that we have nothing to do tonight or tomorrow night (We are busy on Sunday night and Tuesday so I do have a bit of a life, in case you were worried, and I think my husband has a little party at the hospital so he can be social and them come home to us homebodies:-)
So...we get to stay home tonight...Yay!!!!!
(By the way, the Nutcracker is over...I'm kind of happy/sad for that, too...and my ballerina was beautiful, thank you all for the good wishes!)

I am happy...
~that we are having a very rainy day.

Hey...it has been so hot down here...very un-festive! At least with clouds and rain, I can pretend we are snowed in and make a comfort food dinner. If we turn the air conditioning way down, we can wear sweaters and socks and be really happy!

I am happy...
~that I can curl up on my cozy couch with them...




...and sip hot cocoa



...and eat tons of Christmas cookies...



...and watch Christmas movies...




...with the lights of the Christmas tree twinkling in the background.



That's it!


See...I told you I am a homebody...and proud of it!
Hope you all have a very happy weekend.

XOXOXO
Suzanne






Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sugar Plum Fairies and Sisters...


My sweet Taylor is dancing in the Nutcracker this weekend. We are all so excited to see the show. In case you missed my post about it earlier in the year, she has 5 parts, including the parts of demi-solist for the snow scene and soloist (Dew Drop) in Waltz of the Flowers. She has not missed one rehearsal in all these months...and I mean they had a lot of rehearsals. Long rehearsals!!!!! Many nights she danced from 4:30-9:00...and loved every second of it!


To Taylor, I would like to say how very proud we are of you. Watching you dancing so gracefully, smiling brightly for all to see...it is clear you are doing something you love. People always come up to me after the show...people I don't know, telling me what a beautiful girl and beautiful dancer you are. They tell me they couldn't take their eyes off of you, that your smile was so sweet and it was as if you were dancing for them. I am always amazed at this...not because I don't agree because you know I do. But I never stop to think that others are enjoying your performance as much as I am. And they say how nice you are to the other girls, especially the younger ones, helping them with little tips along the way.



We can't wait to see you in the Nutcracker and we will enjoy every moment of every scene, clapping loudly with tears in our eyes...tears of joy! I love you!


There is also another person who makes us proud, who does everything she can to help you follow your dream. That would be your sister Jordan, who is your biggest fan. (Well, besides me:-) I know you sometimes get frustrated with her but she thinks you deserve all the best parts all the time:-) While you are backstage preparing for the show, you do not get to see your little sister and how excited she is for you. She loves it and clearly she is very proud of you. She sacrifices a lot for your dancing...sometimes willingly and sometimes not so willingly...but deep down she knows this is what makes you happy and more than anything she wants you to be happy. I feel the same way but I'm your mom...I'm supposed to feel that way:-) Somehow it is even more remarkable coming from your sister.


To Jordan, I am so very proud of you also. In addition to being an amazing daughter, you are so supportive of your sister and understanding when night after night, we have to make that long drive to dance.

You agreed to take tennis lessons at a new location that was in the same part of town as the ballet studio, just to make my life a bit easier. Even though I know you now love it, I realize it was a sacrifice and I am very grateful to you for doing this. Thank you for all that you do to help me...with dinner, the puppies, keeping me company in the car...you know. I couldn't do it without you. I love you, my Starbucks buddy:-)!

Well girlfriends, this has been a crazy December for us. From being sick to dance rehearsals to unexpected company, we are way behind in the usual stuff...like shopping, baking, decorating, watching Christmas movies.

But we are blessed more than most because we have each other.

From the land of sugarplums and marzipans...

Suzanne

Friday, December 11, 2009

Online Christmas Shopping...For Me!

Okay, enough of this flu. I am resigning myself to a permanent nasty cough. Thank you so much for all of my get well wishes! There is good news here...I have managed to lose a few lbs...but I'm sure I'll make up for it in the next few weeks:-) And my Christmas cards are slowly but surely going out, thanks to my girls.

Christmas is 2 weeks away and I have to get my shopping done, so for the first time in my life I am verrrrry grateful for online shopping.

As I was up in the middle of the night and unable to sleep, I started browsing through the channels. I saw a lady on one show wearing a monogram initial necklace that I fell in love with! (Of course, hers was made with diamonds...mine simply sterling silver:-) Anyway, I looked on the internet, found one I liked and voila...Merry Christmas to Suzanne. (Hey, I needed this:-) Here is what it looks like but with different initials.



Mine will not be just my initials...boring. The center initial is an "S" for me. On either side are "T" for Taylor and "J" for Jordan. Kind of like my own removable tattoo. hahaha

Anyway, my question for you is...do you ever shop for you while out Christmas shopping? Please say yes so I won't feel quite so guilty!!!:-) And if so, what'd you get?????

XOXOXOX
Suzanne



Friday, December 4, 2009

The flu...and the Best Christmas Ever!

First it was Jordie and now it's me...Mrs. Claus. Have you had your flu shots yet? Because let me tell you, it is NOT fun. But hey, at least I'll get it over with before Christmas.

On that note, I do not feel like posting anything and yet I feel bad because this is my favorite month to blog. What to do...

Ah ha...I know! I'm going to link you to my friend Trudy's blog.


Let me tell you something about Trudy. If we hadn't had such a messed up Thanksgiving, my Thanksgiving blog was going to be about things this past year I am grateful for. On that list is my friend Trudy. We "met" this year via blogland and I just love her! She and her husband are expecting their first child together so she is feeling especially blessed. What she probably does not realize is what a blessing she is to others.

Reading Trudy's blog is like reading a daily devotional. She makes me laugh, cry and always makes me think! She is truly a beautiful person. I hope to meet Trudy in person someday but in the meantime, I will continue to get to know her through her blog.

If you have not visited Trudy's blog at Third Time's A Charm, you need to do so...asap!
She wrote a beautiful post today titled "The Best Christmas Ever". It's what is on so many of our minds and hearts these days and Trudy was able to put it into words for us all.
Please visit this beautiful lady while I am sick...and every day after, too!:-) Just click on any of the links or her button/pic and it will take you to her blog.

Hugs, Suzanne

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Must Be Something More...

Have you heard this song yet this Christmas season? I love all Christmas songs but every year there seems to be a new favorite to add to the list and THIS IS IT! It's performed by
Taylor Swift..

...and with teen girls in the house, we hear a lot of Taylor Swift! (And thank you, Miss Swift, for performing such easy to sing, clean and age appropriate songs!) Anyway, here are the lyrics... please read them and turn up your volume because it is on my playlist!
Have a wonderful day!!!



Christmas Must Be Something More

What if ribbons and bows didn't mean a thing
Would the song still survive without 5 golden rings
Would you still wanna kiss without mistletoe
What would happen if God never let it snow
What would happen if Christmas Carols told a lie
Tell me what you would find

You'd say that today holds something special
Something holy and not superficial
So here's to the Birthday Boy who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

What if angels did not pay attention to
All the things that we wish they would always do
What if happiness came in a cardboard box
Then I'd think there was something we all forgot
What would happen if presents all went away
Tell me what would you find

You'd say that today holds something special
Something holy and not superficial
So here's to the Birthday Boy who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

We get so caught up in all of it
Business and relationships
100 mile an hour lives
And it's this time of year
And everybody's here
It seems the last thing on your mind

You'd say that today holds something special
Something holy and not superficial
So here's to Jesus Christ who saved our lives
It's something we all try to ignore
And put a wreath up on your door
So here's something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something more
There's gotta be more
There's gotta be more

XOXOXO
Suzanne

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Surf's Up...

I know what you're thinking...Surf's Up? Bear with me...it's part of my Christmas decorating tip. But first, this post is not going to be a belated Thanksgiving post, where I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving since I missed doing that. Nor will it be a post that tells you that our Thanksgiving ended up a bit of a bust, with one daughter at her grandparents (that was the good part) and the other sick as a dog. (Who wants to hear that? Besides, it would sound like I am making excuses...again...for neglecting my blog and yours too.) Anyway, my husband still went and served at the hospital while I stayed home with Jordan and made homemade chicken noodle soup and pumpkin milkshakes while watching Christmas movies on the couch. But at least she had this big guy to curl up with on her lap...




yes, a 65 lb lap dog! Okay, does he look like a teddy bear or what?:-)


Anyway, here is my Christmas tip of the day. If you don't have room for a tree or maybe you just aren't up to it this year, throw lights and a few decorations on something else. Jordie usually has a full size white tree in her room but this year she is a bit more crowded, thanks to her ginormous new beanbag chair. Hmmm...what to do... We decided that her surfboard would look amazing with lights and it is awesome!!!!!


Surf's up! She decorated it with tiny ball ornaments, snowflakes and pink pipe cleaner candy canes. Pretty cute, huh? So if you are out of room...or out of ideas...light up something unexpected!



I'm outta here but hopefully I will make it back before another week rolls by:-)
XOXOXO
Suzanne

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