2016: Mission Accomplished

With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday behind us and the excitement and curiosity of a new year right before us, it is natural to find ourselves reflecting back on the year. Was it everything we had hoped it would be when we were in this same place last year? Did we accomplish the goals we set for ourselves? Did we gain strength, both physically and mentally? Continue reading


….all is calm, all is bright!

As Christmas 2016 draws to an end, I reflect back on the past few weeks and realize just how blessed I am. The passing of time and the circumstances of life have a way of slowly changing the holidays for us. As I look back on the years when my boys were little, the weeks leading up to Christmas was always hectic and chaotic yet filled with excitement and magic. The anticipation the children felt for Christmas morning filled the house as they counted down the days until Santa’s arrival. Our Christmas Eve traditions of attending church, baking cookies to leave for Santa and spreading “Reindeer food”, a very special blend of corn and glitter, around the front lawn was always something I looked forward to as much as my children. Just seeing that innocent, child-like belief that Santa’s reindeer would be feasting in their front yard while Santa was busy working inside always filled my heart with joy. As the boys grew older, the magic of Santa was replaced with the truth, hope and joy of fully understanding the true meaning of Christmas and I am grateful for that. If I’m honest, however; Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’:Deck the Halls!

Another week down means another week closer to Christmas! Why do the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to pass so much quicker with each passing year? This week was dedicated to getting the house decorated and planning the a 21st birthday celebration for the oldest boy. I always feel like if I don’t have my Christmas tree up by the 10th of the month, there’s no point in putting it up. With our recent move and with the hectic work schedule of the hubs, we were pushing this deadline and, to be honest, with all of my Christmas decorations still in the attic of our other house (1 1/2 hrs away), I just really wasn’t in the mood to go all out like usual. However, the more I decorated, the more I remembered how much the hubby loves how festive I’ve always made our home during the holidays; so I got in the “spirit” and decorated a little more than I had planned …. Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: ISO New Gym

December is upon us and another week bites the dust! As if this year hasn’t flown by fast enough; this move is really bringing an end to 2016 even quicker. Just when I’m beginning to feel as if we are getting settled, the holidays arrive …bringing all of the excitement, hustle and bustle of the season along with them. (More on this and my plans for New Years Eve can be found on my Ultimate Coffee Date post; if you missed it go check it out!) Continue reading