Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Irish Dance Christmas Party

It's not Christmas without seeing Abigail dance. She's started when she was just 5 years old - in kindergarten.

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At that was another happy Christmas night!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How I Came Home To Christmas

There is no tired like 'teacher tired'. None.

I was home for 13 years - the last 3 of those years I was a part time literacy tutor in 2 elementary school. Not in the classroom.

There is nothing as wonderful (for a career) as being a classroom teacher. But there is nothing quite as tiring too.

On that Friday before Christmas I came home around 4 pm. Scott and the girls were already home. So excited.

And I walked in to this.

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Slippers, new pjs...

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and a blurry picture but I wanted to remember hot biscuits, tea and honey.

It was the sweetest way to come home... for Christmas!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Middle School Concert

Right in the middle of all of that December Christmas fun was a regular day (well, lots of regular days) and a regular day usually included a concert here and there for our family. This was a wonderful evening to enjoy our middle school girl.

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Thank goodness for that telephoto lens to capture that smile up there!

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I can not remember that song and I'm sure I recorded it on my phone but I just can't find it, darn.

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She sang in the choir and played in the orchestra.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Christmas Getaway Weekend 2018

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Scott and I adore Christmas... it's the most romantic holiday (sorry Valentines Day)... and we feel all in love all over again. There is so much on this blog about us and Christmas... it makes our heart swoon.

From finding our first Christmas ornaments

Finding our Christmas tree

And the story behind what Christmas Getaway Weekend is.

Yes, we love our home at Christmastime... there is no better place than the holly on your own front door. And that is true for us as well.

But this tradition is magical and it completely removes our family from the hustle and bustle that December can be. It lets us stop and soak in each other at this special time of year. So even though it seems hard to 'fit in' with the ages that the girls are now - we do it.

The memories are so precious to us. We all remember all of them each year:

2017 and here 

2016 and here 

2015 and here and here 

2014

2013

2011

and for some strange reason I can't find on this blog the 2012 Christmas Getaway weekend when we went to Portsmouth NH... ugh!

Each year we choose a different place and this year we really struggled. We both really loved being in Vermont in the summer and knew that this place would be magical. I spent time on this website and this But it's a bit too far for just one night. The whole point of our getaway is no stress - relaxing and just being together. The Vermont idea needed more time. Maybe on a year when we could spend 2 nights.  So we thought and thought and decided that a Connecticut Christmas could be wonderful too. We chose to go to Mystic - a sweet town on the shore. Scott found a lovely boutique hotel right among the main street shops and restaurants.

While Scott was checking us in the girls explored the little lobby. It was so so different than last year. Last year at the Viking Hotel there was so much hustle and bustle. This was so little and quaint. It really put us all at ease and was a wonderful escape.

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They hot coffee, tea, and a hot chocolate bar. And cookies... which Anna loved!

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It was a Saturday late afternoon and we decided to do some Christmas window shopping.

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The famous drawbridge to let those summertime sailboats through

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So so pretty

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And this... shopping was lovely.

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Of course we found an old bookstore and had to go in!

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And we each picked a book.

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This is the famous "Mystic Pizza" from this movie.

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I just love old Main Streets all lit up at night.

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And windows all lit up at Christmastime.

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I wanted all of those glittery house.

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Isn't Mystic beautiful?

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We went back to our room to relax before dinner and to change. This was the girls bedroom area.

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All dressed for dinner.

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Oh how I love these girls of mine.

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After dinner we had tickets to the Lantern Light Tour in Old Mystic Villiage. I told Anna to run to the car and grab her winter coat for the tour. We would be outside from 8-9:30 (in December) (in Connecticut) She reached back and her coat wasn't there.

Anna: I didn't pack it, I thought you did
Me: I told you to grab it? Really? We don't have a coat for you?
Both of Us: Panic!

Sigh... We really had no choice but to shop for Anna and a new jacket. Luckily we found one in a shop call the Black Dog. And she loved it!

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Here the girls are at the end of the Lantern Light Tour. It's a lantern walk/play set on Christmas Eve 1876! It was 5 scenes where we were part of the Christmas Eve celebrations of long ago. It takes place at Mystic Seaport

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Time to snuggle in jammies.

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And read in bed.

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The next morning we lingered over breakfast.

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and relaxed in the lobby again.

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We said goodbye and headed just up the street to Mystic Aquarium. They were showing a 4 D Roudolph movie which we all loved!

The girls visited their favorite aquarium animals.

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And then it was time to head home. Tired, happy, content, and full of Christmas joy once again.


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