December is almost over and during this month, I have witnessed both the miracle of life and the finality of death. My niece gave birth to an itty bitty little boy (this makes me a great aunt), and one of my friends lost her father to cancer. The one thing that still resonates with me is that at her father's viewing, her mother said to me, "He was my caretaker. He was always taking care of me. " I really couldn't find any comforting words at that moment, but thanks to the hubster, he said to her, "Well, he'll still take care of you from up there. And you know, he's already having a good time up there." That made her laugh.
I still haven't grasped the whole viewing thing, but...
Earlier this month, we also had our Christmas party for the vet hospital. It was successful...even though I miscounted and accidentally left out...that's enough of that story.
December also allowed for a mini-vacay (exactly 2 1/2 days and 2 nights) with the family. There's something always magical about Hershey, PA. There's always something magical about the Hershey Lodge; one of my favorite venues. The Lodge is currently decked out for the holidays with a huge tree, a sleigh and poinsettias. So many poinsettias in fact, that while the kids were enjoying hot cocoa, and I was enjoying my chocolate martini, we decided to count how many were in the lobby (from the front door to the bar area). I guessed around 40 (I love counting games) but the actual count was 16. I was a little bit off (I know what you're thinking, and no, the martini had nothing to do with my exaggerated estimation). We also took the kids to see the Sweet Lights, over 600 illuminated light displays stretching over 2 miles. And the highlight of the trip for me was the the Holiday Dinner Musical. And believe me, I'm not a thespian who needs to go see shows on Broadway, etc. But what made it nice was its Christmas theme, and that I had 3 of my favorite people in the entire world with me.
And of course, December 25th. This year, we went to my sister's house and celebrated with my brother and his family and my parents. It was nice...having Christmas at my parents' house feels like home though.
One Christmas down, another one to go.
Hope you had a blessed Christmas!
Scenes from the office Christmas party.
Scenes from our mini-vacay
|Don't know who this kid is but he would not get out of my way.|
|Sweet Lights display #1|
|Sweet Lights Display #2|
|Sweet Lights Display #3|
|Playbook for Dinner and Musical show|
|The show's actors caroling before the show.|
|I had to throw in a picture of Cuddy.|
|And our sweet puppy, Gracie.|
|Blog features my sister-in-law, Gina. My brother snapped these pictures for us outside of my sister's house on Christmas Day.|
|A green Christmas this year. I love how Gina's blue cape flutters in the wind.|
|I can't remember what she was saying here, but she could have been saying, "take it easy;" "hang loose;" "call me, maybe?;" or "aloha."|
|I like this color palette; blue, black and white.|
|Gina's watch is a Michele. Find similar here.|
|Tory Burch. Find similar here.|
|Jewelry by Sabika.|
|Love this guy! Had to sneak a picture here too.|