Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Busy, busy, busy!

I want to start this post by wishing my favorite boy a very Happy 7th Birthday! It's hard for me to imagine that I actually have a seven year old son, but he's the best little man any mom could ask for.
Since his birthday is only 3 days before Christmas, we try really hard to keep the two celebrations completely separate. So this year we allowed him to choose a few friends and took them to a restaurant with tokens and games....and chaos! He and his friends had a blast, and that's all that matters to me. Plus not having to clean the house after the mess was a HUGE plus!

Christmas Eve had me in the kitchen preparing Wiligia (va-lee-ah) - a Polish Christmas Eve tradition in my mom's family. I made homemade cheese pierogis, keilbasa, kapusta, and other great favorites of mine. Every single food there is one of my comfort foods. Christmas Eve has always been my absolute favorite. We would gather at my Babci & Dziadziu's (grandma and grandpa in Polish) house and just have a blast with our family. Those are the fondest memories I have of my childhood. Family, food, presents and fun - who could ask for more?!

My family has since scattered across the country and I miss each and every one of you terribly. But I take great comfort in sharing the traditions I grew up having with my own children.

Christmas Day was pure chaos as the kiddies ripped open all their gifts. They were so cute!!! We then spent the day at my parent-in-laws house opening yet more gifts and eating still more food! I will have to really make a New Year's resolution to lose weight after this weekend. Speaking of, I've seen a few photographers that I really admire come up with a 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. I really want to do that.

It's resolution time for me, so I plan on sitting down over the next few days coming up with my goals for the year, but I plan on creating the 101 list and posting it online to help keep track (and maybe get a bit of help/support from all of you to complete the list).

Merry Christmas to you all!!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Husband

I wanted to take the time to wish my husband a very Happy Birthday!!

We had a great dinner last night and it was really nice to get to spend some time with him. You see, December is without a doubt the most hectic months of the year for our family. His birthday is today, RJ's birthday is the 22nd and then we have Christmas and all the holiday stuff that comes with that. On top of that, Ron is in his 3rd year of law school and is in the midst of finals, so he's really busy with that.

Don't get me wrong - I am not complaining. I love the holidays and all the festivites and time with family and friends. And this has been a time of great reflection for me. I've spent a long time reflecting on the year and planning for next year.

We have put up our tree and decorated the house, so we are very much in the holiday spirit. And to make things even more festive, we got an inch of sticky, beautiful snow last night. It has covered the earth in a beautiful white blanket and looks just great. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I hate the cold. I am legitimately allergic to cold - my hands blow up like balloons if I don't keep them covered. BUT I love the look and feel that a beautiful inch of snow can give. So I brought my camera out and took a few images to share.