Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year Wishes

Wishing all my sweet blogging friends a wonderful and prosperous

New Year!

May it be filled with lots of fun and exciting new adventures, much love, good health, tons of laughter and lots and lots of creativity.

Taking the rest of the year off...Hee, hee, hee... I will see you all next year. Hope you all have a wonderful
New Year's Celebration.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Most Treasured Ornament 2011

Hello Everyone!

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We spent ours surrounded by family, laughter, good food, (way too much good food...Hee, hee, hee) happiness and tons of love. Today, however, I was feeling a little sad because it all had come and gone way too fast. But as I thought back on Christmas and the rest of this year it made me start thinking of the new year and imagining what new adventures it would bring. Well that just cheered me right up and got me so very excited with anticipation.

This last year my family and I had our share of awesome adventures and there are two in particular that we felt were worthy of commemorating in our yearly Most Treasured Ornament. So if you don't mind, I would love to share what they are with you...

This first adventure was learning how to drive for our 16 year-old daughter and learning how to stay calm and relaxed for hubby and me when she's behind the wheel... I'm almost positive I get two or three more grey hairs every time we take her out to drive...Hee, hee, hee. She passed her permit test on the very first try...unlike me...Yikes! did I just admit to that? She is doing very well and soon will be taking her actual behind the wheel test...Wish her luck.

I just had to take a picture of the first time she got behind the wheel and drove. Am I the only one that has done this? :-)

Our second adventure was a trip to the museum..."Museum?" You may ask. Well sure we've been to museums before but this exhibition was special. It was from Señor Juan Antonio Pérez Simón's very private collection of Spanish Masters, called From El Greco to Dali...And our very own San Diego Museum of Art was the only museum in the entire United States that was fortunate enough to be able to exhibit these wonderful masterpieces. The collection travel from Paris to Quebec City and on its way home to Mexico City it stopped in San Diego. How awesome is that? Anyway, we have always been huge art lovers and to be able to see such a wonderful collection was absolutely amazing...But that was not the best part. My daughter and I are huge, huge, huge, Salvador Dali fans and to be able to see up close and personal some of his pieces was just beyond words.

This is a super miniature copy of the original Dali piece titled Ascension of Christ and was one of the pieces we saw.

Here are a couple more pics of our Most Treasured Ornament from different angles...

Phew! This was a long post. Hope I didn't bore you :-) Thank you for your visit and do hope you enjoyed this year's Most Treasured Ornament and the stories behind it.
Wishing you a wonderful day.

(If you haven't heard the story of how these ornaments came to be and would like read it you can just click here. To see some of the other ornaments you can click here, here, here and here.)

Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you a very

Merry and Blessed Christmas

From my family to you and yours.

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Countdown Ends...

♫On this last day before Christmas

With you I'd like to share....

One Babe in manger...♫
Remembering He's the reason for the season :-)

Yay! Tomorrow is Christmas Day!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas Eve.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Countdown Continues...

♫On this 2nd day before Christmas...

With you I'd like to share....

Two Tasty Treats♫

Yum...My favorite, chocolate chip cookies and vanilla eggnog.
Please, won't you join me?

Wishing you a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Countdown Continues...

♫On this 3rd day before Christmas

With you I'd like to share...

Three Trendy Tree-ees

Hope you're all enjoying my countdown to Christmas.
Wishing everyone a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Countdown Contiunes...

♫On this 4th day before Christmas

With you I'd like to share....

Four Feline Features...♫

4 more days....Yay!

Have a grrrrreat day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Countdown Continues...

♫On this 5th day before Christmas

With you I'd like to share.... Feathered Friends

One day closer...Yay!!!!

Wishing everyone a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Countdown Begins...

♫On this 6th day before Christmas

With you I'd like to share...

Six Sweet Snowme-en

The countdown will continue til Christmas Eve. Yay! Hope you enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today. I know you all probably must be very busy with last minute Christmas preparations...So it makes my heart very happy that you took some time to come visit with me. You have brightened my day.

Wishing you a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Twas 11 Days Til Christmas...

and all up in here...(Hee, Hee, Hee!)

Our fireplace and mantel were all decorated... But what's that I see and hear?

One swan a swimming and...

Two birds a singing.

But why do they sing?

Well because we have two birthdays to celebrate!

My handsome nephew, Andres, who today turns 18 and

Little baby C.C (My brand new niece)...Cute as a button and sweet as can be...Born today, December 14.

A very Happy Birthday to both.

Hugs and Kisses

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Am Touched Beyond Words...

Blogging has been an absolute wonderful experience for me. My blog is not only a place where I can express myself creatively and where I can share my thoughts, my life and my passions but it has also been a special place through which I have met many wonderful, caring, creative and inspiring people. A few whom I have developed sincere friendships with...Like my friend Ally from the blog of the same name.

My sweet friend Ally is from Italy and although I do not know Italian nor she English, thanks to Google translator our virtual friendship has blossomed. Today I wanted to share with you the special gesture she had towards me.

Today I received from her a sweet care package filled with wonderful, thoughtful and special gifts...

So many wonderful treasures...Hand-made place mats made by her especially for my hubby, daughter and me... And even one for Cookie. Some yummy candy and treats, an Italian cookbook and well so much more. Here is a closer look at some of the other items.

She knows how much I love birdies...

This sweet little pillow was hand-made by her too...Sew talented :-)

Cookie says, "Thank You"...She loved her cute little mat :-)

I don't know what I did to deserve such sweetness but....

Grazie dolce amica mia.

And thank you for stopping by for a visit today.
Wishing you all a very special day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

♫Oh Christmas Tree♫

Hi Everyone.

Today I would like share with you our Christmas tree...

It's not much different than last year's...with the exception of a few new ornaments.

My favorite have always been the traditional Christmas colors...Red, green, gold and white.

Here's how it looks at night.

Oh! And look, is it snowing outside?

Well not exactly...They're just paper snowflakes but I can dream can't I :-)

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
I do hope you enjoyed your stay.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, December 5, 2011

Frost Advisory?...Here?

Burr...It has been quite cold here...More so than we are use to for sure. But cold enough for a frost advisory? Yup! It sure feels like it :-) It got as low as 32 degrees in some areas last night...I wonder if this mean a possibility of snow?

I can sure dream...

Wishing everyone a wonderful new week...

Stay cozy and warm!

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tea Time

I finished...finally...Yay!

All my Christmas decorating is done. I thought I had finished yesterday but turns out there were a few more touches I wanted to do, but as of this moment it is all done. Now I can really sit back, relax and enjoy...And what better way to do it than with a delicious cup of tea...Care to join me?

It's cinnamon tea with French Vanilla creamer...Yummm. It is the best thing ever. Have you ever had it before?
I just brewed a fresh batch...It smells soooo good and it makes our whole cottage smell good too. I'm so glad you stopped by today...Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea.

Hugs and Kisses,