Tis the Season

It feels like the holidays around here. Our elf Charles Kringle Webber has arrived, the house is decorated inside and out with lights and decor, and we’ve already viewed the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas. There’s a list of Christmas movies  waiting in the queue for the remainder of the holiday season.

We’ve also spent time baking cookies, and sitting by a fire on any night in which the temperature drops below 70*.

The girls baked cookies with Melissa and AJ on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

They also baked Christmas cookies with Daddy one chilly Sunday afternoon.


During my birthday weekend, Doug surprised me and sent me to his studio for a 1.5 hour massage. He went before me to light candles, adjust the temperature and tune Pandora to the relaxation music station. It was amazing. Then he sent me shopping for the day. That night we enjoyed dinner together at Roy’s, a  Hawaiian fusion restaurant in Tampa. I love dinner with my family. When we arrived home, the girls gifted me me jewelry they picked out themselves; a locket, and a delicate diamond necklace.  Thanks everyone for all the beautiful birthday wishes and messages, and thanks to Doug and the girls for an amazing day! I love you so much!

Sara started playing the flute in band this year, and last week we attended her first band Christmas concert. She did a great job, and she’s playing the flute I once played, when I was her age. My parents attended too, and then we celebrated my dad’s birthday and a wonderful performance by Sara, over dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse.

Sophie’s spent a lot of time at the dance studio lately, rehearsing for The Nutcracker. She’s a soldier this year, and we’re looking forward to her upcoming performance this weekend.


It’s a busy season, but we’re making the most of our time together and enjoying the holidays. Happy holidays friends and family.