I am happy to say Thursday night we had our annual ornament exchange and for me this was an official kick off for Christmas!  Thank you to this special bunch of ladies for joining in the fun!


we had some fun ornaments & more to exchange and swap!


My pictures do not do justice to the amount of laughing and cackling from our group when the stealing was going on!  It was enough for them to come “check” on us and give us the hint that maybe we were too loud.  In my defense I did warn them when making the reservations!



Cheers to my friends…my village.  I am ever so honored to have your friendship, support and all the laughter!  It really put my heart in the spirit, was an escape from the construction zone and I just love you all!  You all remind me that no matter what I am not alone.  We are all busy, moms, wives and so much more.  This time to just laugh and steal ornaments is so needed!


and this was a reminder to slow down, take in the Christmas season which I love so much!  Now to figure out how to get all this put up……


Time to slow down….take it all in!  Bring on a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Start the day with love in your hearts and minds, and truly appreciative life and all of its priceless idiosyncrasies.  Practice small acts of gratitude in the morning by expressing thankfulness directly to the people you care about, and to the immediate circumstances (health, opportunities, etc.) that can so easily be taken for granted.”