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Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Christmas season in (mostly) pictures

Scott and Me

Mom and Me

Good friend Martyn

Niece Kristin’s first Christmas engaged to Alex

Our dessert table, courtesy of mom’s homemade goodies

All Bella wants for Christmas is her Kong!

Couldn’t get good pictures, but nothing like brightening up the season by supporting my favorite 8 year old Caitlyn at her dance recital!

Meaningful gift from a friend
[**SISU is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity... SISU is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. (Wiki)]

Mosaic Christmas tree (3-D) made by Mom’s artistic and loving hands.  Many of the gems come from my grandmother’s jewelry and my mother-in-law’s china.  Priceless!

Some homemade goodness (3 different pastas!) made for us by niece Erin – this carbo-loading MUST have a magic PR cooked into it!

Our new treadmill!  We had already talked about getting a treadmill, but I hadn’t had time to research to find which treadmill was best for us.  The best part of this gift is that Scott surprised me with doing the research, purchasing, AND setting it up!  I love the treadmill, but I love the surprise and thoughtfulness the most!!!

Happy MerryThon Half & Jingle Bell Half – two holiday half marathons celebrated with old and new friends.  What’s better than a hot cocoa stop at mile 10?

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!  And here’s to a fun, exciting, healthy, PR kind of New Year – where there are hot cocoa stops just when you need them!!!


  1. Looks like you had a great Christmas with family and what a nice surprise from Scott!

    1. I did :) And I hope you did as well! I love things that are less material and more meaningful.

  2. Looks like a wonderful holiday! That's exciting that you got a treadmill and didn't have to do the research. :-)

    1. I did, thank you! I used the treadmill yesterday for the first time and ran "in northern Alaska" (courtesy of iFit/googlemaps)....really changes the attitude about the DREADmill!

  3. I LOVE THAT XMAS TREE 3D PICTURE!!! And I am really a scrooge so that is saying something. So clever and I love how items were re-purposed into something that is very beautiful. Very talented mom.

    1. Me too Michelle! I often call myself a scrooge, but I think it's more about the craziness that we all get caught up in. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate any gift given to me, but gifts like some of the things I included in this blog are extra special.

      Yeah, she's crazy talented like that!

  4. The 3D tree made by your mom is beautiful!!! And the fact that your husband surprised you with a treadmill is amazing! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Jennifer! I hate to put the tree pic away cuz I love it :)

      Yes, my husband sure is a keeper. And its a win/win since he gets to use it too.

      Happy New Year to you as well!