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It’s always an adventure and in life you never truly know where the next road is going to take you. Knowing that this was going to be my first Christmas without the girls I decided way back in May to book a trip to London. I love Christmas and I love big family and friend festivities during the holidays. These last couple of years, Christmas time has been very different. The girls and myself, have had to get used to new traditions and new realities. It is not always easy. I am trying to frame it that different doesn’t have to be hard, it is just different and can have new and exciting parts to it. Although, I have to admit, staying positive at the holidays can be tough. I find myself nostalgic and this year I knew that I would really miss not having the girls and I together. So I decided I needed a BIG distraction.

So, here I am, in London.

I chose London as my first solo international destination because it seemed like an “easy” trip to plan- a big city with lots going on, many neighborhoods to walk and explore and truthfully, for my own ease, an English speaking city to navigate.

I have been here for a couple of days now and am loving it. So much to see and do.

I have to admit, I was a bit sad to wake up this morning on Christmas, by myself, but shook it off with a brisk walk to Westminster Abbey and a beautiful church service. I have spoken to my girls and they are having a great time with their Dad. I am having fun doing something new and exciting. I mean… LONDON!!! Different AND awesome.

Yesterday I had the good fortune of meeting and talking with a fabulous couple. It was such a highlight to just connect with good people. As we parted ways one of the men hugged me and said “New beginnings are usually the start of something better”. Yes indeed.

Merry Christmas my beautiful friends โค๏ธ

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There are only eight more sleeps until the jolly old elf in the red suit arrives. There are beautiful signs of Christmas all over the city and at this point even the grinchiest New Yorker must find their heart growing at least one size. Here are a few pics I have snapped over the last week as I have been gathering my own holiday spirit and gearing up for a wonderful time with family and friends. Hope you enjoy them!!
Wishing you all a warm and festive Wednesday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the apartment, the children were bouncing with excitement while the adults lazed about and poured another glass… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Or something like that!

Just wanted to take the time today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from our home to yours. May your day be filled with laughter, fun, family, friends, good food and the warm glow of love. Taking a little time today for reflection and counting all of our many blessings. Grateful for so many of you. May your 2014 be filled with health and happiness! xoxox

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We wish you a Very Merry Christmas! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. To our family and friends that we can’t be with over the holidays, we want you to know how much you are missed and cherished. Sending good cheer your way ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best for a happy, healthy, joyful 2012! Lots of love, Sandra, Ron, A, R, Bogie & Dopey xoxo

The Girls

The Boys... Dopey

Bogie =)

Us ๐Ÿ˜‰

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With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, things are definitely in high gear. The “to do” list seems to be getting longer rather than shorter- parties, baking, shopping, wrapping, Lanape Indian project (!!), laundry, meetings, cards, thank you’s, emails, blogging, cooking… And of course, Ron is traveling. Some days I feel like my brain and the rest of me is in overdrive! So, I am really trying to keep it all in perspective by keeping my sense of humor, trying to be patient with the kids (I really am trying), exercising and reminding myself about the true meaning behind the whole season. Love, friendship, hope, sharing, remembering, believing.

So, the pic I am going to share today for Wordless Wednesday is a fun reminder to stop and take the time to enjoy the holidays and what is going on around you. I was shopping in the very busy Union Square market the other day and right in the middle of the chaos of people there was a small film shoot going on. I couldn’t help but stop and smile. In NYC you get used to expect the unexpected but this scene of a guy lounging on a couch in the middle of the square reminded me to pause and take a breath. Hope you can find your happy place this season too. I find that wine and chocolate are always helpful! ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grab a seat, take a load off ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The other night Denise and I met up with my good friend Carol (NYCity Mama) who took us on a beautiful walking tour of Manhattan to see the sights all decorated for the Holiday season. Here are some of the pictures. ย Enjoy!!

Macy's

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus- Macy's Animated Window Display

Skating at Bryant Park (Empire State Bldg in the Background)

Kate Spade Store Bryant Park

Max Brenner Chocolate- Hot Chocolate- like drinking a chocolate bar =)

Window at Sak's

Rockefeller Center (The unlit tree infront of the building)

Sak's

Sak's

Cartier

St. Regis Hotel

Bendel's

Bendel's

Tiffany's

All I want for Christmas... (Tiffany Window)

The Plaza

The Lobby of the Plaza

The Beauty of the Stars at Lincoln Center

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On the weekend the family and I wandered through the Upper East Side into Midtown and stopped at various stores along the way. ย With Thanksgiving only days away at that point, many of the decorations were up and the beauty of Manhattan decorated for the holidays was starting to come alive. ย Here are a few photos from our adventure, enjoy!!

Dylan's Candy Shop

They Yummy Looking Tree at Dylan's

Bloomingdale's

The Holiday Bear at Bloomie's

Ralph Lauren

The Star on 5th Avenue

Tiffany's

It's Snowing!!

Cartier

Rockefeller Center

THE tree in the process of being decorated at Rockefeller Center

The Swarovski Star that will placed on top of the tree

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