Posts Tagged ‘Merry Christmas’

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 ❤️

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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… 😉

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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After a wonderful Christmas morning, opening presents, counting our many blessings and feasting on a yummy brunch we decided to get a bit of exercise. Christmas Day was quite mild here in Manhattan with beautiful blue skies. We hopped on the subway and ventured into midtown, strolling along the sidewalks with all of the restless New Yorkers and tourists. Here are my pics from the day. Hope you enjoy them and are having a spectacular holiday season 🙂

Two excited little girls on Christmas morning!

Large red ornaments near Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Bright Lights, Big City

Festive Street Vendor

The Tree at Rockefeller Center

Looking through the flags

St. Patrick's Cathedral


Swarovski Snowflake

Window Dressing

If none of the stores are open to get a real one, how about a fake?!

Posing for a Pic 😉

The Plaza

The City's Largest Menorah

Lower Central Park

The Wollman Rink

Carriage ride through the park

A little time for Christmas...

Reflection 😉

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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 🙂 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 😉

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

The other day we were sitting around the kitchen table lamenting that it was too bad that Uncle Paul would not be here in NYC for Christmas.  It would be the first Christmas ever that the grumpy fokker wouldn’t be joining us in our crazy antics and festivities. So, it was truly a shock and surprise when he knocked on our door last night.  A true Christmas present for the whole family.  The looks on my mom and dad’s faces and the excitement from the girls is a memory that will never be erased. I am truly thankful for the scheming ways of my incredible husband who never ceases to amaze… love that man.  My heart is bursting.

So, as I sit here on Christmas Eve I am reminded of how truly lucky and grateful I am for all the gifts that I have in my life.  Yes, I am missing my friends and family that are not in NYC but I am so very fortunate to be surrounded by new friends and the family that traveled to be with us this year.  It has been a crazy year of ups, downs, challenges, excitement and adventure.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I am thankful for all of you and treasure each and every moment.

My wish to all of you is that you are surrounded by those that love you and care for you.  We are truly blessed.

Have a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2011, whatever adventures the year may bring!

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