Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Weekend-Wrap Up, Holiday Mash-Up and General Catch-Up

Well, let me just jump right in there, because that's what old friends do when they haven't seen each other in forever. Just give a big hug and smile and pick up where they left off as if no time went by at all!

So, since last time we chatted (in those glorious days of summer!) Dr. Fabulous and I travelled to New Orleans for a week, the family went to Williamsburg and the PA mountains, Pink broke her arm... got sick for two weeks... then had an allergic reaction to what we think was the amoxcicillan. Rella turned 8 and did her First Penance at church. CB kept me busy with visits to her specialists, I was awarded Guardianship of her (now that she is an adult), and I celebrated my One Year Anniversary of getting my cancer diagnosis (which was actually a legit celebration because I happened to be at a party with lots of adult beverages).

So, now we are living the holiday season to the fullest in the final countdown to Christmas. And, we are enjoying the unseasonably warm weather here in Jersey! Last weekend was our only weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas where CB was away visiting her Dad. So we crammed a whole bunch of things in that she would NOT have enjoyed being dragged to.

Some of the things on the list? Christmas in Philly...

Notice no one has coats on. And, Pink is in shorts. 

 Notice, no one has coats on but ME. Along with a sweater and furry boots. Because, even though it was like 67 degrees that day, I'm always cold. 

We hit the Holiday show at the Comcast Center, walked around the little Christmas village at Love Park, and went ice skating right there in Center City. It was super fun. 

Tink took the ice like a pro. It looks like I'm holding her hand to help steady her, but it was vice versa. I suck on ice skates.

Rella improved SO much at skating this year! She was out there "in the middle" which is a big deal for her.

And, there's Pink - in SHORTS. Okay, I know it's supposed to be a White Christmas and all, but I'm lovin' this warm weather, people!!

There was also a Santa sighting. They were all a little leery, as usual, but they indulged us a picture. Santa looks a bit psycho here, but he was very nice.

We also hit Longwood Gardens Friday night, which was amazing. Photos just can't capture the beautiful grounds filled with lights!

Our weekends have been full of both fancy and casual Holiday Parties...

... Town Tree Lightings and Choir Concerts...

Cookie Making, Gingerbread House Building and Tree Trimming...

I'm not done my gift shopping, haven't started wrapping, just strung lights outside yesterday, and only ordered my Holiday Cards literally three days ago. So, basically I'm pretty much right on top of things. 

Hope you all are faring well with all the Holiday Hub Bub! I have so much more catching up to do, but I'll save it for another post. 


Vicky said...

I am so glad to see that everyone is ok. We were worried about you and missed reading your blog. Hope you have a great holiday!

Alicia D said...

Aw, thanks Vicky! All has been good - just super busy!! :)

Elizabeth said...

It's wonderful to hear from you and to see your girls so grown up and long-legged -- my GOSH! They are each so unique and beautiful -- just like their mama. Congrats on all you've accomplished this past year -- it's hard to believe how jam-packed it was and how you endured so much. What a beautiful, vibrant woman you are -- and raising beautiful, vibrant women, too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Alicia D said...

Love you, Elizabeth!! :) Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family and all the best for a bright and happy new year!! :)

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