This has been the busiest December we've experienced in quite awhile. Usually, the Trunk Shows take over along with decorating, cooking, and baking....but not this year.
On Advent's First Friday, we stepped out to experience the snow at La Encantada along with dinner at Blanco.
Next up was a luxurious weekend at Casino del Sol Resort ~ a gift for being a Remarkable Mom.
Spa time for facials and couples massage....
Dinner at PY Steakhouse made even more special as
the girls joined the celebration ~
Time was escaping and there are traditions to which we are joyfully tied ~ Decorating ~
~ Baking ~
|Making the dough one day|
|Baking the cookies another day|
Peppered in between all this activity was a trip to the historic Rialto Theater to see Dave Fitzsimmons' " An Arroyo Cafe Christmas," with apologies to Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion.
Lunch at a new Tucson Original ~ Diablo Burger ~
Celebrating my man on his 66th Birthday....
|A paver brick on the patio of the new Alumni Cafe|
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
Christmas was ever nearing and with it the Feast of the 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve...
|Hot Crab Dip|
|Caesar Salad (anchovies on the side)|
|Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail|
Sadly, Christmas Day found me on the couch and remaining there for the next 2 days with a bronchial condition. I can't remember the last time I missed Christmas Mass...and it broke my heart to do so.
But, I was back in the saddle on Sunday and experienced the joys of Christmas at STS. Peter and Paul ~ the many lit trees, wreaths, poinsettia plants, and magnificent creche.
I think attending daily Mass (my New Year's resolution) throughout the month with the somber purples of Advent, made this transformation even more glorious.
We experienced Zoo Lights and Winterhaven last night, as well....
With only two days left to 2014, I'm reflecting on the blessings of this year....especially the love that's poured out to me from my family and friends....
Wishing you a glorious and safe finale to 2014 and everything good and blessed in 2015!