Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some last notes before the new year

Our holiday celebration starts at my Mom's on Christmas Eve, we have been doing it that way since us kids have been out of the house, it is a tradition that will carry on for many years to come.

Christmas Day
I started my morning at 6:30 with a good old cup of Joe

As I suspected Kayla had already gotten up and looked in her stocking, she lays everything on the floor then goes back to bed, I think I will have to be more creative next year, there is only so much you can put in there.
The girls opened presents, I could not believe how much Santa did this year, but note to self: (next year write down where you hid presents) I must have forgotten at least three of Kayla's.
Next on our agenda for the day is to go over Aunt Becky's for dinner, and boy was the food good.

Here are just a couple of other pictures I wanted to share.

My Mom and Nina(niece)

Kayla and Uncle Dean

Me and Hubby

Aunt Billie and Uncle Steve

Me and Jay (cousin)
There are so many more pictures but we would be here for days. We  then headed over to Chris' parents for a bit, then to my Dad's to celebrate. Every year my Dad make chili and home-made tortillas (mmmmm good)
It was a treat to be able to see our grandkids, we were not sure if we would be able to this year, I wanted to get pictures of us together because I did not know when the next time would be that we would be together again, I hope that my daughter realizes it is vital for them to be a part of our lives.

Auntie and Xavier

Auntie and Aaron

Pappa playing with Aaron, I think Chris liked playing with the car more :)

That was our Holiday, and I am so blessed to have my family around me, they mean so much to me.
Today I am reflecting a little on the future Christmas' for the Canacari family, even though the kids are older it is time for new traditions to start, and to put some to rest and keep as a great memory. I am already thinking of next year, (yeah scary huh) I now have to the time to focus on all the precious things, life is to short and we may not be here as long as we like so I want to make sure I leave fond memories behind for my girls.

For the first time in history I had the tree down and the house back to normal the day after christmas, usually I leave everthing up until after the new year, but having a real tree this year it was ready to come down. Plus I have a lot going on for the new year and need to focus, I will share that later.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tis the season

It has been a while since I have posted something, it is amazing how time just goes by, I cannot believe it is already going to be Christmas? I was a little worried this year due to I got laid off my job, my end date was to be November 30th. I just had to take a deep breath and know that everything was going to be ok. I knew my kids and everyone else would understand that Christmas would be a little thin, but it would be hard for me since I love the season and I love giving. Then I got word that they would be extending my stay for another 30 days, I was happy, now I knew everything was going to be ok.

This year we decided to get a real tree, at first I was excited but remembered why we have had artificial, so next year we will go back to that. But I was happy when we bought the tree that a portion went to a charity of our choice so that was a good thing.

I also belong to a moms group Moms like me and although I do not post as much as I use to, I still keep up with some things and when I heard they were adopting 4-5 families this year I had to jump in, we bought some gifts for some of the kids and I also made little treats for the kids, I was happy to do this since I use to make all kinds of little treats when my girls were younger for their classmates, but since they are older 12 & 17 I don't do that anymore, but I did make these for my daughters co-workers. It is tough when you do not have little ones, you miss out on doing the little crafty things. Although I do have two small grandkids my daughter has taken all that away from me, we don't get to see them, and it is very sad, but that is a whole other story, I will just focus on the positive this Christmas season and enjoy my family.

I also started another project called The Wedding Connectors I created this due to there were no networking groups for people in the wedding industry, we have already had two meet-ups and they have been great successes. We plan on doing a wedding show, bridal luncheons, and other great events. The people that I have met have the same passion as I do and it is so exciting. So if you are a local vendor or no someone who is getting married come to us.

Enough of my rambling :) that is it for now I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Remember to embrace what you have, give to others and celebrate each day.

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