Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas by the Sea

I had such a great weekend.  I started it off by having a delicious dinner with Danny at a new Italian restaurant in town...


Then I headed up to Ogunquit for our annual Christmas weekend. We missed the official "Christmas by the Sea" which was last weekend so we decided to create our own Christmas weekend!  We had a great breakfast at the house followed by decorating a tree in the backyard with pine cones covered in peanut butter and bird food, orange slices and cranberries...





Then we went shopping down the center of town and Perkin's Cove.  There was practically no one there this weekend so we had most of the stores all to ourselves which was really nice...


The stores were all decorated so beautifully...


There was snow again this year which makes it all look even more seasonal and beautiful...



Then we went to a restaurant overlooking the sea for some adult beverages and appetizers.  It was soooo good!!

Me and my awesome nephew Tyler. I'm so incredibly happy he's home from the Marines and has moved up from Florida to live with all of us...


Cheers!!!



So many laughs ("Run from the Germans!!")...


Then it was back to the house for games by the fire and some sappy Hallmark Christmas movies...


This morning we went to one of my absolute favorite stores Pallian.  This is where I bought my cigar ornament last year in memory of my Dad...


I thought this little guy was so cute!


We ate our traditional Sunday lunch at the Merriland Farm Cafe.  The food is delicious.  I can only dream of living up there in the woods. It's so beautiful and peaceful...


And...I found more J-O-Y...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

It's snowing!!

It's been snowing and I couldn't be happier!!  I love snowy Decembers!  Around here that doesn't always happen so I'm very grateful.

My siblings and I took my Mom to see a "Rocky Mountain Christmas" John Denver tribute concert last weekend.  It was really good!  My Mom has always loved his music so we grew up listening to his music as kids.  I still listen to his music today.  It was very fitting that we had a snow storm that day.  The snow looked gorgeous with all the Christmas lights...



I grew up in Norwood.  It's a beautiful town and I'll always consider it my home...


When I got home after the concert...I saw this...


My cozy little house...



And this morning it's snowing again...



It really helps with the Christmas spirit...



And these two little guys...



Not quite "friends" yet...but they're working on it...I think...


We're all set for Christmas here...


and I'm really looking forward to my annual Christmas by the Sea this weekend!!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017

They're baaaaack!!!!


Jessica, Jeremiah, Jenny, Jeanette, Jackson, Jedi, Jasmine, Julie, Jamie, Joy, Jaeger and Jada.

My heart is happy!!  The Willis Clan is coming back!!  They've had a very difficult year to say the least but on Thanksgiving they posted this on their social media...

"We have so much to be thankful for today. This year has brought so much change for us and has been challenging in many ways but we are grateful that we are able to make new memories together. We hope you are having a blessed Thanksgiving weekend with the family and friends you hold dear. Official Willis Clan news is coming soon. In the meantime, have a Happy Thanksgiving!"

- The Willis Family

They are fabulous musicians, dancers and performers.  They play Irish music, country and pop. I just love them!!  If you don’t know them....they’re a family of 12 siblings who rose to fame on America’s Got  Talent. They also had a reality TV show on TLC for two seasons.  Check them out. Here are some of my favorite videos...











Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Music Video

Julia and Gianna shot a music video this past weekend. They posted this little clip of the filming on the choreographer's Instagram page.  Julia's the one in red (Gianna wasn't in this part). Can't wait to see the finished product!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New member of the family

Gianna has been volunteering at our local animal shelter for a few months now.  She fell in love with a cat named Eli so what's a Mom to do? 



He's very cute...


and about 6 months old...


He loves her already...


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hockey Banquet

Last night was Nicholas' Midget hockey banquet. Good food, good company, and a really nice group of boys...