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Background_with_Champagne_GlassesMy true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;
There never was a bargain better driven.
His heart in me keeps me and him in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides;
He loves my heart for once it was his own;
I cherish his because in me it bides.
His heart his wound receivèd from my sight;
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still methought in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

-Sir Philip Sydney

Year 18 seemed an uphill battle at times but we end it just as well as we began it. We had hoped that the adoption would have been complete by now but alas the system just moved too slow. Here’s to 2016! Wherever you may be at Midnight I raise a glass and toast you!

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Christmas time was here

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already almost a week behind us. It was a great holiday with lots of food, fun, and family. Not to mention a visit from a certain someone as you can see by the pile under the tree.

The Kid absolutely loved the song I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas and wouldn’t stop singing it so we naturally had to get him one.

Even the puppies got some gifts in their stockings, though Mabel seems to be enjoying the pheasant more than Duncan. This was taken mere minutes after giving it to her.

One of the newest ornaments on the tree this year was purchased back in June while on our trip to Lake George with the Drum Corps

img_5176This is my 3rd most favorite gift, 2nd most being the slew of graphic TShirts (one which combines the Witch below with Doctor Who) I got from the Hubby. The Kid and I have already begun playing the Lego Dimensions Game but he is mad I haven’t put the Witch and Monkey together yet. All in due time my Pretties.

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Christmas Day we hoofed it up to my Brothers house to spend a mostly quiet and uneventful day there drinking and eating and laughing. The Hubby and I brought with us this lovely specimen of Meat. It was just easier to cook it at home rather than try and transport all of the outdoor cooking utensils and all the other stuff. By far one of the best Prime Ribs we have done. 

Not to be outdone in the cooking department My Dad took up the reigns and made my Brother his Birthday cake. My lucky Brother was born on Christmas day and up until my Mom passed she was always the one who made sure he got both Christmas presents and Birthday Presents separate. And the Birthday ones were always wrapped in Birthday paper. Honestly not so bad for what I think is my Dads first attempt at a character cake.

This is my favorite present of all. Not just because I bought The Hubby a matching one of Flying Pigs, but because of what it represents. Moons and Stars and Suns were my Moms thing, She had tons of them everywhere. These will remind me of her and that’s the best gift anyone could give.

I love to you the Moon and Back.

Decking the Halls

It’s the (2nd)* Most Wonderful Time of the year………  The Tree has been trimmed, and the wooden tree The Hubby made a few years back has been put out and plugged in. We had a nice afternoon as a family decorating the tree and telling The Kid about some of the ornaments and the stories behind them. He has a few of his own that he put on there as well.
  As is our tradition the The Hubby opened a couple bottles for us to enjoy while we decorated and listened to Christmas Music. The Wine decided they wanted in on the action and donned their Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

  This is one of my favorite parts of Christmas, watching the Sun and Moon card holder that sits empty 10 months of the year fill up.
  Since we had so many ornaments I had to make room for on the Tree the Mermen have been relocated to the 2 rods in the living area so they can shine bright for all to see.   Santa Merman of course gets the middle spot near the tree.
The other most important piece of Christmas and the most special decoration I have is the ceramic lighted tree. This was my Grandmothers tree, that my mother made, and keeps them both close to me during the Holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The first would be Back To School Time.

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It’s that time again, our annual excursion to The New York Botanical Garden and then lunch on Arthur Ave in the Bronx.

It wasn’t open when we arrived at 9 but I thought it was a cute scene.

  This was one of 4 sets of bridges they constructed for the trains, all of them iconic New York Bridges.

  The above picture is the Conservatory where all of the Trains are set up within all of the plant beds. The picture doesn’t do the actual piece justice.

The above picture is a recreation of the New York Worlds Fair, although the big fan piece looks shiny but it is actually Fabric Swatches.

  I love how they captured the iconic Lions from the New York Public Library.

Back on Veterans Day we watched them installing these trees into the fountain. They came out beautifully. We did take a nice Family Photo in front of them as well.

 After we toured the Train Show, walked through the Childrens Adventure Zone, and took  Tram ride around the Garden grounds we hit the gift shop then headed on over to Arthur Ave for lunch and perusing of the meat and cheese stores.

If there was one store like this there had to be at least 5 of them. Meat curing as far as the eye could see, and it smelled heavenly.

Later in the evening we were invited to my brothers house for a little Christmas gathering he was hosting. It was a nice evening full of food, fun, and shenanigans. I saw this recipe for Christmas Tree Brownies and thought I can do that, well of course I had to add my own spin to it and add the Eyeballs, though someone asked why the trees had boobies.