Boxing Day is not something we normally celebrate in the U.S., but a number of people have off today since Christmas fell on a Thursday. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We had a wonderful time and I did manage to get all the presents wrapped, finishing the food shopping, prepare the meal and more importantly, celebrate the holiday with family and friends.
Every year my family makes a trip to get our Christmas Tree and to visit New York City to see all the Christmas sights. This year it was a challenging trip. Lots of rain, at times with powerful winds that drove the wet into us. We persevered and got our tree and had a lovely time, although we did have to camp out for about two hours in the Time Warner center to warm up, dry off, and get some dry socks. All in all though, it was a lovely day filled with laughter.
I know that some of our experiences from this rain-soaked holiday excursion will make it into a book someday. Here are some photos from our day. I’ll have more from you as soon as I download them from my camera. It was just too wet to risk using the phone at times for the photos. Click on where it says CHRISTMAS 2014 to see more photos!
Happy Happy Halloween! I just love today and seeing all the kids (and adults) get dressed up and have some fun! Today I’ve got some pictures for you from some of our past Halloweens as well as my Pinterest board for Halloween. That’s where I store up ideas for all kinds of Halloween treats and things.
The very first photo is of me and my daughter on her very first Halloween. She was just over two months old and wearing an “I love Mummy” outfit! LOL!
I hope you have a fabulous day and an awesome weekend!
My nephew is getting married in September which is very exciting! As part of the preparations for the wedding, my sister has been rounding up some family photos. She shared this one with me. It was one I don’t ever recall seeing and yet it’s a special one.
This is my sister and me on our first Christmas in America.
That’s me in the back, closest to the tree, a Charlie Brown one if ever I saw one and yet you can see how happy we were.
We were somewhere safe. We were with my parents again. It had been nearly a year and a half since my parents had been forced to flee Cuba and came to the United States to request political asylum. My sister and I had remained with my maternal grandparents in Cuba, expecting that all of us would soon leave shortly to join my parents in the United States.
It didn’t happen that way. Not with Castro.
It’s a long story, but seeing this picture and our joy, I know that things worked out as they should have even if the road to get here was difficult.
Seeing where I’ve gone in all those years, how our family has prospered thanks to this Nation, I know the sacrifice and journey was worth it.
Thanks for coming by today! I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday.
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Here’s some pictures of the memory box for you! I made this with an old cigar box, beads and an assortment of shells, many of which I found along the Jersey Shore. The two pictures on the memory box are ones I took of locations that appear in THE LOST and THE CLAIMED paranormal romances.
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