01 Jan 2016
in Elf on the Shelf - Ashley, Family, Photos
Tags: Bulldogs, Celebrations, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Family, Fun, Games, Gifts, Giving, Hockey, holidays, Homeless, Leg Lamp, Pie Face
It’s been quite a year.
Yesterday – 31Dec – I turned 5 from 50.
And – I’m thankful for every breath I have taken.
I have not been on the WP as much as I was in the past when I first started. However – I try to post & make my rounds as I get a chance.
This living life – sure takes up a lot of time. ;)
Here’s a glimpse of our December happenings:
Ashley returned. I will work on an Ashley post soon.
The girls are still full-force into hockey & spend a lot of time on the ice.
Two December birthdays in da’ houuuuse – Victoria on the 3rd & me on the 31st!
Gingerbread house – FAIL. Womp, womp, womp.
We have my niece – Lola – as a house guest again for the holidays.
I dressed my Fenway & Lola both up for Christmas.
Don’t they look cute? 🐶💚🐶❤
A picture of me & my Leg Lamp was on tv!!! Autographs anyone? LOL
And – yes – the part of me that refuses to grow up – dressed-up to coordinate with Fenway for Christmas. :)
This year I started a new holiday tradition. I called a local homeless shelter – inquired on how many kids they had – & organized for family & friends to donate one book & one toy for each kid. The girls & I adopted 3 kids. Family & friends covered 10 others. I was pleasantly surprised on how it only took a few hours to have all 13 kids adopted by my fellow holiday elves.
Alexandria & Victoria helped wrap & prepare the gifts for the kids. We used comics from the newspaper to wrap the gifts that we bought – or -that others bought but didn’t wrap. We made that delivery. And – then we stopped by another place that helps & provides support to local homeless people & dropped off some goods.
Last night we ended the year with family, food, fun & games.
We played Pie Face.
I HIGHLY recommend this FUN game.
It’s guaranteed to have you laughing the whole time.
Hubby, me & our 3 kiddos (Photos taken by one of my nephews)
Happy New year from Fenway
Hope that you were treated well by 2015.
I wish you a fun & fantabulous 2016.
Live it up & make every breath count.
PeAce ✌ – LoVe <3 – HapPiness :) & BlesSings-
02 Dec 2015
in About Me, Family, Photos
Tags: Bulldogs, Christmas, Diwali, Family, Halloween, holidays, Leg Lamp, Love, Mehndi, Photography, photos, Snow, Thanksgiving, Volunteering
Hope that you are doing well.
Where have I been & what have I been up to?
It’s all kind of a big blur – if you ask me.
And – that’s without drinking!
Good thing I have some photos to help jog my memory. ;)
This year our Halloween theme was DECADES!
And – look who we ran into while out & about…
…The POPE! :)
Me volunteering at a local book bank :)
I went around taking pictures with my cell-phone.
Then – someone kindly offered to take a pic of me.
This was an event through work.
It was fun. And – it was for a great cause.
I went to a Diwali celebration during my lunch break at work.
I should have gone earlier.
All of the food was gone by the time that I got there.
This is an image of my forearm immediately after one of the volunteers created this Mehndi that I selected.
I chose it because it looked like an eye!
The person that made this told me that it was just a design & not an eye.
I went with it anyway.
Yep – We got hit by the first snow-fall on November 21st.
It wasn’t too bad.
But – I’m glad that it came through during the weekend.
I didn’t have to worry about driving in it.
A lot of people tend to forget how to drive when it snows.
So – I’d rather stay indoors & avoid the undue stress on the road.
The day before Thanksgiving
This is the day that truly kicks-off the holiday season for me.
It’s Leg-lamp Day!
We celebrated two Thanksgivings in one day.
I am definitely blessed to have family nearby & food at more than one location.
Here’s a fancy schmancy gelatin that one of my cousin’s took to my parent’s house.
It was as delicious as it looked.
And – no – she didn’t make it.
And – she told me that she bought it.
Here I am with my cutie patootie niece – Lola.
I pooch-sat her while my sis & her family were away for two weeks.
Fenway was not too thrilled when she first got here.
But – he got used to having her around by the next day.
As long as she knew that this was his house – it was all good. LOL
I was so tempted to not answer the door for my sister when she came to pick her up today.
But – I did.
PeACe ✌ LoVe <3 Blessings 🙏 –
01 Nov 2015
in Family, Photos
Tags: Art, Celebraciones, Celebrations, Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, DDLM, Death, Familia, Family, Flowers, Life, Sugar Skulls, Tradiciones, Traditions
My altar in celebration of Día de Los Muertos.
Loved ones – forever in our hearts. <3
In loving memory of – my brother, uncle, aunts, gparents & gparents-in-law
07 Oct 2015
in Art & Books
Tags: Art, Book Review, Books, Calacas, Carl D'Agostino, Celebración, Celebrations, Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, Family, November, October, Smiles, Traditions
As we prepare for Halloween in our household – we are also preparing for El Día de los Muertos (DDLM).
The focal-point of my DDLM display is a work of art by Carl D’Agostino from I Know I Made You Smile.
And – when I say work of art – I mean WORK OF ART!
When I first saw La Celebración – I fell in love with the piece.
It not only made me smile – but – it spoke to me.
And – I just had to have it.
My “La Celebración”
as it proudly sits on the mantle in my home.
It just so happens that there are 5 calacas celebrating
& there are 5 of us.
And – just like in our family – there are two males & 3 females.
:) :) :) :) :)
(Do note that the actual art-work
is much more colorful than how it appears in the photo).
And – here are a few other pieces of DDLM art that Carl has shared through his blog.
If you’d like to have your very own Carl-art to make you smile – you can contact him at email@example.com.
While on the topic of Carl & how talented he is – do you follow him of the WP?
If not – what are you waiting for?
Go check his blog out & follow him.
His blog does just as it says it will do – it will make you smile! :D
And – if you like what you see – you might want to pick up a copy of his book – I Know I Made You Smile.
We all were filled with smiles as went through the book.
My daughters still keep the book close by – open it – and smile.
A great book for the whole family!
The title is very fitting & most accurate. Carl did make me (us) smile.
As written by my 10 year old daughter: Mr. D’Agostino, I loved your book I Know I Made You Smile. It was funny. And, it did make me smile. My favorite thing in the book was the banana basic slip and fall.
As written by my 11 year old daughter: I thought your book was funny and awesome. I also loved the drawings.
27 Sep 2015
in Nature, Photos
Tags: Beauty, Cricket, Funny, Green, Humor, Insects, Nature, Phone Camera, Photo, Photography
07 Sep 2015
Tags: Costumes, Enchanting, Fairies, Fantasicals, Fantasy, Fun, Imagination, Joust, Make Believe, Photography, photos, Renaissance, Renaissance Faire, Royalty
Hear ye, hear ye peeps!
Hope you have all had a fabulous summer.
Mine has been pretty busy.
Some good times – some not so good.
But – overall – it’s had more ups than downs & that’s good.
One of the things that Alexandria, Victoria & I did this summer was visit a local Renaissance Faire.
We went on opening weekend – girls got in for FREE.
Kids get in free on opening weekend.
And – we went yesterday.
I only had to pay for one kid’s ticket –
since I had two tickets from Santa that were left to my son in his stocking that he didn’t use.
Here are a few images that I captured from our two visits to the Renaissance Faire.
11 Aug 2015
in Writing Challenges / Prompts
Tags: Blogging, Creativity, Fun, writing, Writing Challenge
Thank you Dom at Black and Write for choosing me to take part in this challenge.
I had fun doing this.
Write a paragraph.
Do not use any words that include the letter “e” in their spelling.
Challenge at least 5 others to do the same.
So Dom chall✴ng✴d m✴ to writ✴ a paragraph without using th✴ 5th lett✴r of th✴ alphab✴t.
R✴ally? Who has tim✴ for that?
It sur✴ in th✴ h✴ck ain’t m✴!
And- did h✴ r✴ally think I wasn’t going to b✴ abl✴ to tak✴ on this chall✴ng✴?
W✴ll – sham✴ on him if that’s what h✴ thought! ;)
So Dom & the r✴st of my p✴✴ps – How did I do?
Any one of my peeps who want to take on the challenge – have at it!
If you do not wish to participate – that is perfectly fine.
Have fun with it if you choose to participate in the challenge.
27 Jul 2015
Tags: Beauty, Celebration, Colorful, Flowers, Hindu Wedding, Life, Love, Marriage, Photography, photos, relationships, Wedding
It’s been a while.
Despite a few bumps on the road – life is good.
It’s been a busy summer. Lots of usual running around with the kids & trying to fill-in non-sports days with fun activities or visiting family.
Before summer started & before school let out – I was invited to a friend & co-worker’s wedding.
It was the first Hindu wedding that I was ever invited to. I went to the wedding ceremony by myself as the girls had a lacrosse tournament that weekend. My co-worker was happy that I went & her friends were more than welcoming. Her maid of honor kept coming by me to explain what was going on. Even she didn’t know what everything meant. So – I didn’t feel so bad. ;)
Before the ceremony began – I asked my friend if it was ok to take pictures during the ceremony & if there were any restrictions. She told me I was free to take pictures & that there were no restrictions. So- I snapped away.
Here are a few pictures that I took. I figure these would be ok to share since they don’t show any faces.
I did end up burning all of the photos on a DVD for my friend. She loved them. And – I’m happy that I was able to capture my point of view of her BIG day to gift to her.
Before the ceremony
During & after the ceremony