11.26.2014

First Snow and Other Things . . .



While much of the northeast is in the midst of a holiday nor'easter, our part of New York has barely two inches even after it's been snowing for the last six hours. Megan saw the first snowflake of the season and couldn't wait to go outside and play.  She tried to build a snowman but there just wasn't enough snow yet. 


Brendan joined her and thought it would be funny if they threw snowballs at me while I took these photos out the dining room window.  BRATS!!!  : )





And then, just like that, she was done.



I think the allure of hot cocoa with marshmallows was just too much for her!!  : )


I wish you all a happy and healthy and safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  I, for one, have so much to be grateful for and hope you feel the same.  The last couple of weeks around here have been a series of beginnings and endings.  Reflection and hope.  Love and light.  I'm not the same person I was a couple of weeks ago and I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and the people who have been put into my life.  I've also had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend who passed a week and a half ago from cancer.  His words to me were so profound and the bravery he had in the face of death was a true testament to who he was.  Never, ever to be forgotten.

My friend and his daughter.

Many blessings to you ~ Wendy


11.21.2014

This Moment . . .


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Our football player, Brendan!!  : )

Many blessings for a happy Friday and a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy


11.14.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Baking her first apple pie with Nana!!  : )

Many blessings for a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend ~ Wendy



11.08.2014

Halloween Catch Up . . .

This past week has been a busy one around here.  Halloween came and went and already seems like a distant memory.  It's my favorite holiday.  I love to see the kids in their costumes, especially the homemade ones.  I love the sound of the leaves as you drag your feet thru them.  I love to see the spooky touches and jack-o-lanterns added to front porches. 

Megan and friends gathering for pizza before trick-or-treating.


This year, we trick-or-treated in Upper Nyack.  It's the town that I grew up in.  It's so bittersweet to me.  Very few of the same families live there at this point.  They've either passed on or moved away due to the high cost of living in an area so close to Manhattan.  There was a huge in-flux of  people that moved to Rockland County in the '90s.  This is really a great place to raise children and only 20 miles from Manhattan so it's perfect for people that have to commute into the city.  It also makes me a little sad when I remember how it was being raised in a small town where you knew everybody.  Simple people (I mean that in the nicest of ways) living simple lives.  I had a wonderful childhood and, thankfully, I'll always have those memories.  : )


Creepy!!!!!!
My fairy princess.

One of my favorite houses. 


My hope for my children is that they, too, have lots of happy memories as they get older and look back.  The gift of a happy childhood truly is one of the most precious gifts you can give to them.  : )


Many blessings for a wonderful weekend ~ Wendy





11.01.2014

Slim Pickins . . .




By the time we got to the pumpkin farm, this is all that was left.



It certainly makes it a lot easier to choose.


This happy girl didn't seem to mind.




A son's new found passion . . .


and a beautiful sunset.


All in all . . .   A very good night.  : )


I hope you're having a very happy Saturday!! ~ Wendy

10.31.2014

This Moment . . .


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Many blessings for a happy and safe Halloween ~ Wendy