Hi everyone! I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful, healthy, happy time with your families yesterday. Our Christmas was bittersweet because we all know it will be my mother's last. At least the last where she will be able to go out, and where she will know us all. In reality, she doesn't really know us all right now, but recognition flutters in and out. It was very difficult at times, especially seeing my dad have to leave the table so my mother wouldn't see him cry. But on a positive note, it made us all realize that the most important thing in life is to count your blessing and cherish every moment. Here is my favorite photo from Christmas, which to me, shows the beauty of a long marriage mixed with the tragedy of Alzheimer's. I will cherish this photo always:
And on a happier note, my favorites from the last couple of days:
Christmas eve dinner where my 8 year old daughter ate spicy mussels and all sorts of other grown up food at an amazing Boston restaurant called Cinquecento. It was fun to watch her eat food we love.
My son, well, we are not going to talk about his eating habits here. Let's just say he's the sweetest big brother ever:
And then the cookies and milk for Santa. Bobby makes us so proud, getting Ellie excited about Santa even though he has known the truth for a while now. I love that he sees the magic through her eyes, the way adults do:
That cookie for Santa, by the way, was my first Pinterest Fail of the week:
And here is my second:
I TOLD you I'm not a craft person!!
And a few other favorite photos of the kids on Christmas:
Walking in to see if Santa came. Ellie did all of the doorway decorations to welcome Santa:
And my favorites of them being sweet:
Anyway, moving on.
I hate the color of the year. BUT, on a positive note, I can't wait to see if anyone does a room in this color (Radiant Orchid) that I like. So far, not so much, but we'll see. What do you think next year's color will be? I predict it will be some kind of yellowish green, like this, #396:
But for this year, we have Radiant Orchid:
What do you think? I'm curious to know if anyone likes/loves the color?
I kind of like this room. But there is very little of the actual color in it. I think we'll see a lot of "interpretations" of Radiant Orchid this year. This room purports to be that color, but it's really more amethyst, no?
I could live with it in artwork I guess:
Ok, I give up. I can't find any I like for real. So instead I'll just show you a few rooms I've been loving, regardless of color:
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