The Family Bonus

It is the 5th Friday of the month and I decided to share photos from the time that I was able to spend with my family during the Christmas season. I hope everyone had a wonderful December. That wonderful memories were created this year and that there is excitement for new hopes and dreams as we start a new year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Music to Keep Going

Were you thinking that this would be a post about Christmas music? It’s not. Silly you! Actually I had a different idea today and it stems from all the work I have to get done at the office before year-end. Nothing crushes your Christmas happiness quicker than working late at the office and since I have to work, I decided that I would share 5 songs that I am listening to right now.

  1. Andrew McMahon: Fire Escape
  2. The Head & The Heart: All We Ever Knew
  3. The Struts: Put Your Money On Me
  4. Dreamers: Sweet Disaster
  5. Fifth Harmony: That’s My Girl

Christmas vacation should be spent in . . .

I think I am a pretty typical and predictable person. I like all the things most people like and 8 out of 10 times I want to spend my Christmas at home with my family doing all of our traditions but . . . there are times when I dream of far off places that I would love to experience during the Christmas season. My first real taste of this was when I spent my first Christmas away from family in Hawaii. I am not going to lie; I really enjoyed seeing lights in palm trees. I didn’t miss snow one bit and I loved that it was in the high seventies during the day. My most favorite memory was calling to talk to my family on Christmas morning and telling them that I was headed to the beach for the day while they were in a blizzard.

So here are 5 places I have only ever dreamed about visiting during the Christmas season. Who knows; maybe next year I will be in one of those places sharing with you the 5 things you should do while visiting. Fingers crossed!

  1. Paris, France 
  2. Malmo, Sweden 
  3. Pape’ete, Tahiti 
  4. Quebec City, Quebec 
  5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 

Gift Giving

As a kid it was VERY easy for me to come up with a list of things I wanted for Christmas. Some years my list was a couple of pages long. I remember pouring over the toy section of the Sears Catalog and turning down all the pages of the items that I just knew I had to have. As an adult, I prefer to give gifts then receive them because the real gift for me now is to know that others are happy but even with that being said, it is nice to see something under the tree with your name on it.

The older I get the more I want to give gifts that are experiences and not things but an envelope with tickets isn’t the same as the actual wrapped box under the tree. Over the years I have also noticed a structure for what gifts to purchase so that overbuying doesn’t ensue. So here is the structure and my list should anyone be buying anything for me this year.

  1. Something I want to Read . . . Daring Greatly by Brene Brown  
  2. Something I Need . . . Crock-pot (okay I have a Crock-pot but it is really small, I really need a normal size one) 
  3. Something I want to Wear . . . Oxford Heels (aren’t they so cute?!!!) 
  4. Something I Want . . . Air Purifier (I live in Oregon with mold people . . . enough said) 
  5. Something to Eat . . . Salted Caramels (yes, please!)