Archive for December, 2016


NYE E Bits

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It’s New Years Eve EVE, and I’m thinking our Bits need to reflect that today…

  1. A personal positive from 2016?
  2. A personal goal for 2017?
  3. Where will you be when the ball drops this year?
  4. Casey Kasem or Ryan Seacrest?

Have a great New Year’s Eve, everyone. I hope 2017 brings you much joy, good health, and whatever success means to you.


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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I’m thinking I’ll only post twice during this week between Christmas and New Year’s.  So for the first post of the week, I thought I’d do a Three Things from my Christmas weekend!

In keeping with the annual tradition I started when my girls were babies, I presented each of them with a new ornament to reflect on something special from their 2016.  This year it was a scene from Hansel and Gretel for DD # 1 in honor of that being one of the shows she performed in this past summer, and a nod to DD # 2 being part of the Top Decile of her graduating class this year.



I also love the cookie decorating, fudge making, special Christmas show watching time that happens later on, on Christmas Eve.



I’m not one to ask Santa for things, mainly because I’m not a “stuff” person. I prefer memories and experiences. That said, back in July, I read an article about a throwback Nintendo system that was coming back in time for this year’s Christmas. And, being a Super Mario LOVER, I knew right then and there, what I wanted for Christmas this year.   I’ve only played it for about 30 minutes, sharing screen time with my daughters, but what fun we had!!


I also loved the family (picture) calendar DD # 2 put together for me, and the *insert college name here* MOM sweatshirt DD # 1 got me.

We finished up Christmas Day by having my cousin, Barbara, and her husband, David, for dinner, and then sitting around singing Christmas songs while David played the guitar. He even brought kazoos for us to use as a back-up band when needed. So much fun!

I’d love to hear three things from your holidays when you get a chance.  In the meantime, I’ll be back on Friday with my next post!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bits Time

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Merry Christmas Eve EVE. 😉

Tonight is new-ornament night around here. And I think I found some really good ones.

As for bits, well here we go:

  1. What’s one thing you’d really like to see under the tree for you?
  2. A goal for yourself in 2017?
  3. Walk me through your Christmas Eve traditions at your house? And who is part of it?
  4. What do you have for breakfast on Christmas Day?

Have a blessed Christmas!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


A Lift of the Spirits

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Yesterday, I told you I was going to be playing a little hooky last night with my kids. I also said, I’d be sure to share some pictures. So here we go…

Heading out in search of a little boost to this year’s holiday spirit…


Lookee what we found…


And lookee who was inside…


We marveled at these (especially when they started dancing to the music)…


And we made sure to indulge in this before the night was over…


A boost to the spirits + lighthearted reasons to smile = Happy night.


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Hooky Time

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I’m playing a little hooky today.

Technically it’s tonight, but that means I have work to do this morning to make up for it.

(I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures of my debauchery 😉 )

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Holiday Reading

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With the holiday season upon us, is there a book you’re really looking forward to reading once the busy-ness subsides?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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The weekends sure do go by in a blur at this time of year, don’t they?

Okay, here are three things…

I picked up DD # 1 for her winter break. She’s home now for the next month (yay!)…



I went to a football game (Dolphins vs. Jets). Although the picture is blurry, this is the pretzel (odd shape, I know) I got during the game. 🙂



And I went to a childhood friend’s house for a ladies-only Christmas party. And it was great fun! I met so many just genuinely nice people–it did my heart good.


Sorry about the lame photos to accompany my three things this week. I’ll do better next week.

Now tell us your three things…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Pre-Holiday Bits

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Let’s get right to it today, shall we?

  1. What’s your favorite stocking stuffer to receive?
  2. Real or artificial?
  3. Garland or tinsel?
  4. Star or angel?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Dear Santa

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How about a prompt today?

Give me the opening 2 or 3 sentences of a Dear Santa letter from a kid who’s been rather naughty and feels the need to plead his case. 🙂

Give us some fun stuff.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Best of the Lead-Up

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With the holidays around the corner, I’m wondering about your favorite holiday (non-Christmas Eve/Day) tradition.  Meaning, is there something you like to do each year in the lead-up to the holiday?

For me, when the kids were little, a trip to Silver Dollar City in Branson was in order sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The lights, the strong Christian message, the music, and the overall atmosphere always helped get us in the mood.

img_1628Then, when we moved here to NY, it took a while to find something that came even close. And while it’s still not SDC, the Hershey Christmas Candy Cane Lane has gotten us a little closer. Last year, we picked up DD # 1 on the way down (we pass through the town where she goes to college) and spent a fun evening walking around, looking at the lights, singing songs, and making memories. We had such a nice time, I’m hoping to do it again this year.

So tell us about one of your favorite lead-up traditions.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)