When I was a little girl, I never really had the dream as some girls do to be a ballerina. Oh I liked to dance. I can remember watching Laurence Welk with my parents and when Bobby and Sissy would appear my sister and I would dance together around the living room ( I think I may be dating myself....heheheh) But the actual thought of becoming a ballerina just didn't cross my mind....until now. On Sunday afternoon I was treated to a performance of the Nutcracker and it was amazing!! Heidi was given four tickets and her husband and 17 year old son just were not terribly excited to attend. It was a great girls day out with she, her daughter Jenna, my mom and me. The whole production was one that I will remember forever. The dancers, costumes, and scenery were simply breathtaking. With the first act coming to a close I thought I could not love anything more than the Snow Queen and the Snowflakes. I watched in awe as they danced so gracefully in the lightly falling snow. But then...in the second act the Sugarplum Fairy appeared with everything you imagine a ballerina to be. She was so beautiful, graceful, delicate, and elegant. Her costume was amazing with it's soft pink color and glittering jewels. She glided across that stage seemingly without effort. I was mesmerized.
(I tried to find a picture of her from this performance, but I could only find this one of her from Sleeping Beauty.)
Needless to say we had the most wonderful time. Another Christmas memory that I will treasure forever....
The perfomance was held in the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. The theatre is so beautiful. My picture doesn't come close to capturing all of it's splendor.
After this most amazing day, you could say that this "big girl" now has the dream of a "little girl"....Yes I want to be the Sugarplum Fairy. I guess a girl can still dream---can't she.
I love the week in between Christmas and the New Year. It is a relaxing week for me. The girls are at home with their parents and the hustle bustle of Alex's schedule slows a bit with his vacation from school. I can snuggle in my PJ's and reflect on the past Christmas season. I had a wonderful Christmas this year spending time with family and friends. Christmas Eve is always spent at my parents home. This year was so special as my whole family could be together. The weather allowed my sister, Andrea and her family to travel home and my very best friend, Heidi and her family were able to join us as well. My mom prepared a most delicious dinner. We ate, laughed, and just enjoyed each other's company.
Moms beautiful table.......
Alex ,me, brother in law, Tom, sister, Andrea, best friend Heidi, Heidi's husband Rob.......
All the boys......Alex, my nephews, Hank and Isaac, and Heidi's son, Tyler
Alex and my Dad
And a little Christmas Eve silliness.............
Heidi's daughter, Jenna and Alex
Christmas day is always spent at my in-laws. Again how special that everyone was together this year. Another wonderful dinner, gift exchange, and family time. Because everyone was all together it seemed the perfect opportunity to take some family photos........
The whole Panormios Family
All the brothers and sisters...Alex, John, Stephen, Zoi, and Stephanie
A beautiful family portrait..........
Cousins..............Will, Danielle and Alex
What fun it was on Christmas night to meet the newest member of our family. Alex's brother, Stephen surprised his wife with a sweet little puppy for Christmas. You will never guess--the puppy is our Mabel's half sister. I could not wait until they met each other. I also could not believe how Mabel has grown comparing her to Hannah. I think they will be great friends.
I hope you are all making special Christmas memories with your family as well. With the snow swirling about tonight I think I will make a nice hot cup of tea, snuggle under a blanket and watch one of the new movies that Santa brought me. Until next time..............
Kate, Emma and I have had such fun this Christmas season with our Advent calendar. I had fun shopping for tiny treats to fill each box and the girls---well lets just say it was the first thing they did each morning when they arrived. They each took turns opening the little door to see what treasure was inside. Yesterday morning after opening the door and gobbling up the little chocolate inside, Emma squeeled with delight "Only THREE more days until Christmas"!!!!!! I on the other hand thought to myself "Only three more days until Christmas, YIKES" I am almost ready, just a handfull of last minute details to take care of. Before the next few days slip by, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some Christmas projects that I have been working on with you. My first project are these little fun peek a boo notes.Great for gift tags.
I was so inspired by Betsy Veldman and her December 9 card project on herblog, I decided to alter it a bit and make a few of my own for Christmas. Instead of a card alone, I added a few blank pages inside the front and back covers to create a mini brag book. Each little book is small enough to fit into an envelope and can be mailed just like a greeting card. I took it a bit further and added a few blank lined papers for sending that special friend your secret family holiday recipes.
The Christmas season is such a wonderful, special time of year. There is nothing like experiencing it through the eyes of a child. I can remember watching Alex when he was a little boy, the wonder in his eyes as he took in all the miracles and surprises the season had to bring. His excitment carried him through the whole month of December. He still enjoys Christmas and is blessed by Christ's birth, but he now sees it through the eyes of an adult. I must admit I miss those days filled with awe and amazement. I have written before about Kate and Emma, the sweet girls I babysit during the week, and what blessings they are to me in so many ways. They encourage me, make me smile and yes even make me laugh out loud with the things they say. They both see Christmas through a childs eyes and their excitement overflows. Just yesterday Emma came bouncing up the stairs singing with all her might the 12 days of Christmas.....fiveeeeeee goldennnnnn rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and "A PARTRIDGE IN A PANTRY" I asked her to repeat what she was singing trying not to giggle. We sang together the 12 days of Christmas and I truly think she believes the gift on the first day is a partridge in a pantry. Oh Christmas through a childs eyes---I wish we could all experience it that way. The awe, amazement and excitement over the miracle of Christ's birth.
I wanted to share with you all my most favorite Christmas decoration. It is the nativity scene that once belonged to my Grandmother. I can remember seeing it under her tree when I was a little girl and then again under my parents tree. My sister and I together each year would set this little scene up under the family tree. After Alex and I married, on our first Christmas together, I asked my mom if I would be able to put this treasure under our tree. It had remained there each year until a curious little puppy came into our family and damaged the manger beyond repair. It has since been placed in a spot of safety high atop the end table in the livingroom reminding us all of the reason we celebrate this most special time of year.
I hope you all are truly experiencing the wonders of the season--remembering the true meaning of Christmas.
I always enjoy my morning cup of coffee but I find this time of year is perfect for enjoying a nice hot mug of something yummy to drink mid-way through my busy day. When I am out and about running errands, I usually have my favorite little helper, Emma along. It has become a tradition with us to stop at the local Starbucks for our mid-day treat. Her treat of choice--a ricecrispy square and mine---a grande half-caff Gingerbread Latte(light on the whipped cream of course :) She hears me order my Latte and I always turn to her and say "Emma, guess what? I love you a Latte" She giggles and we continue on our way. Who knew that would be my inspiration for these little charms.
After I completed these little coffe inspired charms, I thought how much fun it would be to give them as a gift along with a mug all snuggled in a mug cozy. I got to work and here is the end result........
I think I may give a few friends this little combination gift this Christmas. I hope it will let them know that I Love them a Latte!!!
At this time of year I find myself making list after list. Weather it be a "To Do" list, grocery list or a gift list I have them all over my house on scraps of paper, old envelopes and post it notes. There can be so many lists going at one time I have been known to make a list of my lists. On a recent trip to our local Target, I found the cutest little notebooks. The great feature about these notebooks is the piece of elastic attached to the bottom securing the cover. The perfect notebook to keep in my purse. How great I thought to have all my lists in ONE place. And then the thought struck me...If I make hundreds of lists during this time of year, I am sure there are many busy ladies out there that do the same. With a little altering, I thought they would make a fun addition to my shop at SweetPeas. They came in a variety of colors but I chose the red and green--perfect for all our Christmas lists.
I had such fun with this project I returned to Target today to purchase more notebooks. I wonder if Santa keeps all of his lists in cute little notebooks like these.
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.