This week has just gone by so S L o W for me that although we are only at Hump-Day it feels like a big accomplishment for me!
I was happy to spend most of the day yesterday in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Then come nightfall we had our annual St. Nicholas Day Secret Santa Christmas ornament gift exchange.
Liz brought Mika over and the rest of our gang all sat around the table opening carefully chosen gifts (ornaments) and having to guess who they are for and who they are from. This always brings lots of laughter.
Chaplin was so enthralled by the Moana ornament that she received that she decided to walk away from the festivities being held at the table and go sing-along to the music it played. It was quite adorable. Then somehow and none of us really know how it happened, but we had "unwrapped" a tie! LOL It was Dave's Christmas Tie and no one really knows how it got mixed in with the ornaments - but obviously it was to everyone's surprise when we were expecting to see an ornament and instead saw a tie! WTH?!
Dinner was DELISH (if you don't mind me saying so myself).
It was so good that Chaplin who btw already has decided what she wants on her (April) birthday menu - Lasanga for dinner - she quickly changed her mind when she took the first bite of my Baked Ziti.
She immediately claimed that she wants THIS for her birthday dinner, and that it is now her FAVORITE dish and that Lasanga comes in second! Second and third helpings for all and then somehow we still had room for dessert! I whipped up my favorite Chocolate Cake and a Marbled Banana Bread that we also gobbled up.
Okaaaay enough about that, now for what you have all been waiting for.... The continuation of My ANNUAL travel review of 2016 from July through December. Find January through June here: HALF A YEAR IN PICTURES
SAN DIEGO, CA
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
OUTER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW YORK, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 2016 NASSUA, BAHAMAS
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 2016 BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
As for DECEMBER 2016 - I've decided to take the month off and focus on the holidays!
Ahhhhh the wonderful memories<3<3<3
And of course I have an entire calendar of more trips and travels for 2017. So be sure to subscribe and stay tuned.
I'm gonna go for now, and hope to see ya back here tomorrow! -T