On the Fifth Day of Christmas 2022: It’s Holiday Party Time!

Though we may not see each other with as frequently as I would like, my family means so much to me. It’s one of the reasons that I look forward to hosting an annual holiday party.

My daughter gets to hang out with her cousins and play all night long.

We laugh, eat, play games and just enjoy each other. I couldn’t ask for more.

All the best,

Tanya

All the best,

Tanya

On the Fourth Day of Christmas 2022: It’s Our Christmas Story!

One of my favorite movies to watch around this time of the year is “A Christmas Story.” I still remember my mom taking my sister and me to see it in the movie theater when I was around my daughter’s age. Now, we enjoy watching it together and even watched the new movie with Ralphie all grown up with his family.

Most recently, we were in Feeney’s, a huge Christmas, nursery and garden store not too far from where we reside and came across a “Christmas Story” display and couldn’t resist taking a picture. Who knows, maybe it’ll be out theme next year.

All the best,

Tanya

All the best,

Tanya

On the Second Day of Christmas 2022: Tree Decorating

After attending the Philadelphia Zoo’s Luninature and seeing their gorgeous tree displays, my daughter and I (along with our toy poodle) were eager to get started on our tree.

Big T Money is all decked out with delectable sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, lollipops, cotton candy, ice cream, etc. If only it was all edible 😋. Perhaps it’s good that it’s not because our treats just might be gone by Christmas.

All the best,

Tanya

All the best,

Tanya

My Family Lights Up My Life! Fun at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Luminature

Yesterday, my daughter, mother, sister in-law, nieces and I arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo in the evening ready for some amazing sights. While the animals slumbered, the beautiful lights and decorations lit the night’s sky at their annual Luminature event. There was a huge light-up penguin show, a big flamingo tree, shimmer just about everywhere we turned, a sea display and gorgeous Christmas trees, and we were enamored by it all!

What made this evening extra special was watching my daughter and niece’s faces light up as they walked and even raced to the next light display letting out joyous giggles. I’m so grateful for these moments and am glad Quinn expressed interest in going for a third time.

All the best,

Tanya

The Triple “A” Call I Love Making: Celebrating My Daughter’s Hard Work

Most people associate triple A with vehicle troubles, but I learned this past Friday that that’s not always the case. My fourth grader came home excited to share with me that she was the first of the school year to earn the triple A: All Achievement Award for classroom focus, effort, and desire to learn.

Though I am proud of Quinn, I’m not at all surprised. She loves school and learning so much. But even still, I don’t take her focus, efforts and desire to learn for granted, especially as I struggle to keep many of the college students I teach motivated and encouraged to learn.

I can only hope that she continues to have the intrinsic motivation to learn and put forth her best efforts as a student and person well into adulthood.

All the best,

Tanya