Christmas 2016

This year we stayed on the west coast for Christmas, for the most part at least, Adelaide went back east for a week to visit family and friends and I helped transport one leg of that trip.

My trip was very short but it was nice to see family and friends for a little bit at least, it’s been a year since I was home and one of my parents dogs made that evident. Here is little Darby insisting on sleeping on my bed my last night there. 


Christmas snuck up on me a little this year and therefore I was out shopping on Christmas Eve! 

I got most of what I needed, my poor husband did not get everything I planned for him but I will make it up to him.

Nonetheless we had a great time and got to share in some holiday festivities with friends and neighbors that we usually miss out on.

I hope everyone had a Great Christmas!


Cooking baking all day….not my thing but it had to be done.


I love how they wrap almost every branch to the top, this picture does not even show the beauty.




This is pure happiness and I am so happy we could give this to her.


Who’s house looks like this?!


Note she was fine, just funny moments captured in the first few mintues of wheels on her feet, she got the hang out it very soon after.


Daphne’s first Candy Cane. It’s Christmas so it’s okay that she just had her first taste of candy right?!


The MOST delicious Whiskey Sour I have ever tasted (cudos to the hubby), and that says a lot coming from me because I do not like Whiskey, I mean like at all, bleh, just give me wine, but oh my this was delish!!

We wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Years Eve!

We have some fun plans for the Holiday so stay tuned for pictures, that’s if I can keep my hands dry enough to use the camera (hint)!

XO Desiree

December Days

Time is flying!

Is anyone else feeling that way?

I am usually over prepared for Christmas but this year it seems to be sneaking up on me.

This is the first year that we are not going back East for the Holidays. Which is probably why I am not as prepared.

We have Daphne on a travel ban of sort, there are many triggers that can cause a regression in her disease and travel can be one along with stress, and sickness and with the cold temps, flu season and time change we are keeping her home to help avoid this for awhile. 

Daphne’s only major regression was after a trip away last Spring, maybe coincidental or the cause, nonetheless we are being extra cautious.


With a little break in soccer for a few weeks we have been extra busy trying to enjoy full weekends instead of just one day.

We hosted Adelaide’s 9th Birthday Party (a little early) and can I just say when I turn 40 (not for awhile now) can I get a perfectly Pinterest party?!  The girls were great, had fun at movie and paint your own pottery and I survived with 11 girls. 


The next day we went to SkyPark Santa’s Village. This was a common Christmas destination for Californians but has not been open for 20 years. I was very happy to get to experience this with my girls. We also saw Gwen Stefani with her kids and Blake Shelton. I love celebrity sightings!

It was only 54 degrees and we were all freezing! 

Our blood has def adjusted to the perfect Cali weather.

I am a bit scared with arriving on the East coast today taking Adelaide back to visit family and friends, the temps are supposed to be ZERO degrees! 

I leave my head to toe down jacket at my parents for occasions just like this. 

I will miss my poor little Daphne Poo, this is my longest trip away, 3 nights 😩, oh and my amazing hubby.