Here we are approaching the end of another year and honestly 2016 has been pretty darn good!
Our Winter was well, Winter. We live Nova Scotia so not much you can do about that except head south, which we did in March. Punta Cana gave us that boost we needed to make it to Spring!
Spring was beautiful. Our Summer was amazing and we were fortunate enough to go on lots of road trips. The Canadian dollar was horrible so the road trips were all relatively close to home but fun nonetheless.
Fall is always the prettiest time of year here. The trees put on a colour show like no other!
We also saw the arrival of our third grand-baby in the fall. Elliot Micah joined us in early November.
Mahailia, Malachi and Elliot will keep their parents hoping!
As the end of the year got a little closer I decided to extend my Christmas vacation and take a few extra days at the start. Good thing, the weather has been miserable!
Between the snow and the cold you just want to run away! Really run! -30 here the other day.
We got our tree all ready for Santa.
And while everyone else worried about the cats knocking the tree down I caught Maxi doing this!
December 12 was our 24th wedding anniversary. Hubby’s work is way too busy this time of the year to celebrate so we will celebrate when we arrive in Akumal in March. He did warm me up with some beautiful flowers though!
While I have been home I have been experimenting with my slow cooker. Son and hubby are quite pleased with that. Let me say I am normally not much of a cook, but I do like to play around with recipes when I have time. Did a beef stew that turned out amazing! I am lucky, my son works in the meat department at Sobeys so he made sure I bought the best stew meat I could. I also did homemade baked beans with cracked pepper bacon (son had me buy this, I wouldn’t even have thought of it). Last with the slow cooker was a pot roast, again picked out by the son (he knows his stuff I have to say). So tender! We ended the week with a goulash, which also turned out good. They like when I am home all day :)!
I joined a Facebook group for the resort we are going to in March, Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort. With all this nasty weather the pictures people are posting have been my escape! This just looks so amazing and I can’t wait to get there! It also has inspired me to get back on track with my fitness goals. I quit smoking a year and a half ago and that has led to a few (ok, a lot) of unwanted pounds. I decided to tackle one demon at a time though, so I knew it would happen. I think the smoking one is conquered, now time to get back to my old self and beach ready!
These are some pictures taken at Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort by Jerry and Lois Radlinsky last week (shared with permission).
March can’t come soon enough! I can’t wait to sit on my balcony with a coffee watching the sun come up over the bay in the morning. Warms me up just thinking about it!
In the meantime we just have to put up with this I guess.
I hope everyone has a very a happy holiday season and wonderful New Year!
From my home to yours Merry Christmas!
Whatever holiday, occasion or event you may celebrate at this time of year, we wish you the best!