Christmas Adventures!

I am enjoying my Christmas adventures this year as I started out by baking cookies and goodies for a few friends and coworkers. I had fun baking and wish I had more time to bake more fun things. I was limited by time though, with work and everything I needed to get done it gave me little time to squeeze in baking, but I did get it done and I tried to make a few different goodies! 😀

Super easy all in one bowl brownie being mixed.
Fresh from the oven!

I ended up making everything from scratch, brownies with some extra chocolate adding a cup of chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch blonde brownies, oatmeal cookies with craisin’s, white and dark chocolate chips, and ginger cookies. The butterscotch brownies were really good and do not taste like butterscotch really since they melt into the brownie and it is delicious!

I forgot I took this photo of my extra added chocolate. This recipe is from Hershey using 
Hershey’s cocoa powder. It’s called Hershey’s Best Brownies, just google to find recipe!

I have read that a blog or writings should stick to one theme and I have a rather large encompassing theme called my life and so my writings might start out as one thing or on one topic and I do try to tie everything together and wrap up my thoughts and feelings in a way so that I think I make sense as I really find my writings rather therapeutic and to be honest it really is all an adventure no matter what we do right?

As I sit here writing this it is Christmas night and I can’t sleep. You see we will be leaving in the morning to go back home to California, so as I toss and turn I know my heart will ache to say goodbye to my family here in Arizona. I am so fortunate as my whole family, all three of my children with spouses in tow all came to Arizona where my son now lives so we all could celebrate Christmas together. We had a great day, enjoying the gift giving and wonderful food and even more special, time together.

My heart goes out to my daughter-in-law as on our first day here we went out to a mall to do some last minute shopping and with all of us together my little granddaughter looked like she was walking up to her auntie but then turned like she might walk into the street so her Mom rushed to grab her and slipped and fell and twisted her ankle and also got a hairline fracture near the end of her tibia. She has been in a lot of pain and bless her heart as we invade her house, well not invade, as she and my son have always made their house feel like our home too….. But I have to just say, prayers for a fast recovery and for the pain to subside soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

So peaceful Christmas morning as I sit waiting for everyone to join me!
She is an only child and an only grandchild so I don’t think it’s too many gifts! 😀
She is ADORABLE, they all are at this age!

We had so much fun watching this cutie pie open all her presents. She is 3 years old and she is really speaking well so this is a really fun Christmas as she knows what is going on. It is so fun to see Christmas through a child’s eye, this is just a really fun age. It will only get better the older she gets, and I know I could share a ton of photos but these suffice and I just LOVE her so very much. She just melts my heart! ❤

I am trying very hard not to be stressed out about our move to Arizona. But of course it is natural to feel this way as it is a big move not only for house and home but for my two very large creatures, my horses. I absolutely love where I currently board and we have done some searching here for horse property but it is turning out to be pretty expensive and I am not opposed to boarding in Arizona as it will help with new friendships and possible riding friends. I would also have connections at a boarding facility for farriers and veterinarians. I know I can find these things if I kept the horses on my property, but we are thinking it may be a stretch for us to afford horse property in the area we want to live. We are not done looking and we should really reach out to a realtor who knows the area. I see many trips to Arizona in the coming months to pin down everything and make these crucial decisions!!

Arizona sunsets I am told are a daily thing!
Same photo as above only I zoomed in which isn’t too bad from my phone camera!
Absolutely surreal, I just can’t believe these Arizona sunsets! LOVE them! ❤

I have so many wonderful photos, I am thinking I will have to write again soon or maybe it isn’t too bad having a lot of photos on one blog? You are certainly welcome if you’d like to comment as I love sharing my photos and I know I have been told to keep them coming.

This particular blog has a lot since I am compacting two weeks into one blog post. But I will definitely write again soon and I have one last photo I want to share as it just puts a huge giant smile on my face. I have to say it’s my family that makes my brain work on overdrive trying to not freak out about everything and to just take one day at a time and I know everything will work itself out one way or another. And I don’t mean my family freaks me out it is my motivation for my family that makes me want to get to my final destination, they are all so important to me and I know I tell them all the time!!

This is what puts a huge giant smile on my face, my daughter and granddaughter. I just want to squeeze them and hug them all day long. I’m crazy like that!

Thank you for reading this rather crazy put together blog. I wanted to write last weekend about my love of baking and I don’t want to miss the holiday season so I will just make this a little longer than my normal blogs. I so enjoy writing and interacting with who ever would like to comment. I also know that even though I can’t control everything in this life there is a lot that we can and even though there are decisions that are difficult, they will happen and all in good time. Bless you all and I hope this holiday season has treated each and everyone of you well. ❤

Lovingly,

Diana

Weekend Coffee Share; Dreaming

Enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee, I love the smell and taste of coffee!

I am enjoying a cup of coffee and am hoping you are having a good start to your weekend. It has been a busy week and I can’t believe in just over a week it will be Christmas. I have been wanting to write about dreaming, mostly because I do believe dreams do come true! Maybe not all of them as what would life be if ALL your dreams ALWAYS came true? We all should dream, and even as one dream may be full-filled you should replace that one with a new one, it should never end as that is what keeps you moving towards your goals. I guess goals and dreams are two different things, but are they really? I think they are intertwined, as without dreams your goals would be boring. At least that is how I think of it as I dream about our future!

I am glad I have the time to dream and I know our move to Arizona will come to fruition it is just going to take time to get there and as I think and dream it seems like I am thinking and dreaming of someone else in my family moving, not me as I go through my day to day schedule working and doing all the scheduled things in my life. I work full-time and so I go through each day, week, even month and am not really worrying about the move. I know things will eventually sink in and get hectic as we move closer to our goal, it takes time, seems like forever! I hope you are enjoying your coffee I am all done and have a kitty on my lap making it difficult to write. I think she is a distraction, she can be a very needy kitty wanting all kinds of pets, silly kitty! 😀

She is on my lap not letting me type, silly kitty!

I love my kitty Mara! she weighs about 7 pounds, a small female cat the smallest kitty I’ve ever had and she is so attached to me which is really cool unless I am trying to do something like use my laptop and she wants to be petted. It makes things difficult. She also has a knack of wanting pets right when I pick up my crocheting. I crochet a lot of things, I find it really relaxing and it seems that right when I want to continue with my project here comes kitty! Haha, I always stop and give her the pets she needs and then she will curl up next to me and sleep. I shouldn’t complain because cats sleep a lot and I do appreciate the attention she gives me as I have owned cats in the past that never gave me the time of day! 

Its hard to get a good photo, the last I will share as the other ones I took are blurry. She doesn’t sit still as she wants me to pet her as she sniffs my arm! She is really loving and very spoiled!

As I sit and enjoy my coffee, I got another cup if you were wondering, I am thinking that life is definitely complicated. I think the holidays can be crazy but I am really excited about this Christmas because my whole family will be traveling to Arizona next weekend to be together for Christmas at my son’s house. SO I am excited as I will be seeing my son, daughter-in-law and my granddaughter!! I can’t wait to see them and my daughter and son-in-law will be flying in and staying too with my youngest son traveling with us by car. We will be there for 5 days and we will have a grand time, I can hardly wait!  This is truly one dream of mine to have my whole family together for Christmas and this dream will come true next week. I am a lucky Mom, Grandma and wife – no doubt about that!!  ❤ ❤ ❤

I think or dream about the future as I do not know what the future holds for me. It is scary not knowing where I will be working or if I will have a job once I move to Arizona. I do believe my current job is going to keep me in the company and provide me with a job at our Phoenix Lab location, but it is not set up, or more like there is no opening at that lab so I don’t know if a position will open up in a few months?  I believe they want me to stay in the company as I bring a lot of experience to the company and my job and so I know I have value. But it still is disconcerting to not know what exactly I will be doing for my job or how much money I will be making. I am just having faith that this will all work out for not only me, but for everyone involved. Praying for a wonderful outcome! I also dream about other possibilities, working with horses maybe?  Maybe that won’t be full-time but it would be awesome to find some part-time work with horses or I can expand with the horses I own, lessons maybe? It’s a thought! Definitely a dream, dream big right? 

Although this photo was from the last time I was in Arizona it will one day next year be what I will see every day. That is so strange to me, its like pinch me, are we really moving? I am watching my husband go through our stuff and donate things we don’t need and packing other things. What a job, we have lived here for 15 years and when we moved here we did not go through things like we should have and a lot of what we have were my parents and so we really need to figure out what to keep, what to donate or what sister or brother may want some of my parents keepsakes. It can be a difficult task but it needs to be done and so I do dream of less clutter and of less things. It’s amazing what you can collect after 34 years of marriage! YIKES! 😀  I am totally enjoying my coffee and I hope you enjoy my weekend coffee share. I am not very good at providing links something I need to learn one of these days! 

Dreaming of Arizona! dreaming of the future!

Diana