Monday, December 31

2013 The Year of Faith and Fruition

Happy New Year's Eve!  I've been thinking about this new theme for awhile.  Let's recap the themes from past years:

  • 2011: Magic & Miracles
  • 2012: Cheer & Triumph


I am proud to announce the theme of 2013: Faith & Fruition

Life requires Faith {Complete trust or confidence in someone or something}, in order to believe that the things we wish for and desire, the things we need and what we require, will actually be available to and provided for us.  Faith is a daily commitment, a conscience decision.  

Fruition is the point at which a plan or project is realized.  This year dreams are coming true!

10 Goals for 2013
  1. WRITE WEEKLY/DAILY {with a pen/pencil and paper}
  2. READ A LITTLE EVERYDAY
  3. CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE IN MY COMMUNITY
  4. MAKE A PHOTO ALBUM
  5. GET PASSPORTS
  6. MAKE A VIDEO
  7. SURPRISE SOMEONE
  8. 12 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
  9. GIVE MORE POSITIVE PRAISE DAILY
  10. SEND BIRTHDAY CARDS TO ALL FAMILY MEMBERS

My goals are only things that are controllable.  There is no use setting up goals that you have no power over, like Twitter followers or Instafans.  A great way to live life is by being available; available to answer the phone, even if you don’t really want to, available for impromptu visits or outings, available to help a friend move.. By being available, we open up the door of possibility to new, fun times and experiences, which in turn create memories.  Memories remind us of how important life is, and allow us to reflect, learn, and change.  I foresee a lot of change during this New Year 2013, and I am HYPED about it.  

TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, I'M READY FOR YOU!


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This Way, It Seems, It Is, It Will Be

I want to write the world a'right, 
I want to make it merry and bright, 
I want to hold your hand so tight, 
that we'll float and soar a new height, 
I want to love and kiss you good night, 
I expect to never feel spite, 
I love with a love to excite, 
My white knight be filled with delight. 


This might be the last poem of 2012.. poetry is easy to write, easy to create, easy to express. Writing, typing, feeling, healing.. It's a great way of taking on an entirely different perspective, viewing life, reflecting.  

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Friday, December 21

What's Write is Always Write, Right? with PaperMate InkJoy Pens Rainbow Pack

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The original post for this pic said " "Your" is not a typo.. It's possessive.. As in what he/she writes".. {-smile-} 


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Sunday, December 16

Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

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Day 16: Advent Calendar {mini purple stocking ornament, like this one of a different color.}

Christmas Movie: ummm.. Peter Pan? {-smile-} and for the hubs and me, New In Town.

Today, my little girl, bless her heart, woke up at the crack of dawn.  *Sheesh*  This mama is always tired, but even more when my daughter wakes up before 7.  {With the recent news events, Yes, I am thankful that I have her here with me, that she even woke up.  I am thankful every day, don't worry.}

We went to church at Concordia in Eastlake {we're not members.. yet}, then took a little tour around the area via car, then went to Sprouts/Henry's, then home.  We did a little relaxing, I took some DayQuil, hung out on the couch, then went to Starbucks for the last day of the Buy One Get One Holiday Drink for FREE! 

  • Starbucks Discovery::  Peppermint White Mocha {though, White Peppermint Mocha sounds better.. what's it called anyway?}

I have NO idea why I didn't even think to order this before, but I didn't.  The Barista was naming the drinks and then mentioned it, and my dad and I looked at each other.. "Ah HA!". 

  • Results::  WINNER.  I loved it.  I've been ordering regular Peppermint Mochas this entire wintry coffee season, and now I have a new drink to add to the roster.  Gracias, mundo!  That wasn't his name.  I don't know his name.  I wished the Baristas wore name tags.  It would help me show gratitude where gratitude is due. 

Tomorrow we are going.. to.. The Magic Kingdom!  Disneyland!  I hope we win something from @DCAToday.  I will be following you.. until my phone dies.  {-sad face-}  I've searched for charging stations, but I don't have time to sit around and wait.  Booooo Hooooooooo.

Matching Christmas shirts, ears, flashing lightbulb necklaces, Snowy Cone Cups.. ahhh, so excited!   

Watch out big rides, here we come!  Tiny Baker is 40", and we are riding rides like our lives depend on it.

My idea for Disney is that they issue a card, sticker, pin, pass, something to show that once you meet the height requirement for a certain ride, you can just show your card and not have to get checked every time.  For example, if your kid is 40", then they'd get a 40" card.. 42", then 42", and so on.  So obviously, if you meet the 42 inch height requirement, then you can ride all rides 42" and below, without getting checked EVERY SINGLE TIME.  BECAUSE, we rode Star Tours without a problem, and then Tiny Baker was measured for another 40" ride and didn't make it.  Hmmm.  It was the same day.  She was wearing the same shoes.

We have Annual Passes, so maybe they could add something to her membership, and have scanners at the rides, so we could scan her pass and her picture would appear with her height clearance.  Even day tickets could have that added.  OR, they'd measure your kid and you could get a wristband.  It could be color coded.

We are looking forward to tomorrow!  Our entire family is going.  It's like a Christmas gift to ourselves.  The older I get, the more I understand the importance of time with loved ones, and treasure the relationships I have.  I am not going to win the race with the most friends, but the ones I have make me a winner.

I'll check in later.. follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics throughout the day

Tomorrow is a Fantasy, Yesterday Reality, but Today is hope and dreams to PERSEVERE... 

{I think I like to write, maybe even love} {-smile-}

Have a great week everyone.  Cheer & Triumph. 


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Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

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Day 15: Advent Calendar {hard candy and a "package" note. She picked Veggie Tales The Little Drummer Boy movie}

Christmas Movie: Veggie Tales The Little Drummer Boy and The Santa Clause {and for me, Groundhog Day AND Scrooged!}

I woke up feeling a bit sick.  My throat was sore, glands swollen, and just could not get up.  I slept and lounged around until 3pm!  Seriously.  Tiny Baker's dad was around, she was running around.. so it wasn't complete rest I was getting.. nevertheless, at least he didn't force me to get up.

I rolled myself off the couch, took a shower to freshen up, and realized that I was GETTIN' A COFFEE TODAY! Starbucks is offering Buy One Get One Free Holiday Drink from 2-5pm until tomorrow, Dec. 16!!  Yay... dad's treat. 

Mr. Google stayed home.  Bubbe, PopPop, TinyBaker, and I, BeckyCharms, all ordered some cheery drinks and toasted to Rekindling the Season! 

Thank you, Miss Erika at Starbucks, for really brightening my dad's day!  It's amazing what kind of power a "Free Drink" coupon can carry..

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Friday, December 14

I Want to Dance in A City Where I'm Free to Be Me..


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I want to dance in a city where I'm free to be me, I want to sing loud and proud where the people can hear, I want to scream in a club with the music on blast, I want to kiss in the street with a love from the past.
 
I want to paint on the walls and the curbs in the city, I want to walk on the bridge from the past to the future, I want to grab your two hands and take a jump in the river, I want to drink to the end of humanity's liver.

I want to pour out the ocean onto evil man fire, I want to stop all the poison in the veins of our brother, I want to skip, hop, and jump to the rhythmical vision, I want to choose right from wrong and make my own bad decisions.

I want to dance in a city where I'm free to be me, I want to dance in a city where I'm free to be me, I want to dance in a city where I'm free to be me, I want to dance in a city where I'm free to be me...


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Day 14 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

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Day 14 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

Day 14: Advent Calendar {a green hard candy and "package"!  Tiny Baker opened up a small bag of Tinkerbell markers}

Christmas Movie: Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas {on TV today!}

Whew, day 14 and not one present wrapped!  Shopping/making/baking not finished.  After staying up laaaaaaate to bake the night before last, I've been wiped out ever since.  Didn't you notice you hadn't seen any pics of me in the last 2 days?  I'm the one wearing the shades..inside!  {no pictures, please}

Joanns Crafts & Supplies {in San Diego} had Martha Stewart {and all Christmas stuff} baking kits on sale, 50% off, so we went back last night to stock up on more kits.  What I'm talking about are the kits that come with the paper bakeable "dishes", bags to wrap them up, ribbons to tie, and labels to mark.  They're awesome.  Pack of 6 for only $5.49!

The picture above is of Tiny Baker getting her paint on for this year's Christmas cards.. she said "this is so much fun, I love it!"  {-smile-}  I treasure every moment.. every single one, and give quick "thank yous" all day to God for the blessing that she is to me, and our family. 


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Thursday, December 13

NCIS Abby's Caff Pow for Bakers


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 Abby Sciuto sports a Caff-POW every episode.  Here's her Caff-POW revised for bakers.. turns into KAF POW.

Thanks, +King Arthur Flour  for making a product 10 steps above the rest. 

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Day 13 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

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Day 13 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

Day 13: Advent Calendar: {a snowman chocolate candy, which was promptly eaten by my Tiny Baker}

Christmas Movie: The Littlest Angel {on Netflix} and Joseph King of Dreams {animated}

I'm really glad to see you here.. that means you survived 12.12.12. ..too! 

I stayed up all last night baking treats and goodies for Mr. Google's coworkers and friends.. "Dear Friends" as the labels read.  I didn't go to bed until 6, which in my house is the wakeup call.  I'm a bit tired today.  God also laughed in my face {like He'd actually do that} by bringing/sending the rain to San Diego.  I was planning on getting a coffee and walking around Sea World.  No complaints here.  We need the rain.  Even though we cringe our teeth and suck our thumbs muttering "mama" every time it happens, since our roof is on its last shingle.  My mom even suggested nailing white tarps on top.  Her words were, "It'll look like snow".  Ghett-O!  {where can you get white tarps?  Anybody know?}

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Crystallized Ginger, the secret miracle.


Everyone we know that's getting a little gift is getting Pumpkin Gingerbread, recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour {KAF}.  To.. Die.. For!  It's really, really good.  I've eaten my fair share, and your fair share, so I know.  Have you tried the Gingerbread loaf from Starbucks?  I've seen it in the display case, sprinkled with diced crystallized ginger atop a thick layer of icing.  I'm not sure how it compares to this recipe, but I know that Starbucks' loaf doesn't have orange zest in the glaze, nor is it homebaked with love.

Gathering all the ingredients challenged me as a human being and law abiding citizen.  I drove last night to Grossmont Center to check out Cost Plus World Market.  I was looking for the bakeable papers in the shape of a mini loaf.  I found them; pack of 6 for $4.99.  However, if I were to have bought those, then I would have had to have found wrapping and labels.  NO!  I remembered that Joanns had some kits by Martha Stewart on sale, with everything included {minus the treat}!  I rushed back over to Joanns on Plaza Blvd, parked, shopped, checked out, and hurried to my car.  Partly because I was in a hurry to make it to Sprouts, and partly because it's a bit shady over there by the store.. Hello!?!  I just don't want any unnecessary drama.  {-smile-}

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No joke, I pulled into the parking lot, 5 'til 9; closing time.  I got out of the car, looked at the cart collector, he looked at me, back at the door, back at the cart guy, I moved toward the door, flashing back at the cart guy, and then at the door.. approaching the "enter", the automatic doors did not automatically move.  Fail.  But wait.  I glanced back at the cart guy, and he said "You can go in through the exit."  MIRACLE!  TRIUMPH!  I smiled my cheery smile.  I'd been practicing. 

I was in and out in under 10 minutes, and made it all in the {St.} Nick of time!  Hooray, Cheer & Triumph in San Diego today!

These mini loaves are a true labor of love.  I hope they eat 'em all up, every last scrumdidliumptious bite!

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By the way, I made 2 double batches and a single.  With the final single batch, I made mini muffin bites.  I think I checked them/baked them for like 15 minutes.  Keep an eye.  Only bake until the middle springs back.  Cool them.  {I hand-dipped my minis in icing.}

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Find the printable recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread with Orange Zest Glaze here, at BeckyCharms The Recipe.

Pumpkin Gingerbread with Orange Glaze

{Taken from King Arthur Flour Website}  This is the BEST cake I've ever had so far...This even works well with a double batch!! Make some minis as well...yumm!!

  • You can either make this gingerbread as a loaf {mini loaves} or muffins {or round cake or mini muffins}. Either way, the orange glaze adds the perfect finishing touch!
3/4 cup (6 ounces) butter or vegetable shortening {I use unsalted butter}
1 1/4 cup (9 ounces) brown sugar
2 3/4 cups (12 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup (2 ounces) crystallized ginger, minced {I get mine from Cost Plus World Market}
1/2 cup diced pecans or chocolate chips (optional)
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) molasses
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare your pans -- grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans for loaves; if you're making muffins, grease 24 muffin cups or line them with muffin papers.

Mix: In a large bowl beat together the butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, ginger, and nuts, if you're using them, then mix well -- the batter will look crumbly. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in both the molasses and the pumpkin until they are evenly distributed. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips, if you're using them. Scoop the batter into the greased loaf pans or the muffin cups -- filling the cups about 2/3 full.

Bake: Bake the muffins in the preheated 350°F oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on the edges and the middle springs back when touched. Bake the loaves at the same temperature for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before taking it out of the pan(s). Let it cool a bit then glaze, if you like (see below). Yield: 2 loaves or 24 muffins.

Orange Glaze

    1 1/4 cup (5 ounces) confectioners' sugar
    1/8 teaspoon tangerine oil or orange oil OR 1 tablespoon orange zest {I use orange zest}
    2 tablespoons (1 ounce) water or milk {I use milk}
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together all the glaze ingredients until smooth, adding additional liquid, a bit at a time, until the glaze has the consistency of molasses or will drizzle from a spoon in a long strand.

For a shiny finish, brush the glaze over the bread or muffins while they're still warm; for a thick white finish, cool the bread completely before glazing. {I love my icing thicker, so I wait until the muffins have cooled!}


If you're looking for something super easy to bake and take this Holiday season, this recipe is for you!  With only a handful of ingredients, mainly spices, this cake evokes Cheer in all who are near.

I encourage you to try it.. and don't skip the glaze!  

There are a few more gingerbread recipes that I want to try.
What's your favorite gingerbread recipe?  Share a comment below!

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Wednesday, December 12

Some love, some hide, some hold on forever..

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Some love, some hide, some hold on forever..

Do you have any memories or confessions like the one you see?  I don't.. or do I.. or maybe..

I just found this site and public art project via Stumble Upon.  Brilliant. 

http://www.ignant.de/2012/09/03/anonymous-confessions/  {this was done in Las Vegas, NV} 

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Day 12 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012


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Day 12 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

Day 12: Advent Calendar {orange hard candy and a "package"!  TinyBaker picked a Princess coloring book.  So exciting!}

Christmas Movie:  Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Dreamworks Holiday Classics


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Wednesday.. well, the Public Market is today, which is always a blast.  I haven't mailed our Christmas cards yet.  Or, I could sit in my jamjams and type away on the keyboard.  Decisions, decisions.

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Reason for procrastinating; a fun season ending.  If I "put off" Christmas, then it will never end, will it?  It will.  Ok, I've inspired myself to go finish our Christmas Cards and get them outta here.  I always think about friends and family, but if I never make contact, they'll never know the effort I put in to actually thinking about them.  And it is all about recognition, isn't it?  Whew, I'm fiery today.  Just the right balance between mean and niceness.  A lot nice with a hot handful of naughty.  Oh, yeah.

Yes, those are the same jammies as yesterday.  Yes, those are pumpkins in the corner on the shelf.  Yes, I am going to ignore these imperfections about my home and enjoy what's important.  Who has time for chores?  More chores?  Even more chores?

What's that rascally rocking horse doing? {-smile-}

On another Wintry note:

Let's remember all the amazing folks at AspenLive 2012!  Something I'd never heard about until they started following me on Twitter.. people are put in our lives to fulfill a need.. so I'm glad I've learned about all of these new individuals!  Everyone is uncommon and unique.  Do you believe "it's not what you know but who you know"?  I believe in the combination of the two.

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Happy 12.12.12!!  December 12, 2012.

Wintry wishes to you,
-Becky Charms

Tuesday, December 11

Caca Doodle Do InkJoy Plethora of Pens

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 Finally, a brown pen in the mix.  #cacadoodle

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Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah Happy Kwanzaa this Holiday Season 2012


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In no order of importance, happy "whatever you're celebrating".. I'm celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa {on Dec. 26}.. {-smile-}

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Day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012


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Day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012  

Day 11: Advent Calendar {green hard candy and a "package".. Disney Tinkerbell and Friends temporary tattoos!}

Christmas Movie: The Polar Express..aaaaaaaaaaaand, Disney's Santa Buddies.

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Today we're going to deliver our Giving Tree presents; journals/notebooks and pens.  Two of my favorite loves; I'm so happy to have picked an ornament requesting these items.  

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While I was up I figured I'd make my family breakfast.  It's been rumored that wives/moms do that sometimes.  Good thing it's not an every day habit. 

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I think we'll head over to Target, after dropping off the presents.  They have flannel sheets on sale for $21.99, all sizes.  Doesn't that sound warm and cozy? 

Other than that, I feel that today, I deserve a coffee.  I know, right?!  From where, from where, from where?  It depends on which part of town we're in, but I'm still anxiously waiting to taste Cafe Moto, and actually visit Cafe Virtuoso.  Well, until then..

This season is moving along rapidly, at a pace I can't keep up with.  I haven't wrapped a present.  I haven't baked a cookie.  I haven't.. blah blah blah blah blah.. BUT, what I have done has been consistently writing this series of posts, 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012, which in itself is both a Cheer & Triumph!  {the theme of 2012..}

I love the idea that I'm connecting with people via the written word and my photos.. sharing a bit of my world with the world, with you.  Thank you for reading and sharing with others... it makes me feel connected. {-smile-}

  • I invite you to leave a comment below with your favorite Christmas time activity or tradition.  I'd love to get some new ideas.  Maybe just a nice comment, what you like about this post, how you've been inspired to share the charm..

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Day 10 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

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Day 10 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012 

Day 10: Advent Calendar {4 pretty hair clips}
Christmas Movie: _________{Really?  We missed another day.. OK, you know what this means. Two movies tomorrow.. maybe more.}

Paid the mortgage, returned item at Target, Grande Peppermint Mocha, boiled rotini for dinner, bought groceries at Costco, went to Michaels, Tall Peppermint Mocha.  Today was fun. 

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I'd been avoiding that fudge for a day.  Today, I had 3 pieces, because 3 is the new 1.  Eat 3, pretend it was 1.  Hey, I made it with fat-free condensed milk.  

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Stocking up to bake Pumpkin Gingerbread for Mr. Google's coworkers.  This stuff is bomb, for real.  It has an orange glaze that I'd like to inject straight into my veins.  Orange glaze on tap.  Slurp.
Recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread:  http://bit.ly/12iyi1K

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Santa Claus is comin' to town.. but right now he's chillin' at Michaels.  Ho Ho Ho!

Take it easy.. or take it any way you can get it.. ¡hasta maƱana!

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Sunday, December 9

Cookies Make Me Smile Too, Do You?

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{-smile-}

Happy heart cookies come in all colors.  Happiness shows no prejudice.. neither do cookies!


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The Energy of a Limitless Sprit Energizing Poster Artwork


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Doesn't this make you want to BREAK FREE?!?!  ..me too.  {-smile-}

My subject: Tiny Baker, and she has an immeasurable spirit!

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Day 9 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012


Day 9 of 25 Days of Christmas with BeckyCharms 2012

Day 9: Advent Calendar {an orange hard candy, which we no longer eat because TinyBaker swallowed one whole by accident, and a mini tin Tinkerbell box with a mini lock and 2 keys.}

Christmas Movie: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

It's 9:19am and I'm quickly writing before I have to leave.  Our family is very excited, for today we are going to see a Living Nativity!  It has been yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaars since we've been to one.  Our church used to have people dress up.  Today is going to feature LIVE ANIMALS.  Tiny Baker is ecstatic.  We're taking lawn chairs, visors, and snacks.  It starts at 11; 11-1:30pm.  It will be great family fun. 

After that, I don't have any plans.  Since we're driving out to Eastlake, we should shop around and look out there.. I mean, as long as we're there.  So maybe we'll stop for some chips and white sauce at Miguel's Cocina, and what would a day be without a coffee?  We could always walk up and down Otay Ranch Mall.. window shopping!

If you know of something else that would be fun to do after 2pm 3:56pm today, leave a comment below! 

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Saturday, December 8

BorderTOWN LIVING in San Diego Builds Children's Imagination

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Christmas on the Prado December Nights in Balboa Park for Date Night 2012

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Christmas on the Prado December Nights in Balboa Park for Date Nights 2012

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 We finally found parking on the corner of Park and Myrtle.

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Are those Christmas yamakas?  OY!

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Carousel.

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Only the hottest events close the streets..  Street party!

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Food trucks galore!

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Hello, date.  I should call him "date".  Ha.  

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People, and people, and more people hustling and bustling, having fun!

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The glow of the Christmas tree at the Organ Pavilion glowing through my Starbucks.  Neat.

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Thanks to the kind couple who were minding their own business, sipping their coffee, when I bravely approached them requesting to take a photo of their coffee cups together.. Merry Christmas, with love from Cafe Moto

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Christmas on the Prado December Nights in Balboa Park for Date Nights 2012, christmas, balboa park, san diego, beckycharms, family fun, lifestyle, celebrities, events, local, social, holidays, 2012 

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Christmas on the Prado/ December Nights in Balboa Park for Date Night 2012

{It was date night, and as we were leaving the house I went to grab the "good" camera.. and he said something like "no no you don't need that, you're not gonna take it and do the blog thing".. so all I had was my iPhone..I guess he was wrong.. I did do the blog thing.} {-smile-}

We couldn't get out of the house until around 7, so there was no way we would make the shuttles.  Fear not, it was meant to be.  We parked.  We walked.  We arrived.  It was such a fun time, being out with local and visitors, eager to feel the Christmas spirit with the many choirs, lighting of the Christmas tree, amazing architecture and impressive lights!  It was magical.  Make the effort.  Bundle up.  Venture out.  See something new, see something familiar.  My family used to go to this when I was little.  It has grown over the years {and part of it felt Fair-ish, which wasn't great}, but overall, a fun time.

I don't even know how many Holiday things we've done already, and it's only December 8th!  My hope for you is that you do at least one!  Even drinking hot cocoa will liven your Holiday spirit. 

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