Downton Abbey Season 5

Tea set

We just finished Downton Abbey Season 5 (we bought the Blu-ray so we could marathon it) and loved it. I won’t give any spoilers, but needless to say one part in particular stabbed us in the heart. Other than that part, I loved this season to bits. It had everything that I have always loved about the show.

Highlights for me were the following:

  • The relationship between Violet and Isobel,  which has always been fun, was increased this season. This lead to some fabulous lines. I love how they seem to hate each other just as much as they love each other.
  • Mary was back to her nastier self, which of course is aimed at poor Edith. And indeed, poor Edith!
  • Lord Grantham and Cora’s relationship has also been a favorite in the series, because while it’s not perfect, they do love each other. This is highlighted during this season.
  • Rose. I love her outlook on life. She is so naively positive and charming.
  • Carson and Mrs. Hughes are also favorites, and they get more story this season as well.

Have you been watching? What are your favorite parts?

Our sweet Baby crossed the rainbow bridge.

There’s no easy way to tell sad news, but this is very sad news for our family. We found out this week that our sweet Maltese Baby had cancer. Not just cancer, but that it was everywhere, and that she wouldn’t have much longer with us. It was quiet a shock as she had been happy, playful, and doing so well.

Things went quicker than we had hoped, and she crossed the bridge last night. Our vet was wonderful and came to our home to help her pass. We had one last wonderful day of cuddling before the time came to say good bye. It’s hard, there is a huge hole in our hearts.

Smiling Baby

We keep reminding ourselves of the saying by Dr. Seuss; don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. She gave us so much to smile about in her 11 years. So very much.

Happy holidays!

It’s hard to believe another year has almost come to a close. And yet, here we are, just days away from 2015. I’ve been thinking of my word for the year, I really enjoy the tradition of picking just one word instead of a list of overwhelming goals. Haven’t decided on one just yet though.

This year was kind of hard because I was sick off and on for most of December. Luckily there were moments of wellness that led to important cooking. Behold the mess:

kitchenaftermathAnd most importantly, the cookies. These are the recipe my grandma used to make. They will always and forever be her cookies. We made a special batch this year to send to my aunt and uncle in Seattle, and to give to my mom, and since it makes several dozen, we had quiet a few to enjoy too.

nannyscookiesBaby is always festive, even when it’s just using a fun app. Have you tried the Lil Bub app? It was free and had all kinds of cute and fun Christmas goodies to add to your photos. I tried to add Bub in too but it didn’t work out.

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 7.14.04 PMAnd last, but not least, my mom and I spent the day recreating something we made when I was a kid. The star cookie tree! Luckily this time it worked out much better than other times we have tried it. The cookies were great too (this recipe also made a lot of dough, so we had a lot of extra stars to decorate).