On Holiday…

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Sorry for being MIA. Life has been pretty hectic, and with good things. Somehow the holidays crept up on me and I realized… this is Emerson's first holiday season! And last holiday season wasn't the best with the passing of my father-in-law, the house being in various stages of disrepair due to the remodel, and me being on bed rest from high blood pressure.

So I'm taking a bit of a break from the blog to focus on family and the loveliness that is life. Friday we went and got our first real tree (don't worry fellow eco-conscious folks, I donated my old fake tree to another household so it's not in a landfill). We decorated it while listening to holiday songs and sharing stories about what our parents did when we were kids. We combined our ornaments with my father-in-law's ornaments and used his decorations to make the rest of the house festive.

My father was raised a Jew, but loved Christmas for the family/festive aspect. After we as a family decorated the tree, my father would take one of those packs of the silver tinsel and he would very carefully hang each piece on the tree, one strand at a time so that the tree totally sparkled as though covered with snow. At the bottom of the box of my father-in-law's ornaments were three unopened boxes of that silver tinsel. We saw it as a sign. 🙂

We have been turning off the TV and turning inward, focusing on the blessings in our lives. We have been so very very busy, but very happy. Emerson is starting to pull herself up to stand and is cruising – holding onto the coffee table, then our knee, then the couch. She is “talking” up a storm and I can’t get enough of it. Finally her hair is starting to grow, though even when dressed in head to toe pink she is still mistaken for a boy. My husband has been doing lots of photo shoots for family holiday cards, we just hired two new people for my department at work, and the weekends are getting full with parties and dinners and fun with loved ones. And Emerson’s first birthday is only a month away!

So I will be away for a while. But I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. I encourage all of you to take a moment to breathe, and instead of freaking out about what needs to be done and what you lack… think about all which is great in your life.

For there is nothing more stylish than a woman with a smile!

Much Love,



  1. December 24, 2009 / 2:00 pm

    Allie, I hope you have a wonderful first Christmas together as a family!!

  2. FashionAddict
    December 19, 2009 / 4:38 pm

    Have a great Holiday, and stay safe and warm! I just saw on the news that DC is getting hit hard with a snowstorm today, so I hope you can take the time and cuddle up with your loved ones.

  3. Anonymous
    December 17, 2009 / 7:43 pm

    hmmmm.. i think someone is hijacking your comments! Have a great Chritmas and hoping you aren’t gone for too long!

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  6. Vicky
    December 15, 2009 / 2:28 am

    Allie, we miss you!

  7. Anonymous
    December 10, 2009 / 6:44 pm

    Hey Gorgeous Gal..
    Glad you are well, focus on what is important. You are a bright shining light..and with the Festival of Lights coming, never forget, “A great Miracle happened There.”
    You are a miracle with your focus on beauty and life and love.

  8. December 10, 2009 / 7:47 am

    I was beginning to wonder if you were okay, so glad that it’s just taking a break! We all need one from time to time! How exciting that it’s her first holiday season, it will be a fun time for your family.

  9. Anonymous
    December 9, 2009 / 11:23 pm

    Enjoy your time with the family and have a wonderful Holiday.

  10. December 8, 2009 / 6:18 pm

    I’ve been checking your blogs often to see if you’re back. Glad that everything is okay. Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy your little cutie!

  11. Anonymous
    December 8, 2009 / 1:31 pm

    we’ll miss you but glad to hear all is well….yours is a blog I so look forward to reading!

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  12. Madeleine
    December 8, 2009 / 11:15 am

    Glad to herar all is well- sounds like you have a very healthy and happy balance in your life. Enjoy your holidays, but please don’t miss blogging off your list of New Year’s resolutions- I am sure that I am not the only regular reader who misses you!

    Enjoy Christmas, and ‘see’ you in Jan!

    M xx

  13. December 8, 2009 / 11:14 am

    I have, and will continue, to miss you until you return!

    Have a fabulous family holiday – enjoy every last second! I hope that you find the time to chill!

  14. Anonymous
    December 8, 2009 / 4:32 am

    Good to hear that you are doing well. Enjoy the holidays with your family! Hope to see you back here some time! 🙂

  15. December 8, 2009 / 12:04 am

    I was just wondering about you yesterday! Glad to hear all is well and I’m looking forward to holiday photos of Emerson. 🙂 Btw, I’m one of those “one strand at a time” people, too.

  16. December 7, 2009 / 10:59 pm

    I’m glad you’re taking a break from a hectic life…well deserved! Take care!!

  17. December 7, 2009 / 8:11 pm

    We’ve missed you but glad to know all is well. Enjoy your family and this memorable time with Emerson.

    happy holidays!

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