Old-Fashioned Christmas Traditions

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The holidays make the world safe and cozy with food, family and faith. It’s that time of year when we can slow down and get away from the endless lists and distractions that school and work can bring. I think most people get nostalgic this time of year thinking about the way our grandparents celebrated the holidays.

There are certain old-fashioned traditions that will never get “old!”

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1. Making Christmas cookies with grandma is something my children can’t wait to do…wearing a holiday apron, hands dusted in flour and sampling their hard work. We always make spiced cardamom cookies, sandtarts and fudge. Some of the recipes pay homage to our loved ones who are now gone. We think of them as we read their handwriting and taste their recipe.

2. My husband said on our weekend visit to Home Depot, “Why don’t we get a fake tree this year?” Sometimes he says things to get a rise out of us and this was one of those times! We looked at him like he was Scrooge until we saw that he was joking. Picking out a family Christmas tree is one of my favorite memory makers. The kids like to bury their faces in the tree and smell that piney smell. We went BIG this year…fifteen feet before a fresh cut big! It rivals the Griswold Family Christmas tree bringing smiles to all who see it. What’s more old-fashioned that a real tree?

3. December is the best time to check the mailbox! If we have a greeting card, we all gather around to open it together…it’s better than opening a present! It’s the one time of year that we send and receive happy wishes in the mail to family and friends near and far. Cards are an old-fashioned tradition that reconnects us…without social media.

4. It’s nice to give your child a special ornament every year. They become the treasures of the tree and hold such beautiful memories. Our children love to look at the ornaments that my husband and I had when we were their age. The older the ornament, the more nostalgic we feel.

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5. The Nutcracker is an old-fashioned holiday tradition that truly puts you in the spirit of Christmas. Most people come to watch a certain dancer but end up sighing with happiness and feeling like a kid again with those warm feelings we remember from our childhood.

There are certain traditions that we always do…my mom makes a crown roast for Christmas Eve dinner, going to Christmas mass, opening up new pajamas on Christmas Eve and reading under the Christmas tree. This year, we put the tree up early and my kids have been camping out in their sleeping bags under the tree…I think it’s a great idea (just not on Christmas Eve)!

Let’s go back to celebrating Christmas the way our grandparents did …simple celebrations and old-fashioned traditions that honor family and the real reasons for the season.

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Ballerina Cynthia Gregory: strength and impeccable technique

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Cynthia Gregory is a legendary figure in American ballet. She was an American Ballet Theatre superstar in the seventies and eighties. It didn’t matter what it was that she performed…she would take the audience into a magical world on stage. Watching her balance and stay up en pointe forever…like she does as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty is mesmerizing.

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Gregory’s technique…especially her balances were remarkable. She is also known for her musicality and expressiveness…feeling the music and letting it spill out in whatever character she was portraying…a true artist and breathtaking storyteller of narrative ballets. Every little movement was delivered with meaning and intention.

She says this about teaching expression: “What’s so beautiful about ballet itself is that you’re telling a story, physically, with your body. And you have to be with the music. Not necessarily on the music, but with it, expressing it. And if you don’t let the music come through you, then we are losing something.”

When Gregory is coaching she asks dancers, “What is the story about and who is your character?” Dancers who are lucky enough to work with her learn how to be an artist not just a technician.

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Here are five things you might not know about the great Cynthia Gregory:

  • One of the most memorable moments in ballet history was when Cynthia Gregory was smoking a cigarette onstage as she danced the Grand pas Classique. Gregory hated Grand pas Classique because it was a strictly technical ballet and she would do the role as a different ballerina every night to amuse herself. She would channel famous dancers…Suzanne Farrell, Violette Verdy, or Carla Fracci. One night she smoked a cigarette during a long series of releves on the diagonal and put out her cigarette with a few bourrees. When Lucia Chase, artistic director of ABT, found out about it, she was told that she would never dance the role again.
  • She first appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine at the age of seven.
  • Gregory was tall for a ballerina…six feet en pointe. Her hight wasn’t an impairment because she was partnered by the very best: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Fernando Bujones, Perter Martins, Ivan Nagy and Rudolf Nureyev.
  • She began dancing at age five in Los Angeles when her mother enrolled her to help prevent sickness. Her nearly thirty year professional career began when she enrolled in the San Francisco Ballet school when she was fourteen. At nineteen she left for New York to join the American Ballet Theatre, where she spent more than twenty-five years.
  • Gregory was passionate about American Ballet Theatre and became rebellious because she wanted ABT to believe in America and not emulate other countries ballet companies. She believed ABT should be a ballet company that gave American audiences and American dancers opportunities to dance and celebrate their own tradition…not try to be the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet or Royal Ballet. “On its very own steam American Ballet Theater has become an internationally recognized company.”

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Gregory says this about the difference between coaching and teaching… “Coaching is what I do best. People would ask me to help them with a role when I stopped dancing. They’d commission me to do that. Teaching has to do with the basics of class and technique. I’m much more interested in helping a ‘finished’ dancer when they’re looking at a role … it’s like finding your voice.”

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Le Ballet de Dracula: Scary good

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LakeCities Ballet Theatre’s original Le Ballet de Dracula has fans flock like people do for The Rocky Horror Picture Show during Halloween. It’s an occasion that calls for something borrowed and something black! The time period, costumes, romance and the good old-fashioned Halloween fright make this ballet a must see every October. This is not a candy-coated ballet where the SugarPlum Fairy reigns but an enticing, frightening, jump in your seat and gasp with delight ballet that’s an adventure that you don’t want to end.

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The ballet has exploded in popularity over ten years since Tom Rutherford, the company’s art director, wrote it and Kelly Lannin, the artistic director, choreographed it. Lannin draws us into the legend of Bram Stoker’s Dracula naturally and transforms beautiful ballerinas into gothic vampires. Lannin tells the story of Dracula just as Stoker’s novel did…taking us into thrilling peaks that build and keep the audience of the edge of their seats.
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My daughter looked up in awe at the dancer who portrayed Aurelia (the girl Dracula tries to lure from her fiancé) and whispered to her cousin, “Look! She’s under Dracula’s spell.” 
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Lannin requires her dancers to be actors just as much as ballerinas. They must be fully engaged in their roles. It’s obvious that Lannin’s dancers believe in their roles, they make Dracula real with the boldness and confidence of movements that explored the limits of graceful extensions that seemed to harmonize with the music.
The engagement of Aurelia (Carley Denton) and Marius (Steven Loch) is charming. This is the second year that Denton and Loch have performed these roles together…time is on their side. They look at each other with familiarity and love.
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The joyfulness of the Maypole dancing scene is my favorite, especially as the music and clapping build. It’s a nice contrast with the scary hissing Weolas.
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Nightmare becomes reality and Dracula descends in shimmering red to feed on Aurelia. Dracula (Shannon Beacham) has a dramatic presence that is intoxicating! Beacham has tenacity and fearlessness when he glides on stage with his cape flowing behind him.
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Steven Loch (from Pacific Northwest Ballet) has a rhythmic awareness and freshness that when he performs his grand jetés, it seems so naturally timed that you forget the music isn’t live.

It is always a pleasure to watch Denton perform. She attacks her toe hops with effortless elegance lingering just long enough to have you hold your breath as you admire her footwork.

The MCL Grande theatre is intimate enough for the audience to be more personally engaged in the fantasy. Seeing the mysterious fog, chains clanging on dungeon bars, many undead brides and Dracula rising from his coffin, it’s easy to forget you’re not in Romania but right outside of Dallas, Texas.
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The good news for those who missed this spooky ballet and for those who saw it and loved it…you can see these same talented young performers in more heavenly roles in The Nutcracker:
November 26th at 7:30 pm and 27th at 2 pm Marcus High School Sigler Auditorium, Flower Mound. Buy tickets here.
Le Ballet de Dracula photos, courtesy of Nancy Loch Photography.

Neil Young: Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say

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Neil Young is a rock-and-roll icon and has been for six decades…he’s not fading away! He’s released thirty-six solo albums since 1969-2015. “I don’t care what people want to hear…that’s not why I’m playing. I’m not an entertainer in the classic sense. I play what I feel like playing, and I hope the people like it.” 

Neil Young is my Dad’s age…seventy-years-old young. There’s something about this generation…their unwavering confidence and spirit of a Crazy Horse. Neil Young’s middle name is Percival…one of the knights of Arthur’s round table. Percival was one of the persevering knights who finds the Holy Grail and completes the quest. Young’s parents probably knew that Percival would suit him well.

Most music fans know about Neil Young and his epic musical legacy, but if you “come a little bit closer”…the man behind “Rockin’ In The Free World,” “Heart of Gold,” “Harvest Moon,” “Ohio” and so many more classics is even more interesting than you thought.

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT NEIL YOUNG…

1. Neil Young has been a resident of Northern California for almost fifty years (he also has homes in Florida and Hawaii) but did you know that he’s Canadian? He’s received both the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada“It’s my roots, I’m proud to be a Canadian – but I don’t let it hold me back.”

2. Neil Young was once in a band with R&B legend Rick James. Before he formed Buffalo Springfield, Young played in a ’60s Toronto band called the Mynah Byrds that was fronted by seventeen-year-old Rick Super Freak James. Not only did Young play in a band with Rick James in the ‘60s, they also shared an apartment together in Toronto. In an interview Young said, “We did some wild things. It’s all very hazy to me now. I’m glad I made it through that stage. It got a little dicey.”

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3. Neil Young is passionate about paddle boarding and practices during his free time. He said he loves paddle boarding because “it’s a beautiful thing…I can’t worry about the paparazzi. You can’t see them anyway. They are taking pictures from behind trees. You can’t think about that.”

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” as a diss song to Neil Young for writing “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” Young’s songs discuss the racism that existed in the American South. “Sweet Home Alabama” is about how great the South is and includes the lyrics “I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” Young actually liked the song.

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5. Young looks long and lean because of his training regimen…Pilates! He’s a trained Pilates instructor. “I have a truck that travels with me when I’m on the road, and it has a Pilates Reformer in it. I keep doing stuff like that. It keeps me fit.” Young attributes Pilates to making his performances on stage more aerobic and a form of strength training. “I can actually do it better now than I’ve been able to for years because Pilates has opened my body up. I feel much better about my ability to react physically to what I’m doing.”

It’s nice to know that Neil Percival Young isn’t retiring anytime soon. He’s writing a book right now…still on his quest like a persevering knight of King Arthur.

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Tuesday Nights in 1980

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Imagine a party in New York City in 1979…the punk era. You might see Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blondie, Keith Haring… This was a time period that changed the art world and opened it for the outsiders coming in with a vision. Molly Prentiss paints the end of the seventies Manhattan with many cigarettes, graffitied phone booths and seedy bars that take you back to the hey day of CBGB’s and Studio 54.

“One man would be grinning while the art lovers toasted in his name, another man would never paint again.”

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Things seem to be falling into place at the beginning of the book…The main character, James, has a faithful following of his New York Times art reviews and his art collection is the talk of the town. On New Year’s Eve, James and his wife, Marge, are excited to begin the new decade with a new life that they’ll welcome in 1980.

Tuesday Nights in 1980 follows a group of people engrossed in the art scene in New York in 1979. Raul Engales is an artist from Argentina who has run away from his sister, Franca and the problems his country is facing. Raul is ego driven and dives head first into NYC’s art scene. Raul tunes out his past in Argentina but when James comes into his life, he can’t ignore what he left behind. Franca’s little boy Julian is warmly welcome by James’ wife Marge who so desperately wants a child of her own. Marge confronts Lucy about the affair she has had with her husband. Marge tells Lucy, “It isn’t enough to be beautiful… Beautiful is for other people. You have to be something for you.”

Lucy is like “the girl with the pearl earring“…she’s in a painting of Raul’s and is muse to both Raul and James. James describes Lucy in his synesthetic-style…”She was a lime after a shot of strong tequila. She was no sunglasses and no sunscreen when you needed both. She was wet tar when your feet got stuck…”

James is the peculiar character who shines the brightest in Tuesday Nights. He seems to be on the spectrum and needs inspiration to be the art critic that New York Times can’t get enough of. James’ synesthesia has made him successful with his unique critical perspective…”a word was transformed into a color, where an image was manufactured into a bodily sensation , where applesauce tasted like sadness and winter was the color blue.” When James awakens to find his synesthetic abilities gone, after his wife has had a miscarriage, he’s desperate to regain them in order to save his marriage and career. James tells Raul after he’s had an accident and states that he’s giving up art, “You are underestimating of the power of the associative brain! That’s what an artist is! Someone whose way of looking at the world – just their gaze – is already an idea in itself!”

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Each character is motivated by a deep yearning that keeps them dancing into the New Year with sentimental hope. Tuesday Nights in 1980 is a debut novel that will keep you turning the page for more… “The imperfections, the time that’s passed, the hiccups…that’s the wear of the world on it. That’s the life.”

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Caneel Bay: Rockefeller’s Paradise

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My husband, Derek, and I traveled to St John Island to stay at Rockefeller’s paradise, Caneel Bay. St. John is small and remote…barely twenty square miles. We flew into St. Thomas and took a fairy to St. John. When Derek and I took the fairy from Charlotte Amelie to Caneel Bay, we soon realized that we were amongst returning visitors.

Caneel Bay is lush, manicured with efforts to preserve its natural beauty. It’s a luxury resort inside of a National Park. We took a million pictures but it’s difficult to capture a place that looks so much like a postcard.

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Caneel Bay is a jungle that has been tamed. In 1952, Laurance Spelman Rockefeller visited Caneel Bay on a sailing trip with his wife and he fell completely in love with the place. He bought Caneel Bay…which used to be a small West Indian Company hotel in the thirties. Rockefeller was intrigued that this unspoiled paradise was on the grounds of an old sugar plantation. Over the years, he bought 50,000 acres of unspoiled land to preserve it from development and donated most of it to the National Park Service as Virgin Islands National Park.

Caneel is a destination for anyone who appreciates unspoiled nature. Rockefeller opened Caneel Bay, the first of his RockResorts, in 1956. He wanted guests to snorkel, eat and sleep well, and be outside experiencing the benefits of being in a natural setting. Give guests a beautiful place in balance with nature.

The villas are strung out along a series of private beaches. The bright and airy rooms give visitors the sense of living outdoors. Caneel Bay is one of the world’s first eco resorts. The lighting is low, there are no radios or televisions so you can totally unplug.

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We stayed on Paradise Beach and found it to be secluded and an easy walk to everywhere we wanted to be. Rockefeller also had his permanent residence (Cottage Seven) on Paradise Beach…I think he appreciated the seclusion.

Caneel Bay is a snorkelers paradise…populated by sea turtles, stingrays, urchins, enormous snails and a rainbow of tropical plants and fish. My children kept asking us, “Did you see Dory?” Yes, Dory was everywhere!

There are seven beaches at Caneel Bay: Caneel, Little Caneel, Turtle Bay, Scott Beach, Hawksnest Bay, Paradise Beach, and Honeymoon Beach. Make sure you bring your GoPro! All are uncrowded and have white sand that feels like powdered sugar underneath your feet and perfect for building sandcastles.

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The island is full of donkeys and deer comfortably living in their natural habitat. Mongooses also explore the grounds…they were brought to St. John to combat the snakes.

 

In addition to the snorkeling, we took advantage of the tennis courts, sailboats, paddle boards and massage cabanas. Derek and I were on our way to the massage cabanas when it started to pour. We stood under giant trees for an umbrella until the sky fell. Showers never last very long and by the time our massage was over, we were walking back in the sunshine.

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Not much has changed sense Rockefeller ran Caneel Bay. This is a paradise protected…the Virgin Island that remains virgin!

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Caneel Bay is a tennis players dream! They have ten tennis courts and offer a drill clinic every single morning.

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The Sugar Mill was an eighteenth century old mill transformed into a small dining terrace. When Derek came here as a little boy, it was a burger place…now it’s ZoZo’s at the Sugar Mill, Northern Italian cuisine with a side of Caribbean sunset. It’s about fifty steps above beach level and ornamented with bougainvillea with a view that reaches the full expanse of the bays. The refreshing breeze further enhances the dining experience.

After dinner, the stars twinkled like the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu. Derek and I walked out to our little beach to stargaze with our feet in the sand and rum in our hands.

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I think I sampled most of the cocktail menu during our stay at Caneel Bay and my favorite was the Rockefeller Painkiller. It’s really pretty simple to make. Caneel gives it’s vistors a bottle of Cruzan Rum so we could almost make this in our room.

Rockefeller Painkiller

  • 2 oz of Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 oz of cream of coconut
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Top with fresh grated nutmeg to taste

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Top with grated nutmeg.

We left Caneel Bay recharged and changed for the better. That’s the magic of Caneel…this well-run resort has natural curative powers. We can’t wait to take the children!

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The Pearl at Rosemary Beach

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This was our family’s tenth year to return to Rosemary Beach and our first year to stay at the glamorous Pearl Hotel at Rosemary Beach. As soon as we arrived the concierge greeted us with a glass of champagne.

We were nervous that The Pearl might not be as kid friendly but this was far from true…The Pearl was full of children of all ages and with access to all of the pools in Rosemary Beach, kids activities and bikes that made The Pearl a win for kids.

The modern amenities and conveniences of The Pearl made us come to the conclusion that we may continue to come back there instead of renting a house.

A wonderful perk of The Pearl is that beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and lemonade are included with your stay. This was much easier compared to the Rosemary Beach chairs that make you do all the leg work.

Our family loved eating overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Havana Beach Bar & Grill. My Mom and I enjoyed classic cocktails that reminded me of something Ernest Hemingway might have. The piano player took requests from my children…Little Mermaid for my daughter and Charlie Brown for my son. The black-and-white photography sets the tone to make you feel like Hemingway might be over at the bar drinking a Mojito.

Spa Pearl is a tranquil spa by the sea. The staff pampers visitors like a mermaid…with the healing powers of the sea.

The 55-room gorgeous Pearl hotel is known for its handsome clock tower that gives Rosemary charm and old-world elegance. Downstairs, the large glass restaurant doors let in a beachy breeze that tickles your toes while a live piano player sets the mood.

The Pearl is a place for all ages to find fabulous food, cocktails, activities, relaxation, and romance. Views are breathtaking from every corner…the beach, village view or the pool view. We wondered…why had we not stayed in the Pearl before?

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Rosemary’s Good Eats, Shopping and Treasures

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate: a cozy courtyard invites you to enjoy a bit of Spain. I love that they even a child’s tapas menu.

Sugar Shak has an old-fashioned ambiance where the customers are always happy to find the open sign. These two are sweet places for the young and the young at heart.

Havana Bar & Grill: Spanish, French and Portuguese influence inspired by Hemingway’s favorite bar in Havana.

The Hidden Lantern Bookstore: This is not your average book store! Loaded with personality and thoughtfulness, The Hidden Lantern provides books and events that inspire a love for the written word.

My most favorite store in the world is Pish Posh Patchouli’s where you can design your signature scent at the custom scent bar; then select soaps, lotions, perfumes galore.

Fitz and Emme: this children’s boutique feels like you could be shopping in a quaint European shop.

Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys: Offers the CUTEST European-style clothing and accessories for children. Gigi’s celebrates your child’s individual style.

Trading Company: You can’t leave without stopping by here! Get souvenirs that you will actually use!

Tracery: You can find everything you are looking for but haven’t found yet in this interior design and furnishing shop.

Crow Gallery: One of my favorite little galleries. Go see a Marc Chagall while you’re in your bikini.

Spa Pearl : Feel like a real mermaid as you’re pampered by the sea.

Marla & Shane Make an appointment for organic beach family photography that tell a story.

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Get Lost with your family in Lost Pines (part deux)

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Everything’s bigger in Texas…especially your vacation! Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa has a way of making families feel at home. This year, we brought our puppy with us and he fit right in with the alpaca.

Traveling in your own state is less stressful…it’s more like living part of your life somewhere else. It feels really exciting, especially when we feel good about taking the whole family (dog included).

On our first full day at Lost Pines we couldn’t wait to get started exploring and getting outside. My husband and I knew that we wouldn’t be able to get the kids out of the Crooked River Water Park so we planned our big activities (ziplining and horseback riding) in the mornings.

There are so many kid-friendly activities for all ages. My daughter couldn’t wait to go to the hair-braiding station and my son wanted to get up close with the resident longhorn. Parents can enjoy time to rest and relax at Spa Django while the kids enjoy Camp Hyatt.

There are nine Texas-style restaurants on site to enjoy. Shellers Barrelhouse and Old Bucks were our favorites.  They both have the Austin-style musical feel (with live music most nights).  We couldn’t get enough of the BBQ chicken and pulled pork sandwiches but made sure to save room for s’mores.

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort offers their guests a Texas experience that makes you feel like you’re deep in the heart of the Lone Star State. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a Texas-style vacation with out leaving the property… Upon checking in we were given an activity calendar of all the things we could experience: tennis, full-service Spa Django, 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Club, horseback riding, kayaking, trap shooting, s’mores by the campfire, nature hikes, zipline, rock climbing, biking, archery, wagon rides, face painting, balloon making…My children’s favorite was the Crooked River water park because “a river runs through it!” This water park has a sandy beach, waterfalls, a lazy river, and waterslides.

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Birthdays: Celebrating New Decades!

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Any birthday with a ZERO on the end is reason to celebrate! Almost all of our family has a summer birthday and most of us end with a zero this year…so that means we celebrated new decades together. My mother-in-law, my Dad, husband, daughter (and me too) happily share that zero.

Along with another birthday comes the inevitable question of how to celebrate… The good news about having a summer birthday is that it’s an excellent reason to skip town and celebrate!! The most important thing to remember about celebrating birthdays is that you want to make sure you have your family with you.

MY MOTHER-IN-LAW…

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My mother-in-law is quick-witted, business minded and has a love for horses and dogs. My children call her Nana. She is a super energetic Nana, quick-witted, and systematic by nature. Her recipe for a happy life might go like this…read a good book, ride a horse and cook with gas!

Song: Bing Crosby’s Pennies from Heaven

Movie: Anything Goes

Book: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is published

President: Roosevelt is re-elected for a second term

Fun fact: French chemist, Eugene Schueller (founder of L’Oreal), invents the first sunscreen this year.

Cost: gas was 10 cents a gallon, bread was 8 cents and stamps were 3 cents

Icon: Olivia de Havilland

Quote: Between two evils, I take the one I never tried before. ~Mae West in Klondike Annie

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MY DAD…

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My Dad said in his lifetime achievement award a few months ago, “Great effort reaps great rewards.” I’ve heard him say that all my life. Another favorite…”The Champion is the one that gets up the most times after he has been knocked down.” My Dad is many things: he’s a coach (on and off the court), a proud Tar Heel, a teacher, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, most importantly…he’s a good man! My Dad is always optimistic, attracts plenty of attention wherever he goes, he’s wise, and is highly understanding.

Song: Dinah Shore’s Laughing on the Outside

Movie: The Best Years of our Lives

Book: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

President: Harry S. Truman 

Fun fact: Bikinis and Tupperware go on sale this year.

Cost: gas was 21 cents a gallon, bread was 10 cents and stamps were 3 cents

Icon: Ava Gardner

Quote: The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. ~Albert Einstein

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MY HUSBAND

People and Events from 1966

My husband who loves being together with his family, lives for Alabama football, makes a great cocktail and is a huge Beatles fan. He’s positive, diligent, charming and resourceful.

Song: The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black 

Movie: Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Book: Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls  

President: Lyndon B. Johnson

Fun fact: Mini skirts and color TVs became popular

Cost: gas was 32 cents a gallon, bread was 20 cents and stamps were 5 cents

Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Quotes: Beam me up, Scotty ~William Shatner, as Cat. James Kirk, in Star Trek

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C’EST MOI

People and Events from 1976

I’ve always thought it was cool that I’m a Bicentennial baby! My parents took this picture when I was about three. My parents used to sing, Oh Sweet Pea to me and another one of my Dad’s nicknames for me is his “little quail bird.” I also nicknamed myself about this time, Sizzlean because I loved the name…I also love bacon!

Song: Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight

Movie: The Bad News Bears

Book: Peter Benchley’s The Deep 

President: Gerald Ford

Fun fact: Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Cost: gas was 59 cents, bread was 30 cents and stamps were 13 cents

Icon: Charo

Quotes: You talkin’ to me? ~Robert De Niro, as Travis Bickle, in Taxi Driver

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People and Events from 2006

My daughter loves to paint, dance and swim like a fish…I call her my “little mermaid.”

Song: KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Movie: Cars 

Book: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love

President: George W. Bush

Fun fact: Pluto is downgraded from a Planet to a dwarf planet by The International Astronomical Union.

Cost: gas was $3.03, bread was 97 cents and stamps were 39 cents

Icon: Heidi Klum

Quote: I’d like to grow old with my face moving. ~Kate Winslet said about why she would not consider plastic surgery.

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Many happy returns to my fellow ZERO birthdays!

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Three things I’m always searching for…the best mascara, the best jeans and the best shampoo and conditioner. I may have found the answer to the shampoo and conditioner…Mermaid Hair! Nothing beats beach hair but if you don’t live by the ocean, this is a way to add texture and shine to create those natural beach waves.

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What girl wouldn’t want mermaid hair? Think about Ariel…she has the best hair of any of the Disney princesses.  Mermaid hair sounds so romantic…long silky braids, the smell of the sea and Botechelli waves.

You know those days when you want to channel your inner Daryl Hannah from Splash? This will do it…Mermaid Hair smells the Pina Colada and a day at the beach and it’s super gentle (all natural) so it won’t dry out or flatten hair.

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Mermaid’s collection of beauty products is inspired by the ultra-hydrating powers of sea kelp and essential oils. Each sweet-smelling, botanical formula is packed with vitamins and minerals that keep hair lustrous and skin rejuvenated.

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My most favorite store in the world is Pish Posh Patchouli’s at Rosemary Beach. Patchouli’s is an apothecary boutique where you can design your signature scent at the custom scent bar; then select soaps, lotions, perfumes AND Mermaid shampoo!! This is where I first spotted Mermaid Hair. My little mermaid wanted to try it and now we both use it.

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Mermaid Hair is a sweet mix of orange blossoms and coconut to leave your hair soft, shiny, and smelling incredible. Bonus…they also make a Mermaid Perfume.

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Wishing you mermaid kisses and starfish wishes!

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