Clearwater Jazz Holiday

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Last night we took the girls with us to the 34th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. I was very excited to see one of my favorite contemporary jazz singers, Jane Monheit, perform. Jane sings some of my favorite standards, and her voice is a blend of Doris Day, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald. Maggie & Amelia really enjoyed her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We had a great evening eating dinner (and dessert) picnic style, the girls danced to Latin jazz, and we all snuggled on the blanket under the stars and full moon.

When my sister and I were kids, my parents would take us every year to the festival, and it is one of my favorite childhood memories. I am certain that being exposed to jazz at such an early age help to influence my deep love of jazz music today. I am happy to keep this family tradition going with my children.

If you ever find yourself visiting Clearwater in the month of October, this music festival is not to be missed!

Christmas Traditions

My mom recently shared a Christmas memory with me from her childhood. She said when she would go over to visit her grandmother on Christmas, there would be a gumdrop tree waiting for her and her siblings as a treat. My mom’s grandmother would find a branch, wet it and cover it with flour, put it in a pot, and cover it with gumdrops.

My mother decided she wanted to bring back this tradition for my girls. Amelia and Maggie were more than happy to participate!

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

A Christmas Tradition {Fancy Dresses}

Trying to get these girls to stand next to each other for one minute is impossible! 

Every year, my mom buys my girls fancy Christmas dresses. It’s so much fun to have an excuse to get them all dressed up in their holiday best. Tonight, we had a reason to do just that for the annual holiday dinner in my grandmother’s community. My girls were a big hit with all of elderly residents. 

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition with your kiddos?

A Tricky Little Elf

On Thanksgiving night, we gave our girls a gift to open. It was the much adored Elf on a Shelf story & doll. Amelia just thinks it’s the best thing ever!

If you are familiar with the story, you know that every night the elf goes to see Santa, to give him a report about your behavior that day. When the elf returns, he finds a new spot in your home to sit. Amelia LOVES waking up each morning to see where he’s moved to. She calls him a “tricky elf” because of his magical powers.

It’s a super fun Christmas tradition, and I recommend it to any of you with little ones at home.

I only have two more holiday movies that I must see before Christmas. 

I have already watched Elf, Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone 1 & 2, The Santa Clause, all of the classic rudolph and frosty shows, Charlie Brown Christmas, and about a half dozen new Christmas cartoon specials with Amelia.

What’s your favorite holiday movie?