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Happy New Year!

happy new year, New Year, New Year's Eve, 2014, happiness, joy, resolutions, wishes, goals, love, thanks2013 has been an incredible year, lots of ups and downs and ins and outs, but overall it definitely finished on the plus side of things!

I want to thank my readers for all the support that you’ve given me and my books.  All of the wonderful reviews and messages, they mean the world to me.

To my friends, you all have been great, supportive, encouraging and even slave drivers at times–cracking that whip when it needed to be done.

My family is the best, my children – Jackie, Andy and Sarah – I don’t know how I’d get through life without you.  You make me laugh and cry and fill my days with joy.  I’m so proud of the three of you and my two son-in-laws, John and Ian.  We have a truly wonderful family.

Special thanks go out to Shira and Tom.  Without the two of you I’d never have gotten through the low points of this year. I love you both so very much.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May it be filled with all the joy and love you can imagine.  I’m looking forward to all the new adventures coming our way and I can’t wait to share them all with you.   Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014 – it’s going to be a blast! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Merry Christmas

christmas tree, topper, elf hat, merry christmas, happy holidays, seasons greatings, sparkles, lights, merry, christmas, joy, happiness, love, lynne st. jamesIt’s finally here–Christmas!  All the preparations, shopping, cleaning, and traveling are hopefully done, and y’all have some time to relax before the presents are opened and food is eaten…and naps are taken. Oh yeah, lots of naps!

christmas, 2013, christmas tree, sparkling, lights, season, merry christmas, lynne st. jamesAs I look back on this year there were lots of highs and lows, for a while the lows were winning, but towards the end of the year the highs took over and I have so much to be thankful for.  Gazing at my twinkling tree and looking at the presents stacked underneath sent from my children it is easy to get a little teary eyed about not being with them.  I miss seeing the joy on their faces on Christmas morning.  But all children grow up and mine are leading wonderful happy lives – how could I ask for more?

I know this is a hard time of year for so many, so I’m wishing for you all to have a  day filled with happiness and love – whether with family or friends, remember none of us are really alone!  Merry Christmas! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Holiday Traditions and a Cookie Recipe Part 1

Christmas, wreath, door wreath, celebrate, decorate, holidays, festivities, lynne st. jamesNow that we’ve gotten through Thanksgiving it’s time for December and all that it brings, which means the start of the holiday baking season and decorating.  As we move through the month I’ll several of our traditions and our favorite holiday recipes too.

I’ve been known to decorate every room in the house at Christmas.  From wreaths on the outside door to Santa soap dispensers and snowman towels in the bathrooms.  How much decorating we actually do changes a bit from year to year, but our Christmas cookie baking never changes (usually we make 7 or 8 different types).

Cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas music and tree trimming–It makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon.  After we moved to Florida from New Jersey it was much warmer, so we turn the A/C down low to put us all in the mood.  We usually have one large tree set up in front of the living room window and it is covered with different ornaments.  Every year I would buy all the kids a new ornament for the tree.  Eventually we outgrew the tree, so now the ornaments get rotated from year to year.

pumpkin, cat, tree, christmas tree, decorations, celebrate, holiday, trim the tree, lynne st. james, holidayThese last few years I had to adjust my decorating because we have a very mischievous cat in our midst.  His name is Pumpkin and he likes to climb things and knock things over.  So I’ve only been putting up this small tree.  As you can see it’s too small for him to climb, and we’d put the presents on the floor underneath it.  This year I’m determined to go back to our full sized tree. I miss it, somehow it just didn’t feel like Christmas without it.

After I have it up I’ll add the picture to one of the future blogs.  But in the meantime, what is your tree trimming tradition?  Do you do it before Thanksgiving or afterwards?  Do you do anything special or just dive right in?

meltaway, cookies, christmas cookies, no egg cookies, easy bake, tradition, holiday, cookies, lynne st. jamesI’m sharing my recipe for one of the girl’s favorite cookies–Meltaways.  They love making them as much as eating them.  I think it’s because with the dough tinted red and green it’s more like playing with play dough, especially when they were little.  I always have to make a double batch of these if they are home.  If you try the recipe, let me know how you like them.

Oh one other thing, even though over the years I have started celebrating Christmas, I am Jewish and I celebrate Hanukkah.  I didn’t celebrate my first Christmas until I got married, as the children grew up we continued to celebrate both holidays and we have traditions for both.  I’ll be posting some pictures of my menorah as the nights continue and share some of those traditions as well.

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What are you Thankful for?

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, as I’m sure do many of you. It’s easy to forget those things in the midst of the madness of day-to-day life. Money pressures, work, kids to name a few.  But we really do need to remember what is really important, and it’s not money, or how many things we have…

This year I’ve tried to concentrate on the good and not the bad.  I fell into old patterns a few times, or when things seemed really “black,” but overall I think I have been successful.  So tomorrow when you’re enjoying your turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the rest of your feast what this holiday really means.

Below is what I am thankful for this year, there are many more things but these are the most important.  I hope you’ll share what you’re thankful in the comments!

my children, love, family, thankful, lynne st. jamesMy family – especially my children.  They always bring me joy and I am so very proud of all of them.

This year my son graduated from College (last Dec.), my youngest daughter started studying for her Masters. and married the love her life last month.  My oldest daughter, started a blog and continued down the path of her dreams with the support of her wonderful husband.  How could I not be thankful for all of that? ♥ ♥ ♥

I’m thankful for the support of my friends. It’s been a hard year at times, but they stood by me and were there when I needed them the most.  ♥

twice bitten and bewitched, vampires, gypsies, curses, magic, witches, lupus, love, erotic, paranormal, menage, lynne st. jamesI’m thankful for the opportunities I have had, including the three books I wrote and were published in the last year.  Having my first book published was a dream come true.  Having three published is amazing,  and I look forward to even more success in the coming year. ♥

I’m thankful for living in a country that has remained “free,” and all the service members both past and present who have kept us that way. ♥

So tomorrow when you sit down with your family, friends, or even if you’re alone this Thanksgiving, try to think about the good things. I’m sure there is at least one or two for each of us.  Even in the blackest of times there is a light.

From my family to yours I wish you the most wonderful day…

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T-10 Days and Counting…A Mother/Daughter Dance

sarah, daughter, bride-to-be, bride, bridal shower, lynne st. jamesMy daughter has asked me to help her pick a song for us to dance to at her wedding.  It’s a relatively new thing I think – a Mother/Daughter dance.  While I’m really looking forward to the dance, trying to pick one song is very difficult. So where do I start with the song?  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” has sort of become the “theme song” for the three dudettes as my two daughters and I have called ourselves, and I’m sure the three of us will dance to that at some point during the reception.  But I need to find THE one special song.

I’ve been listening to different songs on YouTube and I’ve been searching on Google for suggestions.  There are some really good ones out there, but there’s a problem.  They all make me cry!  Everyone of them brings back memories of my little girl and all we’ve been through up to this point in her life.  It wasn’t always easy but then whose life is?

Anyway here are some of the options we’re thinking about. If you have others or comments about any of these, please share!  WARNING: You will need a box of tissues.

 

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T-12 Days and Counting…

It’s about a week and a half until the wedding and we’re getting down to the wire. The last thing on my list was to break in the wedding shoes.

As “Mother of the Bride” finding an outfit and shoes was a traumatic event. I hate shopping, really, really hate shopping! I know, I’m like the anti-woman. But I digress.  I began the hunt for a suitable frock several months ago. I learned my lesson about waiting at the time of my other daughter’s wedding.

I was lucky, I found a beautiful dark blue gown with some silver beading at Nordstroms on-line.  I know right?!  I’ve never shopped there before and I was pleasantly surprised. I placed the order and waited with bated breath to see if it would fit.  It arrived after two days, I threw open the box,  pulled it out and it was perfect. Okay it needed to be hemmed, no biggie, in my reality everything gets hemmed.

Or… I could get a pair of six inch heels?  That’s what my daughters would do.  I almost did it. I was tempted.  Everyone looks better in heels right?  Until you fall and break your neck!  But the great shoe search was fruitless.  I couldn’t find anything I liked, not with a six inch heel or a two inch heel. Nothing that would go with the dress and not assist in my death. After listening to my tale of woe, my daughter, the shoe maven, suggested Zappos.com .

wedding, shoes, daughter, bride, mother of the bride, dancing, celebrate, special, formal, lynne st. james, twice bitten and bewitchedAfter searching through what seemed like millions of pairs of shoes, I found these shoes by J. Renee.  They are a pewter colored fabric and look great with the dress. Even better, they are just high enough that I didn’t have to get the gown hemmed, but not so high that I should be able to walk around in them.  The shoe gods were smiling down on me for sure.

So everything is good, right?  Well sort of, I still have to break the shoes in so I don’t break something.

I’m pretty fond of my neck, and well being alive in general, so I’ve been wearing these around the house for the past few days. I’m sure it’s a sight to see too. I wonder what the neighbors think when I go to the mailbox in my shorts, t-shirt and these heels.  🙂

I have to say, I’m grateful to Jackie, the shoe maven, for pointing me towards Zappos, and I’m very happy that they are actually comfortable as well as beautiful.  Maybe I won’t have to take them off after the cocktail hour. Yay!I’d love to hear any comments you have about your wedding/pre-wedding experiences!

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T-29 Days and Counting…

daughters, golden retriever, dog, girl, children, daughter, love, family, happiness, lynne st. james My youngest daughter is getting married in October. It’s an exciting time in all of our lives. Just about three years ago my oldest daughter tied the knot, and I’m still trying to figure out when they grew up? Where has the time gone? barbie dolls, barbie, daughters, play, dolls, girls, children, fun, dress up, singing, happiness, lynne st. jamesYesterday they were just little bitty girls running around playing dress up, with Barbie dolls, and putting on shows for me singing selections from the Spice Girls and the movie, Titanic.

wedding, shoes, bouquet, bridal bouquet, weddings, elegant, formal, daughters, love, marriage, forever, lynne st. jamesBoth of the girls did most of their own wedding planning. I’ve loved helping where I could, but they are both out of state so it made that a little difficult at times. They have very different styles and their weddings helped to showcase their individuality. daughters, children, girl, daughter, child, love, grown-up, growing up, fun, sisters, love, lynne st. jamesMy oldest – she had a fairy princess wedding, lots of sparkles, elegance and sophistication. My youngest – her favorite holiday is Halloween, and that will be her theme. The invites even went out with “costumes encouraged.”

dance, tap, ballet, daughters, sisters, girls, girl, costumes, dress up, little girls, prescious, love, recital, lynne st. jamesAfter going through all the planning and shopping – the “say yes to the dress,” bridal shower planning and execution, and assorted other tasks that needed to be done, there is one thing that has become very apparent. It doesn’t matter how big or small a wedding is, the stress will be almost overwhelming to the bride!

I thank God that both of my daughters are starting out their married lives with men who are kind, supportive and loving. If it hadn’t been for their support throughout I’m sure each of them would have had meltdowns or maybe just eloped! Hmm that sure would have been cheaper, but I digress…

wedding, wedding cake, bride, daughter, love, special, nighttime, formal wedding, elegant, lynne st. jamesNow that we are getting down to the wire, only twenty-nine days to go, there are lots of little things still on the list. One of the biggest will be the seating chart – I think that has to be every bride’s nightmare! But she’ll get through it and I’ll help where I can, even if it’s only virtually.

sisters, daughters, sister, love, happiness, children, child, little girls, prescious, lynne st. jamesI know she can’t wait for the day which will pass by in a blur. Thankfully we always have pictures to help remind us of all the special moments. Me, well as much as I’m looking forward to her special day, I’m already a bit teary-eyed at the prospect. I don’t have little girls anymore, only adult daughters – but they have both made me so proud.

Do you have any wedding woes or fun things to share? Any hints or tricks to help with the stress? Wonderful things that you did to make your wedding memorable?

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